PHOTOS BY // MICHAEL GLEASON PHOTOGRAPHY
Pat Gruener of Clio began her cancer journey in May 2018 when “my life was put on hold.” At the time she was diagnosed with breast cancer, her calendar was packed with activities such as golf, travel and family events. Suddenly, all that was erased, replaced by doctors’ appointments and treatments.
What kept her sane and somewhat calm throughout the next year was Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI) and her many new-found friends there who provided support, encouragement and the best care possible.
“I felt at home immediately,” she said about GHCI when she retold her story to a crowd of more than 200 cancer survivors who recently gathered at the Flint Institute of Arts to celebrate life. The event was hosted by Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute.
“We are celebrating the thousands of cancer survivors in our community who successfully have fought this disease,” announced Sue Root, director of Quality of Life at GHCI, who organized the event. “It truly is a gathering of support, inspiration and happiness.
“Our celebration is a time for cancer survivors and their loved ones to stand united in support of one another, to feel empowered and encouraged when looking into the future. It is very heartwarming to see so many survivors in one place, sharing their stories and enjoying their cancer-free lives,” Root said.
“Cancer is life-changing physically, emotionally and spiritually, but it encourages new relationships with new friends who will support each other for a lifetime,” she shared. “Keeping spirits up is such an important part of recovery. I’m so grateful for my Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute family.”
According to Paul Kocheril, MD, GHCI medical director and radiation oncologist, “Cancer treatments aren’t perfect, but the good news is five-year survival rates nationally have gone up. Two-thirds of patients diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years. And there’s more good news: cancer deaths have declined 27 percent over the past 25 years.”
The survivor celebration included entertainment by StoweGood, a musical duo who perform uplifting music and share inspirational messages.
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