8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, June 4, 1997
Town meeting gives cancer survivors a c
By Yvo Maldonado
For the Daily
Cancer survivors from cities in southeastern
Michigan gathered together in Ann Arbor on
Sunday with the long-term goal of forming a
local support group for cancer survivors in
The National Cancer Survivors Day event
gave people the opportunity to express their
concerns about insurance reform, health care,
job discrimination and other issues pertinent to
those suffering from cancer.
The town hall meeting was sponsored by
the American Cancer Society, McAuley
Cancer Care Center at St. Joseph Mercy
Hospital in Ann Arbor and the University of
Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and
included panelists such as Liz Brater (D-Ann
Arbor) and Dr. Allen Lichter, chair and pro-
fessor of the University's Dept. of Radiation
"We have to learn how to deal with this diag-
nosis and learn about the different treatments
and rehabilitation services at our disposal," said
keynote speaker Ellen Stovall. executive direc-
tor of the National Coalition for Cancer
Survivorship. "That's something we have to do
Stovall, presidential appointee to the
National Cancer Advisory Board and a survivor
of Hodgkin's disease, said every survivor must
take a more active role as health care con-
Stovall also said forming a support group
for cancer survivors to express themselves
and bring change if they desire is needed to
help survivors deal with their lives after can-
The audience was comprised of mostly can-
cer survivors, family and friends. One of the
most emphasized issues was that of insurance
companies and the payment for treatments and
John Cochrane, a 71-year-old Ann Arbor res-
ident and prostate cancer survivor, said
medicare should pay for cryo, a prostate cancer
treatment that has a greater success rate than
radiation or operations common to cancer
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two dozen survivors and victims' family
members as they smiled and wept at the
same time. Many of them had worried
that the case might result in a hung jury
or even an acquittal as the deliberations
dragged through the weekend.
U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch
had warned the spectators before the ver-
dict that he wouldn't tolerate any out-
burst. But after the judge left the bench,
one man raised both fists over his head.
People embraced and broke into sobs.
They walked out of the courtroom hug-
ging each other and crying.
Cheers erupted outside the courthouse
and at the bombing site in Oklahoma
City, where about 500 people gathered
along the fence to hear the verdict read
on television sets up on the sidewalk.
victims' relatives hugged and wept.
"This gentleman came to town to
make an awful extreme political state-
ment of murder and devastation. He
made it. He's going to live with the
responsibility that our laws provide,"
said Paul Heath, who was in the building
at the time of the blast and has served as
a spokesperson for many of the victims.
Bud Welch, whose 23-year-old daugh-
ter Julie Welch died in the bombing, said
at the fence: "You heard most all of them
clap. I couldn't do that because McVeigh
has put us through so much and now .
I thought it'd all be joy, but it isn't. A
very dull victory. The bottom line is my
little girl isn't coming back and I have
the rest of my life to deal with that."
In Washington, President Clinton
said the verdict heralded "A very
important and long overdue day for the
survivors and families of those who
died in Oklahoma City."
"Today, I say to the families of the vic-
tims, no single verdict can bring an end
to your anguish," Clinton said in a state-
ment. "But your courage has been an
inspiration to all Aericais. Our prayers
are with you:'
Aren Almon, whose daughter Baylee
died in the blast and was carried fromthe
building by a firefighter in one of the
most famous images of the catastrophe,
offered her thanks to the jury.
"I don't think they're going to regret
"There are HMO's all over the United States
that are paying for cryo, but medicare hasn't
gotten the message yet," Cochrane said.
It was evident that the town hall became
more of a support group than a meeting, said
Brad Zebrack, a member of the event's planning
committee and cancer survivor.
"You saw the people ttp there, they were
telling their stories," Zebrack said. "They were@
telling their lives."
Stovall said she is optimistic that the future
svill offer more support for cancer survivors.
"With our communication today, will come
understanding; with our understanding fear
diminishes; in the absence of fear, hope
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which specializes in NCAA infrac-
tions and compliance, to investigate.
The Kansas-based firm, Schoeneck,
Bond & King is expected to release
the reults of its investigation in mid to
Vice President for University
Relations Walter Harrison said he
could not comment on the al
until after the investigation
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underway," Harrison said. "
be inappropriate for me toc
during the investigation.
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able to talk more concrete
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