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Long-time cancer survivor, Co-founder of Say YES to HOPE to speak in Reading

May 21, 2018 • by Penn State Health St. Joseph
Penn State Health St. Joseph Hospital

Penn State Health St. Joseph cancer specialists to join discussion on treatment of liver cancer

Reading, Pa. – Texan Suzanne Lindley, a long time survivor of advanced metastatic colorectal cancer and the Co-founder of Say YES to HOPEwill share her incredible story during  a free talk preceding the Reading Phillies game at First Energy Stadium on June 2nd starting at 2:30 p.m.

Anyone impacted by advanced cancer is invited but reservations are required and can be made by calling Patty Kelly at Penn State Health St. Joseph at 610-378-2001. 

St. Joseph is a game sponsor and St. Joseph’s Chief of Oncology Dr. Marc Rovito and Radiation Oncologist Dr. Navesh Sharma will also participate in Lindley’s talk.  

Dr. Sharma is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of liver tumors through a minimally invasive procedure that combines embolization and radiation therapy to treat liver cancer. Tiny glass or resin beads filled with the radioactive isotope yttrium Y-90 are placed inside the blood vessels that treat a tumor from the inside.

YES to HOPE has the mission of “improving the lives of anyone affected by cancers of the liver through  information, resources, and support; deLIVERing HOPE and ensuring no one makes the cancer journey alone.”

Lindley has been married to her husband Ronnie for thirty-one years and has three daughters:  Katie, Karlie, and Chloe.  She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a certified bereavement counselor. 

She has survived colon cancer for the past nineteen years undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, SIR-Spheres, radiation, radiofrequency ablation, cyberknife, and three clinical trials.  Through personal experience, she has learned the importance of self-advocacy:  of support, information, and empowerment for both the patient and the family.  By utilizing these experiences, she has created easier medical navigation for other advanced cancer patients with a focus on those who have liver tumors.  She has helped to coordinate thousands of “FRIENDS” so that others do not feel the isolation and fear that she experienced and has ensured that others have access to the benefits of medical research. She has given hope when hope has all but disappeared.

Lindley has appeared in national media sharing her constant and passionate message of hope.  She has been described as a person who exemplifies how one person can inspire others to create change, to defy dismal odds, and to always find hope.

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