In 1991, Nancy Emerson, then director of major projects for the Duke Cancer Institute’s Development Office, suggested that the DCPSP sponsor a Tree of Hope "that would symbolize the love we hold in our hearts for someone special and the hope we have that the fight against cancer will soon be won."
As the season of goodwill approaches, the night sky above the Duke Cancer Center will once again glow with light emanating from the Nancy Weaver Emerson Tree of Hope.
The light in its uppermost branch, the Light of Hope, recognizes individuals for their work in helping people cope with the challenges of cancer.
This year, the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program is proud to honor Ruth and Fred Porter as the 2013 Light of Hope honorees. Combined, Ruth and Fred have quietly offered 18 years of volunteer service through which they have touched the lives of thousands of patients and their families, making loads lighter to carry, and burdens easier to bear. Most recently, they have become members of the DCPSP Advisory Board, providing countless hours of service, and generous gifts, to the program. When not volunteering in the Cancer Center, you will find them at almost every DCPSP special event, either as guests or as committee members. They think about others first, themselves second. More simply put, they give without expectation.
We wish to thank Fred and Ruth, and you, for your continued support of the DCPSP, and hope you will make a gift to support the program this year. A gift to the Tree of Hope is an excellent way for you to honor or remember loved ones, caregivers, family members, friends, volunteers, and the Light of Hope honorees. For each person you choose to recognize, a light will be nestled among the supporting boughs of the holly tree. This year, Tribute cards will be sent directly to you for each person you are honoring or remembering. You may add your own personal message on the cards before mailing to family, friends, and loved ones.
We invite you, those you are honoring, and your families to attend the 23rd Annual Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 12th in the Duke Cancer Center atrium located at 20 Duke Medicine Circle. The evening will begin at 5:30pm with a reception followed by a short program, starting at 6:00pm, during which the Light of Hope award will be presented. Following the program, those in attendance will proceed to the DCPSP’s Seese-Thornton Garden of Tranquility for the ceremonial lighting of the Nancy Weaver Emerson Tree of Hope.
We look forward to seeing you, and appreciate your generosity of helping those coping with cancer in their lives.
Please visit our online giving page at www.gifts.duke.edu/cancersupport or call 919-684-4497 for more information.