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September 24, 2018

Senator Ritchie recognizes Cancer Services Program of Oswego County


Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – The Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County recently received the Outstanding Community Service Award from Senator Patty Ritchie.

Senator Ritchie issued the proclamation and presented the award to Carolyn Handville, program manager for OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership.

NYS senators David Valesky (left) and Patty Ritchie (second from left), and NYS Assemblyman Will Barclay (right), present Carolyn Handville (second from right), program manager with the OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership, with Outstanding Community Service Award from Senator Ritchie. OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership was recognized for its efforts to fight cancer in Oswego County and for providing free breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings, diagnostic services and treatment to more than 500 uninsured community members between the ages of 40 and 64 in 2011 alone.

NYS senators David Valesky (left) and Patty Ritchie (second from left), and NYS Assemblyman Will Barclay (right), present Carolyn Handville (second from right), program manager with the OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership, with Outstanding Community Service Award from Senator Ritchie. OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership was recognized for its efforts to fight cancer in Oswego County and for providing free breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings, diagnostic services and treatment to more than 500 uninsured community members between the ages of 40 and 64 in 2011 alone.

“Through its hard work, dedication and service, this program brings great pride to its community.  In 2011 OCO’s Cancer Services Program Partnership provided free breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings, diagnostic services and treatment to more than 500 uninsured community members between the ages of 40 and 64. Additionally, the members of the CSPP presented information at health fairs, senior groups, employment and training offices, and the Department of Social Services. This, along with their efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, which culminated in the creation of a human pink ribbon, have made the CSPP worthy of the esteem of both the community and the great State of New York,” said Ritchie.

Sheri Scavone, P.T., EHSA, Advanced Certificate Palliative Care Director with the New York State’s Department of Health’s Cancer Services Program, also praised the CSPP for the positive impact it has on the community.

“The scope and reach of the activities the CSPP have initiated demonstrate a clear focus and understanding of its mission and its efforts to maintain relevance and sustainability. This is particularly vital in the face of changes in the nation’s health care landscape and we appreciate having such engaged partners. The Cancer Services Program is able to provide life-saving cancer screening services to uninsured men and women throughout New York because of the time and effort of our contractors and partners. We truly appreciate their innovative ideas and dedication to our mission and look forward to continuing our work together to decrease cancer mortality in New York State,” said Scavone.

According to Handville, the primary goal of the Cancer Services Program Partnership is to ensure that every Oswego County resident who is eligible receives the free cancer screenings that they require.

“When it comes to winning the fight against cancer, early detection is the best protection. Regular cancer screenings make a difference. There is no reason for uninsured individuals aged 40 to 64 to not receive the cancer screenings they need. I cannot stress enough the importance of having regular cancer screenings. Early detection can save lives!” said Handville.

Funded by the NYS Department of Health, OCO’s Cancer Services Program provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings to uninsured individuals ages 40 to 64.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment contact the Cancer Services Program at 315-592-0830.

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

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