CURE Magazine Offers Patients the Opportunity to Thank Their Nurses Through Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing

March 26, 2014

Largest cancer magazine in the country calls on patients, survivors and caregivers to honor their oncology nurses through a one-of-a-kind contest

DALLAS, Texas – March 26, 2014 – For the eighth consecutive year, CURE magazine is calling on cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and oncology nurses from across the country to submit essays for the 2014 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing. The contest, made possible with financial support from Amgen Oncology’s Breakaway from Cancer® and Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, invites patients, survivors and their families to submit a 400- to 1,000-word essay describing the compassion, expertise and helpfulness a special oncology nurse exhibited towards them during their cancer journey. In addition, oncology nurses can make peer nominations for colleagues who they have seen go above and beyond for patients. Submissions can be made online at or by mail and will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. CT on March 28, 2014.

“This award gives CURE the opportunity to let our readers say thank you to the men and women who care for them in the most extraordinary ways. As a two-time survivor, I understand how nurses impact our experience—both mentally and physically,” says Kathy LaTour, cancer survivor and editor-at-large of CURE.

Once the contest closes on March 28, 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 Anaheim, Calif., where they will be honored at a reception held in conjunction with the Oncology Nursing Society’s 39th Annual Congress on May 1, 2014. During the awards reception, one nurse will be presented with the 2014 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing. The winning nurse will receive an all-expenses-paid spa trip for two.

Since the contest’s inception in 2007, more than 1,000 nurses have been honored. They have come from 18 different states and included both men and women. The essayists, both adults and children, represent a variety of cancers and cancer centers—both urban and rural.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned watching this contest grow over the years, it’s how special the bond between a cancer patient and his or her oncology nurse can be. Reading these essays and hearing our readers give countless examples of nurses who go far beyond expectations to make a difference is inspiring. I’m consistently humbled at the dedication, passion and commitment that oncology nurses show their patients,” says Lena Huang, CURE’s editorial director.

More information on the 2014 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing, including contest rules, submission forms and last year’s finalist essays, can be found online at

About CURE Magazine

CURE magazine is a free, award-winning publication from Dallas-based CURE Media Group. By combining science and humanity, CURE helps patients, survivors and caregivers navigate the cancer journey and understand their diagnosis and treatment, while providing tools to cope during and after cancer—ultimately helping them to live the life they aspire to live. Through the magazine and its associated website, an annual resource guide for the newly diagnosed, books, and a variety of resources aimed at enhancing communication between healthcare professionals and patients, CURE provides a wealth of resources for everyone on the cancer journey. For more information, visit CURE Media Group is affiliated with McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation.

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