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Kelsey George of Jackson was honored among 400 other five-year cancer survivors during an event at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

On the heels of National Cancer Survivors Day, Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Atlanta honored Hodgkin Lymphoma survivor and Jackson resident Kelsey George, among more than 400 patients from across the nation, during Celebrate Life, an event marking five or more years since they began treatment at CTCA.

On June 5 during Celebrate Life, George and fellow survivors enjoyed a red carpet sendoff from CTCA in Newnan before being honored at a special off-site ceremony. Each was honored with a ceremonial tree planted in his or her name to symbolize courage and hope for years to come. Celebrants’ names were also added to a new mural in the hospital’s dining room featuring the names of five-year survivors — past, present and future.

“Emotions run high for the entire hospital team during this awesome celebration,” said medical oncologist Dr. Haritha Pabbathi. “Celebrate Life connects us to our purpose and to our patients and colleagues in an incredibly meaningful way.”

CTCA Atlanta opened in August 2012. It is part of Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global Inc., a network of hospitals and outpatient care centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa.

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