Breast Cancer Survivor Highlights Celebration of Life at James Beck Cancer Center on August 18

August 8, 2017

The James Beck Cancer Center will be hosting the Ninth Annual Celebration of Life – Embrace the Song of Life on Thursday, August 18, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on the grounds of Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital, located at 2251 North Shore Drive in Rhinelander. 

This year’s guest speaker is breast cancer survivor Nancy Lillis who will share her story of survival of Stage III Breast Cancer. Lillis is a 13 year veteran of the James Beck Cancer Center staff. After working with clinicians and associates for over a decade, Nancy made the choice to have her treatment at the James Beck Cancer Center. 

Today, Nancy is a survivor and continues to work at the James Beck Cancer Center and enjoys life to the fullest with her husband, children and grandchildren in the Northwood’s.

The Celebration of Life is to honor those who are battling or have battled cancer, for their strength and courage; to recognize the contributions of their families and friends; to promote an awareness that knowledge, hope and inspiration can help beat the impact of cancer; to emphasize the fact that cancer survivors can live active, productive lives even though they may still face many challenges; and to know that even when cancer cannot be stopped, choosing how we live our lives make us, NOT cancer, the winner.

Following the ceremony there will be a butterfly release, an open house which will feature tours of the James Beck Cancer Center, an ice cream social, educational displays and support materials, and a dedication of the newly placed commemorative bricks and bench will be held. Light refreshments will be served.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are an estimated 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. This has increased from three million survivors from 1971. With knowledge, hope, camaraderie, compassion, and faith, people are living active and productive lives after a cancer diagnosis. Surviving cancer is an attitude about living life everyday despite the challenges cancer brings.

For more information, please call the James Beck Cancer Center at 715.361.2140.

The James Beck Cancer Center at Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital nurtures long, close relationships and ongoing care with cancer patients, whether in the form of future treatments, palliative care, rehabilitation, check-ups, support groups or providing new information. The goal is to meet every need of every patient, and to be a trusted resource for their families. 

 
 
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