SARASOTA-  Cancer Treatment can be long and hard, and sometimes it’s the little things that help patients get through the day. Sarasota Memorial Hospital paused construction on their new Radiation Oncology Center, so the community could add positivity to the walls.

“I had to go through radiation,” Moore said. “So I know what it’s like to be in that vault, with the thick walls and everything, and have a radiation beam shooting at you.”

What got her through the tough treatment was small messages from family and friends.

“Those emails and cards and messages really meant a lot.” Moore said.

Survivors, doctors and family members shared messages of strength and encouragement where they will house two state-of-the-art linear accelerators designed to destroy cancer cells and leave normal cell intact.

“Technology is important and the individuals are important giving the care,” Liang said. “But when it comes together in a compassionate way, it’s where people feel that there cared for on this really tough journey of fighting cancer.”

Along with messages of strength, people left remembrances for those they lost.

“Judi would be pleased,” Jim Meister said. “She always wore her heart on her sleeve; she was a very giving woman, mom and grandma, and she would be very, very happy this is happening.”

Dawn Moore hopes the messages let patients know there is a community behind them.

“Hope is the most important message that you can get,” Moore said. “Knowing that you can come out on the other side.”

And that this is just a bump in the road. 

The $27 million dollar Radiation Oncology Center is expected to open next summer.