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Fort Worth, Tarrant County part of community cancer summit

On Friday Sept. 21, 250 communities across the country – including Fort Worth and Tarrant County – will participate in the national Biden Cancer Community Summit, which includes local presentations and will be linked to former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, who are co-chairs of the Biden Cancer Initiative.

Biden’s son, Beau, died at age 46 from brain cancer. He had survived the 1972 automobile accident that killed his mother, Neilia, and his 1-year-old sister, Naomi. He went on to serve in the military during the Iraq war and later as the attorney general of Delaware.

The Tarrant Cancer Disparities Coalition is hosting the summit locally at TCU’s Brown-Lupton Student Union.

The summit will focus on the patient’s journey from prevention through a cancer diagnosis, treatment through survivorship, and determine what we must do to accelerate progress.

Attendees will be welcomed by Dr. Stuart Flynn, founding dean of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine; Tarrant County Precinct 1 Commissioner Roy Brooks, a cancer survivor; Andy Miller, head of Healthcare and Social Services Giving of The Morris Foundation; and Melanie Wilson, a cancer survivor and president/CEO of Cancer Care Services.

The summit will include video presentations and local roundtable discussions.

The final local discussion will focus on the question: “Based on the conversation today, what one thing should the Tarrant Cancer Disparities Coalition focus on Monday morning and beyond?”

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Tarrant Biden Cancer Community Summit

Friday, Sept. 21

TCU Brown-Lupton Student Union

2901 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free, but registration is required. Deadline to reserve is Sept. 19. To register: bit.ly/bidenfw

– FWBP Staff

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