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Picnic to Honor Cancer Survivors Planned
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Port Huron, MI...The long road toward survival starts in childhood – a time when individuals build remarkable endurance, capacity for patience, and drive to overcome any obstacles that stand in their way. To celebrate this level of remarkable commitment, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and its Mercy Regional Cancer Center (MRCC) are hosting a special Cancer Survivor Picnic.

Individuals who have faced a cancer diagnosis, or are loving family members, friends and/or caregivers of someone who has battled cancer, are invited to have that endurance, patience and love acknowledged and honored at this special event. The Cancer Survivor Picnic will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, near the East Entrance of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, located at 2601 Electric Avenue, in Port Huron. The Survivor Picnic will feature FREE picnic fare and refreshments, the introduction of a new Survivor Garden, and inspiring stories of survival from the heart.

Last year, during Relay for Life, the Mercy Regional Cancer Center launched the very successful annual survivorship event. During that program, a number of survivors came forward and shared their personal stories of strength. This year, the MRCC will move the event to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital campus to better foster the focus of the event on local survivorship.

"Although everyone who attends is invited to share their survivorship story, we have already identified two individuals who plan to speak about their journey," comments Kelly Grevemeyer, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. "Lisa Hulber, a resident of Port Huron, will share her breast cancer diagnosis story, and the heroic efforts of her "rescue" dog which helped her identify her breast cancer. In addition, participants will hear from Melody Collins, also of Port Huron, who will share her courageous journey to survival after her cancer diagnosis in 2005."

In addition to individual stories of inspiration, the event will feature the unveiling of a new Survivor Garden. The garden will include hanging baskets, potted plants and garden art to highlight the enduring spirit of survivorship. Individuals are invited to contribute to the garden in his/her own name, or in memory or honor of someone else.

For ease in access to the hospital's east entrance and picnic, event participants are asked to park in the lot adjacent to Electric Avenue. To register for the Cancer Survivor Picnic, please call 1-888-637-2963.

To learn more about the Mercy Regional Cancer Center and St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, go to: You're also invited to search St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron on facebook and follow us on twitter.

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