IU Simon Cancer Center opening events: dragon boat on downtown canal, building tours; events set for July 25 and 26


INDIANAPOLIS -- (July 18, 2009) – What's 43 feet long, 600 pounds, and pink?  The Indy SurviveOars dragon boat.


The dragon boat, which is sponsored by the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center and Clarian Health, will glide up and down the downtown Canal Walk as part of opening festivities of the cancer center’s new $150 million patient care building.


The women of Indy SurviveOars -- a group of breast cancer survivors -- will launch the dragon boat near the 10th Street Bridge at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 25 and make their way to the Ohio Street Basin near the Indiana Government Complex. 


A brief program will take place at noon near the Ohio Street Basin.


Following the program, the Indy SurviveOars will make other trips from the Ohio Street Basin to the U.S.S. Indianapolis Memorial along the canal and back to the basin with other guest paddlers. 

All are invited to the event on the canal.


Immediately following the dragon boat event, the public open houses of the new building, located at 1030 W. Michigan St., begin.  Open houses are 1-5 p.m. Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26. 


Parking is available in the Vermont Street Garage, 1004 W. Vermont St., located across the street from the new building. Valet parking is also available. Enter the new building's main drive off of Michigan Street for valet services.


During the open houses, you'll have the chance to enter a drawing for free Indianapolis Indians tickets for the Saturday, July 26 baseball game. 



Finally, “IU Simon Cancer Center Night” at Victory Field takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 as the Indianapolis Indians take on the Syracuse Chiefs.  Cancer survivor and soccer coach Mike Etzkorn will throw out the first pitch.


The new patient building is a partnership between the Indiana University School of Medicine and Clarian Health.