MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Northern Westchester Hospital has announced the dedication of the Bruce and Andrea Yablon Cancer Health and Wellness Program. This unique program serves patients affected by cancer beginning with those identified as at-risk for cancer; those recently diagnosed; currently receiving treatment; and those who are navigating what it means to be a cancer survivor.
Due to the extraordinary generosity of the Yablons and other community members, NWH is able to provide patients with free access to services including a health coach and registered dietitian, a customized physical activity plan, integrative medicine including acupuncture, aromatherapy, Reiki, reflexology, and mindful wellness, as well as individual and group counseling, stress reduction and meditation.
During the dedication ceremony, Bruce Yablon commented, “Cancer never ends for patients and their families. It becomes their new normal. Research will hopefully solve this so our kids will one day know that cancer can be cured. Northern Westchester Hospital is here to help the community and we are proud to support this program, which provides patients with the support and resources to know they are not just here to treat their disease.”
Joanna Cirasella, breast cancer patient, emphasized the importance of these services stating, “The ending of treatment and not being under the watchful eye of the staff brings its own challenges. The services offered during and after treatment through the generosity of Bruce and Andrea eased those challenges. Because of all of you, I am not just surviving, I am living.”
Joel Seligman, NWH President and CEO added, “It takes medical expertise, a staff committed to the principles of Planetree and the support of the community to offer this program. Bruce and Andrea have been long time supporters of NWH and their continued generosity has enabled us to expand and enhance the services offered through the Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center. Their support demonstrates their empathy for others and commitment to our community.”
While the Cancer Health and Wellness Program was founded by Bruce and Andrea, it is funded and sustained entirely though the contributions and generosity of patients and donors. There have been approximately 18,000 free health and wellness visits since the program’s inception in April 2011.
Community members interested in learning more can contact the Northern Westchester Hospital Foundation at 914-242-8361.