A gift of encouragement

Cancer survivor Lieselotte Heil (left) visits cancer patient Marjorie Walker. She also lets Walker hold her survivor’s teddy bear, a plush toy signed by Heil’s friends and family while she was battling cancer herself, five years ago.

Celebrating life: The annual “Celebrate Life” event was held May 14 and 15.

Cancer survivor Lieselotte Heil hugs patient Rosemary Riggall.

Cancer survivor Joseph Bauernfeind gives a pin to cancer treatment patient Tracy Cliford.

Cancer survivors went to the infusion section of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America to visit current patients, and give them pins and encouragement. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS