Cancer Center to Honor Former Ambassador

Author of Cancer Survival Guide to Receive Annual Inspiration Award

March 08, 2001

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center will honor Peter B. Teeley, author, cancer survivor and former White House insider, for his effort to educate other cancer survivors, during the second annual Discovery Ball. Teeley will receive the center's Inspiration Award during the black-tie event on Saturday, April 28, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

"He is truly an inspiration to cancer patients everywhere. He was able to turn a difficult situation into a positive one, not only for himself but others who have been able to learn from his experience," said Judy von Bucher, chairwoman of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center Board.

At the age of 51, Teeley was given a 50-50 chance of surviving Stage 3 colon cancer. Like many newly diagnosed cancer patients, he knew little about the disease or possible treatments. He made it his mission to seek out medical information that ultimately helped him obtain the treatment that enabled him to overcome his cancer.

Using the knowledge he gained from his personal experience, Teeley worked with medical writer Philip Bashe to create an informational resource guide for the thousands of people diagnosed with cancer each day -- sparing them from having to begin their own cancer treatment investigation from scratch.

Last year, he published The Complete Cancer Survival Guide: Everything You Must Know and Where to Go for State-of-the-Art Treatment of the 25 Most Common Forms of Cancer. It includes information on the staging process and treatment for various cancers, clinical trials, second opinions, investigating cancer treatment facilities, treatment expectations, symptoms, side effects and complications. In addition, Teeley has included his own personal anecdotes - sharing his message of hope and determination.

Teeley is senior vice president for government and public affairs at Amgen, Inc. He was previously the U.S. ambassador to Canada and has held a variety of positions in the federal government, including press secretary and assistant to then Vice President George Bush, ambassador to the United Nations' Children's Fund, and Harvard Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government.

In addition, he also has served as communications director and press secretary at the Republican National Committee and for two United States senators. He currently is the chairman of the Children's Charities Foundation.

The Inspiration Award is presented annually to an individual who has helped other cancer survivors have hope for the future. Previous winners were Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and figure skater Scott Hamilton.

The Discovery Ball is a significant fund-raiser for the Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center and last year raised more than $160,000 for local cancer research. This year's event is sold out with 800 guests and more than $260,000 in corporate sponsorships.

Corporate advertising opportunities are available. For more information, please call Mary Ann Dever, director of development, at (716) 275-0806.

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