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Holy Name Medical Center Recognizes National Cancer Survivors Day
A Day of Celebration, Inspiration and Support

Holy Name Medical Center and Cancer Support Community, formerly Gilda's Club, hosted a National Cancer Survivors Day on Friday, June 9. The event helped celebrate those who have survived, inspired those recently diagnosed and offered support to families. Participants enjoyed lunch, chair yoga, crafts, cooking demonstrations and therapy dogs.

"We know that to fully treat cancer today, we must address the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of our patients," said Michael Maron, President and CEO of Holy Name. "In addition to our advanced therapies, our oncology teams and support staff provide services that go far beyond medical care for each patient."

Holy Name partnered with Cancer Support Community early this year to provide a large number of free educational workshops, healthy lifestyle classes, social events and support groups to all members of the community whose lives have been impacted by cancer, including patients, survivors, caregivers, friends and family members. The Medical Center is one of only seven hospitals nationwide and the only one in northern New Jersey to join with Cancer Support Community to offer these services to patients.

"The event drew survivors who participated in the various activities, including decorating leaves for our Tree of Life with inspiring messages of hope," said Courtney Lozano, Program Director for Cancer Support Community at Holy Name. "We received wonderful feedback from many participants about the event, saying it was ‘nurturing, healing and empowering to be part of such a meaningful celebration.'"

National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual event held in hundreds of hospitals and communities nationwide. It is a day when thousands gather to honor cancer survivors and to show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be rewarding and inspiring. It is also a time to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of surviving cancer to inspire more research, survivor-friendly legislation and resources. Currently, more than 15.5 million Americans have had a cancer diagnosis.