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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hope Summit (3 of 3): My favourites

There were some most memorable moments at this year's Hope Summit. Here are my top 5...

(1) The Hugger & George 
As some people in the group were telling their personal stories with lung cancer one man explained how he hugged everyone during his treatment. He was a very tall man with an even larger heart. George, a 18 year lung cancer survivor, followed shortly after him. As George spoke he lost his words in the weight of what a cancer diagnosis can do to a person - even after 18 years. As George began to tear up so did many others including myself, and someone said "someone give him a hug". You know who stood up? The man who than iconically became known the rest of the weekend as 'The Hugger'.  And everybody in the room came to a roaring clap. That was a beautiful moment in Hope Summit history. 

 
(2) Meeting Jessica
I had been following Jessica's blog for months before finally meeting at Hope Summit. Jessica is only a few years older than I am, and she's been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Please check out her blog at:

(3) Meeting new friends & reconnecting with old ones

(4) Taking the Washington, DC bus trip with other survivors

(5) The inspirational speach made by Dr. Lynne Elderidge on Hope Summit's opening day


 

  

9 comments:

  1. I am a hugger and hug medical techs, staff, doctors ... any one involved with me. Breaking the physical barrier between patient and teammate is important

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  2. Lots of great pictures here. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Sounds like it was an eventful gathering. Stay strong!

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  4. Really neat post, glad you got to connect with so many people!

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  5. There is so much support here! Wonderful to see.

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  6. Looks like a great convention! Lots of inspiration.

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  7. I think I would be quite alright with being know as "The Hugger", sounds like a great convention!

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  8. This looks like an inspirational event!

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