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Cancer survivors to celebrate life on National Cancer Survivors Day

Survivors of cancer gather on June 1, 2014 to celebrate life
Survivors of cancer gather on June 1, 2014 to celebrate life
The National Cancer Survivors Foundation

June 1, 2014, is a day when the most unlikely group of people will gather across the country to celebrate. This group has at some point had their life threatened. Some may be young, some may be middle aged, and some may be of the older generations and remember multiple World Wars but what they all have some common ground. They have all survived cancer.

On Sunday, June 1, 2014, cancer survivors across the country will unite to show the world what life after cancer looks like. This unique celebration will mark the 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. Thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the U.S. and abroad will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors and to show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis – and it’s something to celebrate.

“Sometimes people have very negative ideas of what life after cancer looks like,” says Foundation spokesperson, Laura Shipp. “But the reality is that more people are living longer and better quality lives after cancer than ever before. These survivors are showing us that life after cancer can be meaningful, exciting, and filled with joy.

“National Cancer Survivors Day is an opportunity for cancer survivors to come together and celebrate this new reality in cancer survivorship. There is life after cancer. It may not be the same as before cancer, but it can be beautiful, rewarding, and sometimes even better than before. And that’s something to celebrate.

Events vary across the country but include carnivals, fundraisers, luncheons, health fairs, spiritual events, and more. Some will celebrate loudly and post across social media that they are a survivor and others will quietly light candles and sit in reflection or in prayer.

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation is encouraging everyone to participate in their community’s event. To locate the one nearest you, check with your local cancer treatment center, hospital, or American Cancer Society office.

The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation provides free guidance, education, and support to hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host National Cancer Survivors Day events in their communities. The Foundation’s primary mission is to bring awareness to the issues of cancer survivorship in order to better the quality of life for cancer survivors.

Cancer survivors may face physical, emotional, social, and financial challenges as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Many are confronted with limited access to specialists, a lack of information about promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, difficulty finding employment, and psychosocial struggles.

“To say that cancer is challenging is an understatement,” says Shipp. “But it is a challenge that millions of people – 14 million in the U.S. alone – are overcoming. The NCSD Foundation hopes that through National Cancer Survivors Day, we can not only bring awareness to the issues survivors face but also honor for the courage and strength of all those who are living with a history of cancer.”

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation is encouraging a greater commitment to resolving quality of life issues for cancer survivors. “More resources, research, and increased public awareness are needed to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors,” says Shipp. “Because of advances in modern medicine, cancer survivors are now living much longer after diagnosis. However, long-term survivorship poses its own unique challenges. We need to do a better job of addressing the hardships survivors face beyond treatment.”

Leading up to the event, the Foundation urges everyone – cancer survivors and supporters alike – to show the world what life after cancer looks like. The following are suggested posts for your social media sites.

On Facebook: Let’s show the world what life after cancer looks like! Celebrate life on National Cancer Survivors Day - Sunday, June 1. facebook.com/CancerSurvivorsDay

On Twitter: Let’s show the world what life after cancer looks like! Celebrate life on National Cancer Survivors Day, June 1. #NCSD2014 @SurvivorsDay.

National Cancer Survivors Day 2014 is sponsored nationally by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Coping with Cancer magazine, with support from Amgen, Astellas, Genentech, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, and Teva Oncology.

Source: The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation