Canton, Ohio: In recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day, Mercy Cancer Center hosted a STOMP Out Cancer event on June 4 in Mercy Hall Auditorium. Over 120 cancer survivors and their guests came together to celebrate life after a cancer diagnosis. National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual worldwide celebration to honor cancer survivors and show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, fulfilling and even inspiring.
Mercy’s free event kicked off with emcee Matt Fox, 1480 WHBC radio personality, presenting the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Outstanding Achievement Award to Mercy Cancer Center as a result of surveys performed during 2011. This is the second time in a row Mercy Cancer Center has received this honor. Only 30 percent of hospitals across the U.S. have accredited cancer centers, 22 percent of these accredited cancer centers are granted the Outstanding Achievement Award, and an even smaller number of centers receive the award more than once.
“The Outstanding Achievement Award shows that patients in our community have access to excellent cancer care in their own backyard,” says Karen Coughlin, administrative director of Mercy Cancer Center. “It’s an advantage to receive care close to home because a patient’s support systems are a major part of therapy.”
After the award presentation, guests enjoyed dinner, listening to inspirational speaker Vickie Hogan and an interactive, entertaining rendition of STOMP by Elec Simon and friends. Hogan, a cancer survivor and member of Mercy ANGEL Network, shared her personal journey through cancer diagnosis – not once, but twice – treatment and remission.
Simon is Hogan’s son and has an impressive resume including performing with the critically acclaimed Broadway production of STOMP, Tap Extravaganza in New York City and jazz artists including Patience Higgins, Andy McLeod and Dave Gibson. Simon’s vision for utilizing percussion and music as tools of healing and empowerment has led him to many profoundly rewarding venues. He co-founded Heartbeat Afrika, an arts education company, hosts drum circles at many Ohio state prisons and visits Indian River Juvenile Facility, hoping to inspire youth to make choices for a more positive future. He’s also a teaching artist with ArtsinStark’s SmArts program and performs during many Canton First Friday drum circles.
For more information about Mercy Cancer Center, visit www.cantonmercy.org.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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