tree lit with blue lights at night and luminaries along the garden paths on either side with illuminated buildings in the background, plus the words "33rd Annual Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony" in a yellow circle

Tree of Hope, featuring 2023 'Many Faces of Cancer' Photography Project Unveiling

Community Event




Duke Cancer Center
20 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC
large steel bell hanging with blurred luminaries in the background
Sound of Hope Bell at its Tree of Hope Debut in 2022: Duke Cancer Institute Board of Directors' Nancy Wright, a pancreatic cancer survivor, and her husband, J. Gordon Wright, a lymphoma survivor, donated the bell in April 2022 to DCI in Nancy's honor. The bell is stationed in the Seese-Thornton Garden of Tranquility right across from Duke Cancer Center.


The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program invites the community to join them for the 33rd Annual Nancy Weaver Emerson Tree of Hope — an evening to honor and remember loved ones, patients, care team members, family, and friends whose lives have been affected by cancer.

The Tree of Hope symbolizes resilience and unity, reminding us that we are not alone. There is a community of support and understanding for those facing cancer. The lights on this tree glow brightly to illuminate HOPE, even in the face of adversity. Join us to hear this year’s message of hope from patients and the staff who provide unwavering, compassionate care.

Virtual Option

The event will be held in person as well as live-streamed via Zoom.

Luminaries & Tribute Cards

PURCHASE LUMINARIES and/or TRIBUTE CARDS in honor or in memory of loved ones, patients, staff, family, and friends.


5:30 to 5:45 PM: Unveiling of the Many Faces of Cancer photography project, Cancer Center Lobby

5:45 PM: Livestream on Zoom begins

5:45 to 6:15 PM: Message from Duke patients and providers, Cancer Center Lobby

6:15 to 6:30 PM: Lighting of the Tree of Hope, Duke Cancer Patient Support Program's Garden of Tranquility in front of the Duke Cancer Center