OhioHealth Hospitals Celebrate Life With Survivor Picnic

  • 6/14/2019 5:51:52 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - OhioHealth Hospitals held their 32nd Annual Cancer Survivor Day Picnic at the Richland County Fairgrounds on Friday, with over 500 people in attendance. The picnic is held annually to celebrate life and to spend time with loved ones in a community setting to recognize the power of hope.

"Originally, this event started as a memorial," said Patti Kastelic, Director of Cancer Services at both OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby Hospitals. "After about five years, we decided that we really would prefer to celebrate life and people that become disease free or are in remission, doing well, and continuing their lives in their normal fashion back with their families."

Invitations were sent to cancer patients who were diagnosed or treated at OhioHealth Hospitals to inspire hope, something that Kastelic says is the most important aspect to remember.

"What I would like for them to take away is that we are here to walk their cancer journey with them at OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby," Kastelic said. "My motto is to embrace hope every day, regardless of what your cancer diagnosis brings."

The picnic included an assortment of hamburgers, hot dogs, and other picnic-style foods such as beans and salads. Over 550 people attended the picnic, with survivors and guests mingling with each other and sharing their experiences.

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