20 attend ceremony at Cancer Tree

Brian Chamberlain, lay speaker at Urbana Yoke Parish, reads the names of the individuals listed on the Wabash Cancer Society Cancer Tree on Sunday afternoon at the Wabash County Courthouse. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

About 20 people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Wabash County Courthouse to participate in the Wabash County Cancer Society's Cancer Tree Ceremony.

Brian Chamberlain, lay-speaker from the Urbana Yoke Parish read the names of the 72 individuals remembered on the tree. He also discussed how life is like a race. Some lives are sprints, while others are marathons. Many lives are like hurdles, with all the ups and downs individuals have. In the end, he said, the Father will be there to greet individuals as the cross the finish line.

Cancer Society President Theresa Sites gave a brief talk on what cancer can and can't do one who has suffered from it.

The 72 names on the tree is the most that has been on the tree since the program's inception, Cancer Society Vice President Marcia Knee said. Those wishing to honor a loved one made a free-will donation to the society. Funds will be used to help those undergoing treatment.

The ceremony takes place in February, she said, because it is Cancer Awareness Month.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24