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White Plains Hospital celebrates cancer survivors and their caregivers

Annual Cancer Survivors' Day Brunch celebrates the lives of triumphant patients

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Cancer is a word people fear hearing as the fight to battle the disease can be long and painful.

But at the Crown Plaza Hotel in White Plains, about 200 people treated at the White Plains Hospital were celebrated for their new cancer-free life during the Annual Cancer Survivors' Day Brunch on Sunday.

“Today is my second year of surviving kidney cancer,” Daisy Ortiz said.

Daisy Ortiz and her mother Gloria Arroyo, also a cancer survivor, held up proudly the number of years they have been cancer-free. They credit their success to the treatment and care they received at White Plains Hospital.

Cancer survivor and White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach who was at the brunch says White Plains Hospital also gave him another chance at life.

"I was diagnosed in 2008 and all my treatment took place at White Plains Hospital and I completed in 2009 and nine years later, I am cancer-free," Mayor Roach said.

The brunch’s keynote speaker, leukemia survivor Nicholas Signorelli of Mount Vernon, spoke about how a 2013 visit to the doctor after a fall led him to his cancer diagnosis and led him to recovery.

“You got to have the attitude you are going to beat this and with these doctors and that hospital you are going to do it," he said.

The event recognized the caregivers, nurses, and doctors who work tirelessly for those in the hospital's cancer program.

The American Cancer Society estimates more than 15.5 million people have survived cancer and that number is expected to grow to more than 20 million by 2026.

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