Three Southlanders were among 123 five-year cancer survivors who gathered on June 6 to celebrate at the Celebrate Life tree-planting ceremony with their families, friends and supporters at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion.
More than 300 trees are to be planted in honor of all of the five-year cancer survivors recognized at the hospital this year, according to a press release about the effort.
Each celebrant also was honored with an engraved gold leaf, which is displayed on one of three ever-growing “trees of life” located within the hospital, the release said.
Among those celebrating at the event were Rosa Wash, a breast cancer survivor, of Harvey; Marmie Selmon, a breast cancer survivor, of Lynwood; and George Doria, a prostate cancer survivor, of Glenwood; the release said.
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, the release said.
Participants honored represented 41 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Island, each offering support and strength to others as they proudly posed for a photo in front of their commemorative tree, according to the release.