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U-M CCC - Progress Newsletter Summer 2003 Online

The World's Only Jollytologist
A "survivor" is anyone living with a history of cancer -- from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life

Ever hear of a "Jollytologist?" Well meet the world's one and only -- Allen Klein (left). Through his books and presentations, Klein shows people worldwide how to deal with everything from traffic jams to tragedies. He shows people how to add humor to some not-so-funny stuff.

Klein got into this unusual line of work after his wife died of a rare liver disease at the age of 34. He saw how humor helped her, and those around her, cope. He also saw how humor helped him get through that loss. He now teaches others how to find it during trying times.

Klein has a master's degree in humor (from St. Mary's College in Minnesota -- and that's no joke!) and he is well suited to his subject. Years before becoming a "Jollytologist," Klein was nicknamed the "King of Whimsy"because he designed all the children's shows at CBS television in New York City. Among those productions was one you probably remember -- the Captain Kangaroo show.

Although no longer working in the light-hearted world of children's television, Klein still believes that adults need to take a lesson from kids and lighten up. His interactive presentation at the U-M Cancer Center's Survivors'Day Celebration will focus on the healing power of humor. It will be an afternoon of indoor fun, including an information fair on survivorship issues and door prizes.

This event is being held in conjunction with celebrations of life in more then 700 communities throughout the nation and elsewhere as part of the 16th annual National Cancer Survivors' Day Celebration. A "survivor"is anyone living with a history of cancer -- from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.

This free community event will be held on Sunday, June 8, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of where they received their cancer treatment. Registration is encouraged.


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