Cancer survivors celebrate life at Texas-themed event

Cancer survivors celebrate life at Texas-themed event

More than 200 cancer survivors and caregivers donned their best western-wear as part of a “Survivor’s Celebration of Life” event Friday, June 3, at the Westin Houston Memorial City, located inside Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston. The event was hosted by Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers.

Attendees at this year’s Texas-themed event dined on healthy country fare, let their hair down in the photo booth, and showed off their dance moves on the dance floor. Memorial Hermann staff members also led the group in a specially choreographed line dance.

“The dance just gets bigger and better every year. It’s something survivors and their caregivers always rave about. Not only do they love seeing us dance, but they love joining us on the dance floor! It’s a great way to get people moving and smiling,” said oncology nurse navigator Jessica Burgess with Memorial Hermann Cancer Center – Memorial City Medical Center.

This year’s event also featured keynote speaker and cancer survivor Dr. Dan Shapiro, vice dean for faculty and administrative affairs at the Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Shapiro is an author whose writings about the patient experience and physician patient relationships have been featured in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine and others.

Nearly 40 staff members from 5 Memorial Hermann campuses volunteered their time putting on the annual event for survivors and their loved ones.


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