Harvest of Hope
What: Games, music, dragon boats, informational exhibits, food
When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Center, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville
Cost: Free, but preregistration is requested.
To register: 770-533-4705 or email@example.com
More info: Visit gloryhopelife.org
Anyone who has been touched by cancer, whether personally or through an affected loved one, knows the sense of dread the word creates.
A diagnosis brings fear, confusion, and endless questions, especially regarding treatment options and finances.
Harvest of Hope, an annual event offered free to the public, strives to provide answers and encouragement for cancer patients and their families while also providing entertainment and a fun environment.
All cancer patients can attend, no matter when or where they were treated.
Features this year include a variety of games, music, food and dragon boats, as well as informational exhibits and updates on happenings in the cancer field.
The event is presented by an area nonprofit organization, Glory, Hope and Life, which works with the community to “maximize volunteer activities and resources ... to provide opportunities and support for cancer patients, families and their caregivers.”
All proceeds collected will benefit the group’s Harvest of Hope Fund.
Dr. Anup Lahiry, an oncologist at Longstreet Cancer Center in Gainesville and board member for Glory, Hope and Life who helped start Harvest of Hope, said anticipation was high for the upcoming event.
“All of the nurses and patients are excited about it.” Lahiry said, laughing as he added, “they (patients) never thought they could have so much fun.”
This is the 13th year for Harvest of Hope, and Lahiry has been there every step of the way.
“We started basically as a celebration for the cancer survivors. We meet simply as human beings, not as cancer patients, not as doctors, not as nurses. We take those caps off, you know?” he said.
He mentioned that humanity often gets lost when it comes to the cancer process.
“People get (identified) as a patient, a doctor, a nurse and we forget the person behind it. We try to bring that out, and when patients see lots of other patients (sharing their experiences), that’s what gives them the hope.”
Lahiry said the turnout is usually around 100 to 200 individuals, and the organization continually hopes more people will attend and learn each year.
Harvest of Hope is taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Center in Gainesville.