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CTCA Cancer Survivors Recognized at 23rd ‘Celebrate Life’ Event for Amazing Five-Year Patient Treatment Milestone


INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: Cancer patients from Cancer Treatment Center in Tulsa celebrate their five years of being cancer free at the “Celebrate Life” event.


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In September, 238 survivors were invited to celebrate their personal triumphs over cancer, five years after first receiving treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa. The event kicked off with a tree planting ceremony at the hospital.

The 23rd annual “Celebrate Life” event for CTCA honored almost 50 of the 238 five-year cancer survivors who traveled from around the country to attend the festivities.
“This is one of our favorite days of the year – to be able to share this memorable milestone in our patients’ lives is exciting for our entire hospital staff,” said Jay Foley, president and CEO at CTCA in Tulsa. “We have honorees that have traveled from as far as Wyoming and South Carolina to be a part of this uplifting day.

“Our entire team – from medical oncologists and registered nurses to physical therapists and licensed dietitians – works together with the patient and their caregivers to accomplish the goal of not just surviving, but thriving,” added Foley. “This event is an important tradition that commemorates their incredible journey and every single new day they enjoy.”

Honorees had the opportunity to add their names on to the hospital’s lobby Interactive Survivor Tree, which allows visitors to select a specific person’s leaf and learn more about their cancer story.

Additional activities included a “Camp Thrive Survivorship Fair” in the hospital Gallery to learn about integrative services CTCA offers to help patients thrive after cancer treatment. Celebrate Life honorees and their families were then shuttled to Renaissance Hotel for a recognition ceremony and brunch. The event concluded with attendees dancing the “Cancer Fighters Slide,” an original song and dance created for the event.

Including survivors, families and friends, about 250 people attend Celebrate Life.
Last year, CTCA Tulsa, which is celebrating 28 years in the city, saw patients from 36 states, as well as Guam, the Bahamas and Virgin Islands. The average distance that patients travel to CTCA in Tulsa is about 270 miles.

Updated 10-15-2018

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