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Washington County Commissioners Proclaim Sunday, June 7, Cancer Survivors Day

Washington County Commissioners Proclaim Sunday, June 7, Cancer Survivors Day photo

Corinne Laboon, vice president of Marketing and Community Relations for Monongahela Valley Hospital (center) receives the Cancer Survivors Day proclamation from Washington County Commissioners Lawrence O. Maggi and Diana Irey Vaughan.
(June 5, 2015 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

The Washington County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Sunday, June 7, 2015 Cancer Survivors Day in Washington County. The proclamation coincides with National Cancer Survivors Day which occurs each year on the first Sunday in June.

Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) is hosting a free Cancer Survivors Picnic to celebrate the lives of the men, women and children who have faced cancer and beat it. The event, which also marks the 30th anniversary of the hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center, will be held on Sunday, June 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. in MVH's Central Plaza. Guests will enjoy a free picnic lunch, tours of the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center, children's activities, a "self" photo station and live entertainment by The Granati Brothers. All cancer survivors and their families are welcome to attend regardless of where they received their cancer treatments.

The American Cancer Society defines a cancer survivor as any person who has been diagnosed with cancer from the time of diagnosis through the balance of life. As of 2014, there were 14.5 million children and adults with a history of cancer alive in the United States. According to a report by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, the number of cancer survivors will grow to nearly 18 million by 2022.

In this region, MVH is a key factor in cancer survivorship. In 1985, the hospital opened the first cancer center of its kind in Washington, Fayette and Green counties and it remains one of the largest cancer centers in Western Pennsylvania. People who receive cancer treatment at MVH have therapies available to them that are not offered at other local hospitals - even the large teaching hospitals. For example, MVH is the first and only hospital in western Pennsylvania that offers radiation therapy treatments using a multi-leaf collimator unit that provides precise, high-resolution beam shaping to target tumors while reducing the risk of healthy tissue.

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