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Celebration of Life

Thank you for joining us for 20 years of Celebration of Life.

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We have had a wonderful time, but need now to put our efforts and finances in other directions. We are working to develop an online BIDMC cancer community, and hope that being in touch 24/7 will be a good way to support and celebrate one another.





The 20th Anniversary of Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, June 2, 2013


Taking place in the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, Celebration 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 in June. 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 health care 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.

Book of Writings 2013 (Click to download PDF) 

Book of Writings

The Book of Writings is a collection of inspiring, moving and amazing stories written by patients touched by cancer.

We are grateful and thankful to those who have shared their thoughtful stories for this year's edition as well as previous editions.

For a print edition of the 2013 Book of Writings, please e-mail Hester Hill Schnipper.

Contact Information

Celebration of Life
Hester Hill Schnipper
617-632-8037
hhill@bidmc.harvard.edu