On National Cancer Survivors Day, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world come together to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors.
The day stands to demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality, and is celebrated each year on the first Sunday in June. For 2018, National Cancer Survivors Day will take place on Sunday, June 3.
After first announcing National Cancer Survivors Day at a national conference meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1987, a woman named Merril Hastings then filed the name as an International Class 042 Service and also registered it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The first official National Cancer Survivors Day was then held on June 5, 1988.
Twenty-two National Cancer Survivors Days have since occurred, with the goal each year for the day to serve as a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the communities all over the world.
Local towns, cities, hospitals and support groups host events and celebrations on National Cancer Survivors Day. Celebrations include parades, carnivals, art exhibits, contests, and testimonies to honor local cancer survivors. The 2008 celebration even included a commencement by U.S. President George W. Bush and the National Cancer Institute director.
While celebrated primarily in the United States, the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation is attempting to expand the holiday celebrations worldwide, seeing success so far with countries including Canada, Australia, Italy, South Africa, Malaysia and India.
Here at beyondBeanie, National Cancer Survivors Day represents a very special occasion for the whole team. We take great pride in two of our most important bracelet packs, which directly result in proceeds going towards cancer awareness initiatives:
Breast Cancer Awareness Pack: Trabajo Voluntario Cancer de Mama en Bolivia
Childhood Cancer Awareness Pack: AFANIC
The official theme of National Cancer Survival Day is 'A Celebration of Life', as for millions of people living with cancer, this day and every other is just that - a celebration of life. For those looking to make a physical impact, you can support this worthy cause by organizing your own NCSD event. There is also the hashtag #CancerSurvivorsDay which can be shared to show support throughout social media outlets.
Together lets acknowledge the contributions of the families, friends, healthcare providers and scientists who support cancer survivors in their fight for life.
Written by Steve Connors
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