Media Contact: Nisha Morris
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St. Joseph Health is teaming up with the Los Angeles Angels to mark Cancer
Survivorship Day. Several Angels players will wear commemorative headscarves
to show their support, and two cancer survivors will be honored at the
game, one of whom will throw out the first pitch.
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW:
Sanjay Sharma, MD, medical oncologist and hematologist, St. Jude Medical
Center's Crosson Cancer Institute
Dennis Kuhl, Chairman, Los Angeles Angels
John McDonald, Los Angeles Angels
Daniel Mabbott, patient
Judy Wilcox, patient
LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM TEAM UP WITH ST. JOSEPH HEALTH
TO HONOR CANCER SURVIVORS
June 24, 2014, Irvine, CA – St. Joseph Health and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will team
up at tonight's Angels game to recognize Cancer Survivorship Day and
honor those who have survived the disease. The partnership is focused
on raising awareness for the fight against cancer, which affects about
half of all men and a third of all women in the United States.
Two St. Joseph Health cancer survivors will be recognized during the pregame
ceremony. Daniel Mabbott, who was treated for stage IV lung cancer at
St. Jude Medical Center's Crosson Cancer Institute, will throw out
the ceremonial first pitch. Several Angels players, including infielder
John McDonald, catcher Hank Conger and pitcher Ernesto Frieri, are expected
to wear headscarves during pregame warm-ups to honor survivors who have
struggled with cancer.
"We've come a long way in the fight against cancer, but it's
crucial that we continue to raise awareness in our communities about ways
to detect and treat cancer early," said Sanjay Sharma, MD, medical
oncologist and hematologist at St. Jude Medical Center's Crosson Cancer
Institute. "That's why we're so proud to be partnering with
the Los Angeles Angels to honor those who have survived cancer, and share
their stories as an inspiration to all of us. By coordinating our care,
using the newest and best treatments, and offering support and resources
to patients, we will be one step closer to finally beating this disease
once and for all."
New research, medicine, technology and treatment options have made surviving
cancer a reality for millions of Americans in the past few years; more
than 14 million cancer survivors now live in the United States. The Cancer
Survivorship Day event continues an ongoing partnership between St. Joseph
Health and the Angels to promote health education and awareness in communities
across Orange County and Los Angeles.
"So often fans see ballplayers as role models, but the real role models
are the doctors and patients who team up to fight cancer," said John
McDonald, Los Angeles Angels. "They're setting an example for
all of us that is more impressive than hitting a homer or getting a strikeout.
They're showing what you can truly accomplish with hard work and determination.
As athletes, we need to do everything we can to support those with cancer
and raise awareness regarding this terrible disease."
About St. Joseph Cancer Survivors:
Daniel Mabbott, a 62-year-old retired auto mechanic, was diagnosed with
stage IV lung cancer last year. Mabbott, who never smoked and who works
out five days a week, underwent intensive chemotherapy for six months.
He continued to exercise vigorously during treatment and has worked hard
to stay healthy. He's seen no progression in his disease. Mabbott
was successfully treated at St. Jude Medical Center's Crosson Cancer
"Thanks to the support of my family and friends and the outstanding
caregivers at St. Jude Medical Center's Crosson Cancer Institute,
beating cancer has not just meant surviving – it's meant living
my life to the fullest," said Mabbott. "I'm particularly
grateful to the doctors and nurses at St. Jude for guiding me along this
journey and helping me grow stronger every day."
Judy Wilcox, a 69-year-old retired history teacher, was diagnosed with
breast cancer in 1997. She knew long before her diagnosis the devastating
impact of the disease; her mother died from breast cancer. Wilcox underwent
treatment at Mission Hospital and her cancer is now in remission. She
has been volunteering for more than 10 years at the Mission Hospital's
Breast Health Services at the Women's Wellness Center, helping other
women who have been diagnosed with the disease.
"Struggling with cancer has been a physical, emotional and spiritual
journey. Going through this experience has made me more compassionate
in helping and supporting other men and women with cancer," Wilcox
said. "That's why it's so important for organizations like
the Angels and St. Joseph Health to raise awareness about detecting and
treating cancer. It is equally important to provide post-treatment programs
for patients and survivors so that they can have lives that are rich and
St. Joseph Health's Orange County hospitals -- Mission Hospital, St.
Jude Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital --are recognized leaders in
the fight against cancer. St. Joseph Health's hospitals have also
been distinguished with the STAR Program® certification, the gold
standard in cancer rehabilitation. The STAR® (Survivorship Training
and Rehabilitation) teams of experts have advanced training in meeting
the unique needs of cancer patients, and provide an impressive array of
individualized programs and services.
About St. Joseph Health:
St. Joseph Health (SJH) is a not-for-profit, integrated health care delivery
system that includes 16 hospitals, physician organizations, home health
agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities
and community outreach services. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph
of Orange, SJH remains rooted to the sisters' traditions of assessing
a community's needs and adapting strategies to meet those needs. Today,
SJH continues its work in the tradition of the sisters through its wide
networks of outstanding services. In each region it serves, SJH reaches
out to care for the poor and vulnerable, establishing and supporting many
programs and services that benefit the community.