On Friday, June 9, Helen Hooper, a colon cancer survivor from Antioch, Tenn., joined more than 135 fellow five-year cancer survivors at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) for its 29th Annual Celebrate Life® event.
Celebrate Life is an annual event that brings together both cancer survivors and caregivers for a day of empowerment and celebration. Survivors stand united to support one another, celebrate the moments they’ve gained, and encourage those who are amidst their own cancer journey. While some cancer rates continue to climb, medical treatments are also advancing, providing more patients with the hope and resources they need to battle this disease. Survivorship is the new frontier in cancer care, and hospitals, like CTCA, offer dedicated survivorship programs to help patients achieve a high quality of life post- cancer treatment.
The day began with the Celebrants and caregivers entering the CTCA® at Midwestern campus on seven large coach busses. As they disembarked, many with loved ones by their side, they took a momentous walk down a lavish red carpet, which was lined with hundreds of cheering family, friends, caregivers and hospital care team members who attended to help these individuals celebrate their five years of cancer survivorship.
After the red-carpet walk, Hooper took part in a commemorative tree-planting ceremony, symbolizing the wonder of life and growth. The 2017 Celebrate Life event marks the 29th year that a tree has been planted in honor of each five-year survivor in attendance, helping replenish and strengthen our nation’s landscape with a thriving forest of life-giving trees that represent cancer survivorship. Participants honored represented 29 states, and one from the Bahamas, each offering support and strength to others, as they proudly posed for a photo in front of their commemorative tree.
“Being a five-year survivor has taught me to appreciate all that you have,” said Hooper. “In a moment your life can change, and I’m so thankful for the life and family that I have; a family that has supported me from the beginning of this journey.”
Many of the five-year survivors also took time to walk through the hospital, offering comfort, support and the traditional “Hope” pin to other patients and family members who are currently battling cancer. Before the day concluded, each celebrant was personally honored and revered, on stage, in front of and along with their fellow five-year survivors.
Five-year cancer survivor, Helen Hooper, stands alongside her commemorative tree, which symbolizes her strength and resilience. Hooper stands with Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, President and CEO, Scott Jones. Joining the thousands of five-year survivors that have been honored over the last 29 years, Hooper and the other four hundred and sixty 2017 five-year celebrants names are prominently displayed on an engraved gold leaf on one of the four growing “Trees of Life” located within the hospital.
“Five years ago, this amazing group of cancer survivors came to CTCA with a great sense of hope, searching for answers and cancer care that fit their specific needs,” said Scott Jones, president and CEO of CTCA at Midwestern. “While everyone’s journey and experience is unique, we honor and respect the strength and perseverance it takes for them to be here. Today is not only a testament to the CTCA five-year cancer survivors being honored, but also all survivors, wherever they may be in their journeys.”
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About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc. (CTCA), headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-informed supportive care services designed to help patients physically and emotionally by enhancing their quality of life while managing side effects both during and after treatment. CTCA serves patients from around the world at its hospitals in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Reflecting our patient-centered approach to cancer care, our patient satisfaction scores consistently rank among the highest in the country for cancer care providers, and CTCA is also rated one of the most admired hospital systems in the country in national consumer surveys. For more information, visit cancercenter.com, Facebook.com/ cancercenter and Twitter.com/cancercenter.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
(CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) is a landmark in cancer care that uses advanced technology and precision medicine to offer treatment for adult patients battling cancer. The 72-bed hospital combines innovative conventional medical treatments with evidence-informed supportive care services to deliver whole-person care. CTCA®
at Midwestern is a Magnet Recognized®
hospital, ranking among the top centers in the nation for nursing excellence. The hospital is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for demonstrating compliance with the FACT-JACIE International Standards for Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing and Administration. CTCA at Midwestern also holds high honors as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence™, recognized by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers ProgramTM
). For more information, visitwww.cancercenter.com/midwestern