Cancer Patients & Survivors Walk the Runway in the 2014 St. Joseph Hospital Circles of Life Fashion Show and Luncheon Presented by Dr. Sam Huang and Family
Orange, CA- Harry Adler, a four month survivor of throat cancer walked the runway with his Certified Therapy dog and companion, Onyx. Harry and Onyx have been a part of the St. Joseph Hospital volunteer team for over eight years and have made several rounds at St. Joseph Hospital, providing patients with a chance to pet or play with Onyx. When asked what inspired him to be involved in the 2014 Circles of Life Fashion Show, Harry said, "Being a St. Joseph Hospital Volunteer and Board Member, I knew that it was something I had to do." Harry is currently serving on the 2015 St. Joseph Hospital Golf Tournament Committee.
Also participating in this year's fashion show is Melissa Duyette, a three- year survivor of leukemia. "I am so thankful to be a part of the show," Duyette said. Now cancer free, Melissa Duyette strutted down the runway with her "Significant Support person" by her side - her niece Zoa Renee Martin.
The Circles of Life Fashion and Luncheon was held at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel on June 22 and had over 750 guests in attendance from doctors and hospital staff to over 100 cancer survivors and their loved ones.
Twenty five survivors walked the runway in the latest fashions from Macys, White House/Black Market and more! A $161,817.58 was raised in support of The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment Survivorship Program at St. Joseph Hospital.
"This year's theme is Promise. It is what we do day in and day out, a commitment to our patients," said Sam Huang, MD, St. Joseph Hospital oncologist, chair and presenting sponsor of this year's fashion show. "This year's fashion show is a true testament to see what ordinary people can accomplish when called by God to do extraordinary things."
NFL Hall of Famer Jackie Slater shared a personal story of his dear friend Chuck Obremski, the Anaheim Angels, Ducks and Los Angeles Rams Chaplain. Chaplain Obremski was treated by Dr. Sam Huang at St. Joseph Hospital and sadly passed away in 2005 after a two year battle of cancer. "It is an honor to be asked to share in this special day," said Slater. "I wanted to share my personal experience with the process of watching a friend battle this disease and watching the quality of care that he received while at St. Joseph Hospital."
The Circles of Life Fashion Show is an annual event for the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and has raised over $1.3 million for The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment in its 18 year history. The Center is the first of its kind in Orange County and one of only a few in the nation offering the latest in preventative care, diagnostics, treatment and clinical trials and its cutting-edge facility and cancer programs allow our specially trained physicians to perform research and discover new treatments and therapies for cancer. For more information about St. Joseph Hospital's comprehensive cancer services visit: www.sjo.org.
About St. Joseph Hospital
Founded in 1929, St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., is a nationally recognized, 463-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, St. Joseph Hospital's reputation for clinical excellence and compassionate, family-centered care draws patients from all over the United States. This is one reason why St. Joseph Hospital was named one of the top 10 hospitals in the Los Angeles/Orange County area by U.S. News & World Report. With a highly recognized 1,000-member medical staff and more than 3,100 support staff, St. Joseph Hospital is home to more than 80 specialty programs, including The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, the Heart and Vascular Center and a nationally acclaimed Orthopedics program that has been ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Equally important is St. Joseph Hospital's dedication to caring for the medically underserved through health education programs, a free-standing medical and dental clinic, and mobile health vans. St. Joseph Hospital depends on philanthropic support from the community to carry out its mission. These efforts are coordinated through the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.