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New cherry tree rededicated for breast cancer survivors

A weeping cherry tree located at the entrance of the Quincy Medical Center hospital was rededicated to breast cancer survivors as a memorial tree, according to the Patriot Ledger.

The rededication ceremony took place on May 22. The tree was originally dedicated in 1994 to commemorate those who lost their lives to the illness as well as to support and celebrate breast cancer survivors still battling the disease.

As part of the rededication, new bricks were purchased and engraved with names for those who wish to show support for a loved one. In 1994, almost 100 bricks were dedicated and now appear in the grass surrounding the cherry tree.

Memorial bricks came with a donation of $50.

In the U.S., about one in eight women develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. Support for breast cancer survivors is essential and studies have found that those fighting the disease who have a positive social life - filled with friends - have a higher chance of survival, according to the American Cancer Society.

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