Cancer patients, survivors celebrate oncology services in Lawrence

Doris Sullivant, Lawrence, awaits a brief program during a community celebration Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, that marked the 10th anniversary of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Oncology Center. She was among the first cancer patients treated at LMH in 2000.

Doris Sullivant, Lawrence, awaits a brief program during a community celebration Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, that marked the 10th anniversary of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Oncology Center. She was among the first cancer patients treated at LMH in 2000. by Karrey Britt

Lawrence resident Doris Sullivant, 85, was among the first patients to receive cancer treatment at Lawrence Memorial Hospital under the care of Dr. Ronald Stephens.

He was hired to help start the oncology program in May 2000, and she received treatment for colon cancer a few months later.

On Tuesday night, she had the chance to thank him once again for his services during The Oncology Center’s 10th anniversary celebration. The center officially opened Jan. 1, 2001.

“I am so glad I got to visit with Dr. Stephens,” she said. “I am so fortunate that I received care here.”

She said she had friends who had to travel to Kansas City and Topeka for their cancer care.

Eleven years ago, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She had surgery and then chemotherapy treatments. Sullivant said she had treatments for one week and then would take three weeks off, and that continued for six months.

“I did well,” she said with a smile. “It must have been the right treatment.”

Sullivant wore a maroon ribbon with the word survivor on it, and she was far from alone at the event that was attended by 400 people.

There also were individuals wearing green ribbons that said VIP, which stood for very important patient. Others sported blue ribbons that said VIP family.

During a brief program, LMH President and CEO Gene Meyer acknowledged the staff and spoke about the importance of providing oncology services in Lawrence.

“Cancer affects all of us in some way — in a personal way,” he said.

He said his daughter just had a double mastectomy and was on the “road to recovery.”

Lawrence Memorial Hospital President and CEO Gene Meyer recognizes the oncology staff during a brief presentation Tuesday evening at LMH during the 10th anniversary celebration of The Oncology Center. The speakers had to use a megaphone because the audio system wasn't working.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital President and CEO Gene Meyer recognizes the oncology staff during a brief presentation Tuesday evening at LMH during the 10th anniversary celebration of The Oncology Center. The speakers had to use a megaphone because the audio system wasn't working. by Karrey Britt

Judy Hoffman, of Lawrence, said she found comfort in knowing that she wasn’t alone.

In October, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery and eight weeks of radiation treatments. She just had a follow-up appointment and a mammogram.

“It was good,” she said with a smile.

Judy Hoffman, right, is a breast cancer survivor and attended the 10th anniversary celebration of the Lawrence Memorial Oncology Center on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Also attending the celebration, from left, are her daughter, Kathryn Sevier, and friends Toni Pierce and Judy Pierce. Toni and Judy are sisters and their late mother had breast cancer.

Judy Hoffman, right, is a breast cancer survivor and attended the 10th anniversary celebration of the Lawrence Memorial Oncology Center on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Also attending the celebration, from left, are her daughter, Kathryn Sevier, and friends Toni Pierce and Judy Pierce. Toni and Judy are sisters and their late mother had breast cancer. by Karrey Britt

About 400 people attended a celebration at Lawrence Memorial Hospital to mark 10 years of oncology service. In foreground is Lawrence resident Doris Sullivant, one of the first cancer patients.

About 400 people attended a celebration at Lawrence Memorial Hospital to mark 10 years of oncology service. In foreground is Lawrence resident Doris Sullivant, one of the first cancer patients. by Karrey Britt

Les and Pat Hannon, longtime Lawrence residents, attend the 10th anniversary celebration of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Oncology Center. Les is a prostate cancer survivor and his wife is a breast cancer survivor.

Les and Pat Hannon, longtime Lawrence residents, attend the 10th anniversary celebration of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Oncology Center. Les is a prostate cancer survivor and his wife is a breast cancer survivor. by Karrey Britt

A sign bears the theme of the 10th anniversary celebration of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Oncology Center. The center serves about 600 new patients each year and administers about 18,000 treatments.

A sign bears the theme of the 10th anniversary celebration of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Oncology Center. The center serves about 600 new patients each year and administers about 18,000 treatments. by Karrey Britt

Doris Sullivant, Lawrence, stops to read one of many cancer stories that line the wall outside The Oncology Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Sullivant was one of the first oncology patients under the LMH program in 2000.

Doris Sullivant, Lawrence, stops to read one of many cancer stories that line the wall outside The Oncology Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Sullivant was one of the first oncology patients under the LMH program in 2000. by Karrey Britt

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