Clearview Cancer Institute Holds Party To Celebrate Survivors

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(HUNTSVILLE, AL) - This is Cancer Survivors Week.  Wednesday, the staff at Clearview Cancer Institute held a party to honor local people who have battled the disease.

"We think it's really important to recognize cancer patients and their families and loved ones and show them that it's important that we care about what's going on with their physical needs, but we also care what's going on with their emotional needs," said Clearview's Leslie Vallely.

Rebecca Ogle appreciates the recognition.  She is breast cancer survivor.

"It means so much to me that doctors at Clearview Cancer Institute think enough of their patients and me to have such an event that honors us," Ogle said.

Paul Rainwater was diagnosed last July with Stage 3 leukemia.  His doctor sent him to Clearview.

"I became the third person in the U.S. to receive this treatment," said Rainwater. "Clearview doing the research that they do, I was in remission by March of this year."

"We hope that all of our patients that come today will leave with a smiles on their face," said Vallely.  "It will be just a little bit of light in their day -- it was a day that somebody showed them how much they cared about them, other than just taking care of medical needs."