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Updated: 06/20/2014 12:58:31PM

Local 5-year cancer survivor Celebrates Life

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David Wack of Lake Placid, a five-year cancer survivor, joined in a Celebrate Life Tree planting ceremony Friday, June 6 with Gerard van Grinsven, President and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (left), at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center.This year, over? 300 trees will be planted in honor of five-year cancer survivor?s.

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David Wack of Lake Placid, a five-year cancer survivor, joined in a Celebrate Life Tree planting ceremony Friday, June 6 with Gerard van Grinsven, President and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (left), at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center.This year, over? 300 trees will be planted in honor of five-year cancer survivor?s.

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Post office employees gathered under the shade of a tree after a "suspicious package" triggered a drill of hazardous waste protocol. First responders were on scene within three minutes of dispatch.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


A mobile hazardous waste disposal unit was photographed through the chain link fence surrounding the Lake Placid post office.

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A member of the Highlands County HazMat team gently examines a suspicious package addressed to Lake Placid mayor John Holbrook.

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David Wack, a lymphoma survivor from Lake Placid, joined more than 100 five-year cancer survivors for an emotional and momentous June 6 walk down a red carpet lined with hundreds of cheering family, friends, caregivers and hospital care team members, to celebrate five years of cancer survivorship.

Wack also took part in a tree planting ceremony, symbolizing the wonder of life and growth. The activities were all part of the annual Celebrate Life® event held at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill. The celebration was designed as a time for cancer survivors to come together to rejoice in their personal milestones and to support one another as they continue their cancer survivorship journey.

This marks the 26th year that a tree has been planted in honor of five-year survivors, helping create a thriving forest of life-giving trees representing cancer survivorship. Participants honored represented 41 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, each offering support and strength to others, as they posed for a photo in front of their commemorative tree.

“In the past five years, I have learned to appreciate a lot more. I truly feel that every new day is a blessing,” Wack said. “Being a survivor means the world to me. I value CTCA for playing a major role in helping me achieve this milestone and helping me maintain my physical and spiritual well-being. Being a survivor has motivated me to open up, talk to people, and have the courage to fight.”

The Celebrate Life event also included a gourmet luncheon with natural and organic foods. Each celebrant was also honored with an engraved gold leaf, which is displayed on one of three ever-growing “trees of life” located within the hospital.

Before the day concluded, many of the five-year survivors took time to walk through the hospital to offer comfort and support to other patients and family members who are battling cancer.

“I am continually humbled and amazed at the strength, resilience and fortitude of our patients and their caregivers,” said Scott Jones, president and CEO of CTCA at Midwestern. “At Cancer Treatment Centers of America, our goal is to surround each patient with a Patient Empowered Care team delivering integrative, evidence based care throughout their journey so they can Celebrate Life every day.”

For more information on Celebrate Life or CTCA at Midwestern visit: www.cancercenter.com/midwestern.




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