Cancer Survivors Day celebration

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Sunday was a chance for cancer survivors to come out and celebrate the fact they beat a terrible disease. The John B. Amos Cancer Center hosted its 22nd Annual National Cancer Survivors Day.

More than 500 survivors and family members gathered at the Columbus Trade and Convention Center for a luncheon, celebration and guest speakers.

This year's theme was "The Music of Laughter" and those in attendance had plenty to smile about knowing they could share in each others joy.

The Director of the John B. Amos Cancer Center, Dr. Andrew Pippas told News Leader Nine, "It's important for patients with on-going treatment to realize there is an end to treatment. It gives them hope to beat the disease. And for long-term survivors it gives them a chance to see others with treatment now go on to resume normal lives."

And lung cancer survivor, Raymond Roberts echoed those thoughts, "I've been here a year and a half and I've met people going on 20 or 30 years. It let's me know it's not over with. Cancer is not death. We're still going to be here a while even if we do have cancer."

This year's guest speaker was Hedda Matza-Haughton, a specialist in the field of psychoneuroimmunology and a two time breast cancer survivor.