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June 17, 2011 – Harris, N.Y. — Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day® with its 17th annual Oncology Celebration of Life Picnic on Thursday, June 9.

More than 150 survivors and their families, along with doctors, nurses, and administrators from CRMC, gathered to celebrate life at this joyous event. For the first time in three years, the annual picnic was moved from the beautiful gardens at CRMC’s main Harris campus to the garden café, which was transformed into an ornamented venue due to the inclement weather. The minor setback did not discourage the guests from engaging in the festivities and enjoying the delicious food and entertainment such as Essential Blend, an a cappella group from Liberty High School.

CRMC’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Rosemary Frado gave a touching speech about her personal experiences as the wife of a repeat cancer survivor. She addressed the daily progress being made to fight this disease and invited everyone to join her in celebrating life.

CRMC Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Gentile also spoke at the event. As the wife of a cancer survivor, she too spoke of her own experiences and delivered a powerful speech about courage, hope and the accomplishments that can result from persevering through the most difficult of times.

Cancer care at CRMC 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, compassionate care provided to its patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please 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.