Cancer Survivors Celebrate Life At Mercy Medical Center
National Cancer Survivors Day Observance Draws 125 Attendees
(June 7, 2012 - RockvilleCentre, NY) - Mercy Medical Center marked National Cancer Survivors Day® with its second annual gathering of former cancer patients and their families, drawing more than 125 attendees to attest to the fact that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.
The June 3rd outdoor luncheon in the hospital's Garden of Caring included a keynote address by seven-year breast cancer survivor Maureen Hogan Lutz, who chronicled her cancer treatment in a book called Diamonds in the Snow: Rescuing the Senses in the Aftermath of Breast Cancer, and then founded Necessities, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports women battling breast cancer with the Necessities Bag, a tote filled with information and supplies to help manage surgery and recovery from a mastectomy.
The event also spotlighted Mercy's Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program which has received a coveted Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Observed each year on the first Sunday in June, National Cancer Survivors Day provides an opportunity for the nation's estimated 12 million cancer survivors to join with family, friends and cancer-care medical professionals in a celebration of life and to educate the public on the issues of cancer survivorship in order to better the quality of life for cancer survivors.
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