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May 23, 2016

Happy children on bouncy slide


Child Survivors of Eye Cancer Gather for RB Kids Day Picnic

RB Kids Day

(ATLANTA) The eighteenth Emory Eye Center Retinoblastoma (RB) Kids Day Picnic was held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Mason Mill Park in Decatur, Georgia. This very special event was a day of fun and celebration for both the young patients who have faced the childhood cancer of the eye called retinoblastoma and their families.

A tumor of the retina (the back of the eye), RB can be hereditary or non-hereditary. When hereditary, it can affect both eyes and sometimes other organs of the body, whereas the non-hereditary type will usually only affect one eye. RB is primarily found in young children and occurs in one in 20,000 live births.

Some 50 young patients, ranging in ages from infancy to young teens, 200 family members and 50 Emory Eye Center and other volunteers attended the event that included a mammoth, inflatable bouncy slide; arts and crafts booths, where the children made bead jewelry and tote bags for Mother’s Day; fun games with prizes; delicious food donated by Chick-fil-A; and the ever-popular Happy Tails pets.

“We had a fabulous RB Picnic this year – perfect weather, many enthusiastic volunteers, good music, fun games, excellent face painting, nice Mother’s Day gifts, and great food,” says Thomas M. Aaberg Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Clinical Retina G. Baker Hubbard, III, MD. “Most importantly, we had lots of thriving children who, along with their families, are winning the battle with retinoblastoma.  I throughly enjoyed the picnic, and I thank everyone for attending and making it a wonderful event."

“The Emory Eye Center is blessed with many outstanding eye care providers and Dr. Baker Hubbard is one of our best. His care for his patients goes well beyond the examination in the clinic, and he is backed by an outstanding team who work together to treat this very challenging condition,” says William and Clara Redmond Professor of Ophthalmology Allen Beck, MD, interim chair and director, Emory Eye Center. “The RB picnic is a shining example of the teamwork and dedication that goes on every day at Emory Eye Center.”

A very special "thank you" goes to Chick-fil-A; Angela Cotton, BCO; First Baptist Church, Buford; Active Pest Control; Tarik Camp and all the donors and volunteers whose generosity and support helped make this event a success.

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