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Tony Orlando Delights Cancer Survivors
January 30, 2017

Cancer survivor, Georgine Stuempfle, presents Tony Orlando with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of St. Luke’s.

No need for yellow – or any other color ribbons – they still wanted him.

Singer Tony Orlando, the man who sang, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree,” and “Knock Three Times,” was a hit for the second consecutive year as almost 1,500 cancer survivors and their guests took part in Orlando’s tribute to those who have fought with cancer and won.

St. Luke’s University Health Network sponsored the show that took place at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem on Nov. 27.

Survivors sang and danced in the aisles, and displayed all manner of yellow ribbons for Orlando who put on a lively hour and a half concert featuring a medley of hits followed by a collection of best-loved Christmas songs. A very talented Santa Claus, a noble shepherd and others made guests appearances to the delight of the crowd.

“It’s an incredible day when people can celebrate a victory over cancer,” Nick Taylor, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, St. Luke’s University Health Network, said.

Complimentary tickets to the event were offered on a first come-first served basis to St. Luke’s cancer survivors, who were able to bring a guest to accompany them for a nominal fee.

“What makes this show special is that former patients can celebrate and re-connect with their support network outside the hospital.” Taylor said.

“We also recognize all those who helped make this event possible through their incredible generosity, including Tony Orlando, the Sands Event Center, Boutique at the Rink, The Dr. Joanne Regina Patient and Family Support Endowment, St. Luke’s Circle of Hope Society and The Auxiliary of St. Luke’s Hospital,” Taylor added.