Celebration of Life on May 22
BOSTON - May 22 has been set for the 2011 edition of Celebration of Life, a full day of celebration, education and kinship for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center cancer community to raise awareness about the battle against cancer.
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 the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle. The 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," Hill Schnipper adds.
This year's Celebration will include more than two dozen workshops led by our very own BIDMC faculty and staff as well as other community experts. Among those being offered is "Write to Fight Cancer: A writing workshop with Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book co-author David Tabatsky.
Other features include: Special music performances by Nancy Kleiman, BIDMC harpist and The Rhea Simon Jazz Trio; panel discussion by cancer survivors; displays of art, photography, sculpture and crafts created by cancer patients and members of the cancer community; books of poems and writings; a silent auction and raffles; opportunities for massage, Reiki treatments and make-up consultations; and catered breakfast and lunch by Choice Catering & Events.
Celebration of Life is a free event, but registration is required. For more information, call 617-632-8037 or visit click here.