A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses
Unfortunately, nearly all of us have been touched by cancer. Some of us may even have supported loved ones during their battles with cancer. Others among us, like our own Michelle Foster, East Campus dean, academic affairs, have been diagnosed themselves. And while the weight of cancer can seem unbearable, with the love and support of family and friends, like our Valencia colleagues, cancer victims can find the strength to survive.
In light of this, the East Campus Grounds team has dedicated a bed of flowers, shaped as an awareness ribbon, to everyone affected by cancer. The flowers, located between Buildings 4 and 5, were planted in collaboration with Valencia Volunteers to raise cancer awareness.
The Grounds team will periodically rotate the flowers to represent different forms of cancer. In fact, the team just recently transformed the flowers from a pink ribbon, representing breast cancer, to a grey ribbon, representing brain cancer.
“The East Campus Grounds team is proud to support meaningful horticulture on our campuses,” said Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Chris Thalasinos. “As we celebrate Valencia’s 50th year of leading education in Central Florida, my hope is that those affected by the various types of cancer will gain extra support from all of us: the Valencia family.”