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Winner of 2009 CURE Magazine Extraordinary Healer Award Announced
Date:5/1/2009

Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. Sponsors Award Honoring the Work of Oncology

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SAN ANTONIO, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The winner and finalists of CURE magazine's 2009 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing, sponsored by Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc., were announced during a special reception at the Oncology Nursing Society's (ONS) 34th Annual Congress.

More than 150 cancer patients and caregivers submitted nominations. The winner, Christine Wilson, RN, Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, Ohio), was announced during the third annual award reception alongside her former patient, Delaney Diggs, and Delaney's mother, Renee La Forest. Christine, who treated Delaney when she was six years old, is the first pediatric nurse to be a finalist for the award and was described as "inspirational" with "boundless energy and enthusiasm" who "remained a consummate professional while bringing a positive spirit of hope and encouragement."

In addition to Christine, two finalists, Nadeen Robinson, RN, BSN, OCN, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (New York) and Marianne Sacks, RN, CCM, Aetna Patient Management (Blue Bell, Pa.), and the individuals who nominated them, Toby Bressler and Dianne Ericson respectively, also attended the reception.

"I am truly honored to receive the Extraordinary Healer Award, and it is very gratifying to see the oncology nursing profession recognized," said Christine Wilson, RN, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. "Oncology nurses strive to make a difference in the lives of their patients, and what I do is just a representation of the important work that all oncology nurses do across the country every day."

Peggy Fleming, former ice skater, Olympic gold medalist and breast cancer survivor, was mistress of ceremonies for the event, which honors oncology nurses who demonstrate unwaverin
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