Cancer survivors gather for celebration


FAIRMONT, W.Va.-The Celebration of Life event at Knights of Columbus in Fairmont brought together those who have battled cancer to share their stories and encourage one another. Survivors were invited to bring along those who supported them on their journeys.  

“On my mother’s side, my grandmother had breast cancer, my mother had breast cancer, and my twin sister had breast cancer and she passed away five years ago. And last year I was diagnose with endometrial cancer and they caught mine in time. It was contained. So that’s why I’m here today. I’m a cancer survivor,” said attendee Jenny Snyder.

Guests wore ribbons printed with the saying “Hope Soars” to represent the importance of keeping the faith throughout the process.  

“I just can’t stress enough how important support is when you’re going through something like this, so it’s very nice to be with all of these people that understand,” said Donna Reese, who gave a speech about her own cancer treatment.

This event gave people a chance to join together and celebrate recovery with others who have been through similar experiences. They say it is important to them to be able to turn to each other for support.  

“I’m ecstatic to be here today-I love and have treated many of the patients in this room. I recognize the importance of peer support and how much there is to celebrate in cancer survival. Cancer is a devastating diagnosis and a lot of times there are many disappointments and many losses along the way, but when we have an entire room full of people who have survived and who are living good quality of life long-term, it’s a pleasure to be a part of in any small way I can,” said family nurse practitioner Traci Tannehill.

The event ended with a candle lighting ceremony and a dance performance. 

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