Published on June 01, 2018

Danny Talbott Cancer Center Hosts Cancer Survivors Day Celebration 

Danny Talbott Cancer Center

UNC Cancer Care at Nash held a National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration on Friday. Local cancer survivors were invited to attend the special celebration of life at the new Danny Talbott Cancer Center that recently opened in February.

Upon arrival, attendees and their guests were greeted by Nash UNC Health Care employees and Pet Therapy program dogs. A live DJ added to the celebratory atmosphere, as upbeat music filled the air while guests mingled with each other and Nash UNC staff. Sterling Grimes, director of Cancer Services at Nash UNC Health Care, provided introductory remarks before guests were treated to lunch.

“We’re glad to have so many people here today. We have had many luncheons for National Cancer Survivors Day in the past, but this is our first at the new Danny Talbott Cancer Center and we could not be more excited about how many people are in attendance today,” she said.

Messages of strength, courage and hope echoed throughout the entire celebration. As guests finished lunch, local cancer survivor Virgie Wilson, shared her personal story of hope and survivorship, while sharing her advice for dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

“You have to find something to smile about and laugh at to keep you going,” she stated. “I kept smiling and I kept going, just like most of you here today have done,” she added.

After Wilson’s speech, guests were treated to inspirational music from Senika Nicole Cofield, the 2017 winner of Carolina Idol. Cofield performed two uplifting songs in honor of those affected by cancer.

During the event, survivors participated in a unique meet and greet activity that also helped them learn more about cancer awareness. For the activity, Nash UNC staff members wore buttons with a ribbon that represented a specific type of cancer awareness. Guests searched to find different colored ribbons on the buttons, meeting several staff members along the way. Each staff member then explained to participants what specific cancer awareness their color ribbon represented. Participating in the activity entered guests into a drawing for various door prizes.

“Our Cancer Survivors Day Celebration is a special time to rally around those who have survived cancer while motivating those who are currently under treatment. This event is a celebration of hope,” Grimes stated. “It is also our time to celebrate their caregivers for the care and support they provide during and after treatment, while also showing this community the comprehensive cancer care and incredible team of support we have right here at Nash UNC,” she added.  

Those in attendance were invited to learn more about Nash UNC’s comprehensive cancer care by taking a tour of the new facility and meeting some of the UNC Cancer Care at Nash team members.

“This is a lovely facility filled with great doctors and nurses. The staff here is wonderful and they treat you with great care,” cancer survivor Minnie L. Johnson said.

The Danny Talbott Cancer Center opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 1, 2018. The new center is a state of the art facility that houses all UNC Cancer Care at Nash services in one convenient location. Prior to the opening of the center, cancer care services were spread across the Nash UNC campus in multiple facilities. The three primary service areas of the center are – an oncology clinic, radiation therapy and infusion therapy. There is also a dedicated pharmacy on site.

Around 500-600 patients are diagnosed with cancer or receive treatment for cancer at UNC Cancer Care at Nash each year. Of those, 20 percent or more need some level of financial assistance for their treatment. To help with this burden, the Nash UNC Health Care Foundation manages a Cancer Patient Assistance fund to help patients in need.

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