Honoring Life and Limb

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President and CEO John M. McNeil, Maitreyi Roy, and Founder and Chairman Richard J Stephenson

CTCA President and CEO John M. McNeil, PHS's Maitreyi Roy, and CTCA Founder and Chairman Richard J Stephenson

There are several environmental reasons to plant a tree: clean the air, absorb storm water, cool a home, and increase property values.

And then there are other reasons, like 49-year-old mother-of-six, Pat Thrush.

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society partnered with the Eastern Regional Branch of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America to plant trees and honor five-year cancer survivors at Ferko Playground, including Thrush. Read more about Thrush in a Sunday feature in the Inquirer.

The tree planting was the second time PHS added trees to “Survivor Grove.” The four new trees, Stewartia pseudocamellia or Japanese Stewartia, join last year’s grove of cherries.

“I felt so proud today,” said Maitreyi Roy, PHS’s vice president of programs, after the ceremony. “The outstanding work done by our staff to plan, design and implement this project came shining through.”

PHS looks forward to continuing a partnership with CTCA as well as future work at Ferko Playground and Juniata Park, which is part of PHS’s
Parks Revitalization Project. Several students will be working there this summer as part of the Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) Program.

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