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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

Stay strong and keep Hope for better days ahead. You have the strength deep within to get through this time and you are in the best care of the Fox Chase family.


As a two-time cancer survivor, I owe my life to Fox Chase. I encourage all current cancer patients to never give up the fight. At times, it may seem like cancer is winning, but if you have the will power and faith to fight it, you will win at the end.


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!! :)


Celebrating 4 years, Cancer free. Thank you, Dr. Kutikov.


God Bless you all.

James & Antoinette

God bless all the people who have cancer And all the people who had cancer in the past god be with them in there prayes which I had lung cancer five yeares free thank god for fox chase


I chose Fox Chase in 08/2006, handed them my life. I am still kicking and screaming - 01/18/2021 will be 14 years. Do not give up, keep charging forward and fight. Positive energy and prayers to all of you.


Thank you for curing me of colon cancer twenty-five years ago.

Theodore & Karen

I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2017 And in April 2019 went into remission. I fought hard and never gave up! Always keep fighting and never ever give up!!


Always have HOPE


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!


Fox Chase saved my life. I was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. If it wasn't for them I would not be here today. Thank you Fox Chase


Stay strong. My daughter was a patient and had a double mastectomy and hysterectomy and by the grace of God she is doing well. Never give up Hope.


I am so happy and thrilled that my wife, Beth, has been going to Fox Chase for her cancer and chemo treatments. Under Dr. Rubin and Kathy's guidance it has been going very well for her.Bless your team and have a very Merry Christmas and New Year.


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!


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!!!!!!


May we all be cured of cancer.


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

Please have faith and hope. I am a 28-year survivor of kidney cancer and those were some dark days for me. When your treatments are over you will be a better person in every way and the world will be a beautiful place.


Thank you to all the caregivers who take care of the patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center! All your hard work doesn't go unrecognized and everyone appreciates you! Happy Holiday's to everyone at Fox Chase Cancer Center!


Dear patient, I know you might be feeling lonely when you can't see people due to covid but we can see them online. I am sure they would be so glad to see you and it will make everyone happier, especially with the holidays coming up. Have a happy holiday.


This year has been tough for all of us. I'm hoping the road ahead won't be as rocky and that we can rise up. This holiday season, I just wish for the best and that those who are hurting and are struggling with illness find peace and health.




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.


You know that the fight will be hard, but you know that you have a whole team supporting you along the way. Of course your family and loved ones, but also, importantly the people of Fox Chase, Doctors, nurses, technicians who will share your journey.


Keeping all patients and caregivers in my thoughts and prayers.


I wanted to make sure all of you know that you are loved, powerful, and amazing people. In these crazy times, you are among the strongest of everyone. Sending love and positivity your way and I'm hoping you all have a great holiday season!


To our dear Son-in-law, Jamie Brett~ You are our Hero! You beat cancer with the help of Fox Chase and it's dedicated doctors, like Dr. Reddy. Please keep getting stronger and start the New Year with a renewed feeling of strength, well being. Love you!


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!


Faith & Focus. Thank for all your love and encouragement Fox Chase team, Family and Friends. 11/2020


Sending positive thoughts to each of you at Fox Chase fighting and all over this world. You are in good hands now and even after you recover they will be there for you. I am 11 years out and they still are taking good care of me.


Remembering John F. Hughes III with love this Christmas and always. Keeping the Mathis & Lanza albums playing to teach the kids what you knew. With continued gratitude to Dr. Richard Greenberg for more time.


I can't imagine getting care. Thank you Fox Chase.


In memory of my husband, Wally.


Life is precious and memories, family and special people in our life is what is important. We all will have a point in our life when it gets challenging and have to make tough decisions. Never give up hope and always believe in miracles. Stay strong!


When I received treatments in the Infusion Clinic I was politely asked whether I had Cancer. I admit to say that I did not and felt bad about any comparison to my condition. Instead, I offer prayers of encouragement for no diagnose is a losing battle.


NEVER stop fighting and ALWAYS pray; this is YOUR life, we all only have one.


Hi there, I hope you are doing well and I hope you have a great year despite everything that is going on this year! Just know that you are a powerful human being that can make a difference for the people around you!


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.


This year's tree of life adds hope to every person affected by cancer. This year let's think of the reason we fight, for ourselves and our loved ones. Thank you to everyone who supports our individual journeys!


My message is very simple: if not Fox Chase, I wouldn't be alive today. Thanks to you, guys, especially Dr. Bauman and Nurse Practitioner Creamer, I can enjoy life and my 2 year old great-granddaughter. Thank you very much.


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


I developed cancer in 2008 and decided to go to Fox chase for my treatment. I learned that I was in stage 4 and I'm glad I did. It was a long road to finally beat it but today I feel the Doctors , nurses and staff saved my life.


To my love Beatrix: May the Lord continue to bless you and give you strength to fight this evil lymphoma.

Michael & Beatrice

I want to say thank you to the staff at FCCC, in particular, Dr. Tom Galloway & Dr. Anshu Giri. I can't say enough about their compassion and dedication. I am so grateful to them & everyone at FCCC for my treatment. Happy Holidays to all!


Patients of cancer, I know that things can be hard sometimes but never lose hope! Hope is something that you can't lose, even when despair is at its peak. If something doesn't work out, that means that there is something better that can be done. Be well!


We keep you in our prayers always. Keep fighting as you will win this battle. Love to you all.

Mary Lou

Keep the faith. Celebrate your team of healthcare providers.


We will beat this disease. Thank you Fox Chase.


