Media Round-Up: Luau at Trinity celebrates cancer survivors

SURVIVORS — Catherine Poludniak, far left, director of the Trinity Health System Foundation, and the Trinity Tiger stood with breast cancer survivors during the health system’s National Cancer Survivors Day celebration Friday. The survivors are, from left, Terry Jennings, Joyce Summers and Yvonne Tuchalski. — Christopher Dacanay

Our thanks to the local media for covering Tony Teramana Cancer Center’s National Cancer Survivors Day celebration on Friday.

Here are excerpts from those stories, along with links to their reports:

Herald-Star: Luau at Trinity celebrates cancer survivors by Christopher Dacanay

STEUBENVILLE — Trinity Health System invited cancer survivors to celebrate life with a luau-theme party at Trinity Medical Center West Friday.

Occurring at the lot across from the Tony Teramana Cancer Center, the festivity commemorated National Cancer Survivors Day, which is typically celebrated on the first Sunday of June.

Attendees wore floral necklaces and grass skirts, and tropical decorations were draped from a tent filled with drawing items. Attendees could enjoy food from Baby-Boyz BBQ and Catering while listening to upbeat music from a disc jockey. Additional snacks were located outside and in the cancer center.

Trinity’s commemoration of the holiday used to be formal dinner, but after the COVID-19 pandemic, the health system decided to do something fun that incorporates more people and celebrates the survivors, said Catherine Poludniak, director of the Trinity Health System Foundation, the system’s nonprofit fundraising arm that stewards philanthropic gifts.

“The foundation has been very supportive of this. It was like a no-brainer for us to jump in and help such a wonderful cause,” Poludniak said.

Read Christopher’s full report here. 


WTOV: Tony Teramana Cancer Center marks National Cancer Survivors Day with hope and support by Skylar Sobansky

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — Trinity Health System’s Tony Teramana Cancer Center celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day by honoring the strength and resilience of those affected by cancer.

“Celebrating all of our survivors,” Oncology Service Manager Gretchen Heizler said. “A survivor is anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer throughout their cancer treatment even after they survived so we like to support them.”

Heizler said Friday’s event was all about recognizing what cancer patients go through and giving them support.

“We are here for you, and we will help you in any way we can whether it is in family support, friend support or as health care professionals.”

Read and watch Skylar’s full report here.


WTRF: Tony Teramana Cancer Center Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day with a special event and fundraiser by Mary Flavin

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (WTRF) — Trinity Health System Tony Teramana Cancer Center celebrates cancer survivors on National Cancer Survivors Day.

Staff members and guests alike took part in raffle baskets, food, and dancing.

Gretchen Heizler, manager of oncology services at the cancer center, says that today is about recognizing what cancer patients go through while also celebrating life to the fullest.

“As healthcare professionals we want to acknowledge that fight against that disease and help them and support them in their journey along the way and also support the survivors that have beaten cancer in their journeys.” – GRETCHEN HEIZLER, MANAGER OF ONCOLOGY SERVICES AT THE TONY TERAMANA CANCER CENTER

Throughout the month of June, Trinity Health System is raffling off a new 2024 Ford Mustang; only 1,000 tickets are available. All proceeds go towards the Medical Equipment Fund.

Read and watch Mary’s report here.