The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) honored North Shore-LIJ Health System licensed clinical social worker Sharon Daneshgar’s outstanding career with the 2014 LLS Hematology-Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award, the health system announced today.
The award was presented today at the annual Association of Oncology Social Workers conference in Baltimore, MD.
Since 2005, Ms. Daneshgar has led a monthly leukemia/lymphoma support group for the Long Island Chapter of LLS, in conjunction with the health system. She has been a vital member of the chapter’s Mission Committee, which oversees all the services that LLS provides locally.
In 2010, Ms. Daneshgar received the chapter’s “Quality of Life” award, which is given to a volunteer who helps improve the quality of life of patients served by the group.
“She’s one of those people that go above and beyond all the time,” said Karen DeMairo, director of patient access, education and advocacy at the Long Island Chapter of LLS, who nominated Ms. Daneshgar.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Ms. Daneshgar entered the social work field more than 30 years ago. An employee of the health system since 1984, she worked in the inpatient oncology unit at North Shore University Hospital until March, when she transferred to the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute at the Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success.
“Helping people with blood cancers and advocating for them and their families,” is what Ms. Daneshgar said she likes most about her job and she is especially passionate when it comes to helping young people.
“They have such a different reaction to the cancer experience,” she said. “They’re still in the process of establishing themselves emotionally, professionally and financially. “
She also helps run a monthly cancer support group for people aged 18 to 40.