BEFORE THIS WEEK is over, more optimism about eventually conquering cancer may be expressed in the United States than at any time since the nation's declaration of war on malignant diseases nearly 27 years ago.
The occasion is "The March—Coming Together to Conquer Cancer," an effort—said to be endorsed by some 1700 organizations nationwide—to mold as many as possible of this country's estimated 8 million cancer survivors as well as oncology researchers, a few corporate sponsors, and some cancer-weathering celebrities into what has been called a supergroup advocating greater efforts to end all forms of cancer. There will be a candlelight vigil near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, Friday evening, followed by the main rally on the National Mall during the day Saturday.
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