The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

June 14, 2013

SRMC hosts event in honor of National Cancer Survivors Day

Tiffany Thompson
CNHI News Service

Friday, June 14, 2013 — Nearly 200 people took part in Stanly Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) celebration of “surviving and thriving” after being diagnosed with cancer. The event, which took place June 10 at SRMC Family & Education Center, was part of the annual Cancer Survivorship Celebration.

“This event is all about doing fun stuff. It’s not just for people who have gotten or are getting their treatments here, but it’s for everybody in the area who is a survivor of cancer,” Nicole Williams, SRMC director of marketing and service excellence, said.

The Stanly County event coincides with National Cancer Survivors Day, which is officially observed on the first Sunday in June each year.

This was the second year for the event, and while attendance was on track with the previous year, Erin Martin, director of diagnostic services and cardiopulmonary, said she would like to see the program grow in the coming years.

“We hope for this to grow each year. It gives an opportunity for cancer survivors to have fun and time to forget about some of their worries,” Martin said.

Jo Ann Kimrey, 77, a Badin resident who has been a breast cancer survivor for five years, said she is happy to have an event like this in Stanly County.

“It’s such a wonderful idea. You have the chance to see people you know that you saw while taking treatments but have not seen since,” Kimrey said.

Those that took part in the celebration had the opportunity to speak to representatives from The Breast Center, the SRMC Imaging Department, AMI Boutique, Northeast Oncology, Center of Hope and Radiation Oncology.

Center of Hope is a cancer resource support center that opened in December 2012. It provides free resources, such as computer access, massage therapy, manicures, support groups and general classes, to those who have been impacted by cancer.

Located inside the Center of Hope is the AMI Boutique, which houses certified technicians who can fit breast prosthesis. The boutique also includes swimsuits, gift items, hats and scarves.

“We’ve been blessed to have a lot of support from the community. We’ve seen some of our classes be busier than others, but we’ve been able to get the word out there so more people are aware we’re here,” Judy Fenton-Ray, with Center of Hope, said.

The center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is housed in a facility behind the Hinson Cancer Center at 305 Yadkin St., Albemarle.

Participants of the survivor celebration also enjoyed musical entertaiment from a steel drummer and had the chance to view art that was on display through the Lily Oncology on Canvas, which included art work from cancer survivors from around the country.

To submit story ideas, contact Tiffany Thompson at (704) 982-2121 ext. 24 or tiffany@stanly newspress.com.