Nanticoke Cancer Care Services will host a Celebration of Life from 1 to 3:30 p.m. June 3 at the Seaford Moose Lodge, 22759 Bridgeville Highway, to commemorate the 31st annual National Cancer Survivors Day.
Thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the globe will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding and inspiring. Nanticoke’s celebration will include a luncheon with door prizes, featuring entertainment by Charles Paparella from “Travels with Charlie” on WBOC TV 16.
“Come and see how life after cancer is more than just surviving. It can be beautiful, abundant, and fulfilling — and that is something to celebrate,” said Terri Clifton, NCSD coordinator and Cancer Care coordinator at Nanticoke. “Our community’s National Cancer Survivor Day event is filled with hope, compassion, faith and joy as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage. We also recognize the contributions of their families, friends and healthcare providers and discuss the issues of cancer survivorship.”
Anyone living with a history of cancer — from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life — is a cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 15.5 million people living with a history of cancer.
Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial and emotional hardships often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. Survivors may face many challenges such as limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. The lack of understanding from family and friends can also be a challenge.
To RSVP, call 629-6611, ext. 2577. For more on National Cancer Survivors Day, visit ncsd.org.