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Gov. McAuliffe to speak at hospital graduation ceremony for cancer survivors and patients battling blood disorders

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Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University and the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation will host a celebration this week honoring graduating high school students who have received care at CHoR’s ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will deliver the keynote address to graduates and their families.

WHEN:     Thursday, May 25, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:   VCU MCV Campus
Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building auditorium
1217 E. Marshall St. 

WHO:        Hematology and oncology patients and families
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe
Hematology and oncology clinic team members
School representatives.

The event is open to invited families, school representatives and the media.

The annual event celebrates patients who have achieved academic success while persevering through treatments for cancer and blood disorders such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, transfusions and bone marrow aspirations.

This year’s 30 graduates represent 12 public school divisions, three private schools and one home school program. The graduates will be recognized by Alma Morgan, CHoR educational consultant, and local school division representatives.

All graduates will be presented with scholarships provided by ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, the Sickle Cell Association of Richmond–OSCAR and families who have developed scholarships in honor of their loved ones who lost their battle with cancer or blood disorders.