UMGCC cancer survivors, along with their family, friends and care providers, shared laughter, stories and even a few tears, when they gathered at the historic Hippodrome Theatre for a festive afternoon at the first cancer center-wide Cancer Survivor Celebration. More than 400 guests attended the June 24, 2007, event.
The celebration included a brief program with speakers who honored the courage and strength of those who undergo cancer treatment, and included remarks by Dr. Kevin Cullen, cancer center director; Theresa Johnston, a nurse at the cancer center and a cancer survivor herself, and Dr. Martin Edelman, a lung cancer specialist.
Mark Kolman, a 21-year leukemia survivor, shared his own cancer journey, and the "Patient's Choice Awards" were presented to the winners of favorite physician and nurse, Dr. Kate Tkaczuk and Faye Feldman.
Following the speakers and a live dance performance by the Morton Street Center dancers, guests were treated to food and music as they mingled, chatted and enjoyed the roving magicians, elaborate face painting, telescope pictures, caricature artists, and a host of other activities set up throughout the elegant theatre. Representives from a number of cancer support organizations were also on hand at booths located in one of the main lobby areas.
"Survivorship starts the moment you hear the words 'You have cancer,'" noted survivor Theresa Johnston, to a round of applause from those in attendance. "Cancer patients are strong, brave and fearless individuals. But they can't do it alone. They do it with the help of their families, their caregivers, co-workers and friends," she said.
See Photos from the celebration.
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The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center is recognized for its multidisciplinary approach to cancer cere, with teams of specialists working together to evaluate and treat patients. The center has comprehensive programs for treating all types of cancer and is a major referral center for patients throughout Maryland and the region.