Mercy Health - Cincinnati Sponsors Eighth Annual Black & White Cancer Survivors' Gala

Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that it is sponsoring the Eighth Annual Black & White Cancer Survivors' Gala, a black tie celebration of life in the face of cancer and an event that promotes increased cancer awareness.

What started eight years ago as an intimate celebration among a small group of friends who'd survived cancer has grown to become arguably the most-anticipated party in Cincinnati. Organizers expect over 1,500 to attend this year's event, which closes with an all-out dance party that’s always an event highlight.

The Black & White Cancer Survivors' Gala takes place with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, October 22, at the Duke Energy Convention Center, located in downtown Cincinnati at 525 Elm St., ZIP 45202. Guests should dress in black and/or white for the black tie affair. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Community and other organizations, including the American Cancer Society, which has a hotline that puts cancer patients together with survivors (1-800-ACS-2345).

"With regular screenings, early detection and advances in cancer care, there's hope for everyone who receives a cancer diagnosis. Cancer is not a death sentence and the Black & White Gala proves it as we welcome more and more survivors each year and honor them and the organizations that support cancer patients," says Dr. Melvin, Mercy Health Physician and co-founder of the non-profit Black and White Cancer Survivors Foundation, which hosts the gala.

"When you see our annual 'Survivors Photo' featuring hundreds of men and women laughing and dressed to the nines, you know without any doubt that you are not alone and there is life after cancer."

Radio personality Lincoln Ware serves as the evening's Master of Ceremonies and local DJ, event planner and Foundation co-founder Bill Mabrey shares co-hosting duties with Dr. Melvin. Guests will enjoy dinner as well as live music. After dinner, DJ Jazz will get attendees up and on their feet up through the midnight hour.

Tickets, which are tax deductible, cost $60 in advance and will not be available at the door. Only a few tickets remain. They are available online through October 16 at and at Dr. Melvin’s practice, Mercy Health – Avondale Internal Medicine, which is located at 2132 Dana Ave., Suite 400, in Cincinnati, ZIP 45207-1227. For more information, please call Dr. Melvin's office at 513-585-9500.