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MVH to Host June 7 Cancer Survivors Day Picnic

Wendy Corazzi, cancer survivor photo

Cancer survivor Wendy Corazzi.
(April 10, 2015 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

To observe National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 7, Monongahela Valley Hospital invites all cancer survivors and their families to attend a free Cancer Survivors Picnic celebration from 1 - 4 p.m. that day at the hospital's Carroll Twp. campus.

All cancer survivors are welcome - even individuals who received cancer care at other facilities. The day will celebrate survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, encourage survivors' families and remember those who lost their battles with cancer.

The festivities coincide with Monongahela Valley Hospital's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center, the second-largest free-standing oncology center in Western Pennsylvania.

The day will feature free picnic fare, live performances by the Granati Brothers, T-shirts for survivors, door prizes, games, a survivors' wall for signatures, drawings and memories; a prayer for survivors, a memorial for lost loved ones, and an opportunity for survivors to record their stories on video.

MVH President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. will make brief remarks along with Director of Medical Oncology Andrew J. Zahalsky, M.D., and Medical Director of Radiation Oncology Mohsen Isaac, M.D. Oncology staff members will offer guided tours of the Regional Cancer Center to guests.

The event will be held rain or shine and reservations are required by calling 724-258-1333. Survivors must register by May 18 to receive their free T-shirt. All other reservations are due before June 2.

National Cancer Survivors Day is held each year on the first Sunday of June and its organizers define a survivor as "anyone living with a history of cancer - from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life." The day is an opportunity to bring awareness to the challenges survivors face during and after treatments.

Thanks to so many advances in early detection and treatments, more than 14 million Americans can say that they have survived a cancer diagnosis, including Wendy Corazzi of Fredericktown.

The 53-year-old former-smoker received 33 radiation treatments for lung and lymph node cancer and will soon finish her last chemotherapy treatment.

Her MVH oncologist, Barry L. Tonkonow, M.D., has declared that she has "no detectable malignancies."

"In other words, I'm cancer free," she said. "I was diagnosed early and we attacked it from every angle. I cannot say enough about the doctors, nurses and radiation therapists here. It's a real miracle."

Mrs. Corazzi said she is excited for the Cancer Survivors Day Picnic and plans to bring her biggest supporters, her family.

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