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CURE Magazine Teams Up With Amgen Oncology and Breakaway from Cancer® to Launch 2011 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing
Date:2/7/2011

e awards reception, one nurse will be presented with the 2011 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing and will also receive an all-expenses-paid spa trip for two.  

Since the contest's inception in 2007, more than 700 nurses have been nominated for the Extraordinary Healer Award. Essays have come from all 50 states, and CURE has even received international essays from Canada and Kenya, where nurse David Makumi Kinyanjui was nominated for setting up the very first support group in the country.

"The award showcases the unwavering commitment of oncology nurses and the lasting, life-changing impact they have made on their patients," says Kathy LaTour, cancer survivor and editor-at-large of CURE. "In so many of these essays, the writers talk of their nurse's presence, their willingness to 'be' with the patient in the midst of pain and fear so powerful it defies definition. But maybe therein lies the meaning of being present."

2011 marks the first year that Amgen Oncology and the Breakaway from Cancer initiative have sponsored the Extraordinary Healer Award, but the countless synergies between the two organizations' missions and the goal of the Extraordinary Healer Award are obvious. Founded in 2005 by Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer is a national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention through survivorship.

"Amgen is passionate about helping people who are battling cancer – through our pioneering science and programs like Breakaway from Cancer, " said Stuart Arbuckle, vice president and general manager, Amgen Oncology. "Breakaway from Cancer was created out of the belief that one person alone can't beat cancer, it takes a team. Oncology nurses are a critical part of that team, and w
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