Garden Party: Sierra View celebrates cancer survivors | photos – Low Calorie Diets Tips

It’s been 16 years since Victoria Nucum, now of Fresno, was cancer free. On Friday, Nucum returned to Porterville for the Sierra View Medical Center’s 2022 Survivor’s Day Celebration, held at the Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center in honor of National Cancer Survivor’s Day on June 5th.

With this year’s theme, “Hope Grows Here,” the celebration is held each year in honor of National Cancer Survivor’s Day.

Upon arrival, Nucum placed a pink paper cut-out heart on a banner with a drawing of a large tree that will be on a hallway wall for a few weeks.

The banner will remain on display at the cancer treatment center for others to see to encourage them to beat cancer too.

16 years” and “Keep on Moving” are the words Nucum wrote on her paper heart, referring to the number of years she has been cancer-free. The longest surviving patient on Friday has been cancer-free for 20 years.

The board idea was owned by Carol Ann Moore, Community Relations, after seeing a “Love Grows Here” sign.

It’s one of those things that you see once and think it’s a good idea. I changed it to “Hope Grows Here” and it came to fruition. Hope grows here,” Moore said.

After retiring, Nucum said she stayed in Fresno with kids but always comes back for doctor appointments and special occasions.

It’s nice how they coordinated it all,” she said while touring a small garden recently redesigned by a Springville-based company at the cancer treatment center.

The garden area serves as a resting place for those being treated.

We were here on Wednesday and they planted all the flowers,” Likins Achterberg said as he toured the small garden.

Sandy Achterberg, who wrote on her paper heart, “I’m still working on it,” said she’s currently on chemotherapy and has a few months left.

It’s beautiful,” she said. “I can look outside (during treatment) and there is something beautiful to see.”

The garden is a small walking area with benches, flowers and fountains that have been converted into planters – instead of trickling water, the fountains have been filled with soil and colorful flowers.

Sharon Scarbrough, who said she has been cancer free for three years, also toured the recently created garden.

It’s really nice now. Many of our flowers had died. It looked pathetic after that last hot spell we had,” said Crystal Davis, director of the cancer center. “We had patients asking if we could brush it up, and we struck up a conversation thinking it would be a good idea to lift people’s spirits.”

Planning for the garden and celebration began in late April, Davis said.

It just got better and better over time,” she said. “There are two small (garden) areas. And the Sierra View Foundation supported the project. The landscaping company is ok to (have to) turn the water and replanted the flowers on Wednesday.”

For the celebration, the cancer treatment center sent out invitations to all patients on its mailing list, said Valeria Reyes, marketing and events specialist.

After a tour of the garden, guests were given a packed lunch to take away and a small succulent plant.

The celebration lasted two hours and allowed guests to stop by during their lunch break. And for those who don’t work, it wouldn’t take much effort or time away from their day and still have a special impact, said Malynda Parsons, public relations specialist.

Recently renovated and remodeled, the Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center is a 13,000 square foot facility that offers cancer treatment technology on par with large university hospitals such as the University of California Davis. The facilities are designed to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care in a friendly environment where patients can feel comfortable.

In town since 1990, expanded in 2004 and 2014, the center sees about 100 patient visits a day. Although it is not known how many patients have gone through the CTC since it opened, they have about 550 new diagnoses each year.

Long-term survival has increased so dramatically with current treatments that some of the patients have been coming for more than 12 years, the CTC reported.

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