Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will host a drive-thru Cancer Survivors Day Celebration from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, June 4.


The hummingbird-themed event, titled “Let Your Spirit Soar,” takes the place of the annual large gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet still offers a chance to honor survivors and caregivers. Participants will receive a gift bag with an inspirational book, face mask, along with resources for survivors and a hummingbird cookie to remind them to “let their spirits soar.”


“Since we are still not able to host a large gathering, we are offering a different kind of celebration,” said Amy Sebastian-Deutsch, director of oncology services. “The drive-thru format provides a safe way to celebrate these survivors’ incredible strength and resilience, and we are proud to honor their lives and encourage them, especially during the prolonged challenging time of the pandemic.”


Survivors will also enjoy uplifting music by music therapists from the Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine. After the drive-thru event, participants will be able to watch an inspirational presentation online from Mack Dryden, comedian and two-time cancer survivor.


According to the National Cancer Institute, there are currently more than 16.9 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today. National Cancer Survivors Day events held around the country allow survivors to come together and celebrate life.