Virtual Tree of Life Messages

Tree of Life 2020

The Tree of Life Celebration is a special program to honor those touched by cancer. Each year, members of the Fox Chase community including patients, families, friends and staff share messages to honor loved ones, pay tribute to caregivers, and support fellow cancer patients. While we normally share these messages as "leaves" on a tree, this year’s event was held virtually so we’re sharing them online. Thanks to everyone for participating and helping to continue the Tree of Life tradition.

2020 Tree of Life

My mother was one of four sisters who died from breast cancer. Mom being the first. I was the first of my generation to be diagnosed and to survive. It's been almost 30 years. There is most certainly life after diagnosis at Fox Chase.


As long as you have your Faith, you never have to be afraid. God is sovereign in all he does. Friends gave me these reminders when I was at Fox Chase. Give your worries to God, and let God and your great medical team do the rest! You are in great hands




"Come to me all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Jesus


Thank you, Fox Chase staff, for your great work to advance cancer research and treatment!


May God Bless All those who have cancer. May He give them the strength to continue to fight it and to Stay Strong and Positive! May God Bless All Medical Personnel and Caregivers who help those to be survivors! Heavenly Angels watch over all of us!


Thank you to all who work at FCCC.


Hope and prayers to all those who suffer this horrible disease.

Anne Marie

Wishing you all a merry Christmas but most importantly a healthy Christmas especially my uncle Mike while he receives his treatment.


Always remember that the greatest therapy includes hope and love. They are the most powerful things in this world.


I am proud to support individuals going through everyon'es journey in the fight for this devasting disease. Love and prayers to all.


Never give up and keep your faith strong!


In honor of my Husband James Toska, a dedicated employee of FCCC and who lost his kid to pancreatic cancer, I wish all of you hope and love in your survival and battle!


In gratitude to the doctors and nurses who have provided me and others such good care and in memory for those who fought the good fight.


To all those fighting, keep fighting, keep the faith and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone who has fought and is still fighting. Susan Carpineta GIST Survivor 2017


On behalf of all the citizens in the community, I would like to say a special thank you to all the caregivers who work hard endlessly to care for the patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center.


Believing in the power of Pray and having faith in your doctors


In loving memory of Katherine and the perfect knowledge that early detection for ovarian cancer is a prime objective of Fox Chase Cancer Center


Happy holidays everyone at Fox Chase! Every morning, you brave people get up and pick up your sword and shield to go fight another battle, which is something very special. Look at all the amazimg things you've done this year and enjoy your holidays!


I was diagnosed with breast cancer March 2019. For those challenging days I was able to lean on family for support. The nurses at Fox Chase were so instrumental during treatment dAys. Take one day at a time. You can do it. Stay positive !!!


Dear survivor, I am so proud of you, for you to be able to fight for this long and still hold a smile on your face. The amount of courage it take for a person to go through something like this amazes me. I will now live my life thinking of your courage an


Cancer has no power here. Keep eating anyway, keep getting out of bed anyway, keep taking a walk anyway, keep praying anyway, keep the faith anyway, keep taking vitamins and minerals anyway, keep fighting anyway. Don't give it power.


Never give up. I have lost loved ones to cancer, but they never gave up. You must fight, fight and then fight. I have a sister who has been battling breast cancer and I believe that she will win her battle; because she is a fighter and won't give up.


Your strength and courage inspire others to take gratitude in the moment. Even in times of struggle during your cancer journey, you are encouraging people around you. All who pass through the doors of Fox Chase are in my thoughts and prayers.


You are in the best care. Stay strong. My brother has had cancer three times and now is going through it again. He is a survivor. Fox Chase is the place to be for treatment of cancer. The doctors and staff are most compassionate people I have ever met.


You have given yourself the best chance for recovering from your present illness by coming to Fox Chase. I wish you the speediest recovery and good health in the future.


I would like to honor Mike Cross.


Five years ago I wasn't sure I live until Christmas. Thanks to the wonderful care I received from Drs. Movva, Frama, Chang, Brown, and Olszanski, I am still here today, looking forward to baking Christmas cookies. Life is good!!


I can not thank the staff of Fox Chase enough. As a survivor I am forever in your debt. As an RN and family member who had loved ones treated at I am proud to see the compassion, love and positivity. Thank you!!!


I remember this tree as a survivor 10 years ago. Stay strong This is only a way to learn how to help others and care always. I survived. Life is great.


Life is a journey and we keep moving forward.


You are loved by us. Our thoughts and prayers are offered up for you!


Celebrating the heroic efforts of the Doctors, Nurses and Staff who are fighting for cancer patients in spite of the current chalenges. Thanking them for 3 years of clean mammos since breast surgery.


Pray without ceasing while following your doctor's directions. Never give up.


