New York Cancer and Blood Specialists (NYCBS) held a grand opening celebration for its newest treatment center in Port Jefferson Station, featuring a surprise performance by multi-platinum, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Gavin De Graw.
DeGraw, who lost his mother to pancreatic cancer in 2017, spoke about the new NYCBS cancer treatment center. “Cancer never hit me personally until my mother became ill. It’s the hardest thing ever to talk about” said DeGraw. “This facility is the reason I’m here. It’s nice that there’s a local facility like this.”
DeGraw delighted audience members with a night of great music and kind words. “I’m excited to be here with all of you for the opening of this great building,” said DeGraw. He was especially pleased to reconnect with long-time friend, Dr. David Chu. Both DeGraw and Dr. Chu attended the same school growing up and maintained a friendship over the years.
DeGraw described his mother’s passing as a “horrible time.” He has opened up publicly, saying that he was unable “to finish writing a single song.” Since then, DeGraw has been an avid supporter of cancer research, speaking on behalf of numerous organizations and charities.
The NYCBS treatment center is located at 49 Route 347. Dr. Jeffrey Vacirca, CEO of NYCBS explains his vision behind the building. “What we wanted to do for our patients was create a facility where we can do everything for them in one place. Without the help of some remarkable people, we could not have made this happen.”
NYCBS’ newest facility encompasses several amenities cancer patients need in one spot. “It is an unbelievable honor and a privilege every day to care for the heroes we see every day,” said Dr. Vacirca.
Attendees of the ceremony also included local politicians Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, a two-time cancer survivor, Town Of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilmen Neil Foley and Kevin LaValle, and Councilwomen Valerie Cartright and Jane Bonner.
New York Cancer & Blood Specialists is a premier cancer treatment center with the most experienced doctors committed to providing the best cancer care possible. New York Cancer & Blood Specialists offers same-day appointments and has 25 locations throughout Suffolk, Nassau, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan. Their state-of-the-art equipment and cutting edge clinical trials make them uniquely capable of caring for Long Island communities and beyond.