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June 19, 2012 – Harris, N.Y. — Catskill Regional Medical Center celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day® with its 18th annual Oncology/Hematology Department’s Celebration of Life Picnic on Thursday, June 14.


On a bright and sunny day, more than 200 people attended this joyous event, including survivors and their families, doctors, nurses and administrators from Catskill Regional Medical Center. The festivities included a speaking program, barbecue picnic, pony rides and petting zoo, bouncy houses sponsored by Ray Reid Soccer School, Macaroni the Clown, raffle and door prizes, and more. Musical entertainment was provided by Mickey Barnett, Jan Hirsch and the “Fiddle Group.”


Catskill Regional Medical Center’s CEO Fred Kuriger welcomed the crowd and mentioned the importance of screening for early detection of cancer and living healthy lifestyles to reduce the risk of cancer. Kuriger asked all of the survivors in attendance to give themselves a round of applause for overcoming this deadly disease.


Catskill Regional Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Gentile also spoke at the event. As the wife of a cancer survivor, she spoke of her own experiences of courage, faith, hope and persevering through difficult times.


Cancer Care at Catskill Regional Medical Center includes a well-developed oncology program that offers a multidisciplinary team approach combined with quality care. The program continues to be distinguished by the excellent and compassionate care provided to its patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Hematology/Oncology Department at 845-794-3341.


National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, worldwide celebration of life that is held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada and other participating countries. Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.

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