Cancer Survivors Celebrate Life at NYM-1

Jun 16, 2006

  June 16, 2006

Cancer Survivors Celebrate Life at NYM


While the forecasters had predicted rain, the only showers felt at the Sixth Annual Celebration of Cancer Survivors Day at New York Methodist Hospital were those of love and laughter. More than 400 cancer survivors, their families and New York Methodist Hospital staff members gathered recently in the Hospital's cafeteria and courtyard to celebrate and honor the lives of those who are currently living with cancer and those who have defeated it.

Among the event''s attendees this year was Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who shared words of encouragement and gratitude with the crowd. I want to thank the NYM physicians, staff and of course the families who are here today. Your support is what allows our cancer survivors to become the heroes that they are, said Mr. Markowitz. Cancer survivors are some of the strongest people in the world and you should always remember that Brooklyn''s got your back, he said to cheers and applause from guests.

David Dosik, M.D., chairman of the Cancer Affairs Committee at NYM, welcomed and thanked participants. I want to offer my congratulations to the survivors and their families for the successful, ongoing fight against cancer, he said. Dr. Dosik also shared his appreciation for the Hospital's expansion of NYM''s cancer program. It is because of our ever-growing program that we are able to provide the support that you need to continue in your battle with cancer, said Dr. Dosik.

Held in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day, the event was a fun-filled celebration fit for the entire family. Always a crowd favorite, Therese Schorne, a clown, entertained both children and adults with her costumes, puppets and magic tricks. Banjo player Larry Siegel performed a variety of sing-along songs as he weaved through colorful tables filled with smiling attendees. Along with enjoying entertainment, guests feasted on a picnic-lovers delight which included hot dogs, fried chicken, pizza, fruit and ice cream all provided by the Hospital's Department of Food and Nutrition.

Donning event shirts and with balloons and banners in hand, cancer survivors, families and NYM staff members took to the sidewalk as they proudly paraded around the Hospital perimeter to show support and love for those who have battled cancer.

While four lucky raffle winners left with $50 American Express gift cards, all attendees walked away from the event with high spirits and good memories. Appreciate and cherish everyday because life is beautiful and this event celebrates that fact, said Dr. Dosik.


 People posing for a photo with balloons and a banner that says
As a celebration of life, cancer survivors, their families and Hospital staff paraded around the Hospital in honor of Cancer Survivors Day.
 A child reacting to a woman's horse costume

Therese Schorne, a favorite at Cancer Survivors Day, entertained guests with her puppets.