Comedian, Cancer Survivor to Headline SIU Event


January 21, 2014

Comedian, Cancer Survivor to Headline SIU Event

Scott Burton, an award-winning comedian who has performed with Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld is the keynote speaker for a free public symposium on cancer survivorship. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 6 at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 315 W. Carpenter St. in Springfield. Burton is also a cancer survivor and will speak on the topic “Looking for Laughter in All the Wrong Places.”

Registration for the free event is available by calling 545-7493 or 545-3837 or online at Light refreshments will be provided.

A bone cancer survivor, Burton was diagnosed with a childhood cancer, high grade osteo sarcoma, as an adult. Treatment included a year of chemo and a bone transplant. Before his diagnosis, Scott was a headlining stand-up comic and world-class juggler, performing with Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld and writing for prime-time TV.

According to Burton’s website, “Scott’s program is not just the story of cancer. It is the story of LIFE! With his unique take on adversity, Scott speaks with an inspiring and laughter-filled keynote that calls for humanity and compassion (on both sides of the stethoscope) throughout the cancer battle.”

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Funding support has been provided by PNC Bank.

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is

Media Contacts

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854

Ruth Slottag,
SIU, 217-545-2819

Cindy Davidsmeyer,
SCI, 217-545-3837


Phone 217-545-8000
P.O. Box 19620
Springfield, IL 62794-9620
The mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community.


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