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Celebration of Life

Celebration of LifeCelebration of Life is a full day of celebration, education, and kinship for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) cancer community to raise awareness about the battle against cancer. This poignant event also welcomes men and women who receive their care from other hospitals in and around Boston-and beyond.

Since 1993, patients and their family members and close friends, along with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other cancer caregivers at BIDMC have gathered together for a daylong celebration. This inspiring event allows people living with cancer an opportunity to share their stories and learn from Harvard Medical School affiliated physicians, other community experts, and of course, each other.

"It's the pinnacle of the year for those who have been touched by this disease, patients and healthcare professionals alike," said Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, chief of oncology social work at BIDMC, and a breast cancer survivor. "Celebration of Life 'puts a face' on cancer, while providing hope to all that fight it."

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Contact Information

Office of Development
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue (OV)
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-7348
Fax: 617-667-7340