FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — With the pandemic nonetheless limiting bigger occasions and gatherings, a neighborhood most cancers institute in Frederick, Maryland discovered a particular option to rejoice their survivors.
The James M. Stockman Most cancers Institute at Frederick Well being celebrated most cancers survivors from all walks of life with a drive-through celebration on Nationwide Most cancers Survivors Day. Debbie Fuller is a nurse navigator on the James M. Stockman Most cancers Institute and likewise organized this 12 months’s celebration. In earlier years, the celebration was an all-day affair that introduced most cancers survivors collectively, whether or not they have been at present battling the illness or had completed therapy.
“It is a big celebration for our group, for the nation for the world to rejoice our survivors, irrespective of if it’s day one strolling into the middle or thirty years later,” Fuller mentioned. “It’s an inspiration not solely to us [the staff] however to our sufferers.”
The celebration was not tailor-made to survivors of any particular sort of most cancers however an total celebration of life for these survivors and their households. Jodi Gerber was recognized with breast most cancers in 2011 and as an worker of Frederick Well being, she has been capable of take part within the yearly celebration alongside different survivors, sufferers, and her fellow workers members.
“I believe it’s great. Folks must be acknowledged for what they’ve gone via and also you’re supporting individuals who have gone via most cancers, displaying you care,” Gerber mentioned. “You’re recognizing them, those which might be nonetheless going via the therapy. They want hope, they want enjoyable, they want, enjoyable issues to do and that’s what the most cancers survivorship day is about.”
Most cancers survivors have been handled to reward luggage, sunflowers, cupcakes, and a heat welcome from workers members like Patricia Rice, who has been a nurse practitioner on the James M. Stockman Most cancers Institute since 1996. Rice was capable of greet a few of her sufferers who attended the drive-through celebration.
“It’s actually a special occasion for all of us we work so exhausting to enhance their life and so they are available terrified. However then, once they go away, we rejoice,” Rice mentioned. “We rejoice each affected person who finishes remedy and it’s simply very particular.”
The James M. Stockton Most cancers Institute was unable to carry its annual celebration final 12 months as a result of pandemic however is trying ahead to its twenty ninth celebration subsequent 12 months in 2022.