WXXI Hosts A Free Screening of Ken Burns' "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies", Followed By A Panel Discussion at The Little March 23

Release Date: 
Wed, 03/18/2015

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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, 585-258-0253

 

WXXI HOSTS A FREE SCREENING OF KEN BURNS’ “CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES”, FOLLOWED BY A PANEL DISCUSSION AT THE LITTLE MARCH 23

 

(Rochester, NY) March 18, 2015 – WXXI will host a free screening of excerpts from the PBS documentary series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies at the Little Theatre (Theater 1, 240 East Avenue) on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m.  Presented by Ken Burns and produced by Barak Goodman, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. 

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D., M.M.Sc., director of Wilmot Cancer Institute; Jason Buitrago, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in May 2014; and Ann Savastano, director of B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge Hospitality House. WXXI News reporter Michelle Faust will moderate.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures. The three-part, six hour series airs on WXXI-TV Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 1 at 9 p.m.

To learn more about the series, related program specials surrounding the series, and how you can share your personal story about the impact of cancer on your life, visit WXXI.org/cancer.

Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,  A Film by Barak Goodman is made possible by project supporters Genentech, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Siemens, David H. Koch, Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Kovler Fund, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

The Rochester chapter of the American Cancer Society and B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge is WXXI's partner in the local presentation of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Additional support provided by UR Medicine Wilmot Cancer Institute.

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Kristin Tutino

Station Publicist

WXXI Public Broadcasting

585-258-0253 (office)

585-259-5884 (cell)

 

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