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June 3 , 2008

St. Nicholas Hospital Celebrates National Cancer Survivors' Day

Sheboygan, Wis.--St. Nicholas Hospital, Mathews Oncology Associates, and Sheboygan Cancer & Blood Specialists sponsored a 1950's theme picnic in celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 1.

"We have made significant strides against cancer since the 1950s," said William Pao, MD. "The overall five year survival rate has improved from less than one in two persons in 1950, to more than two out three persons diagnosed with cancer today."

Patricia Benish attends the National Cancer Survivors Day, sponsored by St. Nicholas Hospital, to celebrate her 39 years survivorship of breast cancer.Among the 400 people who attended the event, Patricia Benish--a breast cancer survivor for 39 years--the event is an opportunity to celebrate her strength and courage and the contributions of her family, friends, and healthcare providers who have supported her throughout her cancer journey.

"This is an opportunity for us to join survivors--anyone living with a history of cancer from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life--in celebrating survivorship," said Mary Schueller, RN, Oncology Nurse Specialist. "Because of the great strides in cancer treatment, we have many people in our community who are leading active and productive lives after a diagnosis of cancer."

People who attended the event joined in on the fun by dressing in clothing from the 1950's. Females came dressed in poodle skirts and some of the men wore the "Fonz" look--Buddy Holly and Lucy from the "I Love Lucy" show even showed up.

Attendees enjoyed a picnic lunch catered by Three Guys and a Grill and music by DJ Freeze.

About St. Nicholas Hospital
St. Nicholas Hospital is a non-profit hospital sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis located at 3100 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Their mission and vision is to provide family-centered, compassionate care without regard for race, creed, or ability to pay. The Hospital achieves this through the core values of respect, care, competence, and joy. St. Nicholas Hospital is our area's leader in providing state-of-the-art Emergency Medical services and insists that all Emergency Department physicians are board certified in emergency medicine.

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3100 Superior Avenue
Sheboygan , WI 53081


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