Image of a group of MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center employees wearing pink and purple to help educate the community about breast and gynecologic cancers.

MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center employees came together in an effort to educate the community about breast and gynecologic cancers, remember loved ones lost and encourage those who continue to fight, at the “Hope Lives Here” ceremony.

Situated outside the Todd Cancer Pavilion, where patients are treated for various types of cancer every day, participants shared their stories with one another and showed their support by dedicating a ribbon to a loved one affected by breast or gynecologic cancer.

“At the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, our goal is to truly foster an environment of healing and empowerment,” says Mariusz Wirga, M.D., medical director, psychosocial oncology, Long Beach Medical Center. “We offer supportive programs that promote mind and spiritual wellness, as well as treating the cancer. We treat the patient and we aim to provide hope. Events like the Hope Lives Here ceremony help us show our support for our patients.”

One thing that was made clear throughout the day: cancer does not discriminate. Women of all ages should be aware of changes in their bodies at all times and communicate any concerns to their physicians. In the fight against cancer, the importance of early detection cannot be stressed enough.

To conclude the event, everyone who participated in the ribbon dedications tied their ribbons on trees and posts in the courtyard decorating the campus in pink and purple. These dedications will remain in place throughout the month of October to honor those affected by women’s cancers.