St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center
St. Joseph’s sponsors 12th annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Survivors and their family members turned out in large numbers for the June 4th Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life sponsored by St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Held annually in celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day, the 12th annual community-wide event featured recognition, encouragement, inspiration and entertainment. Over 700 communities throughout the world held celebrations of life as part of the annual National Cancer Survivors Day, a time when all are encouraged to focus on survivorship and celebrate the lives of those who are living with a history of cancer.
The event got under way with a welcome message from Mercy Cancer Center Service Line Manager Vicky Sanders, RN, opening prayer by cancer survivor Sister Elizabeth Koehler, R.S.M. and the introduction of Master of Ceremonies Matt Mosler. Cancer survivors in attendance – with terms varying from three months to over 41 years – were then recognized by Mosler.
Radiation Oncologist David Pruitt, M.D., delivered a heartfelt message on cancer survivorship and solo pianist-singer Mark Ayers entertained the crowd with a number of American favorites. Medical Oncologist Fred Divers, M.D., delivered an encouraging message of hope before fellow Medical Oncologist Charles Lattuada, M.D., and cancer survivor Nancy Moore combined to share an inspiring message of faith, hope and survivorship.
Mosler and Ayers then put the finishing touches on the event with a song of encouragement and inspiration.
“No matter how recent the diagnosis, anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer is a survivor,” Sanders said. “Our annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life is open to all survivors and their families and we always enjoy honoring those who have fought cancer and won, or who are currently battling the disease. It is also a time to acknowledge those professionals who are dedicated to cancer treatment, research and support services. The event is also intended to increase cancer awareness and provide a message of hope to those who attend.”