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16th Annual Event Celebrates Cancer Survivors

Harris, N.Y. (June 15, 2010) -- Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day® with its 16th Annual Celebration of Life Picnic on Thursday, June 10 outside the Garden-level cafeteria at CRMC's main Harris campus. More than100 survivors and their families, along with doctors, nurses and administrators from CRMC, gathered to celebrate life and enjoyed food, music and activities. During the event, CRMC's Chief Executive Officer Steve Ruwoldt said, "It is great to see everyone here today to celebrate life. Today is a day to celebrate cancer survivors and their families, and to remember those who have lost their courageous fights. I hope that everyone enjoys the day!" CRMC Chief Nursing Officer, Barbara Gentile also spoke at the event. Last year, she told the story of her husband Gary's battle with MALT Cell Lymphoma, a cancer of the eye, and was happy to report that Gary is now two years cancer free. Gentile's message was one of courage and strength and she encouraged everyone to live life to the fullest. During the celebration Mary O'Shea-Siegel, a Registered Nurse in the CRMC Oncology Department, was presented a plaque for her outstanding service and support of the annual picnic. 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 and compassionate care provided to its patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Hematology/Oncology department at 845.794.3300 extension 3233. 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.