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June 7 is National Cancer Survivors Day!

Celebrating Cancer Survivors and Supporting Those Still Fighting

written by Holly Collins

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual celebration of life held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. The National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) Foundation, Inc. explains the observance is a celebration for those who have survived the disease, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.

The celebration is also a way to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life. This year thousands will gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and inspiring.

Join Us for the Celebration

The CCHC Foundation’s Journey of Hope will host its Second Annual National Cancer Survivors Day with “Laughter for the Journey” on June 7, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at Craven Community College. All cancer patients, survivors, family, friends and supporters are invited to attend. Mary Lou Infinito is our emcee and she will be pleased to welcome a variety of acts to the stage. Please do not miss this fun way to celebrate our survivors and to provide support to those undergoing treatment.

CCHC New Bern Cancer Care is Here to Help

Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC) understands that every patient diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder faces unique challenges, and we believe you deserve specialized care tailored to your individual needs. Our highly qualified, compassionate physicians will take time to explore treatment options, to answer your questions, and to provide the information you and your family need to make important decisions about treatment.

When you visit our facility, you will be greeted by friendly nurses and support staff who focus on maximizing your comfort and convenience. Our team applies a multi-disciplinary approach to treat the whole patient and will collaborate with leading specialists to deliver coordinated, integrated care that rivals treatment available at major academic institutions. CCHC New Bern Cancer Care provides convenient access to state-of-the-art care right here in your community—freeing you to focus on the healing process.

Meet Our Providers

John M. Cho, M.D. attended Columbia University in New York and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Cho completed a fellowship in Hematology at St. Vincent’s and a fellowship in Oncology at New York University Medical Center. He was part of the faculty practice at the St. Vincent’s Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center for nine years and has authored several publications during his career. Dr. Cho co-founded CCHC New Bern Cancer Care in 2003.

Rick F. Gorman Jr., M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Gorman received his medical degree from Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He studied as a clinical fellow in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida’s Shands Teaching Hospital.

Chris Taylor, M.D. attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He received his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 2004 and completed his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at the University of Virginia Health System. Dr. Taylor has authored several publications during his academic career and is a member of two professional medical societies: The American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Kimberly S. Hess, ANP-BC completed her undergraduate studies at Jacksonville University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She completed her graduate studies at Duke University earning her Masters of Nursing in 2010. She is dually certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and an oncology nurse.

CCHC New Bern Cancer Care is conveniently located off  Wellons Boulevard, next to CCHC Imaging Center and CCHC Urgent Care. For general information, questions, comments, or appointment requests, call (252) 636-5135.

CCHC Has Joined the Fight

Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC) created the CCHC Foundation and Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center in 2013 to serve those touched by cancer by providing support and resources that focus on the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. A variety of programs available through the foundation benefit patients and their families as they deal with the effects of chronic illness and treatment. Programs include:

  • Financial Counseling and Support: The foundation provides gas cards, grocery cards, assistance with medications (by working with local pharmacies), medical supplies (lymphedema sleeves, breast prostheses, wheel chairs, walkers, etc.), nutritional supplements, grocery cards, etc. for patients who meet certain financial criteria.
  • Transportation Assistance: The foundation provides gas cards to assist patients with the additional costs of getting to and from appointments.
  • The Journey Connection Support Group: A peer-to-peer based group designed to connect long-term cancer survivors with those who are newly diagnosed. Participants are paired to match Journey Guide and Journey Travelers together to provide support and share experiences. Each connection is unique and partners are paired together based on specific needs, interests, and preferences. The Journey Connection strives to meet whatever need a patient may have in a compassionate, respectful, and private manner.
  • Prostate Cancer Support Group of Craven County: Support group that meets the second Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral in New Bern. Contact Bill Marotti for more information at 252-514-9833.
  • Exercise Programs: Join us on for “Fit Forever,” an exercise program designed to focus on whole body strengthening, balance, and flexibility. This is a free program for anyone affected by cancer.
  • Therapeutic Massage: The foundation works with local massage therapists to provide much needed massages for patients and caregivers.
  • Art Therapy: This is a formal program run by a certified art therapist that is free to patients and caregivers.
  • Head Coverings: The foundation helps to provide wigs, scarves, and hats for patients.
  • Survivorship Program/Cancer Transitions: These programs support patients after completing active treatment.
  • Events: Special events such as the National Cancer Survivors Day in June, Colours for Cancer in September, New Bern Get Your Pink On in October, and the Lung Cancer Vigil in November. These annual events bring awareness about cancer, remembers those lost to cancer, and celebrates those still fighting.
  • Chemo Care Kits: The foundation provides supplemental bags for patients receiving active treatment with chemotherapy. Bags will contain information and goodies for patients starting treatment.

Did you know Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC) offers clinical trials to research new cancer treatment therapies with the goal of improving current standard-of-care treatments? Clinical trials allow patients to take advantage of therapies not yet available outside the research community. Currently, clinical trials are available. If you are battling cancer, call the New Bern Cancer Care team at (252) 636-5135 or click here.