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Interior Cancer Journal

Community Outreach

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Participates in Relay for Life

On May 14, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital participated in the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life at Katy City Park.

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital employees, along with their families and friends, joined the movement and raised $2,750 to benefit the American Cancer Society. The hospital has been involved with Relay for Life for many years, beginning when a former employee with brain cancer decided to form the hospital’s first team. When the employee passed away two years ago, Memorial Hermann Katy committed to dedicating their Relay for Life efforts to that employee and all other employees fighting cancer.

“Cancer touches everyone and we have had some special co-workers, family and friends that battled the disease,” said Robin Hanzelka, manager of the cancer registry for Memorial Hermann Katy. “We participate in honor of them.”

Relay for Life brings together over 4 million people in 20 countries each year to raise awareness and funds to save lives from cancer. During the 24-hour event, teams take turns walking or running around a track or path. Since cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.
Funds raised through Relay for Life help the American Cancer Society support cancer research and community programs for cancer patients and survivors.

Memorial Hermann Offers Free Cancer Screenings to Community

Throughout the year, Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers host free cancer screenings for the community. On April 15, affiliated physicians from McGovern Medical School at UT Health’s Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, led by Ron J. Karni, M.D., screened 148 people as part of National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week®. Of the 148 people screened for oral, head and neck cancers, four were referred for further examination, and one cancer was found.

In May, skin cancer screenings were conducted at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital as part of Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Of a combined 129 people screened, 39 were referred for further exam and 26 were referred for biopsies.

There were 2 cases of suspected melanoma, 7 cases of suspected basal cell carcinoma, 6 cases of suspected squamous cell carcinoma and 9 cases of suspected actinic keratosis.

Giving Cancer the Boot: National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration

From the day patients are diagnosed with cancer, they are survivors. On June 3, Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers came together with 200 current and former patients, their caregivers, volunteers and staff to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day® at The Westin Houston-Memorial City. Dan Shapiro, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, medical comedian, author, and cancer survivor tickled the audience’s funny bone with his keynote address, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemotherapy,” which chronicled his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma.

Between having their snapshots taken in the photo booth and enjoying a buffet of healthy country cooking, survivors and their guests moseyed through the cancer resource fair, where they were able to pick up information on treatment and survivorship programs throughout the Houston area. This yearly event is a way to give back to patients who have fought, or are continuing to fight, cancer.

“Each one of us has such compassion in planning and creating this day for our patients, so that they are reminded of what a gift each day brings and that they are a gift to each one of us, are appreciated, and teach us the true meaning of strength and perseverance,” said Sylvia Brown, MS, RN, OCN, CNL, Oncology Nurse Navigator at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Texas Medical Center.

“Countless hours go into the planning of this event; however, it doesn’t hold a candle to what our patients endure. As a cancer survivor myself, I have seen all sides of the spectrum, which brings me a greater appreciation for our survivors.” To view a gallery of photos from the event, visit

Cancer Survivor Celebration 2016 1
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Pink in the Park Raises Money for Breast Cancer

Pink in the Park

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the Sugar Land Skeeters teamed up for Pink in the Park on May 6 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. Attendees were encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness as the Skeeters took on the Somerset Patriots in the annual “Pink Out” game. During the game, 70 breast cancer survivors were honored on the field by more than 5,000 attendees, including 300 Memorial Hermann employees. A silent auction featuring baseball bats painted by Skeeters players and pink jerseys worn during the game raised over $9,500 for enhancements to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land’s breast cancer services, including digital mammography for screening and diagnostics and the cutting-edge 3-D breast tomosynthesis.

“Pink in the Park is a special night for the community that we look forward to each year and this year even more so as we honor all healthcare employees alongside breast cancer survivors,” said Greg Haralson, Sr. Vice President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. “It’s a privilege to recognize these amazing individuals who serve and inspire our community.”