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Cancer survivors and doctors write messages of hope within walls of new radiation oncology center

Posted at 8:36 PM, Nov 07, 2019

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dozens of people wrote a message of hope on a wall where Sarasota Memorial Hospital is finishing up construction on their new Radiation Oncology Center.

"This building has particular interest to me because I was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago," said Dawn Moore.

Moore said her message was: "Its a bump in the road but you’ll get past it and thrive."

Now, Moore is cancer free and volunteers to help others battling cancer.

"We have wonderful services right now in the Sarasota community but they’re going to get even better," said Moore.

On Thursday, cancer patients, survivors, doctors, and staff wrote messages of hope and healing within the walls of the radiation vaults.

"One of the big missing pieces for us in that continuum of cancer care was radiation therapy," said Kelly Batista, the director of the Sarasota Memorial Cancer Institute.

The new $22 million Radiation Oncology Center at the Cancer Institute is expected to open to patients in August of next year.