Trees planted to honor those who battled breast cancer

Andrea Rose

GREENCASTLE — Just as breast cancer survivors and victims celebrate the seasons of life, five new trees will go through each season honoring those who have battled breast cancer.

Five kousa dogwood trees were recently planted at the Greencastle Senior Activity Center in Antrim Township.

"Cancer is something that has probably touched all of us or will at some point," said Traci Kline, director of Franklin County Area Agency on Aging. "We are very happy to dedicate these trees to honor our seniors who are survivors of breast cancer and in the memory of those who have lost their battles."

Commissioner Dave Keller said the trees also tie in nicely with the county's "Plant a Tree, Preserve Our Future" initiative. "We are preserving the memory and honor of folks who have battled breast cancer," Keller said.

County officials hope the trees will bring peace to seniors.

"The thing about trees that makes them so meaningful is trees purify the water, cleanse the air and offer a calming effect—peace of mind," said County Commissioner Bob Thomas.

The five dogwoods were purchased through a state Department of Aging Senior Community Center grant.