(1) The Hugger & George
As some people in the group were telling their personal stories with lung cancer one man explained how he hugged everyone during his treatment. He was a very tall man with an even larger heart. George, a 18 year lung cancer survivor, followed shortly after him. As George spoke he lost his words in the weight of what a cancer diagnosis can do to a person - even after 18 years. As George began to tear up so did many others including myself, and someone said "someone give him a hug". You know who stood up? The man who than iconically became known the rest of the weekend as 'The Hugger'. And everybody in the room came to a roaring clap. That was a beautiful moment in Hope Summit history.
(2) Meeting Jessica
I had been following Jessica's blog for months before finally meeting at Hope Summit. Jessica is only a few years older than I am, and she's been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Please check out her blog at:
(3) Meeting new friends & reconnecting with old ones
(4) Taking the Washington, DC bus trip with other survivors
(5) The inspirational speach made by Dr. Lynne Elderidge on Hope Summit's opening day