#LoveOurSurvivors

You’re supporting a loved one surviving cancer.

Or maybe you are a survivor yourself. You have more physical and emotional courage than anyone outside can imagine. You deserve the rewards of your efforts. You deserve the opportunity to enjoy the life you save. You DON’T deserve to have extra worry about whether or not you can keep your job, once you recover.

Just like my mother, thousands of women and men are having this choice taken from them.

“By 2020, more than 21 million people worldwide will be diagnosed with cancer each year. About 70 percent of cancer patients now survive for five or more years after diagnosis, however, it is unknown how this experience affects the long-term mental health of survivors and their loved ones, the study authors pointed out.” The Lancet Oncology, news release, June 4, 2013

With such rates, can we allow employers to get away with harassment, even termination, of our cancer survivors and returning patients?

Tell New York University Medical Center what they did was WRONG!

Dr. Robert I. Grossman,
CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Dear Dr. Grossman,

You need to know that a woman who worked for your institute for 38 years was fired because of her breast cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, this woman passed away six months later. You need to know she experienced a brilliant year of remission, and yet after job termination, lost her life within six months.

Numerous studies have proven the link between emotional and mental well-being, and after 38 years of employment for NYUMC, Fleurette Rafic was connected to her job. She worked after recovery, worked to be a productive employee as she had been her entire adult life. Yet, her choice to work was taken from her.

Studies show displaced workers suffer higher mortality rates. You need to know that NYUMC’s termination contributed to this woman’s death from the disease your institute wants to halt.

Please acknowledge this wrong against an employee of 38 years and apologize in public for what NYUMC did because it was beyond conscionable.

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