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7th annual 'Handprints for Hope' at Anderson Regional Cancer Center

MERIDIAN, Miss. - Anderson Regional Cancer Center will host their 7th annual Handprints for Hope this week. Cancer survivors are welcome to come by the cancer center to put their handprint on a canvas that will be hung in the center in their honor and to encourage other patients during their journey.

“It’s a huge encouragement to our patients currently going through treatment," said oncology social worker and patient navigator for Anderson Regional Cancer Center, Ginny Ruffi. "They can look at the canvas and see all the handprints and the years of survivorship and it gives them the encouragement that they make it through the journey as well.”

The cancer center held the event virtually last year due to COVID-19. 151 survivors participated in the event in 2019.

Kelli Peavy has been a cancer survivor for 3 and a half years and says she is proud to able to participate in the cause.

“I’m really excited to participate. This is actually my fourth year to participate. I’m able to see all the handprints each year and I know this year, we’ll be seeing more handprints on the canvas compared to last year," said Peavy.

Survivors can place their handprint on the canvas until this Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ruffin says even if you are going through treatment, you're still considered a survivor.

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