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

Summer 2003

Bloodless Medicine
A Survivor's Story
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The Joy of Life

The 2003 Joan Karnell Cancer Center Celebration

Honoring and preserving life is more than a goal at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. It's our mission. From the moment you are diagnosed with cancer and become one of our patients, you become part of our family. We're committed to doing whatever it takes to offer you the best possible quality of life, no matter what the diagnosis.

It probably comes as no surprise, then, that we celebrate life every year on a summer day in June. Held on June 8, this year's Survivor's Day Celebration brought together more than 400 cancer survivors, families, and Cancer Center staff. With the historic Elm Garden as our backdrop, we visited with one another, shared our experiences and, most importantly, celebrated life. This year's festivities included presentations from three cancer survivors, live entertainment, refreshments and many gifts and prizes.

As survivors arrived, they were invited to view “Woven Ribbons,“ a quilt with patches signed by survivors from last year's celebration. The Moorestown Area Quilters assembled last year's patches into a complete quilt that will be on display each year as part of our annual Survivors' Day tradition. The quilt's pattern represents the familiar ribbon pins that are often used as symbols of support for cancer patients.

While survivors viewed the completed quilt, other attendees met members of the local Dragon Boat team, who brought with them both their international award as well as photos of their competitions. This year's displays included chemo caps that were both created and donated by volunteers as well as a series of artwork created by our patients as part of our Art Therapy program. Mr. Magic, a local magician, also entertained children and adults.

For those of you who may have missed our celebration, we offer the inspiring words of Lynne Luttrell, a breast cancer survivor, and Jennifer Vrana, a Philadelphia police officer who had a stem cell transplant. Special thanks goes to Lynne and Jennifer as well as the many volunteers who offered their words, time or talent to make our 2003 Survivors' Day a success.


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