Saturday, June 4, 2005 was a day of celebration at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, as 240 cancer survivors, their relatives, and friends celebrated "National Cancer Survivors Day" The survivors ranged in age from 80+ to 5 years old.
When you stepped into the hospital cafeteria you thought you where on Bourbon Street, in New Orleans. The sounds of New Orleans jazz, decoration in the Mardi Gras theme were everywhere. The survivors really got into the theme of the day by wearing masks, beads as they participated in a Mardi Gras parade. As the survivors where ushered into the cafeteria the cheers from their supporters and staff could be heard throughout the hospital.
Borough President Marty Markowitz visited the celebration and spoke about how wonderful it was to see so many people celebrating life. One of the young survivors a 9 year boy had just been released that day from the hospital, but he was well enough to share in celebration. The young survivors were treated to magic show, and face painting. It was a great day enjoyed by all.