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Celebrating life at Cancer Treatment Centers of America


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 16, 2022 - 12:19 PM

Celebrating life at Cancer Treatment Centers of America

The Newnan Times-Herald

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Atlanta in Newnan is celebrating life on Sept. 23 with a red carpet for patients who made it through five years of treatment as of 2020, 2021 and 2022, all through the pandemic.

Nearly 1,200 patients will be honored during the event, and 500 are expected to attend, said Kimberly Martin, communications specialist for the hospital.

“It’s our holiday of the year,” Martin said.

Survivors will enjoy a red carpet walk and receive a leaf-shaped plaque at CTCA Atlanta as part of the ceremony. The leaf plaque represents their place on the Survivor Tree, a symbol of strength, resilience and inspiration.

Amy Evans, 49, one local breast cancer patient, reached her five-year milestone in October 2020, during the pandemic. She will be celebrating at the ceremony.

Amy knows the kindness and consideration of taking the time to make sure she felt fully informed made such a difference in deciding to be treated at CTCA, she said in a written statement. She felt the staff became like family and they cared for her and her family’s well-being.

She recalls that her husband was emotional during the visit, and the doctor paused the discussion and slid her chair over to him to offer some help, she wrote. The nurses knew her family well and knew about their kids.

“They provided so many additional options to help us through this journey, and they celebrated even the smallest of victories!” Evans wrote.

She is glad to celebrate not five, but nearly seven years, after her diagnosis at 42. To be able to celebrate with others walking the same journey and walking it through a pandemic is a gift.

“We are thrilled that Celebrate Life is back this year,” said Dr. Anita Johnson, chief of surgery and leader of the Women’s Cancer Center at CTCA Atlanta. “Reaching this five-year milestone is a significant triumph for these celebrants, and Celebrate Life uniquely brings us back to why we do what we do. We are humbled to honor their incredible journeys.”