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Linden Resident Honored for Five-Year Cancer Surviorship
By Cancer Treatment Centers of America
May 21, 2012
Brenda Lovell returns to Cancer Treatment Centers of America® to celebrate triumph over cancer
Linden resident Brenda Lovell returns to Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) to celebrate a milestone in her cancer journey—five years of cancer survivorship. Lovell was honored at CTCA’s annual “Celebrate Life,” an event that commemorates the courage and tenacity of five-year cancer survivors and the examples of perseverance and hope that these survivors show to those battling the disease. Alongside other cancer survivors, current patients and their loved ones, Lovell participated in several events, including a tree planting ceremony, whereby one tree was planted for each five-year survivor, and a dove release, where patients released several doves into the morning sky as a symbol of renewal. Celebrants also passed on commemorative lapel pins reading ”HOPE” to patients currently undergoing treatment at CTCA as a reminder to stay upbeat and hopeful through their battle.
“CTCA was so different than every other hospital I’ve experienced,” said Lovell. “The entire staff truly worked to help the mind, body and spirit, and from my perspective, that dedication set them high above the rest.”
“We are honored to celebrate the five-year cancer survivorship and continued success of all of our celebrants,” said John McNeil, President and Chief Executive Officer of CTCA in Philadelphia. “At Cancer Treatment Centers of America, we aim to empower and encourage our patients to help them take control of their cancer and improve their quality of life with the some of the most advanced medical treatments and complementary therapies available.”
Founded in 1988, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) provides a comprehensive, patient-centered treatment model that fully integrates traditional, state-of-the-art medical treatments with scientifically-supported complementary and alternative therapies such as nutrition, naturopathy, psychological counseling, physical therapy and spiritual support to meet the special, whole-person needs of advanced-stage cancer patients. With a network of cancer treatment hospitals and community oncology programs in Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Washington, CTCA encourages patients and their families to participate in treatment decisions with its Patient Empowerment Medicine(SM) model. For more information about Cancer TreatmentCenters of America®, go to www.cancercenter.com.