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Plainfield cancer survivor takes part in ‘Celebrate Life’

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:49 p.m. CDT
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Karen Herrmann of Plainfield (center), a five-year cancer survivor, celebrates life on June 6, at the Celebrate Life Tree planting ceremony with Christopher McCord Stephenson, DO, Medical Director of the Survivorship & Quality of Life Programs & Internist (left), and Jamie Stephenson, Board of Directors (right), at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center.  A tree will be planted in Karen Herrmann's honor. This year, over 300 trees will be planted in honor of all five-year cancer survivors. 

PLAINFIELD – On June 6, Karen Herrmann of Plainfield an ovarian cancer survivor, joined more than 100 cancer survivors for an emotional and momentous walk down a red carpet lined with hundreds of cheering family, friends, caregivers and hospital care team members, to celebrate five years of cancer survivorship.

Herrmann also took part in a tree planting ceremony, symbolizing the wonder of life and growth. The activities were part of the annual Celebrate Life event at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center.

The 2014 Celebrate Life event marks the 26th year that a tree has been planted in honor of each five-year survivor, providing the nation with a thriving forest of life-giving trees representing cancer survivorship. Participants honored represented 41 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Island, each offering support and strength to others, as they posed for a photo in front of their commemorative tree. 

The 2014 Celebrate Life event also included a luncheon with natural and organic foods prepared by the culinary team from the Wholesome Bistro, the CTCA in-hospital restaurant. Each celebrant was honored with an engraved gold leaf, which is displayed on one of three ever-growing “trees of life” located in the hospital.

Before the day concluded, many of the five-year survivors walked through the hospital to offer comfort and support to other patients and family members who are battling cancer. For information on Celebrate Life or CTCA at Midwestern please visit: www.cancercenter.com/midwestern.

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