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LoveLine Celebrates 20 Years of Giving

11/24/2008

Hope. To some in the High Point community, it’s more than a word. It’s support with medications, transportation to a doctor’s appointment or a house payment. For some, hope is an answered prayer.

“For 20 years, High Point Regional Health System has invited those who have lost a loved one to cancer, cancer survivors, families and the community to join our cancer center staff for a Service of Remembrance and Hope,” said Janet Forrest, manager of patient rights and oncology. “This heart-felt ceremony recognizes all whose lives have been touched by cancer.”

The 20th Anniversary ceremony will be Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the Millis Regional Health Education Center. While families and friends gather for the service, Dr. Vicki Stovall of High Point Nephrology, will provide a melody of music.

Mayor Becky Smothers, a cancer survivor, will then deliver a proclamation recognizing 20 years of giving to cancer patients and proclaim the first Thursday in December of each year as the “LoveLine Tree Lighting Ceremony” day in High Point. Then, Vennie Ramoz, a cancer survivor and long-term employee of High Point Regional and Dr. Susan Williford, an oncologist, will be guest speakers.

Once the ceremony is complete, family, friends and participants are invited to make the “Walk of Remembrance.” All will follow the candlelit path to the front of the Hayworth Cancer Center for the lighting of the LoveLine tree. Mayor Smothers will light the tree and Sharon Brookbank, a Radiation Therapy nurse, will provide vocal entertainment.

For more information about LoveLine, how to make a donation or additional ceremony details, please contact Alana Holyfield in the Development Office of the hospital at (336) 878-6293.

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