BAYONNE, NJ  – Nearly 50 individuals, including 20 cancer survivors and their guests, were hosted by CarePoint Health’s Bayonne Medical Center on June 5 in a celebration of those who overcame, and those who continue to fight, their battle against cancer. “Colors of Courage, Embracing Life & Each Other,” held on the front lawn of the Bayonne Medical Center, was the health system’s second annual Cancer Survivors Day.

A similar event was held June 12th at Christ Hospital, honoring patients who have been treated at Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center.

In addition to hearing from three local cancer survivors, Amelia Silletti, Joanne Baran, and Diane Sondy, attendees, joined by several medical professionals including Dr. Anne Kim (Radiation/Oncology), Dr. Arjun Iyengar, (Cancer/Oncology), Dr. Devajaran Iyengar (Cancer/Oncology), were able to share their experiences of fighting cancer and bond with one another.

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“The strength and courage displayed by all cancer survivors, instills feelings of hope for those who continue on their journey battling cancer,” said Dr. Vijayant Singh, Chief Hospital Executive, Bayonne Medical Center. “This event serves as a moment for survivors, community members, physicians and hospital staff to come together and provide support for one another.” 

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.

CarePoint’s celebration was held in coordination with National Cancer Survivors Day, observed this year on June 2nd. In the United States, more than 15 million people are alive today after being diagnosed with cancer.

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