Nearly 400 cancer survivors, their family members, and cancer center staff gathered on Sunday, June 7, 2009, for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center's annual Cancer Survivors' Celebration at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.
In the spirit of the day's theme -- Laughter Is the Best Medicine -- guests were treated to a comedy show, impersonators, human statues, jugglers, unicyclist and other performers, along with kids activities and a luncheon buffet.
Cancer survivor Larry Glick was the guest speaker and shared his remarkable experience as a leukemia patient. Larry received a bone marrow transplant at UMGCC from the youngest voluntary bone marrow donor in history -- his then nine-year-old daughter, Gabbie. Larry's advice for those undergoing cancer treatment is to "live every day to the fullest, love every day with all your heart, laugh every day, pray every day, and tell a joke EVERY DAY, because laughter really is the best medicine! (See the full text of Larry's talk here.)
The strength, courage and grace of our cancer survivors inspires our staff to continue the daily work of caring for those who are seriously ill with cancer. Thanks to all those who attended this special event in celebration of National Cancer Survivor's Day.