Thank you. To all the caregivers in an extraordinary facility.


Continue to wish upon a star while keeping the faith, because anything is possible when you believe. Donna Andro/Clopp :)


"In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer." - Albert Camus from Jill Biden's book, "Where the Light Enters"


Listen to your doctors and health care professionals and you will defeat cancer. I pray that you get well and stay well!!


Thank you for all you do for all family members that are also impacted by this disease. You will never know the appreciation.


10 years ago, I was diagnosed with Kidney, Bladder and Prostrate cancer. Please do not give up hope because your doctors are talented and are tirelessly working to provide you with a blessed life.


Dear cancer patients, Make sure to live life to the fullest. Also, make sure to smile. It takes more muscles in your face to frown than it does to smile. Have an amazing day!! :)


Yes you can! People you don't even know are cheering for you and sending you many hugs and much love. X


"Each life is a miracle that changes the world for the better "


Wishing everyone health, hope, and happiness this holiday season. And a special thank you to all of our angels, especially Dr. Angela Jain, Annie Zavitsanos, Sarah, and Mary Anne in IR. Suzanne loved you all and I will never forget your kindness.


Thanks to Drs. Daly, King, Bergman, Sigurdson, Fowble's teams & all Nurses, I am a 20+ year breast cancer survivor. Along the way I lost my Mom to (ovarian, breast) lung cancer ultimately & my Father to prostate cancer. I miss them every day.


My name is Albert. I work in the Operating Room and touch the lives of the individuals I see every day. Surgical Oncology works tirelessly each day to improve the quality of life and reduce the burden of your disease. We fight for you.


To all of those fighting cancer and to their families- remember that you are strong, you are loved, and God is looking out for you. The community is behind you, supports you, and prays for you.


We are all companions on the journey. For all of those fighting the fight, hang on to HOPE!


In memory of my grandfather, who I did not know. I thank all those who took care of him.


I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Dec, 2018. I had a mastectony of the right breast on Feb 2019. I also had a reconstruction at the same time. I am now a year and a half cancer free and on a drug to keep from getting cancer again. I had Doctor's that were fantastic at Fox Chase still see them today. Thank you.


In honor of Amaya Elise Robinson


Where you start really matters! Dr. John Daly & Fox Chase saved my life!


For those fighting cancer, take this horrible diagnosis & turn into a way to better your life. Appreciate every moment, your love ones, & your friends. Find creative & fun ways to celebrate the holidays even if it is virtually. You got this!


Thank you all at Fox Chase for the amazing care that you took of my mother Carrie until her passing, and of my sister Deborah who is cancer-free. I pray that you continue to help many more patients fight cancer and win.


Patients, you are strong and courageous. Positivity and strength will help you get through a difficult time. We are so grateful for our survivors and caregivers helping other patients through the Patient to Patient Network. Thank you.


FCCC,Thank you for everything you have done for me. My four years of experience at FCCC will be engraved in my heart for life time. please take care of yourself. I hope you and your team stay well and be safe in this unusual year.


Happy Holidays!!!!! I hope you all are feeling better and are able to enjoy the little things! The times are extremely unconventional and I am wishing you all the very best and that you are able to find joy in something this holiday season!


Thanks to the skilled doctors and the nurturing staff at Fox Chase, today I am blessed to be a 19-year breast cancer survivor. Forever grateful. Forever in my prayers are all who pass through their doors.


Cancer is a scary word . In 2015 when told I was in stage 4 I thought life was over. My Fox Chase team however had different ideas . It wasn't easy but I'm still here to enjoy another Christmas season with family and friends.


Where you start DOES matter! You know your body better than anyone. If you feel something isn't right, get it checked. Never give up, never. Even when you feel you can't do anymore, keep on fighting. You are stronger than you know and loved by so many.


When I thought that all my hope was gone, Dr. Robert Uzzo gave me the chance to continue on this journey called life. To all of the employees who touched my life and continue to do so, I want to send you my most sincere thanks for being there for me.


Wishing one and all my best wishes for a full recovery. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago. I had a lumpectomy, radiation, and as of today I am considered cancer free. Keep fighting. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!


You are a fighter!! That's what makes you so amazing!! Because you fought this battle, you are an inspiration. You are my inspiration! I can't imagine what you are going through or have gone through, but I know for a fact that it is why you are so strong!


In memory of my husband, Nicolaas. He fought a courageous battle. We are grateful to Fox Chase for the care and compassion they showed us. Never give up the fight. Thoughts and prayers to all fighting this disease.


Fox Chase hospital and all the caring supportive Doctors makes everyone who comes here feel hope and they are given the best care ever. You are not a statistic but a person who is respected and treated like a human being and not just a patient.


