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Cancer survivor and singer share inspirational messages at National Cancer Survivors Day event

Southington [June 08 2010] - More than 800 cancer survivors and their loved ones enjoyed music, inspirational messages and special gifts at The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s National Cancer Survivors Day breakfast June 6.

The 18th annual Survivors Day breakfast, “Celebrate Life: Listen to Your Heart!” was sponsored by the hospital’s George Bray Cancer Center and held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Peter D. Byeff, M.D., Cancer Center medical director, opened the event by remembering George H. Bray, M.D., a longtime New Britain surgeon, former chief of the New Britain General Hospital medical staff and a cancer survivor. Bray, for whom the Cancer Center is named, died May 21 at age 87. Bray was dedicated to the hospital, his community, his profession and his patients, Byeff said.

“He was always willing to try new ideas and new approaches to help his patients,” Byeff said. “I still see patients in my office who are here because of his surgical skills.”
Also at the breakfast, New Britain resident Linda Hunter, a four-year breast cancer survivor, shared her story with the crowd, thanking her family and friends for their support during her cancer “journey” and emphasizing the importance of a positive attitude.

“It got tough at times,” she said. “I felt like I was in treatment forever. But I always kept a positive attitude, just having faith and hope and believing I’d get better.”

The Cancer Survivors Day breakfast featured a “keynote concert” by Jana Stanfield, a recording artist, speaker, humorist and multi-platinum songwriter, who shared her inspirational message – and some laughs – with the crowd. In addition to her work as a songwriter, Stanfield performs internationally at conferences and other events.

The keynote concert was followed by a special recognition ceremony for cancer survivors and caregivers. A drawing was held for 38 gift baskets and other prizes donated by Hospital of Central Connecticut employees, local physician practices and area businesses.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366

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