Celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day

August 06, 2015

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance together with Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach joined in celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day July 29 with a festive Hawaiian luau theme celebration held at the hospital’s Del E. Webb Center for Health Education.

Sponsored by Providence, the Webb Center was transformed into an island paradise as more than 150 cancer survivors, their families and friends sporting Hawaiian attire were met with leis and “alohas” by greeters in native costume. Attendees were then treated to appetizers and a buffet dinner of special island cuisine. The fun continued into the evening with traditional dance to entertainment provided by Tupua Productions.

“We were honored to partner with Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach to host the cancer survivorship dinner,” said Liz Dunne, chief executive, Providence South Bay Community. “From the delicious island-inspired food to the fun hula dancing, the evening provided our cancer survivors with a wonderful way to celebrate and enjoy the gift of life.”

Highlights during the evening included a photo booth with Hawaiian backdrop and props providing survivors with fun mementos of the event. Cancer Support Community’s executive director, Judith Opdahl, also a cancer survivor, welcomed fellow survivors and congratulated them on their survivorship.

“We thank Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance for hosting this wonderful event to celebrate our survivors and give them a night they will always remember,” said Opdahl.

The event was held in celebration of National Cancer Survivor’s Day, which was officially June 7 this year. In America alone, there are 14 million people living with a history of cancer. For more information about Cancer Support Community’s free educational and support programs for cancer patients and their loved ones, call (310) 376-3550 or visit the website www.cancersupportredondobeach.org.