2008-11-07 / Community

Arverne Cancer Support Celebrates Life

By Miriam Rosenberg

Members of the Arverne Cancer Support group are introduced. An empty chair remembers Doris Harry, who had passed away the Friday before the dinner. The youngest members are Destiny Morell, 11; David Greenidge, 8; and Chyna Crawford, 7. Members of the Arverne Cancer Support group are introduced. An empty chair remembers Doris Harry, who had passed away the Friday before the dinner. The youngest members are Destiny Morell, 11; David Greenidge, 8; and Chyna Crawford, 7. Against a pink and white motif, and with heavy hearts and a determination to continue on, the Arverne Cancer Support Group hosted their annual "Celebration of Life" dinner this week at the VFW Hall in Inwood. Members and supporters came together to remember those who have been lost to the disease, to honor those living with cancer, and to celebrate the survivors and caregivers.

The evening was in memory of Sarah Colson, who died in April 2005 at the age of 62, and Doris Harry, who passed away unexpectedly three days before the dinner.

Pink and white were the colors that decorated the VFW Hall in Inwood during the "Celebration of Life" dinner on November 3. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. Pink and white were the colors that decorated the VFW Hall in Inwood during the "Celebration of Life" dinner on November 3. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. After a prayer by Reverend Kimberly Detherage survivors, those living with cancer, and caregivers celebrate with song and dance. After a prayer by Reverend Kimberly Detherage survivors, those living with cancer, and caregivers celebrate with song and dance. Velma Hill presents Peninsula Hospital oncology nurse Rose Marie Zapata with an award in appreciation for her work with the Cancer Support Group. Zapata urged everyone to come to the meetings. "It's important to the community. You'll learn a lot." Velma Hill presents Peninsula Hospital oncology nurse Rose Marie Zapata with an award in appreciation for her work with the Cancer Support Group. Zapata urged everyone to come to the meetings. "It's important to the community. You'll learn a lot." Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, RDRC's Valerie West and Assemblywoman Michele Titus were among those who attended the dinner. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, RDRC's Valerie West and Assemblywoman Michele Titus were among those who attended the dinner.

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