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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hope Summit (3 of 3): My favourites

There were some most memorable moments at this year's Hope Summit. Here are my top 5...

(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




  1. I am a hugger and hug medical techs, staff, doctors ... any one involved with me. Breaking the physical barrier between patient and teammate is important

  2. Lots of great pictures here. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sounds like it was an eventful gathering. Stay strong!

  4. Really neat post, glad you got to connect with so many people!

  5. There is so much support here! Wonderful to see.

  6. Looks like a great convention! Lots of inspiration.

  7. I think I would be quite alright with being know as "The Hugger", sounds like a great convention!

  8. This looks like an inspirational event!


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