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Good Samaritan Celebrates Cancer Survivor’s Day

June 20th, 2016

More than 440 cancer survivors and guests came together at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on June 5, as Good Samaritan Hospital celebrated Cancer Survivor’s Day.

Attendees were inspired hearing the encouraging story from Keynote Speaker Maryanne Iannizoto; a breast cancer survivor and board member of the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition.

Iannizoto recounted her journey from the time she was a young girl dealing with her mother’s diagnosis of breast cancer to her own experience with finding a benign lump at the age of 17, and eventually being diagnosed in 2008 with breast cancer. “I am a happy 8-year survivor; happy with my choices, happy with my results, and happy with my care, but mostly, happy to be here…to be able to share my story with all of you,” she said.

The program also included remarks from Johnny Kao, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Good Samaritan Hospital, Tom Ockers, Executive Vice President & CAO, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Sister Ellen Moore, OP, who delivered the Invocation.

The Cancer Center at Good Samaritan is a leading resource for cancer patients and their families, offering some of the most advanced medical technology and professional resources available. Good Samaritan uses a multidisciplinary team approach, focusing entirely on the patient’s health. This provides the most effective tools to fight cancer – whether determining risk factors, prevention, education, early detection, cancer therapy or support resources.

For more information about Good Samaritan’s cancer services, call (631) 376-4444 or visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Celebrating Cancer Survivor’s Day were, from left, Chief of Surgery John Francfort, MD, Chief Medical Officer Donald Teplitz, MD, Chaplain Sister Ellen Moore, Pastoral Care, Cancer Survivor, Maryanne Iannizoto, Tom Ockers, Executive Vice President & CAO, GSHMC, and Johnny Kao, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology.