BOSTON - In recognition of National Cancer Survivor's Day, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center hosted a day-long program of celebration, education and peer support for more than 1000 greater Boston residents on Sunday, June 8 at the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle.
The 10th annual event, "A Celebration of Life for Those Who Have Been Touched By Cancer," was a tribute to the human spirit and was the personal and collective celebration of cancer survivors.
The day's activities included workshops, panel discussions, a silent auction and an art show featuring the work of cancer patients. Lawrence H. Summers, President, Harvard University, was the keynote speaker.
"Cancer survivors and their families look forward to this day each year to come together with their peers, other cancer patients and survivors, to celebrate their lives and to share in a unique and profoundly emotional sense of community," says Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, chief oncology social worker at Beth Israel Deaconess and founder of the event.
Participants at the event reflect the vast diversity of the cancer experience in age, diagnosis, prognosis and life story. Each survivor brings to the celebration extraordinary personal tales that capture the depth of their journey through diagnosis and treatment to the emotional moment when they are asked to stand in community with their fellow survivors and celebrate that day of life.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a major patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, ranking third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. The medical center is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.