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

Wish everyone a safe holiday


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


There is always a rainbow after a storm, it may be hard right now but it'll get 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.


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.




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.


Fox Chase Cancer Center saved my life. You are in good hands.


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


Thanks Fox Chase for taking such good care of Chris Robbins!

Mary Louise

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.


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!


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 !!!


Our daughter Sharon Schwartz, was added to the Tree of Life this year. She lost her battle with cancer at the end of January, and had spent 14 years working at Fox Chase. Please accept our profound thanks for the love, compassion and care she received.


Dear caretakers, Thank you so much for all you do. I'm sure there are many people who are grateful for what you do, me included. I'm especially thankful for the determination you all have. Happy Holidays!


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.


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!


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!


Please remember to always stay positive, prayerful and hopeful. I am a cancer survivor and one of my doctors told me to stay in the light.I am cheering for you and praying for you.


Please wear a mask, wash your hands, distance socially and no indoor gathering.


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.


Stay Strong


Dear Breast Cancer Patient: I had breast cancer back in 2012. The news was shocking to me but I did get through the surgeries, radiation and 5 years on an anti estrogen pill. I'm now an 8.5 year survivor and doing really well. You can do this!


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 will beat this disease. Thank you Fox Chase.


To those who are battling cancer, keep strong, keep focused on your treatment. Remember too, you are not alone. Keep the faith. God bless you through your journey.


In honor of the lives of Maxine Wary, Christine Lipmar and Sue Ferguson.


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!


In memory of my mother, Mary Arnone.


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!!!!!!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


As cancer survivors ourselves, we are so very grateful to the medical professionals and staff at FCCC. We owe our lives to Drs. Boorjian, Kutikov, Viterbo, Sigurdson and Vijayvergia. FCCC's commitment to compassionate care makes it special.


Thank you to all who work at FCCC.


The "Tree of Life" tradition should raise sizable amount of money each year for "Cancer research" and possibly more lives saved! Thank you Fox Chase and all contributors.


Working at Fox Chase Cancer Center for 15 years I am still surprised at the strength and courage of our patients. I love you all and pray for you and are always there for you all. I will always laugh and cry with you, most of the time you make me laugh.


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


To Chris- We love you. Keep fighting.


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.


My mantra - Take one day at a time. Every day is a gift. God is in charge and He holds me up. Never give up hope.


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


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.


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.


Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, first responders, and other healthcare workers who have toiled tirelessly to care for their patients and the community. To those of you fighting, I hope you may recover soon. I believe in you.


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.


My name is Rhonda Rose and I am a stage 3 Breast Cancer Survivor!!!! In 2017 I was diagnosed.. Thank God for FoxChase Cancer.. My Sister Bonnie, had a BLT at FoxChase 8/2020 She's phenomenal because of Fox Chase


After three years still fighting for survival. Thank you Fox Chase.


Oct. 2019, I heard the words "you have cancer," leaving me numb. Thankfully, God and my urologist led me to FCCC. I want to acknowledge Dr. Vitirbo and her team and my family for their guidance and support throughout my cancer journey. Russ N.


I would like to send you positive thoughts through these times and to let you know that I am thinking of you! What you are going through may seem tough but I know you're stronger than whatever you are facing. I hope you have a great holiday season!


Dear Fox Chase Patient, There is HOPE! YOU have the support of the knowledgeable Fox Chase staff, family, friends, and cancer survivors who deeply care for YOU, are praying for YOU, and are cheering YOU on to good health! Stay strong and positive!


"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"


To life. Live and let live.


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


In memory of Donald Mitchell, a former patient deceased.

Nancy M. Mitchell

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


When I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphma, it seemed to me that the end was near. But excellent treatment from doctors at the Fox Chase Cancer Center helped change that. Not only did I recover, but I returned to work at age 69. Don't give up! Your or loved ones can recover too!


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.


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.


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


Helen D. Bubka "We live in hope"


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


Today and everyday, I find inspiration in the courage our patients here at Fox Chase, past and present, exhibit throughout their cancer journey. There is nothing more rewarding that walking down that path with you step by step.


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


Wishing you peace during these special holidays. You are loved. Merry Christmas!


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

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.


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


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


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


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.


In memory of my mother Marie Elliott who was a cancer survivor and volunteer at FCCC. In memory of our long time FCCC Department of Pharmacy Purchaser, Mary Frentzen, who lost her battle with cancer in 2010 while employed at FCCC


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


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!! :)


Always have HOPE


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!


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!


Our message is in memory of Lori's mom, Margaret Evans. FCCC gave Peggy ten years of quality life after diagnosis of lung cancer. We are grateful to Drs. Goldberg, Earl King and Millenson, as well as the nurses and staff who provided her care.


Thank you for providing hope during darkness.


Sending you wishes to stay strong... You have the best doctors and the best care that could possibly be given. Know that you are thought of and prayed for by someone who once walked down your path


Fox Chase & Wills are the best cancer treatment centers, stay strong.


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


Thank you Fox Chase.


Keep fighting, our prayers are with you always.

Mary Lou & Ray

In memory of my mother-in-law, Mary Agnes Heron, who still is close to my heart.


In memory of Charles Logan and in support of all cancer patients and their families.


Hope for all who are "fighting the battles" and peace to all - that others care. Bless you and prayers.


You are stronger than you think and braver than you could ever imagine <3


In memory of my husband, Wally.


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

Theodore & Karen

Thank you to all at Fox Chase.


Everything takes time. Never take your life for granted and keep going. My husband's CTscans were stable for one year. Then the cancer began to shrink...and continues to shrink. We are hopeful and thankful for everyday. Thank u staff


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!


I was diagnosed with lung cancer and lost a half lung that was 2010 I am still kicking and get out with my 3 labrador Retrievers every day. I fi Can do it when I was 64b can also may God Bless you. Please do not let it get you down. I did it all by myself




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


Keep the faith. Celebrate your team of healthcare providers.


I thank God for the gifted hands and loving heart of Dr. Ridge!


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