Celebration of Life honors cancer survivors


Hundreds of community members touched by cancer gathered Sunday night to celebrate life.

Dignity Health and the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center hosted the “Celebration of Life” event honoring cancer survivors as well as those who have left us too soon.

Survivors, doctors, and current patients were among the hundreds in attendance.

The event included music and food and culminated in a candle-light vigil in honor of those affected by the disease.

17News spoke with survivors about how cancer has affected their lives.

“Life is a gift,” said Sally Thoun. “And when you’re given a second chance it really means a lot. And I have three friends who were diagnosed at the same time as me who aren’t here any more. And this was to celebrate their life as well and to thank my friends for being with me because cancer is a hard journey.”

17News’ Jim Scott emceed the event with his wife Robin.

Survivors and doctors acknowledge cancer is scary, but they want remind you there are always people and organizations here to help.

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