Who is a cancer survivor?
Anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of their life – is a cancer survivor, as defined by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. In America alone, there are nearly 14 million people living with a history of cancer.
Why is it so important to bring awareness to cancer?
More people than ever before are surviving a cancer diagnosis as a result of advances in prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up care. With a growing numbers of cancer survivors, we want to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, productive and even inspiring.
How are we honoring cancer survivors this year?
Historically, our community celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day on the first Sunday in June. This year Community Partners; Cancer Services of East Central Indiana-Little Red Door; American Cancer Society; Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center; Delaware County Health Department and local businesses, Concannon’s Bakery and Wasson’s Nursery are teaming up to honor cancer survivors throughout the week of May 28 – June 2.
How can cancer survivors participate?
Beginning Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, May 31, cancer survivors can pick up a “survivor certificate” at Cancer Services of East Central Indiana/Little Red Door located at 2311 W. Jackson St., or IU Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center located at 2401 W. University Ave. On Friday, May 31 from 8 am – 4 pm, cancer survivors can visit IU Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center to enjoy refreshments, pick up a “survivor certificate,” register for Relay for Life survivor activities and receive a free survivor t-shirt. On National Cancer Survivors Day, Sunday, June 2 cancer survivors can take their “survivor certificate” to Wasson’s Nursery and Concannon’s Bakery (at either location) from 10 am – 5 pm and receive a free gift.
On Sunday, June 2, thousands of people around the world will gather to celebrate life after cancer. National Cancer Survivors Day® is the day each year that we pause to honor those who are living with a history of cancer for their strength and courage. It is also a day to acknowledge the contributions of their families, friends and healthcare providers, as well as those engaged in cancer research. Please take a moment to celebrate, recognize and honor the cancer survivors in your life!
For more information about National Cancer Survivors Day activities taking place in our community, please contact Cancer Services of East Central Indiana/Little Red Door at 765. 284.9063.
Melody Stanley is the coordinator of patient education and supportive services at IU Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center. To learn more about the IU Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center, please call Melody Stanley at 765.751.1400 or visit iuhealth.org/ball-memorial/cancer.