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Date: 9/17/2002

Ted Kennedy, Jr. featured guest at annual symposium sponsored by Community Hospital Cancer Research Foundation

The Community Hospital Cancer Research Foundation, Inc., will welcome Ted Kennedy, Jr., for “Facing the Challenge,” a special evening program that highlights the Foundation’s latest initiatives and Kennedy’s motivational talk about the power of support for those facing cancer.

“Facing the Challenge” is the Foundation’s second annual symposium, designed to help educate the public about prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. The first half of the program will feature Community Hospital physicians and oncology specialists who talk about the Community Hospital Cancer Research Foundation’s latest initiative, “Let’s Talk Colon Cancer!” The second half of the program features Kennedy, who provides an inspirational perspective on how the power of support can help a person better manage the cancer experience.

“We welcome Mr. Kennedy as our keynote speaker because he exemplifies what we try to instill in many of our patients - the will to fight and embrace support while dealing with cancer,” says Andrej Zajac, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology and vice chairman of the Community Hospital Cancer Research Foundation Board.

“Facing the Challenge” will take place from 6:30 - 9 p.m., Oct. 9 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster. The program is free, but seating is limited and admission is by ticket only. For tickets, call 219-836-3477 or 1-866-836-3477.

Before Kennedy speaks, physicians on staff at Community Hospital will talk about the Community Hospital Cancer Research Foundation’s latest initiative to reduce the alarming rates of colon cancer diagnoses in our region. Through this nearly year-long initiative called “Let’s Talk Colon Cancer!” physicians with Community Healthcare System have been presenting community programs to educate participants about who is at risk, who should be screened, how to be screened, and how regular screenings can help prevent colon cancer altogether. If caught early, colon cancer is curable 90 percent of the time. Free fecal occult blood test kits will be

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distributed during intermission and after the program. The kit, which can be completed in the
privacy of home and mailed to a medical lab, can detect the presence of blood in the stool - an early sign of colon cancer.

After a brief intermission, Kennedy will take the stage to talk about “Facing the Challenge.” His talk will be motivational and inspirational, detailing his personal experiences with cancer and the importance of coming together as communities to provide support.

Kennedy is co-founder and president of the Marwood Group, a healthcare investment firm based in New York City. Before starting the Marwood Group, Kennedy served as counsel to the New Haven, Conn., law firm of Wiggin & Dana. His health law practice focused primarily on state and federal regulatory and reimbursement issues affecting hospitals, home care agencies, long-term care providers, physicians and mental health providers.

In addition, Kennedy served as Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the Connecticut Hospital Association, counseling acute care providers and policy-makers on a wide variety of emerging healthcare issues.

Having lost a leg to cancer diagnosed in his childhood, Kennedy also has been an active leader in the civil rights movement for persons with disabilities. He has maintained a disability law practice and continues to serve on corporate and advisory boards of numerous disability organizations.

Kennedy received an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, a master’s degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is married to Katherine G. Kennedy, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. They have two children.

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MEDIA NOTE: Ted Kennedy, Jr., will consider media interviews personally before granting them. All inquiries are to be submitted to his public relations firm for his consideration beforehand. In the inquiry, please include:
* Name of newspaper
* Name of reporter
* Contact information of reporter
* When you would like to do the interviews (i.e. before the event for an advance and the
night of the event)
* General idea of what reporter wants to ask and the nature of the story
Fax or e-mail all inquiries to: Stacey Kellogg, Community Healthcare System,
219-836-6729 or skellogg@comhs.org.