June 30, 2014 at 8:15 AM
Clara Maass Medical Center Hosts Over 500 Survivors and Guests at Annual Cancer Survivor's Day Event
BELLEVILLE, NJ - Cancer survivors treated at Clara Maas Medical Center (CMMC) came from all over New Jersey and New York with their loved ones on Saturday, June 7th, to celebrate their strength and courage on the Medical Center campus in Belleville for its annual Cancer Survivors Day.
The campus atmosphere was filled with music and dancing, picnic food, and entertainment including a caricaturist, DJ, clown and balloon-maker, face painting, a photo booth, and more. Guests also enjoyed a pizza cart donated by one of the medical center physicians.
The theme this year was "How Sweet It Is..." which exemplifies how sweet it is to be able to celebrate survivorship.
Guests were given option to choose from a variety of candies from the Candy Shoppe and survivors took home candy apples and prizes. On behalf of Spa Services at Clara Maas, some of the survivors were treated to hand massage therapy sessions.
"It is our hope that every year survivors not only enjoy themselves, but leave feeling stronger and more vibrant as a result of their survivorship," said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at CMMC.
This year marked a significant Survivors Day for the staff at Clara Maas. This year signified the 17th and final Survivor's Quilt. Each year, Cathy Falzarano, RN, CMMC, made a quilt honoring cancer survivors. The survivors then sign their names on it. Since Cathy is retiring this year, this will be the final year of the survivor's quilt.
"Cathy's quilts brought special meaning to our Survivor's Day celebration every year," said Sandy Mazzeo, MPA, R.T.-T, Director, Radiation Oncology, CMMC. "Her beautiful talent and all the ways she changed the radiation/oncology field at Clara Maas will truly be missed."