17th annual “One Night, One Diamond” benefits cancer patients

WATERTOWN, NY — Hearing the words “You have cancer” can be overwhelming and terrifying. Those words often mark the beginning of a long journey of testing and treatment. One of the steps in that journey will now be a little easier thanks to oncologic navigation technology that will be used to help guide and manage the continuum of care for cancer patients at the The Walker Center for Cancer Care at Samaritan Medical Center. The proceeds of the event will also purchase a system that tracks tissue from the time it enters the facility until implanted into the patient. The tissue implants may be skin, valves for vascular surgery, bone fragments, ligaments and tendons, to name a few.

“The benefit of a care pathway and documentation of this journey with oncologic navigation is huge in the life of a cancer patient, while tissue tracking for the patients receiving tissue implants is paramount for patient safety and tissue traceability” explains Irene Carman, Samaritan Auxiliary’s “One Night, One Diamond” Event Chair. “This equipment is a testament to Samaritan’s commitment to investing in current technology to assist in the care of its patients. For Samaritan Auxiliary volunteers, it is a privilege to be able to provide the hospital with this technology with the gracious and generous support of so many from the community and beyond.”

The Commons on Fort Drum will once again be the setting for “One Night, One Diamond,” an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and a chance to win an exquisite half-carat diamond donated by Cook’s Jewelers. Additionally, someone will win a getaway package donated by Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake Inn, or a Clayton getaway with a stay donated by the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, gift card donated by St. Lawrence Spirits Chateau and tickets donated by the Clayton Opera House.

Presenting Sponsors for “One Night, One Diamond” are Pepsi of Watertown, Purcell Construction and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. Media Sponsors are the Watertown Daily Times and 7News/Fox 28/MeTV North Country. Other top sponsors include Hancock Estabrook, KeyBank, Krafft Cleaning Service, The Martin Group, North Country Orthopaedic Group, Renzi Foodservice, and Slack Chemical Company. The event receives additional support from numerous other sponsors at the Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire levels.

“One Night, One Diamond” is being held on Saturday, March 23 rd from 6:00-11:00 p.m. at The Commons on Fort Drum. Tickets are $150 per couple, which includes dinner, dancing and an opportunity to win the real diamond, as well as the Lake Placid and Clayton packages. Live music will be provided by the popular band “Atlas.” For more information, please contact event chairperson Irene Carman at onod@shsny.com or visit the event website for tickets and information at www.samaritanhealth.com/onod. Responses with names of attendees and date of birth for entrance onto Fort Drum must be received by March 11, 2019.