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Published on July 29, 2013

Cancer survivors celebration features BBQ, art, and forum on survivorship 

Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544
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MONTEREY, Calif. — The annual cancer survivors celebration hosted by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula will feature a presentation on Thriving as a Survivor as well as a barbecue, patient art display, therapy dogs, and more.

The free event is open to cancer survivors and their family and friends, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 10 at Monterey Peninsula College. The celebration is in its 18th year and usually attracts more than 1,000 people who gather to acknowledge, support, and honor cancer survivors with fun, fellowship, food, and entertainment. Activities include a barbecue lunch featuring local doctors at the grill; creation of the Hands of Hope mural, with survivors leaving their hand prints, signatures, and number of years since diagnosis; group photos; and visits with therapy dogs. 

From 11 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m., Dr. Michelle Melisko, medical director of the Survivorship Program at the University of California, San Francisco, will lead a panel discussion on survivorship. She will be joined by Dr. John Hausdorff, a medical oncologist with Pacific Cancer Care in Monterey, and Joy Smith, RN, oncology patient educator at Community Hospital.

Registration is required by calling (800) 388-4301 or e-mailing



Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 207 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at


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