WellStar event celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

June 6, 2013 by  

An event held to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day was hosted at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center recently, attended by more than 200 people who were battling cancer or who had survived.

It was the first time that the ‘Growing Stronger Together’ event had been held at Kennestone’s Garden of Courage, according to WellStar’s manager of oncology services, Kathi Mansfield.

The event has been hosted at other events since the 1990s, collaborated by the American Cancer Society, Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, and the WellStar Cancer Network. A bookmark, which has flower seeds embedded in it, is given to every cancer survivor by the WellStar Cancer Network, along with a pot plant from the Home Depot. Food and drinks are provided, accompanied by a violinist.

People come to the events for a variety of reasons, to gain information and to share stories of survival. One woman, Pat Harris, traveled from Riverdale, near Atlanta, to gain information from the other survivors. Some attendees at the event were still fighting cancer, like Verlez Wells who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October last year and is still receiving treatment.

The events are important to all those affected by the disease as they seek to support and help one other. This includes David Parks, who is a surgeon at Kennestone and is a survivor following his battle with colon cancer. The events are promoted throughout the area, possibly employing the stationery printing services of a local print company.