April 27, 2009

CONTACT: Kim Guenther
(215) 662-6183 office
(215) 200-2312 mobile

kim.guenther@uphs.upenn.edu


Actor Ben Vereen “Takes the Stage” to Inspire Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center Patients

PHILADELPHIA – Stage and screen actor Ben Vereen (Roots, Pippin) will be visiting the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania tomorrow, to share the story of his recent Type 2 diabetes diagnosis with Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center patients and inspire them to be actively involved in their diabetes care. His appearance is part of a diabetes awareness campaign funded by sanofi-aventis.


WHERE:

Flyers/Sixers Surgical Theatre
Ground Floor, White Building
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania [map]
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


11:30AM

Ben Vereen to speak with Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center patients

12:00PM

Q & A with Ben Vereen

WHO:

  • Mark Schutta, MD, Medical Director, Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center
  • Ben Vereen

 

Editor's Notes: Ben Vereen will be available for one-on-one media interviews for 30 minutes before the event at the Rodebaugh Diabetes Center, in Penn Tower (fourth floor). Please call 215-200-2312 to arrange an interview.

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