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Published on May 28, 2019

Cancer survivors celebrate

cancer survivors celebrate

Cancer survivors and their guests who attend the 9th annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebration on Sunday, June 9, at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa, will be in for a real treat as they watch two of their oncologists reprise their dance routines from the 2017 Dancing with the Docs fundraiser.

Lacing up their dancing shoes will be Cape Cod Healthcare radiation oncologist, Jeffrey Martin, MD, and Cape Cod Hospital medical oncologist/hematologist, Jennifer Crook, MD.

Dr. Martin will be dancing with Rebecca Terkelsen and Dr. Crook’s partner is Brandon Simmons. Although Cape Cod Healthcare’s radiation oncologist, Molly Sullivan, MD, will not be dancing, she will introduce the dancers and interview them after their performances.

“It is very heartwarming to see the anticipation of survivors as they walk through the door of the Cape Codder,” said Judi Pregot, LICSW, Cape Cod Hospital oncology social worker. “It is always interesting to see one's doctors and team members outside of the hospital setting. It can be a very moving experience for the survivors to watch their doctors perform their dancing routines which did help to raise funding for the Cape Wellness Collaborative.”

As an added surprise, Alice O’Neill of Osterville, a volunteer and committee member of many Cape Cod Healthcare fundraisers as well as the American Cancer Society, will be kicking up her heels with dance partner, Adam Spencer.

The entertainment lineup for the event, which begins at noon and lasts until 3 p.m., also includes singer/songwriter, Sarah Burrill. Guest speaker, Sarah Brassard, author of “Inside: A Guide to The Resources Within,” will talk about the importance of self-care.

Gift Baskets are Back

A highlight of the festivities will be the gift baskets that are created and donated by many of the departments throughout the Cape Cod Healthcare network. After a one-year hiatus, the baskets have returned.

“Our committee thought it was important to bring them back this year,” said Pregot. “The various departments get so excited about creating and donating their gift baskets.”

Every cancer survivor who attends will receive a raffle ticket when they arrive and sign in. The winners’ names will be drawn randomly. Some of the themed baskets this year include date night entertainment, a spa day, wines from around the world, garden fun, barbecue, positive energy, “lobstah” dinner, homemade dog treats, a paint night, Bruins night cap and beach time.

While many attendees will go home with a beautiful basket, the departments who contribute the baskets can also be winners. Three judges will decide the top three baskets based on their creativity and presentation. In addition to bragging rights, each winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for their department and the first-place champion will receive a plaque to display in their office.

The Celebrating Life event is sponsored by the Cape Cod Healthcare Regional Cancer Network. It includes a delicious luncheon and informational tables with material about the American Cancer Society, Cape Wellness Collaborative and the Livestrong® at the Y Cancer Survivorship Program.

The afternoon is free and open to all cancers survivors whether they are currently receiving treatment or have been treated at Cape Cod and Falmouth Hospitals or off-Cape. Each survivor is welcome to bring one guest.

Registration is required. Please call 508-862-5060 by June 2 to reserve your seat.