A Lawrenceville breast cancer survivor was recently honored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America as part of its Celebrate Life event, which recognizes survivors for “their courage and determination throughout their battle with the disease.”

On the heels of National Cancer Survivors Day, on June 5, Jennifer Thigpen and more than 400 other patients were honored with a red carpet sendoff from Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan, then were recognized at a special off-site ceremony.

Each survivor was honored with a ceremonial tree planted in his or her name, symbolizing courage and hope for years to come. Celebrants’ names were also added to a new mural in the hospital’s dining room featuring the names of five-year survivors.

“Emotions run high for the entire hospital team during this awesome celebration,” said Cancer Treatment Centers of America oncologist Dr. Haritha Pabbathi. “Celebrate Life connects us to our purpose and to our patients and colleagues in an incredibly meaningful way.”

Cancer Treatment Centers of America-Atlanta has been an integral part of the Georgia healthcare landscape since opening in August of 2012. With the recent passage of House Bill 186, the specialty hospital stands ready to serve more Georgia patients who seek Cancer Treatment Centers of America for their cancer care.

For more information about Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s services, visit cancercenter.com or facebook.com/cancercenter.

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Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.