Southwest weekly health notes
June 15, 2012 2:52PM
Updated: July 19, 2012 6:01AM
MORRIS — The staff at the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital and about 120 cancer survivors and their family members have demonstrated that life really is worth celebrating.
It was all part of Morris Hospital’s annual cancer survivors’ celebration, held this year on May 20 at First Christian Church in Morris. With balloon and cupcake decorations, catered refreshments provided by a former patient, entertainment and raffle drawings, the successful gathering brought cancer survivors together with their loved ones, the staff who took care of them during treatment, and friends who were undergoing treatment at the same time.
“It’s a celebration of life … a celebration of hope,” said Sherah Rodriguez, radiation therapist at Morris Hospital. “We want to remind people who have had a diagnosis of cancer that they are important and appreciated. Most importantly, we want to celebrate that they are with us.”
Morris Hospital president and CEO Mark Steadham welcomed guests and gave opening comments. He was joined by Joan Sereno, executive director of Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice, who talked about individual uniqueness.
With each patient requiring somewhere between 30 to 40 visits during the course of their treatment, Rodriguez said the staff at the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital gets to know the patients, as well as families and friends who accompany them to treatment.
Located within the Morris Regional Oncology Center at 1600 W. Route 6, the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital provides patients access to many of the latest cancer treatment.