Published on September 20, 2011

Decade Celebration Brought Hope, Healing & Hugs!

Read Karrey Britt’s WellCommons story

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.”

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.

Decade Celebration Brought Hope, Healing & Hugs!

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