DALLAS and THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fifth consecutive year, CURE magazine is calling on cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the country to submit essays for the 2011 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing. The contest, made possible with financial support from Amgen Oncology and Breakaway from Cancer, invites patients and their families to submit a 400-1000 word essay describing the compassion, expertise and helpfulness a special oncology nurse exhibited toward them during their cancer journey. Submissions can be made online at www.curetoday.com/healeraward or by mail and will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. CT on March 21, 2011.
"A diagnosis of cancer brings a variety of unwelcome struggles and emotional pitfalls, but throughout a patient's cancer journey, oncology nurses are consistently on the front lines doing a job that all too often goes unacknowledged," says Susan McClure, cancer survivor and publisher of CURE. "This is our chance to give readers an opportunity to speak up and say 'thank you' to each of their nurses who have gone above and beyond to become truly extraordinary healers."
Once the contest closes on March 21, a team of judges comprised of the CURE staff will select the top three essays. The three nurse finalists and their essayists (plus one guest each) will receive round-trip airfare and two-night accommodations in Boston, where they will be honored at a reception held in conjunction with the Oncology Nursing Society's 36th Annual Congress on April 28, 2011. During th