Thanks to the wonderful staff and to all patients, stay postive and embrace the beauty of the season. Be strong and remain hopeful.


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.


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


You are strong we love you keep it up love Nevin and mom


In honor of Amaya Elise Robinson


As an employee and the child of a current patient I cannot say enough good things about FCCC. My dad has received amazing care and it has inspired me in how I interact with other patients and their families.


My Mother, Judith Van Meter; was a long time patient at Fox Chase where she was treated for Multiple Myeloma. THANK YOU to the doctors and staff that cared for her. Sadly, my Mother passed away on November 8, 2020.


I am a cancer survivor and my son is also, I send my love and encouragement to you all .we are warriors of a different kind but have fought a battle and won, I'm so proud of us and all of you, never stop fighting you will win!


Please remember Thomas in your thoughts and prayers and giving him the strength and courage to fight this dreadful disease.

Colleen & Thomas

Stay strong, you are being taken care of by the best and most caring people in the world.


I wish to thank all the healthcare workers who have thoughtfully cared for the sick in the face of this ongoing pandemic.


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.


Never give up hope.


A very special thank you to Fox Chase and their amazing Doctors; Dr. Bleicher, Dr. Winn and Dr. Topham along with Zachary Hasse! You saved my life and the lives of so many others. Sending all of my love and sincere gratitude today and always.




Thank you for saving my wife's, Carolyn life. Where you start, really does matter!!


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.


Continuing the good work you do to save lives everyday! God bless you all!

Mary & Anthony

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


I don't know or I have not experienced what you going through but I pray for you every time I pass you or see you in the hospital. I ask God to bless you and make your journey lite and to give you strength to continue. God Bless


In honor of John Plostnieks.


With exquisite care from my amazing Fox Chase physicians and staff, I am now 8 years free from three serious cancers. The road may be difficult to travel, but... There is always hope.


Look up today is a gift that's why its called present


Please know there are other cancer survivors praying for you every day. You chose the right place for your fight and you will get through it one day at a time.


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 am grateful to my wonderful doctor, Rosalia Viterbo, who has been the best doctor for me since 2008 through my fight with recurring bladder cancer. She is great and for the last 3 years, no more cancer!


27 years and counting (1993)! Cannot thank you enough for all the memories and family time accumlated over those 27 years. To: Ons Coney Langer, Marcia Bonos, Norm Rsenblum, Minlhuya Ngygen, and Cynthia Bergman and their teams, my sincere gratitude and thanks. Love you all! (My apologies if I forgot anyone. Thank you)

Norman & Patricia

To all patients go throught treatment at time, stay encourage. Draw your strength from families, doctors, and staff. We all really care! That's was how I pull through, and I am still staying strong because of the care. My faith in God is always first.


HOPE - that word was always in my mind when I was fighting through my treatments for stage 3c ovarian cancer. Fox chase gave me hope by finding a clinical trial for me when chemo wasn't working. Stay strong and carry on!


In memory of my sister-in-law who died 40 years ago.


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!


In memory of our daughter Cathryn Fine, who died as a result of cancer. She was a remarkable elementary school teacher. We miss her every day. Blessings.

June & Francis

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live." ~ Stuart Scott


Wishing everyone in the Fox Chase family love, good health, and peace of mind in 2021!


Always remember where there is life there is hope! Hope is an amazing gift that will get you through these tough times. God Bless everyone fighting the fight each day. You CAN do this!


God bless all of you as you receive your treatments with strength, peaceful moments and hope for a successful recovery. And thanks, Fox Chase, Dr. Plimack and Colleen Tetzlaff for your successful treatment for Don for 6 years. So grateful!!!


Words can't express how grateful I am for the entire Fox Chase Cancer Center Family. A special Thank You to Dr Reddy & his team, Dr Hall and his team and the Awesome Nurses of 2 South that treated and cared for my husband Bill.


I hope this holiday season brings you cheer, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just chilling with some hot cocoa, know that you are loved and valued. I want you to know, you are an amazing person and can do anything. :)


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!


I have had 5 sarcoma surgeris since 1998, four which were performed at Fox Chase. The first one performed by Dr. Goldberg (retired), who was a great surgeon. The others were performed by Dr. Farma, who is also a great surgeon with good bedside manner. I am grateful to both of them and my Heavenly Father for good healing.

Mary & Robert

Diagnosed this month with breast cancer. Survived stomack cancer from 2009.


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 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"


Life is a journey and we keep moving forward.


Hi, My prostate cancer diagnosis took me to Dr Horwitz and his team. The care through testing and treatment was professional and compassionate.And was successful. Yes, I rang the bell. From security to the doctors to the girls in radiation. TY. TY


I was diagnosed wrongly where I live and found out from Fox Chase the right diagnosis and was treated successfully in 2012!!!!!! I love The doctors and nurses at Fox Chase!


This disease is curable and stoppable. Please remain hopeful and strong and always remember angels are watching over you.


Hi to all I pray for you and you are at the best place you could ever be. I wish you all well and have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. I know how you feel because I as well am sick with Livers problems.


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


You have all chosen the best place to start. The staff is all so great its hard to pick one but here goes. 10 years ago I met Dr Greenburg who suggested Dr Horwitz in radiation, well the seed infusion was a sucess and I'm going strong 10 years later.


Prayers and blessing to all. Keep faith - hope - for COVID-19 - to go away! Keep fighting cancer - believing - miracles happen and with God, all things are possible. Merry Christmas!

Doris & Barry

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