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CH Light of Hope Survivor Dinner a Success

The Cancer Awareness Committee of Community Hospital is overjoyed to announce the success of its recent special occasion, the Light of Hope Survivor Dinner, held on Saturday, February 24, in the Prairie View meeting rooms. This uplifting event brought together 70 individuals, fostering a spirit of resilience, perseverance, and hope.

The evening kicked off with live music and a warm social gathering at 6:00 PM, setting the tone for an inspirational night. As Master of Ceremony, Amber Reynolds-Lorentz, Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology Physician Assistant and member of the cancer awareness committee, led a touching before dinner prayer and Tyler Thiessen, Community Hospital Chaplain, delivered a powerful message on resilience and perseverance, captivating the audience and reinforcing the strength found within the cancer survivor community.

The highlight of the night was the poignant lighting ceremony, held in the Healing Garden. Luminarias were illuminated for each survivor present, creating a breathtaking representation of the hope that resonates within those who have triumphed over cancer. Ellen Branham, Nurse Practitioner and member of the cancer awareness committee, expressed her heartfelt gratitude, stating, “It was an honor to share fellowship and joy with everyone." The Light of Hope Survivor Dinner successfully created a sense of community and celebration for cancer survivors, providing a platform for shared experiences.

Branham extended her appreciation to the dedicated volunteers, the incredible band, Community Hospital’s Harvest Café and Catering team, Daphne Tidyman, with Daphne’s Photography, and Community Hospital for their sponsorship and collaborative efforts in making this event a reality, sharing an inspiring reminder from an unknown author: “Cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot conquer the spirit.” Community Hospital remains committed to supporting cancer survivors beyond their treatment, fostering a supportive network for those who have triumphed over the challenges of cancer.


Survivors wore lavender corsages, created by Ellen Branham, NP-C as a symbol of survival and resilience.