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10:00 p.m. May 17, 2013
Knoxville woman honored for five-year battle against cancer

  brenda hall
Richard J. Stephenson, Founder and Chairman of the Board for CTCA Gerard van Grinsven, Soon to be President and CEO of CTCA beginning July 1 Bob Mayo, Vice Chairman of CTCA John McNeil President and CEO of CTCA Eastern Regional Medical Center.

PHILADELPHIA, PA –- Today, Knoxville resident, Brenda Hall, returned to Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) to celebrate a milestone in her cancer journey—five years of cancer survivorship. Hall was honored at CTCA’s annual “Celebrate Life,” an event that commemorates the courage and tenacity of five-year cancer survivors and the examples of perseverance and hope that these survivors show to those battling the disease. Alongside other cancer survivors, current patients and their loved ones, Hall participated in several events, including a tree planting ceremony, whereby one tree was planted for each five-year survivor, and a dove release, where patients released several doves into the morning sky as a symbol of renewal. Celebrants also passed on commemorative lapel pins reading ”HOPE” to patients currently undergoing treatment at CTCA as a reminder to stay upbeat and hopeful through their battle.

“On a personal level, one of the greatest complimentary services at CTCA is the caregiver program,” said Hall. “My husband Claude received meals, accommodation and support so that taking care of me was his only responsibility. Claude developed lifetime friendships during those days, remained sane, healthy and was always there for me.”

“At Cancer Treatment Centers of America, in addition to offering the most advanced medical treatments and integrative therapies available, we partner with our patients and empower them to take an active role in their care,” said John McNeil, President and Chief Executive Officer of CTCA in Philadelphia. “Celebrate Life is a wonderful time to honor that partnership and rejoice in the many personal milestones these patients have experienced during the last five years.”

Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals focusing on complex and advanced stage cancer. CTCA offers a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment and serves patients from all 50 states at facilities located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to

Published May 17, 2013

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