Cancer Institute Names Chair for 29th Annual Cancer Survivors Day

Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., has been named chair for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 29th Annual Cancer Survivors Day- Honoring, Remembering, Sharing.

Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., is professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at King’s College. She had been chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University for 12 years prior to going to King’s College. Dr. Mailloux earned her doctorate in nursing with a concentration in education from Penn State University, her master’s degree in nursing from Misericordia University and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilkes University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania State Nurse Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing. She is also a member of the NRCI Board of Directors.

Dr. Mailloux’s area of practice includes pediatrics and nursing education. As an innovator in nursing education, she presently has started an RN to BSN program at King’s with a Dual Degree in Nursing Partnership with LCCC.  Her primary teaching responsibilities include nursing research and teaching/learning education courses. Her research interests have evolved around the principles of “learner empowerment” and “professional nurse autonomy” a study identifying how to better prepare nursing students for professional practice upon graduation.

Cancer Survivors Day is a dual-location event set for Saturday, September 18th at McDade Park in Scranton and Saturday, September 25th at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre from 10am – 12pm and is free of charge although pre-registration is encouraged. The events feature the Circle of Survivors, an activity during which every person in attendance can say a few words about their experience with cancer. Conversation and light refreshments provide an additional opportunity for connection and support. Cancer survivors, their families, and friends, as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals are invited to attend. For more information, go to or call the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at (570) 904-8808.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute Names Chair for 18th Annual C.A.S.U.A.L. Day

Tom R. DePietro, PharmD was recently named chair for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 18th Annual C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day.  

Tom R. DePietro is a pharmacist/owner of DePietro’s Pharmacy. After earning his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 2009, Tom worked for a large chain pharmacy and quickly realized patients could be better served. Three years later, in 2012, Tom opened an independent pharmacy in his hometown of Dunmore. DePietro’s Pharmacy has been recognized numerous times by the Scranton Chamber of Commerce as “Business of the Year”, “Best Practices in Community Involvement”, and “Best Practices in Customer Service.” DePietro’s has also been voted Reader’s Choice “Best Local Pharmacy” for the past 8 years. Individually, Tom has been recognized for his philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, NEPA Chapter. Tom is also actively involved in promoting the profession of pharmacy and serves on the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Independent Pharmacy Owner Committee and is on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network.  Every day, Tom plays numerous roles as a business owner, a pharmacist, community supporter, father, husband, and friend. Tom serves on the Board of the Greater Scranton YMCA and he also serves as the Chairman of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. Tom resides in South Abington Township with his wife Eugenia and two daughters, Dominica and Adriana.

Tom’s involvement with the Cancer Institute began with his generous support to the Annual Spirit of Hope Celebration hosted by the Spirit of Hope Board of Ambassadors. As an Ambassador, Tom has been the presenting sponsor for four years. Additionally, Tom has supported C.A.S.U.A.L. Day for many years as a retail location.

C.A.S.U.A.L. Day, set for Thursday, March 25, 2021, is a dress down day to raise awareness for colorectal cancer in northeast Pennsylvania.  On this day, participants dress casual while wearing a specially designed face masks, silicone wrist-bands and/or t-shirts.

The focus of this awareness campaign is to have a casual conversation about colon cancer. All proceeds from the event stay in NEPA and go towards the Cancer Institute efforts to raise awareness and support to support colorectal cancer prevention, early detection education and screenings.   For more information about C.A.S.U.A.L. Day and how you can participate, please call the Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984 or visit