posted on: 10/18/2016 10:48:02 AM
To celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Ohio Mammography Day, Lima Memorial Health System will host the 20th annual Hope Garden Ceremony on Thursday, October 20. Breast cancer survivors, family and friends are invited to gather at the Lima Memorial Medical Park on Eastown Road at noon for this celebration of life.
Guests can participate in an inspirational ribbon and quilt ceremony. The quilt was hand-crafted by the mother of a breast cancer survivor. Survivors will be invited to sign the quilt and tie a ribbon on a square, thereby, binding themselves to the strength of other survivors. The quilt will be permanently displayed at Lima Memorial’s Women’s Health Center.
Veronica “Ronnie” Ballard, breast cancer survivor, and her significant other and caregiver, Trevor Dodds, will be the featured speakers. Ronnie was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 39, when she was just 12 weeks pregnant with her second child. Ronnie and Trevor will share their story of the trials, tribulations and unexpected blessings along their breast cancer journey and how laughter and keeping a positive attitude are essential to beating it all.
Entertainment will be provided by the very talented harpist, Nancy Glick. Light refreshments and a special gift for survivors will be provided.
“We always look forward to the Annual Hope Garden event at Lima Memorial. This event signifies a renewal of hope to everyone who has been touched by breast cancer,” said Dr. Darlene Weyer, Medical Director of Lima Memorial’s Women’s Health Center. “Throughout all phases of treatment and survivorship, it is important to keep your spirits up. This event serves as a celebration of life for survivors, their family and friends and a remembrance to those who have gone on before us,” says Dr. Weyer.