PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – To mark National Cancer Survivors Day, the Fox Chase Cancer Center held a day of celebration and an awards ceremony Sunday to honor those who have beaten the Big C.

For some, it’s difficult to put into words the feelings of returning to the place where such a broad range of emotions were felt.

Sherman Knox (pictured, center) is a prostate cancer survivor and says he appreciates the fact that this visit is for something positive.

“It’s nice to come up here right now and knowing that you don’t have to get treatment,” Knox says.

It’s been 13 years since Reyla was diagnosed with breast cancer and she says it’s surreal coming back.

“Feels like another lifetime ago, you know, like I went through all of this for that whole year — treatments and surgeries and everything.”

Dr. Crystal Denlinger says she’s seen plenty of success and failure during her time here, but the relationships formed along the way will always be with her.

“It’s just nice to know that we got to be part of their journey.”

Reported by Mike Dougherty, KYW Newsradio 1060

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