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Joy Breun Gardner, 45, Oneonta; Cancer Fells Decorated Firefighter

IN MEMORIAM

Joy Breun Gardner, 45, Oneonta;

Cancer Fells Decorated Firefighter

Joy Gardner

ONEONTA – Joy Renee Bruen Gardner, 45, a decorated firefighter, passed away Aug. 18, 2019, at Fox Hospital, following a long battle with cancer.

Joy was born June 29, 1974, to Jana Cuda of Texas and Robert Bruen Sr. of Arkansas.  She married Anthony Gardner of Oneonta on Dec. 12, 2012.

Previously, she was a volunteer firefighter for the Laurens Fire Department and Pindars Corners Fire Department. Most recently she became a volunteer for the Meridale Fire Department, where she earned the Distinguished Service Award. She also was a certified emergency medical technician.


William Hymers, 68; Cancer Claims Oneonta Man In Florida

IN MEMORIAM: William Hymers, 68;

Cancer Claims Oneonta Man In Florida

Billy Hymers

ONEONTA – William K. “Billy” Hymers, 68, passed away in his winter home in Margate, Fla. on Nov. 24, 2018, with his loving family by his side. He had fought a courageous battle with cancer.

William was born Feb. 20, 1950, in Delhi, the son of the late Douglas and Tarisa Hymers. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Inez; daughter, Tarisa Finne (Dan); grandchildren, Ethan and Torryn; sisters, Roberta “Bobbie” and Peggy Hall (Ed); brother, Wayne Hymers (Peg); aunt, Betty and several loved nieces, nephews, cousins and step family.

‘Charlie’ Bergen, 47; Cherry Valley Man Claimed By Cancer

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Charlie’ Bergen, 47;

Cherry Valley Man Claimed By Cancer

CHERRY VALLEY – On Feb. 2, 2017, Henry “Charlie” Bergen lost his battle of cancer.   Charlie was surrounded by his sisters, brothers, and family, and felt the strength of love from his family and friends to allow his spirit to make a peaceful departure.

Charlie was born on Jan. 29, 1970. He recently shared his 47th birthday with his family and friends.

Seward Undergoes Surgery For Cancer

Seward Undergoes

Surgery For Cancer

Operation Success, Physicians Say

Senator Seward on the state Senate floor in Albany in a recent photo.
Senator Seward on the state Senate floor in Albany in a recent photo.

ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, underwent surgery for bladder cancer Wednesday, and his doctors told him “I can expect to make a full recovery.” This is good news, and Seward should be an inspiration to all. This should also urge people to get checked out for bladder cancer if they suspect they may have it, as it can be easily treated if caught early. By visiting a board-certified urologist like Advanced Urology, you can recieve a full diagnosis as well as compassion and care towards your treatment. There is no reason as to why people should be humiliated to visit a urologist about these sort of issues, as these professionals deal with these sorts of things everyday.

His office released the following statement this morning:

“In early February, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer by my physicians at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown. On Wednesday, I underwent successful surgery at Albany Medical Center where I will remain a patient for a few days.

Kathleen Galland-Bennett; Teacher, Example Of Cancer-Fighting Courage

IN MEMORIAM: Kathleen Galland-Bennett, 50;

Teacher Exemplified Cancer-Fighting Courage

Kathleen Galland-Bennett
Kathleen Galland-Bennett
Kathleen Galland, with her pal Christine McBrearty-Hulse behind her, rides into the Damaschke Field parking lot after last September's Bike Otsego.  She was a staple in local running and biking events through her cancer fight.  (allotsego.com)
Kathleen Galland-Bennett, with her pal Christine McBrearty-Hulse behind her, rides into the Damaschke Field parking lot after last September’s Bike Otsego. She was a staple in local running and biking events through her cancer fight. (allotsego.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Kathleen M. Galland-Bennett, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and Cooperstown Elementary School teacher, passed away following a valiant struggle with cancer Sunday afternoon, July 12, 2015, at her home.  She was one day shy of her 51st birthday.

While fighting cancer, she continued to run and bike competitively in local races, often with her pals Christine McBrearty-Hulse, Anne Killian-Russo and Jenna Wratten.

Family and friends may call 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

A funeral service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015, at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index, where Kathleen will be laid to rest near her sister, Cyndi.

Cooperstown Dreams Park Hosts Relay for Life

Cooperstown Dreams Park Hosts Relay for Life

Area Cancer survivors Allison Wilber, Burlington Flatts, Joyce Boyde, Fly Creek, Janet McCarthy, East Springfield, and Susan Carpenter, Edmestone carry the survivors' banner during the Survivors' lap of the Relay for Life walk hald at the Cooperstown Dreams Park on Friday evening. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Area Cancer survivors Allison Wilber, Burlington Flatts, Joyce Boyde, Fly Creek, Janet McCarthy, East Springfield, and Susan Carpenter, Edmeston carry the survivors’ banner during the Survivors’ lap of the Relay for Life walk held at the Cooperstown Dreams Park on Friday evening. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
SUNY Hosts 13th Annual Relay For Life at Field House

SUNY Hosts 13th Annual Relay For Life

at Field House

The SUNY Alumni Field House hosted the annual Relay For Life last night, which, at 11pm, had made over $51,000 dollars. Seen here are members of Team Mimi, which was formed three weeks ago to honor the late Jackie Ruff who had worked at SUNY. Under the leadership of Laurie Emmett they have started a peer lead support group for people living with Cancer and their families on the 3rd Wed. of every month at the Hunt Union. From left: Ethan Lowe, Otego, Elaine Lowe, Otego, Moira Beach, Oneonta, Diane Loveland, Otego, Laura Emmett, Maryland, Judi McWherter, Oneonta, Rachael Price, Oneonta, Kate Bronk, Oneonta, and Natalia Allen, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
The SUNY Alumni Field House hosted the annual Relay For Life last night, which, at 11pm, had made over $51,000 dollars. Seen here are members of Team Mimi, which was formed three weeks ago to honor the late Jackie Ruff who had worked at SUNY. Under the leadership of Laurie Emmett they have started a peer lead support group for people living with Cancer and their families on the 3rd Wed. of every month at the Hunt Union. From left: Ethan Lowe, Otego, Elaine Lowe, Otego, Moira Beach, Oneonta, Diane Loveland, Otego, Laura Emmett, Maryland, Judi McWherter, Oneonta, Rachael Price, Oneonta, Kate Bronk, Oneonta, and Natalia Allen, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
Glimmerglass, Bassett Help Deter Cancers

Glimmerglass, Bassett Help Deter Cancers

By Giving Employees Wide-Brimmed Hats

Dr. Naoyuki G. Saito, who leads the Bassett program, poses with Glimmerglass interns in their wide-brimmed hats.  (Jessica Kray/The Glimmerglass Festival)
Dr. Naoyuki G. Saito, who leads the Bassett program, poses with Glimmerglass interns in their wide-brimmed hats. (Jessica Kray/The Glimmerglass Festival)

 

COOPERSTOWN – Once again this season, The Glimmerglass Festival has teamed up with the Bassett Cancer Institute and Bluemack Creative Marketing/Promotional Products to combat heat-related illnesses, sunburn and skin cancer by providing staff with wide-brimmed hats.

The partnership was inspired by Bassett Cancer Institute radiation oncologist Dr. Naoyuki G. Saito, who says, “I’m a big fan of the Glimmerglass Festival and this was something easy to do that would protect their staff from the sun, as well as increase the community’s awareness about how to enjoy the summer season sensibly.”

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