Together We Can -- Newsletter of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center

Fall 2002

Living Each Day Fully
Herbal Therapies:
Are They For Everyone?
Celebrate Life: Survivors Day '02
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Celebrate Life: Survivors' Day 2002

On Sunday June 9th, 2002, as the days turned warmer and the sun's light lasted longer, the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital joined the nation in celebrating not just the warm glow of summer but also the persistence, courage and determination of our cancer survivors. Our doctors, nurses and staff joined together with our patients to Celebrate Life, the theme of this year's National Cancer Survivors Day.

More than 500 survivors, families and staff gathered in the historic Elm Garden to visit with one another, share stories and most of all, appreciate life. As survivors arrived, they were invited to be part of “Woven Ribbons,” a series of quilt patches signed by each survivor that will be assembled into a complete quilt and displayed at next year's Survivors Day. The Moorestown Area Quilters are graciously working on this quilt, whose pattern represents the familar ribbon pins that are often used as symbols of support for cancer patients.

While survivors signed quilt patches, children at this year's picnic were entertained by Judy-Tudy the Clown and Michigan the Frog as they played and created crafts under the trees in the garden.

Four of the physicians from the Joan Karnell Cancer Center, Allen Barr, MD, Richard Lackman, MD, Thomas Randall, MD, and Joseph Harryhill, MD, introduced our key-note speakers,who are cancer survivors. These people reflected on the challenges presented by their cancer diagnosis—the ways cancer has resulted in both negative and positive changes to their lives.As the program continued, the Person-to-Person support group received special recognition for its role in helping match cancer survivors with newly diagnosed patients.

Surrounded by beautiful weather and friends and family enabled everyone to Celebrate Life. Special thanks goes to the Joan Karnell Cancer Center Survivors Day Committee, a team of more than 50 people,who coordinated our Survivors Day Celebration.


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