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Cancer Support Center celebrates survivors with block party

Miss Illinois International 2014 JessicJacksposes with cancer survivors The Cancer Support Center’s recent survivors block party Homewood.  |

Miss Illinois International 2014, Jessica Jacksa, poses with cancer survivors at The Cancer Support Center’s recent survivors block party in Homewood. | Supplied photo

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Updated: July 16, 2014 6:17AM



The Cancer Support Center on June 7 hosted a survivors block party in Homewood to commemorate cancer survivors and their loved ones, according to a press release from the center.

More than 100 people filled the center’s parking lot to celebrate survivorship. Live music and the sharing of survivors’ stories created a fun and inspirational day for attendees, the release said.

The center’s mission was in evidence, as it provided 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, the release said.

“If you were not at the survivors block party, you missed out on an awesome event,” Dorothy Johnson, a five-year breast cancer survivor and center participant, said in the release. “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 fill 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 party featured food donated by Aurelio’s Pizza of Homewood, Sweet Annie’s in Flossmoor, Harrah’s Joliet, and Whole Foods Market, of Orland Park; plus 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 journeys, according to the release.

“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 goal is to give strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones, the release said.

For more information, call (708) 798-9171 or visit www.cancersupportcenter.org.

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