John Theurer Cancer Center to Host 9th Annual Celebrating Life & Liberty

Largest Cancer Survivor Celebration Ever

Hackensack Meridian Health – John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals for cancer, will feature a special performance by the legendary Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Celebrating the music of Billy Joel at its ninth Annual Celebrating Life and Liberty event at MetLife Stadium. The event celebrates survivorship and generates inspiration and support to those in the cancer community who are still in treatment or recovery.

This free celebration will be held on Sunday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. John Theurer Cancer Center patients, survivors, caregivers and the dedicated health care team who have played important roles in their journeys are encouraged to attend. This year’s event is extended to all of Hackensack Meridian Health and the divisions of Regional Cancer Care Associates.

In 2016, Celebrating Life and Liberty event drew nearly 4,000 people, and even larger crowds are expected this year. Celebrating Life and Liberty attendees can explore a wide-range of interactive activities for adults and children. More than 15 cancer advocacy organizations will provide information about their services for all aspects of cancer care, support and survivorship.

“Those of us who have the privilege to work with patients celebrate their path to health and survivorship each and every day. I’m particularly proud that we have been able to set aside one day each year, to bring our patients, their families and caregivers and our team together to celebrate!” said André Goy, M.D., MS, chairman and director of the John Theurer Cancer Center and chief of the Division of Lymphoma. “Cancer patients and survivors draw a collective strength, hope and inspiration from each other when they are able to collectively support each other in their journey to health through events such as this celebration of Life and Liberty.”

John Theurer Cancer Center is also asking the 2.3 million people with cancer online to join by following live @JTCANCERCENTERTwitter updates and liking the JTCancerCenter group page as well as using #LIFE17LIBERTY when sharing their stories of survivorship to inspire others.

To honor, celebrate and support patients with cancer, Dr. Goy created the Celebrating Life and Liberty event, a day that gives patients and families an opportunity to come together, celebrate their journeys, and offer one another hope and support.

The growth in attendance each year is a powerful testimony to the important meaning the event has to patients and caregivers. It is also an illustration of the continued progress against cancer. Over the years, in addition to survivors sharing their stories in song, poetry, prose and performance, professional artists have energized and coalesced the diverse crowds with stories of hope and survival. The event brings together people of all walks of life, where cancer knows no race or religion.

While this event is free, registration is required. To register, visit: HTTPS://WWW.CVENT.COM/C/EXPRESS/9CA64350-3FF1-497C-9DEF-E145B3826357

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, and preventive care as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancers. The 14 specialized divisions covering the complete spectrum of cancer care have developed a close-knit team of medical, research, nursing, and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. 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. Housed within a 775-bed not-for-profit teaching, tertiary care, and research hospital, John Theurer Cancer Center provides state-of-the-art technological advances, compassionate care, research innovations, medical expertise, and a full range of aftercare services that distinguish John Theurer Cancer Center from other facilities.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood. For additional information, please visit WWW.HACKENSACKMERIDIANHEALTH.ORG.