Throughout Hockey Fights Cancer Month, the Islanders are recognizing people who have overcome giant obstacles and survived this terrible disease. Five of these special survivors are members of the Survivors Facing Forward Program at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, located in Great Neck, NY. Today, let’s meet Tracy…
Tracy, Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivor
Diagnosed at age 16
At age 16 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease Stage 3A and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 1A. I had two different types of cancer at once, and my sister had just finished treatment for Hodgkin’s disease seven months prior. I had numerous surgeries, a medi-port put in (the best gift my parents ever gave me) and a year of chemotherapy and radiation. Treatment was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. There were many bumps in the road during treatment, but my family, friends and doctors helped me be positive and fight hard while I was at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC), my home away from home.
At age 39 I’m a Special Education Teacher. Every year I visit my Survivorship Doctor at CCMC, who makes sure I am proactive about my health. There have been some scares along the way, but I try to do everything I can to keep myself healthy. Surviving cancer is such a gift. I am so grateful for everyone who has helped me survive. As a result, I started my own foundation Friends and Angels: The Tracy Vicere Foundation to benefit the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at CCMC.
As a leading center of pediatric oncology, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York sees approximately 200 new cases of childhood cancer every year. This results in hundreds of childhood cancer survivors requiring ongoing care. Survivors Facing Forward is a program designed to meet the complex needs of these survivors, as well as others from the New York area. The program crosses disciplines, providing coordinated access to oncology, endocrinology, pulmonology, cardiology, psychology, nutrition and other specialists as needed. For more information, CLICK HERE.
If you have a story you’d like to share from a friend, family member, co-worker or yourself, please feel free to send it our way, along with some pictures, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer doesn’t take a day off and neither will the Islanders organization as we join the fight to find a cure for cancer. If you’d like to team up with the Islanders fight and help more patients survive like Tracy, you can MAKE A DONATION HERE.