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COLUMBIA- Dr. Kevin Staveley-O'Carroll said seeing his cancer patients get well is one of the best thing in his life. 

To celebrated the best moments, MU Health Care's Ellis Fischel Cancer center invites its cancer survivors every year to its survivorship celebration.

"We are celebrating more than just survivorship," he said. "It's not just about surviving cancer, it is about being well and being vital after having gone through cancer therapy." 

Ellis Fischel Cancer center is the second oldest cancer surgery in the country. Dr. O'Carroll said the center has a deep root in mid-Missouri, which allows its doctors to build real and imitate relationship with their patients.

"It's really a journey, and we establish real relationships with our patients and with their families, " he said.

The celebration on Sunday will feature a "paint out cancer" event, where cancer survivors are invited to hurl paint-filled balloons to the target wall. 

Staveley-O'Carroll said Ellis Fischel Cancer Center has been holding a memorial day for patients who didn't make through surgery as well. 

"Increasingly every year, we are improving our chances of curing cancer by working in the researching laboratory and bring that to the clinic," he said. "We don't always win."