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ALTON — Area cancer survivors and their families can experience a celebration of survivorship at Saint Anthony’s annual Cancer Survivors Celebration Thursday, Sept. 25, in The Commons at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.
This year’s event will be a red-carpet affair, as cancer survivors and their families walk along the red carpet into The Commons. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George.
“It is both humbling and an honor to celebrate the survivorship of these courageous people,” said Clint Koerkenmeier, director of Saint Anthony’s Oncology Services. “A diagnosis of cancer can be a long and challenging journey. We feel blessed to have helped them on that road.”
Saint Anthony’s Cancer Team, including physician specialists radiation oncologist Dr. James Piephoff, medical oncologist and hematologist Dr. Manpreet Sandhu and medical oncologist and hematologist Dr. Kevin Palka will be on hand to meet survivors and their families.
Registration begins at 5 p.m., with dinner and the sisters’ entertainment to follow. To register for the free dinner and celebration, call (618) 465-2264.
Saint Anthony’s has been accredited and nationally recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for providing excellence in cancer care. The Cancer Team uses a collaborative approach that brings together a range of physician and clinical specialists who review individual patient cases.
“We use a holistic approach with our patients,” Clint said, adding that “we want to be there for them every step of the way. And that includes the celebrations. I hope to see all of our patients and friends at the dinner.”
Piephoff is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He completed his fellowship and residency at Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital and is board-certified in radiation oncology. Piephoff serves as chief of staff for Saint Anthony’s Health Center.
Sandhu is a graduate of Government Medical College in Chandigarh, India. She completed her fellowship and residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Sandhu is board-certified in medical oncology and hematology, as well as in internal medicine.
Palka is a Duke University undergraduate and Fulbright Scholar. He attended medical school at the University of Texas-Southwestern in Dallas and completed advanced fellowship training in hematology and oncology at Vanderbilt University. He is board-certified in oncology and hematology, as well as in internal medicine.