NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVOR’S DAY
Observed annually on the first Sunday in June, National Cancer Survivor’s Day sets aside time to “demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.”
The day is a way for survivors to share their journey and offer hope and inspiration to those who have been newly diagnosed. Cancer survivors know the emotions and challenges associated with receiving a cancer diagnosis. They also know where the resources and support are for newly diagnosed cancer patients. The day encourages a celebration for survivors and their families. The day also offers a wellspring of support and outreach to cancer patients everywhere.
While every cancer and treatment is different, cancer survivors know the journey is often overwhelming. National Cancer Survivor’s Day brings survivors and their families together in a wellspring of support.
HOW TO OBSERVE Cancer Survivor’s Day
Each year, communities, hospitals and support groups host events and celebrations around the United States honoring cancer survivors. Events may include parades, carnivals, art exhibits, contests, and testimonies. President George W. Bush and the National Cancer Institute director each included a commencement at the 2008 celebration. Attend an event or organize one to show your support. Other ways to celebrate include:
- Post a photo on social media showing your support for cancer survivors.
- Share your story, journey of cancer survivor-ship.
Use #CancerSurvivorsDay or #NCSD2021 to post on social media.
NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVOR’S DAY HISTORY
Merril Hastings announced the first National Cancer Survivor’s Day during the second national conference meeting of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivor-ship in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 20, 1987. Hastings then filed the name as an International Class 042 Service and also registered it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the name of Pulse Publications. The first observance was held on June 5, 1988.
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