Greenwich Hospital celebrated life with cancer survivors, doctors, staff, and volunteers. Awards were presented, the salsa was danced, and good times were had by all at the "Let's Celebrate" cancer survivors event.
"I think that it's very important to recognize and invite those folks who have battled cancer and survived it. It's an honor to them," said Richard Eisen, a pathologist at the hospital.
"Survivorship is a huge thing now for cancer survivors. More and more patients survive cancer, so we want to celebrate their survivorship. The event is meant to acknowledge, applaud and congratulate our survivors. Certainly let them know we are here," said surgical oncologist Dr. Barbara Ward.
Survivors learned about different services provided at Greenwich Hospital.
"I visited the various resources. There's a lot of things. I talked to the STAR Program, which is a next step for people that provides a number of different services. I participated in Healing Touch, which is a wonderful program. It's an energy based healing work. It produces, for me, an incredible sense of relaxation and balance, and I credit it absolutely with keeping me on a very even keel during this whole thing," said current Greenwich Hospital patient Kay Woodard.
"I was treated here at the hospital. I had breats cancer and thyroid cancer, and after that I had a very hard time recovering from my chemo treatment. Dancing was, and still is, a very important part of my recovery process," said cancer survivor Victoria Markova.
The "Let's Celebrate" event brings together patients and doctors in a way not usually experienced in a hospital.
"It's great to see my doctors now that I don't have to come back so often. It's great to see them at least once a year during a happy event and a happy time like this," said survivor Karen Powlski.