“Celebration of Life” (SBMC's 32nd Annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day)

In recognition of the 32nd Annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day, The Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center invites our patients to a luncheon.

Please join us for a conversation and performance from award-winning dancer and cancer survivor, Evan Ruggiero. Evan Ruggiero began dancing at the age of five in his hometown studio and by age ten, he was accepted into the famed New Jersey Tap Ensemble. Upon entering his sophomore year at Montclair State University while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Evan was suddenly diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer of the right leg. Enduring nine surgeries in a six-month period in an effort to save the leg, the cancer returned more aggressively than the original diagnosis. He was faced with the ultimate decision of amputation in order to stop the cancer and save his life, as well as undergoing chemotherapy for sixteen months. Eighteen months after the amputation, and only two days after receiving his “peg-leg”, Evan was tapping again.

To make a reservation, please call the Cancer Program registration line at 973-322-2671. Due to limited seating you are able to invite one guest. We will begin to accept reservations on August 1, 2019. Once we reach the room capacity (700) we will be unable to accept further reservations. This program is exclusively reserved for individuals who have received cancer treatment in The Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Please leave your name, phone number, guest’s name (children must be over the age of 16) and your Saint Barnabas oncologist’s name. Confirmation calls will not be provided. Please register early as seating limited.

For general questions about this event, please call Angela McCabe, Director of Psychosocial Support Services and Community Outreach, at 973-322-2668.

Mayfair Farms

481 Eagle Rock Ave.

West Orange, NJ 07052


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