GRMC Celebrates National Survivors Day and Honors Bailey Family

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Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, will celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day in conjunction with the naming dedication of the James and Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center on June 2nd. National Cancer Survivors Day is an event to celebrate life and a gathering to honor and support those who have been touched by cancer.  Hospital staff and community members will join cancer survivors and their families for a bell ringing ceremony as well as a ribbon cutting honoring the generous donation of James and Shirley Bailey, for whom the Cancer Center is named. The celebrations start at 9:00 am in the main lobby of the hospital. Attendees will be treated to coffee and doughnuts by Bill Meagher, owner of Deep Creek Doughnuts.

“GRMC and this community are so fortunate for the support that is has received from James and Shirley Bailey, of GCC Technologies, LLC,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO. “Their gift has enabled us to open and expand a center that was desperately needed in this area.  It’s their contribution, in part, that allows us to hold this celebration of life and honor those who are in remission from cancer.”

James and Shirley Bailey’s gift sponsored the adjunctive therapy infusion room in the Cancer Center.  The adjunctive therapy room gives cancer patients a peaceful setting for guided imagery, relaxation, massage, aromatherapy and other services to assist in pain control, relaxation, and healing.  These therapies have been proven to assist cancer patients with the medication treatment regimens and healing. 

“Life after cancer is more than just surviving. It can be beautiful, abundant, and fulfilling. And that’s something to celebrate,” says Gina Artice, GRMC cancer patient care navigator. “This celebration will be filled with joy, hope, camaraderie, and compassion as we acknowledge our community’s cancer survivors. We will also recognize the contributions of their families, friends, and healthcare providers and raise awareness of the ongoing challenges faced by cancer survivors today.”

Anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life – is a cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. In the United States alone, there are more than 15.5 million people living with a history of cancer.

“Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial, and emotional hardships often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment,” explained Boucot. “Survivors may face many challenges, such as limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no health insurance, financial hardships, difficulty finding employment, psychosocial struggles, and a lack of understanding from family and friends. Our hope is that the WVU Cancer Institute, James and Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center, makes all the problems associated with cancer care easier to bear. Together GRMC and generous donors like the Bailey’s can focus on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.”

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