Cancer survivors to be honored at VC Lyceum lecture

Mack Dryden

Mack Dryden, a cancer survivor, creative writer, comedian and motivator, will speak as part of Victoria College’s 2014-15 Lyceum Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 in the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. His lecture, “Celebrate Cancer Survival: Live Happy, Laugh Loud,” is free and open to the public.

All cancer survivors in attendance will be recognized. Area residents who have survived cancer, or would like to honor a friend or family member who is a cancer survivor, are asked to complete the Cancer Survivor Form by visiting and clicking “Honor a Cancer Survivor.” Forms should be submitted by Friday, April 3 and include the individual’s email address. The cancer survivor will be sent an email invitation to attend the lecture in a special seating section.

“VC nursing students will greet these cancer survivors, giving each a lavender ribbon and escorting them to designated seating,” said Mary Mayes, VC physical education instructor and Lyceum Committee member.  

A former staff writer for “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” and veteran of “The Tonight Show,” Dryden was diagnosed with testicular cancer and later, a malignant melanoma. He received radiation treatment for both and is now cancer-free. His primary message is that living life and laughing often is a key to survival.

“Dryden’s message of using humor to cope with difficulties is a valuable tool we can all use in life," said Mayes.

Dryden’s lecture coincides with National Cancer Control Month, Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and the Relay for Life of Victoria County on April 25-26.

The Welder Center is located at 214 N. Main St. in historic downtown Victoria.

Published: Friday, 27 March 2015

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