Cancer Center Community Crusaders Annual Event Joins with Survivors Day

April 20, 2017

BENNINGTON, VT—April 20, 2017—For the last few years, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) has hosted two cancer-related events during the first weekend in June: The Cancer Center Community Crusaders Day of Celebration on Saturday and National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday. For the first time in 2017, the events will be combined.

“We were hearing, while patients and their families really wanted to attend both events, busy weekend schedules did not allow them to do so, and unfortunately, they had to pick one or the other,” said Wendy Petitt, the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC) practice manager. “Now they won’t have to choose.”

Both events will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The program schedule begins with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Cupcake tasting, raffles, music, and kids’ activities—like inflatable bounce houses and face painting—continue throughout the day.

Attendees are invited to tour the Cancer Center’s newest addition, the linear accelerator, with Matthew Vernon, MD, radiation oncologist, each hour 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The linear accelerator delivers high doses of radiation to cancer cells in a much more precise and faster manner than allowed by previous technologies, which improves the patient experience through reduced treatment times, fewer side effects, and less damage to neighboring normal organs.

In addition, survivors who received treatment at SVRCC and their families are especially invited to a complimentary lunch buffet 12 – 2 p.m. Food will also be available for purchase.

Community organizations, families and friends of cancer patients, and anyone else who would like to raise funds in support of local cancer patients are invited to volunteer or set up a game booth or activity to benefit the event. No commercial vendors, please. Carnival-type games are especially encouraged. For information on how to participate, or volunteer, please call Carson Thurber at 802-447-5488 or e-mail

The purpose of the Cancer Center Community Crusaders is to provide financial, physical, and emotional support to members of the community and their families as they strive to obtain the best cancer care and treatment possible. All funds raised by the Cancer Center Community Crusaders stay in the communities of Bennington and Windham counties in Vermont and nearby New York and Massachusetts. Patients need not receive treatment at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center to be eligible for funds.

The purpose of the National Cancer Survivors Day observance at SVRCC is to celebrate life and honor cancer survivors. National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual celebration held in hundreds of communities nationwide in early June.


Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit

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