February 4 is observed around the globe as World Cancer Day, a day to honor cancer survivors and remember those who have left our midst too soon as a result of cancer.
On this day, learn the four myths of cancer, as noted on the World Cancer Day website. Get the facts and share with your family and friends.
Myth number one: Cancer is just a health issue. Cancer involves many concerns, not just health. Nearly 50 percent of cancer cases take place is less developed countries. This impacts social and economic advances in addition to world health advances.
Myth number two: Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries. Cancer has no boundaries. From babies to the elderly, wealthy to poor and all around the globe, cancer affects all ages and all economic classes.
Myth number three: Cancer is a death sentence. Cancer is a frightening word, one we have all heard too often. Over 12 million people in the United States are currently living with cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment is the answer.
Myth number four: Cancer is my fate. A healthy lifestyle can prevent many medical conditions, including some forms of cancer. Reduce or eliminate tobacco and alcohol use, eat a healthy diet, get proper exercise and maintain a healthy weight.
In Lynchburg, the Awareness Garden is located at the Ed Page entrance to the Blackwater Creek Bikeway off Langhorne Road.
This place of beauty was created as a haven for those fighting cancer and a place to remember the loved ones who have lost their battles with cancer.
Lalla's Bell invites visitors to "Ring the bell three times to celebrate the end of treatments, to remember a loved one, or to bring hope for a cure for all."
There's a plaque near Lalla's Bell, dedicated to Lalla Hancock Sydnor, who was instrumental in the creation of the Awareness Garden. Sydnor later died from cancer.
There are over 11,000 memorials in the garden, including memorial bricks and pavers, benches and a fountain.
The garden is especially beautiful when all of the flowers and shrubs are in bloom. Roses, peonies and many other blooms can be found here.
The Awareness Garden Foundation is accepting spring brick donations though March 1. A spring brick dedication ceremony will be held at the garden on May 19 at 3 p.m.
Today, honor the memory of a loved one who has lost the battle with cancer. Celebrate a survivor who is still fighting the battle.
Cancer is an ugly disease which can take many things away from those who are affected. But it can't take your spirit.
For my friends who are battling cancer, my thoughts remain with you. For my loved ones who have lost the battle to cancer, you are always with me.