June 10, 2013 -- Valley was privileged to have United States Senator Robert Menendez in attendance at the hospital’s recent “Celebration of Life” event held at the Luckow Pavilion. Senator Menendez joined more than 200 cancer survivors in celebrating the personal and clinical victories made against cancer.
“This event recognizes cancer survivors, their family and friends, healthcare providers, and those engaged in cancer research. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a ‘survivor’ as anyone living with a history of cancer from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” said Valley Hospital Oncology Program Coordinator Nancy Palumbo, R.N. “There are more cancer survivors in the U.S. today thanks to research, advances in technology, and the daily commitment of physicians, nurses, social workers, and others.”
This annual event is the 24th time Valley has welcomed cancer survivors back to Valley. The day featured remarks from Senator Menendez; Cancer Center Medical Director Robert Korst, M.D.; and cancer survivor Dawn Terlizzi and her son, residents of Totowa.
Today is a day to celebrate, smile and be thankful for all the victories made against cancer," Senator Menendez said, while also referring to Valley as “one of the most exceptional healthcare centers in the state."
Photo caption: Shown here, Senator Menendez addresses the large crowd at The Valley Hospital’s recent Celebration of Life event.