SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla - June 15, 2007
Eighty local cancer survivors joined together with family members, friends and employees at
Flagler Hospital on Friday, June 8, 2007, as part of the Cancer Care Resource Center’s first annual Survivor’s Day Celebration: A Celebration of Life. This event, which was planned in cooperation with the 20
th Annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day, featured refreshments, live music, an inspirational message from cancer survivor, Kristy Kimball, and an art show coordinated by Pier Fitts of Art Breakers – Artists for the Cause, Inc.
“It was a day of sharing, celebrating and remembering,” commented Shelly Whiteman, Clinical Oncology Care Coordinator. “We had an opportunity to celebrate our successes and recognize the tremendous courage and perseverance that cancer patients and survivors exhibit every day. It was truly an inspirational experience for us all.”
One of the day’s highlights was the unveiling of “Body Grief” a 5’x8’ canvas created by local resident and internationally recognized artist Linda Brandt. Survivors and family members signed the canvas, which will hang at Flagler Hospital and then travel to other venues, similar to the touring AIDS memorial quilt.
Flagler Hospital’s event was one of several hundred taking place throughout the country. National Cancer Survivors Day aims to honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage. A “survivor” is anyone living with a history of cancer- from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, which reports that 10 million Americans are cancer survivors.
Flagler Hospital is a 316 bed acute care hospital serving St. Augustine and surrounding Florida communities. Flagler Hospital is the region’s only hospitals to receive the ANCC Magnet hospital award and is recognized nationally for overall clinical excellence. Flagler Hospital is the recipient of the HealthGrades 2006 Patient Safety Award, the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Award, the Healthgrades 2006 Cardiac Care Award, and was named the 2006 Best Place to Work by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Flagler Hospital currently operates a medical office complex in Palm Coast.