Living with cancer blog

Celebrate life on National Cancer Survivors Day

By Lonnie Fynskov, R.N. May 12, 2016

If you followed the guidance of the web, you could celebrate a different event every day. Some of them are well recognized and others have their origin in humor or sales.

We celebrate historical events, relationships, roles, etc., but rarely do we formally acknowledge or celebrate the unique gift of life itself.

National Cancer Survivors Day is just such an event — an annual celebration of life that's held in many U.S. communities, Canada and other countries.

It's traditionally held on the first Sunday in June. It's a wonderful day filled with hope, inspiration and friendship as we honor those whose lives have been touched by cancer.

If you're in the Rochester, MN area, please join us for the "Hidden Treasures and Pirate Adventures" themed event. Share the loot by listening to speakers; enjoy swash-buckling activities and watch the younger buccaneers engage in age-appropriate adventures in their Pirate's Cove.

The event begins at11:00 a.m. on June 5 at the Rochester International Event Center (near the airport), 7333 Airport View Dr. SW. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., followed by a program to honor cancer survivors and their families at 12:15 p.m.

It's sponsored by the André Gauthier Foundation and hosted by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. Admission is free for cancer survivors and two guests. Additional guests are welcome for a nominal fee of $5 per person. Reservations are required by May 27.

To register, email canceredprog@mayo.edu or call (507) 538-6001. If there's not an event conveniently located for you, consider celebrating with your family or friends. We want to celebrate our treasured survivors and look forward to spending the day with you either here or in spirit.

I'd love to hear how you're planning to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. Please share your plans or ideas with others in the comments.

May 12, 2016