Celebrating Life After Cancer


Hugs, a few tears and lots of inspiration were in abundance during the Celebrate Life in Full Bloom event to honor cancer survivors at the Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center June 29. Pictured, Sam Wiley, colon cancer survivor, at right with his gastroenterologist, Aaron Levy, MD, whom Wiley credits with saving his life.

“Get a picture of me with this guy, he saved my life,” said colon cancer survivor Sam Wiley as he wrapped his arms around Kaiser Permanente gastroenterologist Aaron Levy, MD.

Tears welling, voice breaking, he said it again, this time in a whisper: “He saved my life, man.”

The Celebrate Life in Full Bloom event, in its sixth year, featured speakers, cancer survivor resource booths, a healthy eating cooking demonstration and even a singing doctor, oncologist Christopher Nauman, MD.

See a slide show from the day’s events below.

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    Oncologist Christopher Nauman, MD, sings a rousing version of Woody Guthrie’s "This Land Is Your Land."
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    The virtues of eating a plant-based diet as one way of preventing cancer was a prominent theme at this year’s event.
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    Ken Hansen of Benicia, California, who lost his daughter to leukemia, places a flag on the Pink Heals fire truck. Pink Heals offers cancer support to patients, families and friends.
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    Tracy Lopez De Vinaspre uses her healing hands for massage.
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    Colon cancer survivor Rich Winter, left, and bladder cancer survivor Dan Bruce work at the Ostomy Association of Solano booth.
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    A hand-drawn poster of what to expect during breast cancer and the resources available at Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center drew a lot of attention.
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    Sarah Howison, at left, volunteers at the Kaiser Permanente Health Education booth with her mother, dietician Marianne Frew, who is standing at her right.
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    A giant inflatable colon shows what colon cancer, a non-cancerous polyp and a normal colon all look like.
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    Audience members sing and clap along to an acoustic guitar performance by oncologist Christopher Nauman, MD.
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    Danielle Davidson-Fuller, RN, works the palliative care booth, next to the cancer prevention booth that featured a model of the insides of a human body.
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