Celebration of Life 2009 Recap


On July 3rd, 2009, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson celebrated their 10th year Anniversary of their Annual Celebration of Life as well as the 10th year Anniversary of their Buddy Program which matches newly diagnosed cancer patients with a trained cancer survivor (Buddy). The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is proud to join communities across the United States in celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day. This Celebration of Life honors and celebrates the lives of all cancer survivors and the people that care about them. Our celebration was attended by 240 cancer survivors, their family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

The celebration included an interactive health fair, exhibit of art and poetry, musical entertainment, food and inspirational talks. Along with the art exhibit was a Tree of Life which offered cancer survivors and caregivers the opportunity to place a leaf on the tree with their name and an inspirational message.

The Keynote speaker was Jefferson’s Dr. Richard Wender, Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Past President of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Wender shared his thoughts on Coping with Cancer – A Little Laughter Goes a Long Way. Cancer survivors, Jack Marchiano and Karen Cooper shared their personal stories of their cancer journey and what helped them to cope.

Generous supporters of the event included, the American Cancer Society, Caring Clowns, Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine, the Kimmel Cancer Center, the Ladies of Port Richmond, the Wellness Community of Philadelphia, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Jefferson Outpatient Imaging, Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Philadelphia Cartoonist Society, Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health, Whole Foods, Genentech, Roche Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Sanofi Aventis and AstraZeneca.

The event was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by cancer survivors and family members alike.