From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor
Photography by Jim Prisching
The conclusion of what feels like endless rounds of treatments can be a bittersweet reality for many cancer patients. Trips to the hospital or clinic come to an end. Hopefully, the pain and discomfort associated with their path to healing subside. But the availability of weekly one-on-one time with comforting nurses and doctors who were once there to answer every question abruptly ends, leaving the patient with a gaping void in the healing process.
Realizing that the end of treatment is not the end of the cancer experience, NorthShore University HealthSystem developed their Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, designed by Highland Park’s Carol A. Rosenberg, M.D. Bridging the transition from being a cancer patient to becoming a cancer survivor, the LIFE Program connects those living with cancer to primary care physicians and valuable resources as they transition from treatment to life as cancer survivors. A main lifeline to the tremendous outreach program is the Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center (MRW), located within NorthShore Highland Park Hospital.
Founded by Eileen Rubenstein Goldstein and Paul D. Goldstein, M.D., in honor of Eileen’s sister, Myra, who battled breast cancer for 10 years before the disease claimed her life in 1990, MRW is a valuable resource that not only supports the LIFE Program, but continues its mission to promote health education and health awareness to the communities served by NorthShore University HealthSystem.
On Wednesday, May 4, the Highland Park Country Club will come alive with friends of MRW, as Eileen, Paul, and their bevy of influential supporters attend the group’s 15th Annual Luncheon, entitled “Knowledge for Life.” The pulsating event literally bursts the walls of the Highland Park Country Club with an impressive silent auction and high-energy luncheon. The inspiring event is enjoyed by all who attend as they celebrate and support health education and survivorship.
This year, the luncheon will honor Leon Dragon, M.D., for his commitment to enriching the lives of those served by NorthShore. For the past 35 years, Dr. Dragon has been instrumental in leading-edge research and care in the field of oncology. “His compassion for his patients is what sets him apart,” says Eileen Rubenstein Goldstein. “We are taking the opportunity to thank him for the impact he has made to date and all that is yet to come.”
The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center’s “Knowledge for Life” Luncheon is on Wednesday, May 4. Tickets are $75. To make reservations, call the NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation at 847-926-5003, or visit northshore.org/mrw.