PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Resident Shari Corcoran returned to Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia May 19-20 to celebrate a milestone in her cancer journey — five years of cancer survivorship.

During this year’s celebration, Corcoran joined more than 80 other five-year survivors, as well as current patients and their loved ones, to partake in emblematic events, including:

• A tree-planting ceremony, whereby one tree will be planted for each five-year survivor;

• A dove release, during which patients will release several doves into the sky to symbolize revitalization;

• Hope rounds, in which celebrants hand symbolic “hope” pins to patients currently undergoing treatment at CTCA, reminding them to remain optimistic throughout their journey; and

• A yellow rose exchange, whereby patients personally select and recognize CTCA caretakers with whom they formed especially meaningful bonds during their cancer journeys.

This year, CTCA in Philadelphia honored a total of 184 five-year cancer survivors.

“Celebrate Life is always an exceptional occasion that gives us the chance to honor each unique journey our patients have experienced throughout the last five years,” said Nancy Hesse, interim president and chief executive officer of CTCA in Philadelphia. 


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