Blacksburg, VA, December, 2014 – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery and Relay for Life of Montgomery County are honoring cancer survivors and remembering those who have lost their battle this holiday with The Tree of Hope. The Tree of Hope, located inside the hospital lobby, is adorned with personalized Christmas ornaments. A tree lighting ceremony was held on December 4 where each of the names on the ornaments where read aloud.

“The Community Tree of Hope is a wonderful way to honor our friends and loved ones that have passed on and also those that are here to celebrate another year with us,” said Suzanne Dunn, Cancer Survivor. “Seeing the tree lit up, really did give me a sense of hope that we will find a cure for cancer in my lifetime.”

Money raised from the sale of the ornaments will support the efforts of Relay for Life of Montgomery. The public can order personalized ornaments until Christmas. The cost per ornament is $5. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/montgomeryva.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity that our corporate sponsor, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, is giving to the Montgomery County Relay for Life with our Tree of Hope to honor and remember our survivors,” said Della Akers, ACS Relay for Life Montgomery Committee Member: “They are our reasons to relay!”

“As a long time corporate sponsor of the Relay for Life event, our employees have seen first-hand how our community comes together to help ‘Find a CURE’,” said Alan Fabian, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. “The Tree of Hope is a reminder of the lives that have been impacted by cancer in our community and why we can never stop fighting for a cure.”

The Tree of Hope will remain in the hospital lobby until the first of the year.

The Tree of Hope, located inside the hospital lobby, is adorned with personalized Christmas ornaments.

About LewisGale Hospital Montgomery
LewisGale Hospital Montgomery is a part of LewisGale Regional Health System which includes 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers and a multidisciplinary cancer clinic, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 146 employed providers and more than 500 independent physicians. With 3,300 employees, its annual payroll is $230.1 million. The system also paid $41 million in taxes and provided more than $106 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2012 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information see www.lewisgale.com.