Celebrate life

  • Friday, May 17, 2013

Dear Editor,
National Cancer Survivors Day is Sunday, June 2. On this day, the Lowcountry will honor our citizens who are living with and beyond cancer. We will join communities worldwide in celebrating life as part of the 24th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day. Celebrations will be held throughout the United States, Canada, and other participating countries, including the “Celebration for Life Mardi Gras Style” organized by the Tricounty Cancer Survivors, Inc.
We want to invite everyone to our community’s celebration at the Elks Lodge 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. from 2-5 p.m. This event is for cancer patients, survivors, family members and caregivers. All are invited to attend this free event. There will be music, food provided by Ladles Soups, therapy dogs, line and shag dancing lessons, speakers, cancer screenings and more. 
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. In the United States, there are over 11 million people living with a history of cancer. These people are living proof that a cancer diagnosis is not an automatic death sentence.
Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial, and emotional hardships often persist after diagnosis and treatment. Survivors may face many challenges such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate insurance, financial hardships, employment problems, and psychological struggles. Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives.
To improve the quality of life of cancer survivors, more resources and research are needed. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, along with national sponsors, encourages a greater commitment to resolving the issues of cancer survivorship.
As the organizers of this local event, we are encouraging everyone to attend the celebration to show his or her support for our community’s cancer survivors, their families, friends, and healthcare providers. For more information and to register for this event please call 843.873.9929 or visit us on the web at www.tricountysurvivors.com
Jeff Gillette
Chairperson, National Cancer Survivors Day
Tricounty Cancer Survivors, Inc.


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