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Good Samaritan Hospital Honors 102-Year-Old Cancer Survivor

Published on November 8, 2011 · Filed Under Uncategorized 


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(West Islip, NY) – On Sunday, October 30th, more than 650 cancer survivors and family members were honored for their strength and courage at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s 7th annual Cancer Survivors’ Day held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. One remarkable survivor in attendance was 102-year-old, 3-time cancer survivor Mary Fazio, who credits the early detection at Good Samaritan with her survival.

“I am blessed to have such high-quality health care so close to my home. As a patient at Good Samaritan, I felt well prepared for my treatments. Everyone was caring and knowledgeable; I never felt alone,” commented Mrs. Fazio.

The annual event was filled with joy, camaraderie and hope. The keynote speaker was Mack Dryden, comedian, actor and two-time cancer survivor. He energized the audience, stating, “Part of our cure is laughter.”

“Cancer Survivors’ Day is a great opportunity to bring together a group of people whose lives have been touched by cancer and to affirm the possibility of a quality life after a diagnosis of cancer,” said Chair of Good Samaritan’s Cancer Care Committee and Chief of Hematology/ Oncology Kenneth Gold, MD. “Our expanding community of cancer survivors stands as a shining testament to the advances in cancer treatment at Good Sam. The individuals honored inspire our entire health care team with their bravery and remarkable optimism.”

Good Samaritan is a leading resource for cancer patients and their families, offering the most advanced medical technology and professional resources available today. Good Samaritan uses a multidisciplinary team approach, focusing entirely on the patient’s health. This provides the most effective tools to fight cancer—whether it is determining risk factors, prevention education, early detection, cancer therapy or support resources.

For more information about Good Samaritan’s cancer program, please call (631) 376-4444.


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