More than 100 Cancer Survivors from Chicagoland and Across the Country Gather to Celebrate Life and Spread Hope with Annual Tree Planting Ceremony
What: More than 100 cancer survivors will gather for an emotional and momentous event to Celebrate Life on Friday, June 6. The annual celebration at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) will recognize each participant’s personal milestone of five year survivorship at the hospital, as they gather to support one another and bring hope to those still battling the disease.
The Celebrate Life event will draw cancer survivors from 41 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; each of whom will take part in a ceremonial tree planting symbolizing the wonder of life and growth. This is the 26th year that a tree will be planted in honor of each five-year survivor who has treated at the hospital, adding up to thousands of trees planted nationwide representing cancer survivorship to date. Through a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation CTCA at Midwestern will plant more than 300 trees across the nation this year in honor of each five-year survivor.
Why: While cancer rates continue to climb, medical treatments are also advancing, allowing more patients to win the battle against cancer. 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. The annual Celebrate Life event is an inspirational and extraordinary celebration. Numerous Chicago-area survivors will take part in the event, representing Elk Grove Village, Geneva, Evergreen Park, Waukegan, Palos Hills and Schaumburg, while others will travel great distances to return to CTCA at Midwestern for the celebration.
- Capture footage as more than 100 cancer survivors are greeted in style with a red carpet ceremony
- Visuals of each patient taking part in a symbolic tree planting ceremony – celebrating survivorship
- Witness Elsie Nelson, a 100-year old and a 35-year breast cancer survivor who took part in Celebrate Life when the event first began, release five white doves symbolizing each year of survival for the 2014 celebrants
- Interview patients about their cancer journey and their feelings surrounding this milestone
- Speak with medical oncologists about innovative therapies and survivorship helping more patients beat cancer.
When: Friday, June 6, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- 9:00 a.m. – Five year survivors enter on red carpet
- 9:30 a.m.– Celebrate Life Survivorship Ceremony
- 10:00 a.m. – 100-year old cancer survivor Elsie Nelson releases symbolic doves
- 10:15 a.m. – Group photo
- 10:30 a.m. – Tree Planting Ceremony
Where: CTCA at Midwestern, 2520 Elisha Avenue, Zion, IL 60099
(Event to be held behind the hospital in Shiloh Park; corner of Shiloh Blvd. and Emmaus St.)