Fox Chase is my safe place. I never thought I would describe a cancer center that way. Drs. Sigurdson, Winn and Topham not only saved my life but brought me back to life! I will be grateful to all of them and their amazing staff always!


My father, Ron Horan, spent a good deal of his cancer battle at Fox Chase, I spent a week there, me mother continues her treatment, as well as a friend. Stay strong, lots of people are thinking of you!


This year has taught us the need for family, friends, and any support system that we can find. Patients - I encourage you to keep fighting! Caregivers - I encourage you to keep changing the world! Everyone else - I encourage you to show endless empathy!


Just keep your hand in GOD'S Loving Hands!


Keep up the fight, thinking of you all!


I myself am a Fox Chase Cancer patient diagnosed with stage 4 NSCLC since Jan. 2014. By the grace of God and the wonderful care I receive from my team at Fox Chase I am a survivor. Stay positive, keep the faith and never give up!


We are keeping patients, families, and caregivers close to our hearts this season. Know that you are not alone: so many people are sending positive thoughts and energy your way. With care!


In memory of Judy Donelly, a very special lady.


I was diagnosed with renal cancer in May of 2015. I am now 5 years cancer free thanks to the staff at Fox Chase but more importantly Dr. Kutikov.


I am grateful for Doctor's like Dr. Steven Rubin who carefully diagnosed my physical condition and successfully operated on me eleven years ago for cancer of the uteris!


I want to thank you for all you do as caregivers. I don't know if you know how much your everyday actions can leave a lasting memory for families.


Following a recommendation from Johns Hopkins for radiation treatment, I experienced excellent doctors, nurses and support personnel at Fox Chase Cancer Center. After 8 years, I remain cancer free. You made a great choice in coming to Fox Chase.


Good luck to all patients of Fox Chase Cancer Center. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! To all, I hope 2021 is a special year for everyone. Thank you to all the doctor's and nurses and staff that provide top notch professional care for all of us.


Stay Strong


Thank you Fox Chase for giving my family several more years of quality time with my father after his kidney cancer diagnosis after a very successful surgery. I wish all patients & their families much health & happiness for years to come!


God gives the toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. YOU'VE GOT THIS!


I am a grateful, and thankful, 10 year survivor of Stage 3 Breast Cancer. I am most grateful to the excellent medical professionals that provided expert, state of the art care that gave me this beautiful life!


I have been a member of the Laurel Society of giving ($1000) for two years as a way of "putting my money where my mouth is." I feel that I walk on "sacred ground" when I come for my six week appointments.


I am a survivor of prostate cancer, diagnosed in 2005. I cannot speak more enthusiastically about the quality of care that I received at Fox Chase, both during and after my treatment. Richard Greenberg and his team are the greatest!


Best wishes to everyone suffering with cancer. I hope all goes well with your recovery. Stay strong!


For my Mom, Dad, nephew and sister in law. And all who have died from Cancer. May they find a cure.For my daughter and daughter in law thank God for their cure.


Stay strong - keep the faith!


My mantra is - 'do not give in' - the strength you have might be minimized by a diagnosis, and this can be overturned with a strong attitude. Keep in mind this is not an easy task to place into action! yet you can do it!




Wish everyone a safe holiday


In honor of my mother Janet Weiss who kicked cancer's butt twice. In honor of my friends Sheryl, Robbi and Holly who are fighting to kick cancer's butt today! Keep fighting! Thank you Fox Chase for helping them win the fight!

Lisa & Jeff

In times like these hope and strength are very valuable qualities. Please know that you are doing the best you can and have many people supporting you and your loved ones. Let it be hope that you can get through even the toughest times!


Doctors, nurses, caregivers, volunteers, and many more, thank you for all that you do. I hope that all of you working plus the people fighting have the strength and courage to get through each and every day. We support you along this tough journey.


I hope and pray everyday that someone will find a cure for this terrible disease.


God bless you with strength, peaceful moments and hope for recovery. And thanks to Fox Chase, Dr. Plimack and Colleen Tetzlaff and Jeanne Marie for your caring treatment for Don for 6 years. We are so grateful.


Stay strong. Keep positvie thoughts. Accept positive vibes.


I would like to honor and celebrate my dear friend and survivor sister, Kathy Petrozelli who I met through Fox Chase! She has been THRIVING for many years now, and is an incredible advocate for others facing cancer. So grateful her and Fox Chase!


I wish to honor my father who died of cancer 22 years ago. I also want to give hope to all who are fighting this disease. It's a privilege to contribute to the 2020 Tree of Life.


Without fox chase and dr.. uzzo my kidney cancer could have been life threatening.


Hang in there, all will be great. Take it one day at a time. Your are in the best hospital possible. They saved my life. From stage 4, Pancreatic cancer. Almost 11 years now. Still going.


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