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BRIDGEPORT -

The Celebration of Life Garden at United Hospital Center was dedicated Monday.

The Waste Management Think Green Grant helped to fund the garden.

Monday afternoon, doctors, administration, nurses, and community members got to plant something in the garden in honor of someone they know with cancer.

The garden will serve as a retreat for patients in the Cecil B Highland, Jr., and Barbara B Highland Cancer Center.

"It could be just to have a bite of lunch with their family, to just sit outside and enjoy the day, and it also provides a time of reflection. Life should be celebrated before and after cancer and even during treatments. So we want to be able to provide a special area for patients to enjoy," said Linda Carte, director of Cancer Services.

Carte said some of the plants in the garden are known for their medical value, and three of the trees are ornamental pear trees also known as "the survivorship tree" because they were the only species to survive the 9-11 attacks.

One member of Waste Management said the grant for the garden hits close to home for him.

"My mom currently comes here, she's going through chemo right now. She's been diagnosed with cancer for a year and a half now. She will be out here, I know that for a fact, that's going to be great," said Rockee Freman, of Waste Management.

United Hospital Center will host another planting day on August 27.