Cancer survivors celebrate life the Peranakan way

(From left) Ong and Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital consultant professor Dr. Eric Yeoh celebrating with a cake-cutting ceremony.

DRESSED in their best traditional kebaya, some 80 cancer survivors joined the Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital’s Cancer Survivors Day.

Themed ‘The Little Nyonya’, the survivors came together to convey the message that it is not the end for those battling cancer.

Hospital chief executive officer Joan Lim-Choong said the celebration was an important reminder for the survivors that they are an inspiration to those who are still battling the disease.

“The hospital hopes to cast away the stigma about cancer in our society.

“The survivors’ courage, resilience and zest for life will always be an inspiration to all,” she said during the event recently.

Aptly fitting the Nyonya theme, the event was held at the Kebaya Dining Room at Seven Terraces in Stewart Lane, George Town.

It was sponsored by its owner Christopher Ong.

Laughter filled the dining room when the survivors joined in a game and were divided intoseveral groups.

The survivors were also mesmerised with traditional Peranakan dances and songs by the Nyonya Belles and Baba Johny Chee, who is more affectionately known as Baba Johny, while enjoying light refreshments.

The guests also held a cake- cutting ceremony to celebrate their survival.

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