Cancer survivors honored - June 11, 2017

Courtesy of NWI Times

MERRILLVILLE — Singer and inspirational speaker Altovise Ferguson shared her story about cancer survivorship and provided musical entertainment at Methodist Hospitals Cancer Survivorship Sunday event held at Methodist Hospitals’ Oncology Institute at Southlake Campus. The event was attended by cancer survivors and their friends and families.

Ferguson provided inspirational musical entertainment while oncology staff served ice cream sundaes. “I am overjoyed, honored and so grateful for the opportunity to share my story. It was very powerful to speak with other survivors because we are all still here; which means that we have a purpose and destiny to share our stories without being afraid of what other people will think. We are blessed to be live,” Ferguson said.

Dr. Bharat Barai, medical director of the Oncology Institute at Methodist Hospitals, also provided a brief presentation of the latest treatment options and technology available for cancer patients. Barai initially diagnosed and treated Ferguson. National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual worldwide celebration of life that is held each year on the first Sunday in June.