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Patients and Families Come Together at John Theurer Cancer Center sixth Annual Celebrating Life and Liberty event

October 14, 2014 10:37 AM
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Thousands of cancer survivors gathered along with their families, friends, physicians and members of the John Theuer Cancer Center team at the Celebrating Life and Liberty event at Liberty State Park on Sunday, September 14.
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Sunday, September 14, the John Theurer Cancer at Hackensack University Medical Center celebrated its Sixth Annual Cancer Survivors Celebration, “Celebrating Life and Liberty.” With over 3,200 cancer survivors in attendance who have battled breast cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, skin cancer, lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer and others, the event featured various performances and activities throughout the day at Liberty State Park.

The day kicked-off with a performance by the Princeton Tigertones, male a capella group from Princeton University, singing the National Anthem.  Remarks were made by Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network; Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., chairman and director, and chief of lymphoma, John Theurer Cancer Center and chief science officer and director of research and innovation of Regional Cancer Care Associates; and Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.P.E., chief innovations officer, professor and vice president of cancer services, John Theurer Cancer Center and president of Regional Cancer Care Associates. 

“This event has grown to be one of the largest cancer survivor celebrations in the country,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network.  “Not only do we want to support our patients in their medical treatment, but we also want to see them thrive and celebrate life.” 

Dr. Goy was the emcee of the event and introduced Sharon Lee Parker, Director of Patient Advocacy, John Theurer Cancer Center and performances from Radha Martinez singing a thundering version of Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time,” and patient and Frank Sinatra-style singer, Don Farrerro singing “That’s Life.” 

“My experience at the John Theurer Cancer Center was like being with family day in and day out. Every doctor and every nurse was right there with me 100% so I didn’t go through it alone.  I wanted so much to live, to be a grandma and four weeks ago I had my first little grandson.  Dr. Goy and my nurses told me I would see that day,” said Maria Palazzo, Lyndhurst, NJ at Celebrating Life and Liberty event.

The event was also marked by speeches and performances of those affected by cancer.  Physicians, nurses, staff, patients and their families enjoyed the sounds of The Jimmy Vali Band as well as face painting, caricatures, circus performers and photo booths. Additionally, players from the New York Red Bulls made an appearance and took photos with the crowd.  Local and national cancer advocacy groups donated their time and resources to educate patients about networking, support and cutting-edge research.  Also featured at the event was the “Prevent Cancer Super Colon,” a 30-foot giant inflatable colon that helps raise awareness about colorectal cancer.

“As a part of being one of the top 50 cancer programs in the United States, it is important to create a strong sense of community and support for our patients,” said Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., Chairman and Director, and Chief of Lymphoma, John Theurer Cancer Center and Chief Science Officer and Director of Research and Innovation of Regional Cancer Care Associates. “At John Theurer Cancer Center, we are proud of the community we’ve built, and are dedicated to the health and well-being of all our patients.”

Raffle prizes were given away at the end of the event that included: a two-month lease of the 2015 C300 Mercedes Benz from Mercedes Benz Manhattan; a weekend of driving pleasure with the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible from Maserati of Bergen County; one-year membership to Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants; Beyond Spa gift basket; Backyard BBQ for 15 from In Thyme Catering; Wine and Dine baskets from Stony Hill and Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn. 

 

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Thousands of cancer survivors gathered along with their families, friends, physicians and members of the John Theuer Cancer Center team at the Celebrating Life and Liberty event at Liberty State Park on Sunday, September 14. 

 

About John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is among the nation’s top 50 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals for cancer – the highest ranked in New Jersey with this designation. It is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive cancer center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, preventive care, as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancer.

Each year, more people in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area turn to John Theurer Cancer Center for cancer care than to any other facility in New Jersey. The 14 specialized divisions feature a team of medical, research, nursing, and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. John Theurer Cancer Center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care, state of the art technology, access to clinical trials, compassionate care and medical expertise—all under one roof. Physicians at John Theurer Cancer Center are members of Regional Cancer Care Associates one of the nation’s largest professional hematology/oncology groups. For more information, please visit http://www.jtcancercenter.org.

 

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