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Community invited to a special preview and discussion of PBS documentary, CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES

Mar 18, 2015


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Community Idea Stations’ WCVE PBS, the American Cancer Society and VCU Massey Cancer Center will host on March 23, 2015, a special preview and community discussion of the documentary, CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES. Local residents are invited to preview one hour of the upcoming six-hour PBS documentary and then engage in a discussion about cancer with local cancer researchers, doctors, advocates and a survivor.

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES is a film directed by Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.” The three-part, six-hour documentary series will air on WCVE PBS on March 30, 31 and April 1 at 9PM. The three episodes present a riveting historical documentary on cancer with a special focus on patient stories and scientific progress throughout the decades.

The local event on March 23 will take place at The Byrd Theatre, located at 2908 West Cary Street in Richmond, at 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm. The event is free of charge. After the film preview, a discussion will be held about cancer in our community and the research advances and resources available. The discussion will feature a Q&A moderated by PBS “Virginia Currents” host Daphne Maxwell-Reid with panelists Dr. Charles Geyer, a physician and researcher at VCU Massey Cancer Center, Dr. Richard Moran, a scientist at VCU Massey Cancer Center, Dr. Bruce Waldholtz, Chairman of the Board at American Cancer Society, and Dolores Whitaker, a local breast cancer survivor.

“The screening event here in Richmond will be one of many happening across the country over
the next month,” says Dr. Waldholtz. “Together, we’ll get to see how cancer started, whom it affects, and how we can eliminate it once and for all. With this much attention focused on cancer, its days
are numbered.”

“Cancer is one of the most devastating illnesses of our generation, with one in two men and one in three women being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. That’s why this documentary and community discussion are so important and relevant,” says Dr. Gordon Ginder, Director of VCU Massey Cancer Center. “We are pleased to partner to present a preview of this cinematic biography of cancer and to participate in a meaningful discussion with our community about what efforts are being made locally to address this insidious disease and to support those members of our community who are facing it.”

“We are thrilled to provide a program that will educate our community so comprehensively about Cancer and to collaborate on an event that will truly inspire those in attendance about the research, Richmond’s contribution, and local resources for patients and families,” says Katherine Godin, Director of Community Engagement for the Community Idea Stations.

To learn more about the local preview, discussion, the television program, and local resources, visit

Written by: Jenny Owen

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