Denise Dornbush, a cervical cancer survivor from Litchfield joined more than 100 five-year cancer survivors Friday, June 6,for an emotional and momentous walk down a red carpet lined with hundreds of cheering family, friends, caregivers and hospital care team members, to celebrate five years of cancer survivorship.
Dornbush also took part in a tree planting ceremony, symbolizing the wonder of life and growth. The activities were all part of the annual Celebrate Life® event held at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA®) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern). The event was a time for cancer survivors to come together to rejoice in their personal milestones and to support one another as they continue their cancer survivorship journey.
The 2014 Celebrate Life event marks the 26th year that a tree has been planted in honor of each five-year survivor, providing the nation with a thriving forest of life-giving trees representing cancer survivorship.
Participants honored represented and the U.S. Virgin Islands, each offering support and strength to others. “Being a five year survivor means everything to me,” said Dornbush. “This journey has taught me so many things and none of it would have been possible without the amazing team at CTCA, and for that, I am blessed.”
Each celebrant was also honored with an engraved gold leaf, which is proudly displayed on one of three evergrowing “trees of life” located within the hospital. Before the day concluded, many of the five-year survivors took time to walk through the hospital to offer comfort and support to other patients and family members who are battling cancer.
“I am continually humbled and amazed at the strength, resilience and fortitude of our patients and their caregivers,” said Scott Jones, president and CEO of CTCA at Midwestern. “At Cancer Treatment Centers of America, our goal is to surround each patient with a Patient Empowered Care team delivering integrative, evidencebased care throughout their journey so they can celebrate life every day.”