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CarePoint Health Holds Its First Cancer Survivors Day for Christ Hospital & Hoboken University Medical Center

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TENDER MOMENT: Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight, who represents part of Jersey City and Bayonne, hugs one of the attendees at the Cancer Survivors Day. Credits: Jennifer Brown for CarePoint Health
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CarePoint & Susan G. Komen employees pose. Social Worker Lauren Myler (center) and RN Shakilla Sitaram (2nd from right) are survivors, as is keynote speaker Sharon Daughtry-Simon (right) of Komen. Credits: Jennifer Brown for CarePoint Health
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JOINING THE CELEBRATION: Gladys Angeles signs the Tree of Life Banner. Volunteer Sophie McGinley assisted Angeles. Credits: Jennifer Brown for CarePoint Health
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SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE: Shakilla Sitaram, a Chris Hospital Oncology Department registered nurse and cancer survivor, addresses the audience. Credits: Jennifer Brown for CarePoint Health
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Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight talks at the event. Looking on are Dr. Tucker Woods, Christ Hospital Chief Medical Officer, and Marie Duffy, DNP, RN, Christ Hospital Chief Operating Officer. Credits: Jennifer Brown for CarePoint Health
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STAYING POSITIVE: Cancer survivors and their loved ones gather and give a cheer at the celebration. Credits: Jennifer Brown for CarePoint Health
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WORKING TOGETHER: Shakilla Sitaram of Christ Hospital (left) and Sharon Daughtry-Simon of the Susan G. Komen foundation both spoke about their experiences of also being cancer survivors. Credits: Jennifer Brown for CarePoint Health
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Individuals who triumphed over cancer were honored by CarePoint Health on Saturday, June 23rd at “Colors of Courage, Embracing Life & Each Other,” the health system’s first-ever Cancer Survivors Day.  

The event, which was held at Christ Hospital, honored patients treated at Christ Hospital or Hoboken University Medical Center.

About 100 individuals, including 60 people who were cancer survivors and their guests, attended the celebration.  A similar event is being held Saturday, June 30th at Bayonne Medical Center.

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The cancer programs at Christ Hospital and Bayonne Medical Center are the only two cancer programs in Hudson County accredited by the American College of Surgeons.

“We recognize the journey that each and every cancer survivor has made, and wanted them to know we are with them on that journey and provide a day where they could be honored and celebrated,” said Peter Daniels, Chief Operating Officer of CarePoint Health.  “The event was full of emotion with survivors coming together, sharing their stories and providing support for one another.  It was truly a special day that we hope grows in the years to come.”

Three of the health care professionals who spoke at the event are also cancer survivors; Lauren Myler, Christ Hospital Psychosocial Service Coordinator; Shakilla Sitaram, a Christ Hospital Oncology Department registered nurse; and Sharon Daughtry-Simon, the keynote speaker from the Susan G. Komen cancer foundation.

Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight, whose district includes a portion of Jersey City and Bayonne, also spoke and honored the survivors. Peter Daniels, CarePoint Executive Vice President and System Chief Operating Officer, also addressed the crowd. Ann Logan, PhD, RN, Chief Operating Officer of Hoboken University Medical Center, gave the closing remarks.

In addition to the formal program, attendees were able to share with each other their experiences of fighting cancer. They were also treated to lunch at the event.

CarePoint’s celebration was held in coordination with national Cancer Survivors Day, observed this year on June 3. In the United States, more than 15 million people are alive today after being diagnosed with cancer.

About CarePoint Health

CarePoint Health brings quality, patient-focused health care to Hudson County. Combining the resources of three area hospitals, Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center, CarePoint Health provides a new approach to deliver health care that puts the patient front and center. CarePoint leverages a network of top doctors, nurses and other medical professionals whose expertise and attentiveness work together to provide complete coordination of care, from the doctor’s office to the hospital to the home. Patients benefit from the expertise and capabilities of a broad network of leading specialists and specialized technology. And at CarePoint Health, all medical professionals emphasize preventive medicine and focus on educating patients to make healthy life choices. For more information on its facilities, partners and services, visit www.carepointhealth.org.

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