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CURE Magazine Announces Winner of 2008 Extraordinary Healer Award

Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. Sponsors Program to Recognize Exemplary Work

of Oncology Nurses

PHILADELPHIA, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- CURE magazine announced the winner and finalists of its 2008 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing during a reception at the Oncology Nursing Society's (ONS) 33rd Annual Congress. Ortho Biotech Products, L. P. sponsored the award, which honors oncology nurses who demonstrate unwavering dedication, compassion and helpfulness. The finalists exemplify the exceptional efforts that nurses make in improving the lives of the patients and families with whom they work.

Nearly 200 cancer patients and caregivers submitted essays nominating oncology nurses. The winner, Karen Marchman, Clinical Research Coordinator, Florida Hospital Cancer Institute (Orlando, FL), was announced during the second annual award reception alongside her patient, Sheila McThenia, a breast cancer survivor and mother of four young sons. Karen was described as a "priceless resource, trusted confidante and tireless advocate" who always answered a myriad of medical questions and thoughtfully addressed her patients' fears. The two finalists, Randy Wecker, Registered Nurse, Marshfield Clinic (Marshfield, WI), and Linda Huber, Program Manager, Psychiatric Services, St. Lukes Hospital (Kansas City, MO), and the individuals who nominated them, RaeAnn Thomas and Patricia Nee respectively, also attended the reception.

"The Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing is an avenue for patients to express gratitude and publicly acknowledge their nurses for providing them with meaningful support and a steadfast commitment," said Kathy LaTour, Editor-at-Large, CURE & Heal magazines. "The hundreds of essays we receive reaffirm the important role that nurses play in a cancer patient's life."

The winning essay will be featured in the Summer 2008 issue of CURE, a quarterly magazine for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. A podcast of the essayists reading their nominations will be available on In addition, the winning and finalists' essays will be featured online at beginning on June 24.

"Oncology nurses are a critical part of the strong network of care that patients need in the fight against cancer, often serving as the foundation of physical and emotional support," said Kim Taylor, President, Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. "We are pleased to be a part of an effort that recognizes and honors oncology nurses who are so dedicated to improving patient care."

About CURE

CURE is a quarterly magazine with an annual Resource Guide and special issue that combines the science and humanity of cancer for those who have to deal with it on a daily basis. CURE provides scientific information in easy-to-understand language for patients, survivors and caregivers. It is published by Dallas-based CURE Media Group, L.P.

About Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.

Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. is a leading biopharmaceutical company devoted to helping improve the lives of patients with cancer and with anemia due to multiple causes, including chronic kidney disease. Since it was founded in 1990, Ortho Biotech and its worldwide affiliates have earned a global reputation for researching, manufacturing and marketing innovative products that enhance patients' health. Located in Bridgewater, N.J., Ortho Biotech is an established market leader in Epoetin alfa therapy for anemia management. The company also markets treatments for recurrent ovarian cancer, rejection of transplanted organs and other serious illnesses. For more information, visit

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