Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center recently hosted a celebration of life in honor of cancer survivors. We joined America’s 11 million cancer survivors around the world in observing the 24th annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day. Hundreds of communities worldwide hosted events this month to celebrate life and demonstrate that there is hope.
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center invited all local cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physicians and employees and anyone passionate about the cause for the National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration. During the event, community members joined together in honoring the survivors living with a history of cancer in America today. The contributions of their families, friends and healthcare providers who support cancer survivors were also recognized.
During the celebration Dagmar Climo, a two time breast cancer survivor, bravely shared her story and provided hope for those attending the event. “My mission is to inform women of the importance of early detection. Getting a yearly mammogram can truly save your life, as it did mine. Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Center has taken care of me since my diagnosis and I owe them a huge debt of gratitude. The radiation team at the cancer center is awesome. It sure helped to have skilled people who are fun taking care of me and keeping my spirit up,” said Climo.
Photo: Cancer Survivors and Caregivers attending the luncheon and celebration.
“Congratulations to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for an excellent and uplifting celebration of cancer survivorship, every year this event continues to grow. This means two things; there are more and more people surviving cancer and Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Center is reaching and treating more people every day and giving the chance of life,” said Tommy Thompson, Executive Vice President of CanCare. “We are here today to celebrate you. Thank you for your hope and courage.”
“You who are here today have come to celebrate life. You are unique individuals who have used your mind, soul and body to beat the beast. We pay tribute to you all. We as health care professionals, from the physician to the nurse, from the therapist to the technician are humbled by you allowing us to be part of your cure, part of your life, part of your story,” announced Clive Shkedy, M.D., radiation oncologist and medical director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center. “We also acknowledge all those family members, friends and care givers who have supported you through your ordeal. We cannot forget those who were less fortunate, who have succumbed to their illness, yet their memory serves as an eternal reminder to all health care professionals to work harder to find better ways to cure this disease.”
Photo: Craig Butler, Chaplain; Frances Goerlich, Cancer Center Director; Tommy Thompson, Can Care; Lindsey Turnau, Dagmar Climo, Breast Cancer Survivor who spoke at the event about the importance of early detection and Melissa Lampp.
“Thanks to the strides being taken in cancer research, people like me are able to say, I have been cancer free for almost 30 years. My family and I thank the fine doctors who have dedicated their lives to this specialty at the sacrifice of time away from their own families, and I am thrilled that Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has brought such a high-quality cancer facility at the doorstep of Fort Bend residents,” says Debbie Markesino, cancer survivor.