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Nearly 750 enjoy National Cancer Survivors Day event

Southington [June 10 2011] - Nearly 750 cancer survivors and their loved ones gathered at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington June 5 for The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s 19th annual Cancer Survivors Day breakfast, “Celebrate Life: Joy is a Choice!” The event was sponsored by HCC’s George Bray Cancer Center.

Denise Peterson, R.N., M.S., HCC’s vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, welcomed the group and shared plans for the hospital’s new cancer center, expected to open in spring 2013. The 60,000-square-foot center will be the largest in Central Connecticut and “bring state-of-the-art cancer care close to home,” she said.

The breakfast featured a talk by Brian Byrne, M.D., hematologist oncologist, who outlined his many roles in working with cancer patients, including guide, listener, coach, healer and a general whose strategy is to eradicate cancer “and win this war,” he said.

The event also featured a keynote talk by 20-year cancer survivor Wendy Harpham, M.D., F.A.C.P., a physician and author. Harpham, of Dallas, Tex., offered her insights on coping with multiple cancer recurrences and shared a few laughs with the crowd.

Cancer center staff recognized cancer survivors and caregivers during the event, and a drawing was held for 34 gift baskets and other prizes donated by HCC employees, local physician practices, patients and area businesses.

Contact: Nancy Martin, (860) 224-5900, X4366






Cancer survivor and author Wendy Harpham, M.D.









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