DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – On Saturday, June 3rd, nearly 150 cancer survivors and family members gathered for the 2023 Halifax Health Celebrate Life event, a breakfast celebration honoring cancer survivors. The annual event held in June, National Cancer Survivor Month, recognizes those who are currently in treatment and those that have fought the disease.
“Recognizing our survivors each year is a time to celebrate how far they have come on their cancer journey,” says Julie Roth, Service Line Administrator for Halifax Health – Charles L. and Miki N. Grant Cancer Center for Hope. “Gathering together and hearing the testimonies of other survivors helps one feel part of a community and not alone,” Ms. Roth said.
The breakfast celebration included remarks from Chuck Grant, the Cancer Center for Hope’s benefactor and a cancer survivor, as well as testimonials from other cancer survivors Jan Troiani, Brandon Florio and Brittany Sizemore. Each attendee was gifted a plant donated by The Garden Club of the Halifax Country.
According to the National Cancer Institute, an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Every survivorship experience is unique as they may face challenges during and after treatments.
“There are over 16 million people in the United States that have survived cancer with that number expected to grow to 22.2 million by 2030,” says Jennifer Peludat, Patient Navigator – Breast Cancer at Halifax Health. She explains, “There is life after a cancer diagnosis and there is a community of people that are here to help a patient through each step on the journey.”
To learn more about the programs and treatments offered by Halifax Health – Charles L. and Miki N. Grant Cancer Center for Hope visit halifaxhealth.org/cancercare or call 386.425.HOPE (4673).
About Halifax Health
Recognized as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the United States by IBM Watson Health™, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of health care services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, two community hospitals, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home health care agency and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC), Center for Transplant Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org