Flame of Hope event to recognize cancer survivors

Last year, Lora Kelley of Carlisle was in Washington, D.C. to receive the Courageous Patient Award for her yearlong battle against pancreatic cancer.

“It was fun, it was great, it was a blessing and it made me feel really good about my journey and what I have come through with the help of everybody,” Kelly said.

Now, almost two years cancer free, Kelly wants to spread her message of hope to others battling the disease.

“I think its important that people know they are not alone,” she said.

Kelly will be one of the speakers at the Central Pennsylvania Flame of Hope event to honor cancer survivors and their caregivers.

“There are so many unique and painful components to this journey that only one traveling it knows, so it’s a way to really honor the silent parts of their journey and it’s a way to honor the commitment, the love, and dedication of amazing care givers,” she said.

Monica Filburn is the chair of the free event. She got involved because her nephew is battling cancer.

“I think it’s important for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors. I think it’s important for people who have been newly diagnosed to connect with people who are surviving,” Filburn said. “There is nothing like that and this is a day for that to happen.”

The Central Pennsylvania Flame of Hope event includes massages, pictures, awards, educational information, music, dinner, and speakers who will share their journey.

The free event will be held on National Cancer Survivors Day, June 7 at 12:30 pm at St. Patrick Activity Center on Marsh Drive in Carlisle.

To register, go to http://www.123contactform.com/form-893959/Flame-Of-Hope-Registration-Form.

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