FMH CELEBRATES NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY
- June 1, 2012
- on 6/1/2012
- MoJo: want2dish
From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. On Sunday, June 3, hundreds of communities throughout the world will observe the 25th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. Communities will host events on this day to honor cancer survivors and show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, fulfilling, and even inspiring.
National Cancer Survivors Day is a cherished annual worldwide celebration of life. It is a day for everyone, whether you're a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer — including America’s 12 million cancer survivors — to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize the healthcare providers, family, and friends who have supported them along the way.
"A survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life," according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.
Frederick Memorial Hospital will host a special event for area survivors on National Cancer Survivors Day from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Regional Cancer Therapy Center (501 W. Seventh St.). During the afternoon survivors and their supporters will be recognized by the planting of a tree in their honor, holding a butterfly release, enjoying a boxed lunch and playing games for great prizes.
"More than 12 million cancer survivors are living – and thriving – in the United States today,” says FMH Oncology Services Director Carol Mastalerz. “National Cancer Survivors Day is an opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate that there is life after cancer. We’re also making great strides in cancer research, which means more and more of our patients are presented with highly effective treatment options."
NCSD started in the United States in 1987 and is now also celebrated worldwide in countries including Canada, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Italy, and Malaysia, according to National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation spokesperson Laura Shipp.
To find out more about National Cancer Survivors Day, visit ncsd.org.
Leading up to the event, FMH urges everyone – cancer survivors and their supporters alike – to spread the message that there is life after cancer, and it's something to celebrate.
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