Cancer survivors slideshow

Survivors Have Their Day

Cancer survivors at sign in table

The moment you learn you have cancer may be frightening, but from that moment on you become something very special, according to Jonathan Lopez, M.D., NorthBay Cancer Center hematologist/oncologist.

”You are a survivor.“

Dr. Lopez addressed an audience of nearly 270 cancer survivors and their friends and families during the 20th Annual Cancer Survivors Day, held on June 5. The ”Celebration of Life“ event was hosted by NorthBay Cancer Center.

Admiring the Cancer survivor truck covered in signatures

”You are also a warrior,“ Dr. Lopez stressed, “because the definition of warrior is someone who engages in a conflict or struggle.“

Dr. Lopez was one of three speakers to share words of hope, inspiration and admiration on a sunny afternoon at The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano in Fairfield. An update on the latest in cancer treatments was presented by oncologist Brian Vikstrom, M.D.

Group shot at cancer survivors event

Guests had ample time to mingle, have their photos taken by a professional photographer, and enjoy a selection of hors d'oeuvres. They also viewed a video on the development of NorthBay Cancer Center and the significant donation made to the center by local philanthropists Heidi Campini, and her late husband, Jim Lawrenz, former NorthBay Healthcare Foundation board chairman.

Heidi thanked NorthBay Cancer Center for serving as ”Jim's co-pilot“ through his cancer journey, and encouraged the audience to always ”stay positive, be confident in your medical team, keep faith, and find a way to make a difference in your own unique way.“