SHELTON, Conn. -- Shelton resident and cancer survivor Anthy Demestihas, MD, was the keynote speaker at the St. Vincent's Swim Across the Sound Cancer Survivors Breakfast last month in Bridgeport.
Demestihas, chairman of surgical services at St. Vincent's Medical Center, shared her journey from being a doctor to being a patient.
"It was two years ago today that I heard those three unbelievable words that you all have been told: You Have Cancer," Demestihas said in her address. ""I have said those words to hundreds of patients over my career, but to experience it personally changed my life."
The annual breakfast, which is free to all cancer survivors, honors the courage, spirit, and success of cancer patients. It is intended to reaffirm the organization's message of hope and resilience that survivors can and do live full and active lives, both during and after treatment.
In addition to Demestihas' address, René Stutz, President & CEO, Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc., told the standing room only audience that his company was donating $50,000 to Swim Across the Sound.
The Swim serves approximately 30,000 people annually by providing over 45 programs, including cancer education, screening, prevention and support programs at low- or no-cost for the uninsured and underinsured.
For more information, contact the St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation at (203) 576-5451 or visit www.SwimAcrossTheSound.org .
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