Holy Cross Hospital recently honored Hollywood resident Tracey Wekar Page as its 2013 Cancer Survivor of the Year at the hospital's 26th annual Celebration of Life luncheon, attended by nearly 250 cancer survivors, their families and Holy Cross Hospital administrators, doctors, nurses and Associates.
A survivor of stage two breast cancer, Wekar Page serves as Area Vice President for the American Cancer Society - Southeast Region.
"Tracey continued to work during her treatment, sometimes from home, because she understood that cancer did not take a break and her organization was relying on her to continue to chart the course for cancer support services for patients who need it," said Christina Austin-Valere, Ph.D., LCSW, an oncology social worker at Holy Cross who coordinated the Celebration of Life luncheon. "She always had a smile for everyone and embraced our patients in the waiting room with compassion and care. She touched us, her professional caregivers, profoundly as well."
The Celebration of Life luncheon, hosted by the Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center at Holy Cross, commemorated National Cancer Survivors Day with a candle lighting ceremony, a proclamation speech by Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, and an invocation led by Holy Cross Chaplain Margaret Kimber.
More than 15 million Americans alive today are cancer survivors, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, Inc. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 66 percent of adults whose cancer is diagnosed today can expect to be living in five years.
(Photo: American Cancer Society representative Sandra Sansone with Holy Cross Cancer Survivor of the Year Tracey Wekar Page)
About Holy Cross Hospital:
A member of CHE Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 559-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.