Finalists Announced for 2014 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing

April 23, 2014

Three nurse finalists and the patients and caregivers who nominated them are traveling to Anaheim, Calif., to celebrate oncology nursing

DALLAS, Texas – April 23, 2014 – CURE magazine, the most widely distributed magazine in the nation for people with cancer, has announced the three finalists for the 2014 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing. To enter the contest, which is made possible with financial support from Amgen Oncology’s Breakaway from Cancer® and Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, patients, caregivers and medical professionals submitted a 700- to 1,000-word essay describing the compassion, expertise and helpfulness of a special oncology nurse.

This year’s finalists include Cindi Cantril, RN, OCN, from Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, nominated by survivor and colleague Ann Tallman of Windsor, Calif.; Noelle Paul, RN, OCN, CAPA, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, nominated by caregiver Mary Kay Morelli of Sparta, N.J.; and Anne Todd, RN, OCN, from Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians, nominated by caregiver Chuck Wilson of Bloomington, Ind.

“This year’s contest finalists represent a very diverse group of writers and nurses, but the common link between them is the fact that each story details very different ways that all three nurses went above and beyond to make a tremendous impact on the lives of their patients,” says Kathy LaTour, cancer survivor and editor-at-large of CURE

The three nurse finalists (plus one guest) and their essayists 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. This year’s event is expected to draw more than 700 oncology nurses. The finalists, as well as the winner, were selected by the editors at CURE Media Group based on each essay’s originality and creativity as well as how each best portrayed the inspirational and exceptional qualities of the oncology nurses, including compassion, expertise, helpfulness and insight.

The guest speaker at the event will be Actor, Producer, Director and Bestselling Author Rob Lowe.

Additionally, the nominators will read their essay on stage with their nurse standing beside them. Afterward, one nurse will be presented the 2014 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing and will also receive an all-expenses-paid spa trip for two. 

This year’s winning essay will appear in the Summer 2014 issue of CURE, and the three finalist essays will be featured on CURE’s website,, beginning June 12, 2014. Additional information on the Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing, including past finalist essays, pictures from last year’s reception and more can be found online  

More information on the 2014 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing can be found online  

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, a 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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