For more than six years, Anderson Regional Cancer Center has held The Hand prints of Hope giving cancer survivors and patients an opportunity to make their mark and by doing so creating a community that produces courage during a difficult time.
“We choose different colors and allow the person that comes to choose what color they want sometimes it’s just a favorite color sometimes some colors signify certain diagnosis; a lot of our breast cancer patients want to choose pink and of course purple is kind of the universal survival color.” Said, Ginny Ruffin, social worker- patient navigator.
Last year, many came out to support this event and organizers are expecting the same for this year.
“We had 142 people to come and it totaled over a thousand years of survivorship.” Said, Ginny Ruffin, social worker- patient navigator.
To allow for more participation; organizers are holding the event for several days to accommodate varied schedules.
“It’s a national cancer survivors’ by which was yesterday, and we decided to expand for a day and have it for a week, but it is a national survivor’s day.” Said, Ginny Ruffin, social worker- patient navigator.
Cancer patients and survivors can learn they are not alone by participating in the event.
“It also gives them a sense of hope that as they see the other hand prints and the years of survivor shop that other people have walked the journey and they’ll be able to make it through as well.” Said, Ginny Ruffin, social worker- patient navigator.