Innovations Magazine Spring 2017

April 19, 2017
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This past month, the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary held their annual Odyssey Ball. Looking over the room that night, I saw many superheroes: true friends, doctors, colleagues and partners. Our dedication to clinical and translational research is absolute and we know we can’t fail with you by our side. We will not rest until cancer is history.

That night, we honored a man of science, medicine and the personification of compassion. He means so much to our family because he took care of my dear sister, Toni, like she was family. This man is Dr. Steven J. O’Day, “The Duke” Special Service Award winner for 2017.

"Dr. O’Day is the consummate physician with a perfect approach to patient care. He does his best knowing that his patients are enduring one of the most challenging times of their lives.”

Dr. O’Day recognizes that a diagnosis of cancer is in its truest form, a family diagnosis. Patients frequently tell me they feel “seen” as a whole person as opposed to a diagnosis. This reminds them that, while cancer is something that is happening in their lives, it does not define them.

Dr. O’Day is the consummate physician with a perfect approach to patient care. He does his best knowing that his patients are enduring one of the most challenging times of their lives.

We are so very grateful to have him.

Patrick Wayne
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Patrick Wayne
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