TURLOCK — Ice cream with a sprinkling of hope was served up at an ice cream social Thursday for National Cancer Survivors Day at Emanuel Medical Center.
Almost 500 sundaes were given out to satisfy the sweet tooth and spread joy among cancer patients, survivors, their families, friends and medical staff. This is the second year the center has offered the event.
Hughson resident Peggy Hill, who is fighting her second bout of breast cancer, came with four of her grandkids and her daughter-in-law. The family enjoyed sundaes, and the kids ages 4, 3, 2 and 18 months danced to the Dixieland band that played throughout the all-day event.
"My older two grandkids know this is where grandma's doctor is," said the 61-year-old. "I think it's great seeing everyone who has been through cancer treatment and the situation. It brings you all together to celebrate life."
Her daughter-in-law, Cheree Hill, showed her support by dyeing her buzz-cut hair, which she shaved when Hill began her second round of cancer treatment, bright pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.
Eighteen-year-old Brook Jensen came with her grandmother Marie Cor-reia, who was diagnosed a year ago with stage 4 breast cancer. Jensen took her grandmother to and from her radiation treatments at the center and came to enjoy the day with her.
"I just want to celebrate her success," she said. "She's improved so much, it's just amazing."
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