Cathy Enis, a breast cancer survivor from Marietta, joined more than 100 fellow five-year cancer survivors at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago for its 30th annual Celebrate Life event last month.
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.
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 currently navigating their own cancer journey.
The 2018 Celebrate Life event marks the 30th 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 symbolic of cancer survivorship. Participants honored represented 32 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, each offering support and strength to others, as they proudly posed for a photo in front of their commemorative tree.
“Being a five-year cancer survivor, I’ve learned that life goes on,” said Enis. “Right after my treatment, my oldest daughter was married and this milestone made me realize that there was more to life.”
Many of the celebrants also took time to walk through the hospital, offering comfort, support and a 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.
“Celebrate Life is one of the most important and revered days of the year for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. It is a moment in time where we amplify our commitment to our patients and continue our long-established and joyful tradition of honoring our five-year cancer survivors for their fight, determination and courage,” said President and CEO Scott Jones with CTCA in Chicago.
For more information on Celebrate Life, visit www.cancercenter.com/midwestern.