Abdul-Jabbar to speak in Dayton

Staff report

DAYTON — Members of the public and health care professionals can learn about advancements in cancer screening, treatment and research at “Collaborating Against Cancer,” the second annual symposium featuring perspective from local and national cancer physicians.

The free event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., July 15, at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St. Registration deadline is July 6. Register at www.premierhealth.com/cancerevent.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and six-time champion, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, lost his grandfather and uncle to colorectal cancer and it nearly took the life of his father. As a carrier of the gene, Abdul-Jabbar promotes colorectal cancer awareness for the African-American community.

Physicians and other health care providers will share detailed information about advances in cancer care to patients, families and the general public in language that’s understandable for consumers. The conference will also include separate sessions on recent cancer findings for doctors and other clinicians.

“Cancer is something that touches almost all of us, and this symposium is an excellent way to learn firsthand about exciting advances in cancer prevention, screenings, treatment and care,” said Dr. Charles Bane, chairman of the Premier Health Cancer Institute. “It’s yet another example of our high level of cancer expertise in this region.”

Abdul-Jabbar will sign copies of his newest book, “Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court.” Only books purchased at the July 15 event will be eligible for signing. Books will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. No other books or memorabilia will be able to be signed at the event.


Staff report