The Healing Power of Comedy

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The Healing Power of Comedy

 Today’s post was written by Sara Jade Alan, a sarcoma survivor and author.   In 2005, I was in my twenties and living and performing comedy in New York City. I had just completed an eight-month yoga-teacher training program when I discovered a lump on my outer left thigh. I thought it would be nothing, but I went to see an orthopedic doctor about it to make sure. He coolly told me: tumor. I remember walking out of his office onto the blustery NYC street, the giant X-ray envelope whipping around in my hands like a sail—as if to warn, the…  Read More »

Meet Jonathan Yip – 2016 Courage Award Recipient

        In 2010, Jonathan Yip was diagnosed with osteosarcoma after returning from a carefree summer in China. Taking time off from his studies at Harvard, Jonathan underwent chemotherapy and surgery over the course of the next 10 months. At the end of his treatment, thanks to the dedication and expertise of his team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, including Dr. John Healey and Jody Roth, RN, Jonathan emerged cancer free and leg intact. A week after chemotherapy ended, bald and with a cane, Jonathan went to Washington, DC to intern at the White House National Economic…  Read More »

Meet Jody Pollack Roth, RN, MPH, OCN – 2016 Compassionate Care Award Recipient

      Jody Pollack Roth RN, MPH, OCN is a Clinical Nurse IV at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).   Jody works in the ambulatory setting and is responsible for the care, pre-operation teaching, follow up, and coordination of resources for patients with orthopaedic cancers.  She is honored to work in a collaborative practice with Dr. John Healey, who she has immense admiration for, and from whom she is constantly learning from. Jody has been in this role for 23 years and, thanks to her amazing colleagues and patients, she still loves coming to work. She feels that it is a…  Read More »

Meet Mike Westhoff – 2016 Courage Award Recipient

        Mike Westhoff is in his third season as a part of the Jets radio broadcast team for ESPN New York 98.7FM. He joined the program in 2013, after a 38-year coaching career. He spent his final 12 seasons as the Jets special teams coordinator, retiring following the 2012 campaign. With the Jets, Westhoff’s units consistently ranked at the top of the NFL in overall special teams rankings. The Jets’ 15 kickoff return touchdowns from 2001-10 ranked as the top mark in the league over that span. His Jets units set an NFL record by registering at…  Read More »

Meet Dennis Wai – 2016 Courage Award Recipient

      Dennis Wai struggled a lot as a young boy diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. His right arm and shoulder has gone through many treatments and surgeries, but after long hurdles and tough challenges, he was able to pull through. More importantly, he was able to move on with his life and excel in his career.  He continued on to college and studied very well, and in his spare time he would volunteer in hospitals and clinics. After college, he went on to obtain a license to become a clinical laboratory scientist. At 27 years old, Dennis is now a…  Read More »

Meet Bonnie Newman-Myers – 2016 Courage Award Recipient

    Bonnie Newman was 19 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer for the first time. A semester in school was delayed for treatment, but she eventually graduated from college and spent the following summer on a backpacking adventure through Europe with her twin sister. The second time she was diagnosed, Bonnie was a new hire at a large Wall Street firm and the youngest woman accepted into their Broker/Financial Advisors training program. Only 6 weeks into her new position, she found out her cancer had returned and spread. After surgery, chemotherapy, and a long recovery, she returned…  Read More »

Meet Nathan Greenberg – 2016 Courage Award Recipient

    Nathan Greenberg was just 21 years old, captain of the Union College Men’s lacrosse team, and eager to head into his senior year of college.  At this moment in his life, Nathan had everything figured out and was looking forward to one final summer of fun before the real world.  However, one week before he headed back for his senior year,  he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in his left hip. After two surgeries, 13 rounds of chemotherapy, and countless trips to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Nathan was able to complete his treatment. Because of his positive…  Read More »