Canton, Ohio: A new piece of community artwork now graces the walls of the Mercy Cancer Center. Local cancer survivors recently painted symbolic “leaves” to commemorate their journey through (and beyond) the disease. These handcrafted leaves were fashioned onto a “Tree of Life”, which is currently on display inside the Cancer Center for public viewing, and is designed to represent each patient’s inspirational story.
The “Tree of Life” was created with the purpose of celebrating “hope, courage, life and growth in body and spirit”. Cancer survivors were invited to paint their individual leaves during Mercy’s Cancer Survivor Picnic on June 2nd. The picnic was held in observance of National Cancer Survivor’s Day and included a free picnic dinner, door prizes, drum circle, laughter class, chair massages and a labyrinth for survivors wanting to do a meditative walk. Held at Price Park in North Canton, the picnic took place close to the Mercy Survivor’s Garden. For more information on the services, support groups, programs and events offered for cancer patients and survivors, please visit www.cantonmercy.org/cancer-center.
Mercy Cancer Center is not just a building. It’s the heart of Mercy’s integrated cancer program. Mercy Cancer Center coordinates Mercy’s broad range of diagnostic procedures, innovative treatments, national cancer research trials, complementary medicine program and support services. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC) awarded Mercy Cancer Center the Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence in cancer care. Mercy is the only area hospital–and one of just 95 facilities nationwide–to earn the award, along with the CoC’s three-year re-accreditation with commendation during our last survey in 2008. Fewer than 20 percent of cancer programs in the United States attain this superior recognition. This means most cancer patients can receive cutting-edge cancer care right here in our community.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.