Bloch Cancer Survivors Parks

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CURE, Fall 2007, Volume 6, Issue 5

Cancer survivor parks provide inspirational playground.

After H&R Block co-founder and lung cancer survivor Richard Bloch was declared cancer-free, he and his wife, Annette, pledged to provide hope to other cancer patients.

Through the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, they built the first Bloch Cancer Survivors Park in Kansas City, Missouri. Today, 22 parks stand in the midst of bustling cities across Canada and the United States, including Baltimore, Chicago, and San Diego. Each park has three elements that tie them together. All parks include a symbolic sculpture of life-size figures in a maze representing treatments and success, the “Positive Mental Attitude Walk,” and the “Road to Recovery.” The parks include a series of inspirational and instructional plaques. For a full listing of park locations, visit