BREWER- A Christmas celebration, that celebrates more than just the holiday.
“This night represents hope. It’s a season of dark and when you get cancer you feel darkness but that light comes on and this place represents all of that light,” said Gert Nesin, a cancer survivor.
The Eastern Maine Medical Center “Lights of Hope” event taking over the Layfayette Family Cancer Center on Tuesday night, offering holiday cheer– including snacks, music, and a tree lighting– to those who need it the most.
“It means that there are people standing behind you, especially at a really special season for a lot of people. That you’re not alone going through this. That there are other people there with you,” said Nesin.
And while the tree may look like your normal Christmas tree, each light on the tree represents someone who has been touched by cancer.
“It’s important because lots of people come together and are focused on honoring those who have been in contact with people with cancer or undergone treatment,” said Deb Sanford, Chief Nurse Officer at EMMC.
But not every story has a happy ending. The event also offering an opportunity for families to remember their loved ones who lost their battle with the disease.
“My mother passed away in 2005 from lung cancer. I’ve been putting a light on the tree every year since she passed. She was big on Christmas lights and things so that’s the best I could do to remember her,” said Donna Stuart, a participant at the event honoring her mother.
All donations from the night will go directly towards helping local cancer patients.