HOMEWOOD | The Cancer Support Center hosted a Survivors Block Party on June 7 to commemorate cancer survivors and their loved ones. Over 100 community members filled The Center’s parking lot celebrating survivorship. Live music and cancer survivors’ sharing their stories created a fun and an inspirational day for the entire family.
The Center brought their mission into the space by providing art therapy exercises, therapy dogs, a yoga session, and health and wellness information offered by Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Palos Community Hospital- Palos Diagnostic Center, and Advocate South Suburban Hospital.
“If you were not at the Survivors Block Party, you missed out on an awesome event,” said Dorothy Johnson, a five-year breast cancer survivor and center participant. “The day was filled with old friends coming together, laughter and joy. People enjoyed plenty of good food, music and stories of survivors’ journeys. You could feel the love all around you with the survivors, caregivers, community members and (The Cancer Support Center) staff and all who came out to support the event.”
The event featured food donated by Aurelio’s Pizza, of Homewood, Sweet Annie’s in Flossmoor, Harrah’s Joliet, and Whole Foods Market of Orland Park; live entertainment by the Rockets of Rich East High School and The Big Boppers; special tributes to survivors including bulb planting donated by Alsip Home & Nursery in The Center’s survivors garden and speakers sharing their cancer journey.
“We could not have asked for a better day,” said Allison Smith, Marketing and Communication coordinator of The Cancer Support Center. “Our goal was to create an event that celebrated life. The beautiful weather created a perfect venue to honor our participants for their strength as they live with this disease. Due to the success, The Center plans on making the block party an annual event.”
The Cancer Support Center's mission is to give strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones. For more information call The Cancer Support Center at (708) 798-9171 or visit www.cancersupportcenter.org.