Hundreds gather to celebrate those fighting cancer

Published: Jun. 5, 2022 at 9:39 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Throughout Jonesboro, many people gathered Sunday to celebrate those who have fought and those who are still fighting a terrible disease.

Both St. Bernards Medical Center and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital hosted events to commemorate National Cancer Survivors Day. It’s an event that’s been three years in the making.

“We are so thankful to be able to gather with cancer survivors,” said Kevin Hawley, outreach and development coordinator at St. Bernards. “It has a special place in our heart, we really care about the people we serve and it’s so exciting to see their smiles.”

He was thrilled to see more than 400 people turnout for the event.

Carroll Scroggins, an oncologist at NEA Baptist, said being able to host everyone again is incredible.

“It is so special for us to meet every year to see our patients and their caregivers, families, and loved ones,” Scroggins said. “This is a day of celebration.”

Survivors gathered to share their struggles and experiences with family and friends.

“Sharing does a lot of good for everybody. I mean, it really does,” said Barbara Hopkins, a current cancer patient at NEA Baptist. “I hear their stories and how they hear mine, and again you feed off that. You really do.”

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