News Release

December 1, 2011

CONTACT: Olivia Fermano
((O) 215.349.5653
(C) 215.459.0546

Perelman School of Medicine

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Write to Fight Cancer with David Tabatsky

Renowned Author Comes to the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at PAH to Teach a FREE, Interactive Writing Workshop Open to All Affected by Cancer


Write to Fight Cancer Author David Tabatsky is coming to Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital for the “Write to Fight Cancer” program, a free interactive expressive writing workshop. The event is open to all people affected by cancer (patients, survivors, caregivers, friends, etc.) and it will feature expert advice, writing exercises and discussion. David will help participants transform their thoughts and feelings into words and stories.


David Tabatsky is co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book, an author and book consultant. David was the main author for the Chicken Soup book – he reviewed the over 2,000 submissions and mentored the 101 selected contributors to help craft their stories.


Expressive writing can be a meaningful coping tool to improve mental and physical quality of life for the 11 million Americans who have or had cancer. Ongoing research has shown writing may improve health, both psychologically and physically.


A workshop will be held at Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital on Thursday, December 1st from 4:30-6:30 p.m.


Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital
Great Court Conference Room 800
Spruce Street First Floor, Pine Building Philadelphia, PA 19106
Free parking is provided.


CONTACT: Olivia Fermano 215-349-5653 – Office 215-459-0546 - Cell

This event courtesy of Genentech, Inc. and Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital


Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.