This year's theme was "metamorphosis and transformation" and the image of the butterfly was used to represent the change that occurs in each cancer patient as they journey on their path to fight cancer.
I was so excited to hear about this year's theme earlier this Spring. The Occasions Mini Catalog had just launched, and I could not wait to show the employees at the Oncology Support Services Department the Butterfly Thinlits. They loved them, too!
So, we began cutting out butterflies several weeks ago. I even wrote a short blog post about it here. It was truly a group effort to cut out all of those butterflies, and I was happy to contribute to it. The real magic happened once Landri and Felicity worked to make their vision take shape.
The decorations they created with these butterflies were breath-taking! The photos just cannot capture the beauty of the conference center -- it, too, was transformed. The employees of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute did a magnificent job with this event.
The Celebration included
- Great music by patients, family and staff
- Wonderful music from the children of Clef
- Lots of yummy food
- An inspiring guest speaker who was a young adult cancer patient at GBMC
- A beautiful multimedia presentation featuring photography of a survivor's son set to original music written by a friend
- Beautiful bouquets of flowers to honor survivors and their caregivers
- Surprising Dr. Cohen with the Making A Difference Award and hearing him speak on the new developments in cancer research
- Dr. Cohen's impromptu performance of "Brown Eyed Girl" with his new guitar
- Door prizes
- Fellowship and friendship of patients, family, and staff -- it was a wonderful day!
Here are some photos from this magnificent day:
|I was so happy to share this day with a dear friend and fellow stamper, Sandi!|
|Connie presenting a special award to Dr. Cohen|
|A perfect afternoon!|