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Oncologist Honored at "Women Who Matter" Luncheon

Dr. Barbara Ward tells her life story at Chamber event

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Greenwich, CT | Added on October 03, 2014 At 05:57 PM

After 25 years of experience, a Greenwich Hospital oncologist is being honored by the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce.  

"We have our Women Who Matter luncheon honoring Dr. Barbara Ward, who is Chief Oncologist of Greenwich Hospital. Barbara is going to tell us her story as to what mattered to her during her life," said Marcia O'Kane, the Executive Director of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. 

That story begins with her parents. 

"My father was my buddy. He was a World War II veteran in the 82nd Airborne. He was in every major invasion in European Theater," said Ward. 

When her father died, she wanted to honor his life and service, so she parachuted out of a plane. 

"I wanted to experience what my dad experienced in WWI," said Ward. 

The guest of honor then talked about her mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at only 38. 

"She had four children, fell asleep for surgery, and woke up without her breasts after a radical vasectomy," said Ward. 

Her mother survived breast cancer. And now, it seems as though Ward honors her everyday.  

"As I lead patients through their journey with breast cancer, especially young patients, I'm hopeful that they will be okay in the long run as well. We have so many more ways to cure breast cancer, and patients should be optomistic," said Ward.  

There are almost three million American women alive today who have survived breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. Under Ward's direction, the oncologists at Greenwich Hospital are hoping to keep that number rising. 

"I'm lucky to love what I do. Although there are some days where I call it work, most days I look forward to seeing the persons that my team and I at Greenwich Hospital are going to help. It's tremendously rewarding," said Ward. 

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