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Inspirational Messages, Awards Highlight Cancer Survivors Day Events

Hundreds of cancer survivors and their family members celebrated Cancer Survivors Day at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital on June 3.

Crozer’s event celebration included the presentation of two “Celebrate Life” awards. The Survivor Recognition Award was given to Rodger Laube, who provided inspiration and humor to fellow cancer survivors during his own cancer treatment. The Community Recognition Award was given to Deb DiSantis, who started the Talk Out Loud gynecologic support group held monthly at Crozer.

Crozer’s program also featured performances by the Grace and Truth Delegation gospel choir and inspirational stories from cancer survivors Maxine Willis and Janet Moore. Raymond J. Vivacqua, M.D., medical director of the Crozer Regional Cancer Center and chief of Hematology/Oncology at Crozer, served as master of ceremonies. After the program in the James E. Clark Education Center, attendees went to the Crozer Regional Cancer Center for a reception and refreshments.

DCMH's event honored Anne Matthews with its Survivor Recognition Award. Matthews is a breast cancer survivor who has dedicated her career to helping and caring for women with lymphedema brought on by cancer surgery. St. Mary Magdalen School, an active participant in the Eagle National Bank 5K Walk/Run (which benefits the Delaware County Regional Cancer Center), earned the Community Recognition Award.
DCMH’s program included a performance by comedienne Chris Rich as well as inspirational remarks by cancer survivors, including Bill Sockwell. The event was led by Rachelle Lanciano, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at DCMH. After the ceremony, attendees enjoyed refreshments in the Delaware County Regional Cancer Center.

Cancer Survivors Day is an annual celebration of life held in communities throughout North America. Participants unite in this symbolic event to honor the millions of people who are surviving their cancer diagnosis and who demonstrate that cancer survivors are active and productive members of society.

For more information about Crozer-Keystone cancer services, visit http://ckcancer.crozer.org. Or call 1-866-695-HOPE (1-866-695-4673) to request a prompt appointment with a Crozer-Keystone physician who treats cancer patients.

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