Two-time cancer survivor and former Borough President Clair Shulman gave the keynote speech at Mercy Medical Center’s National Cancer Survival Day.
Shulman spoke about not allowing her diagnosis to derail her political career or interfere with raising her children and grandchildren.
The event in Rockville Centre gathered over 175 attendees of former cancer patients and their families to the June 5 outdoor luncheon in the hospital’s Garden of Caring.
National Cancer Survivor Day is observed each year on the first Sunday of June. This past year marked the 24th celebration of the day and the first annual gathering at Mercy Medical.
There are over 12 million cancer survivors nationwide, and this day allows them to connect to other survivors as well as family members and friends to celebrate survival and educate the public on cancer survival.
The event also celebrated Mercy’s Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program being one of six hospitals statewide to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.