Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus has recognized Casey MacDonald, founder of the Montgomery-based Cancer Resource Center of the Hudson Valley, as the Citizen of the Month Award winner for the month of February.
MacDonald, a long-term cancer survivor, was recognized for her advocacy for cancer patients and their families in Orange County and the Hudson Valley for the past 15 years.
“Like so many of us, Casey and her beloved family have been personally affected by cancer,” Neuhaus said. “Her experience inspired her to raise awareness about the disease and to offer help and comfort to those battling cancer. We are grateful for the work that she performs with The Cancer Resource Center of the Hudson Valley and its many partners. Casey has demonstrated an enormous amount of strength, resiliency and courage, and I’m glad to recognize her for her efforts.”
MacDonald’s motivation for launching the nonprofit is personal. Seven members of her family have been diagnosed with 10 different cancers, including her husband, Edward, and her father, Richard. Both were diagnosed within six weeks of each other in 2007, her father with terminal liver cancer and her husband with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. MacDonald’s father passed away in 2008 and her husband is doing well today.
Located in Montgomery, they are the only cancer resource center of its kind in the region. MacDonald said her organization has worked with approximately 1,600 patients since its inception.