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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."