QMG to be host of ‘Hope Grows Here’ event to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday

National Cancer Survivors Day 2024

QUINCY — National Cancer Survivors Day, observed on the first Sunday in June each year, is a day to honor people who have faced a life-altering diagnosis and to recognize the strength of the human spirit. To celebrate all those impacted by cancer, Quincy Medical Group (QMG) and the QMG Foundation will be the host of a “Hope Grows Here” event that commemorates the experiences of those impacted by cancer.

“Hope Grows Here” will take place at the QMG Cancer Institute, 3301 Broadway at the Quincy Town Center, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. The community is invited to honor local cancer patients and survivors.

In a press release, Morgan Parker, director of Community Relations at QMG, said, “Whether they have survived cancer one day or 34 years, National Cancer Survivors Day honors those who have faced cancer and celebrates the future ahead. We want them to feel our community’s love and support as they look forward.”

When asked what National Cancer Survivor’s Day means to her, last year’s attendee Vicki McColez shared, “I think this day is wonderful. I’ve been left here for a reason. You know, people look at cancer like a death sentence, but it’s not. I’ve been here seven years. A day like this reminds us. It’s a challenging disease, but people can survive it.”

“Attending the National Cancer Survivor’s Day event brought back all the good memories of the support and relationships I formed,” Debbie Wear said. “You know it’s a real appreciation for Quincy Medical Group. It lets me know they are still here for me no matter what.”

Guests can write words of encouragement and support on the “If These Walls Could Talk” chalkboard wall in the Cancer Institute and write cards to patients currently receiving treatment.

Those in attendance can enjoy a treat from Popp’n on Maine and a specialty drink from Sips on the Go. Momma Bee’s Garden will also be on-site where guests can create a seed bomb to plant at home, and survivors can pick out a bouquet of flowers.

In the fall of 2012, Debbie Wear received the news that she had breast cancer. “It was overwhelming,” Debbie shared. “You swallow, trying to dissect it, accept it.” After going over treatment options, Debbie had surgery and started chemo in 2013. | Photo courtesy of Quincy Medical Group

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