The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCPSP) will host the 25th Annual Nancy Weaver Emerson Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony at the Duke Cancer Center on Thursday, Dec. 10. The event features a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight procession to the Seese-Thornton Garden of Tranquility.
Longtime DCPSP supporters Scott Howell and Aubrey Zinaich-Howell have been named this year’s Light of Hope honorees. Scott, a nationally renowned chef who studied at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, owns three restaurants, including Nana’s Restaurant in Durham. Since 2000, Nana’s has hosted Nana’s Dinner, an annual benefit event supporting the DCPSP. Over the past 15 years, Nana’s Dinner has raised more than $200,000 for DCPSP.
“We are delighted to honor and recognize Scott and Aubrey,” said Cheyenne Corbett, PhD, LMFT, director of DCPSP. “Their enthusiastic support of our program and our patients has enabled us to offer ongoing psychosocial programs, vital services and much more.”
Patients and their loved ones are invited to honor and remember family and friends by sponsoring a light on the Tree of Hope. Corresponding tribute cards will be provided. Lights are $10 for one, $50 for five, $100 for 10 and $200 for 20 lights. Donations will be accepted at the cancer center’s Belk Boutique through January 2016. Previous Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremonies have raised up to $40,000. Proceeds benefit the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. For more information or to sponsor lights via phone, please contact Kim Malugen at 919.681.1523.