National Cancer Survivor Day
In June, the resident enrichment focus is National Cancer Survivors Month. June 1 is National Cancer Survivors Day, an annual, worldwide celebration of life that is held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States. This is a celebration for those who have battled cancer and survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.
Residents in Holiday Retirement communities united with friends, family, and medical professionals in symbolic events to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.
Residents and members of the community who have personally battled the disease or who have friends or family members who have battled cancer, were invited to share their experiences about being diagnosed, learning about the disease, and the steps they took to finish the fight. Each story was unique and inspiring. A few examples of Holiday events are:
- The Fabric of Hope – crafting and sewing together quilt squares that represent the cancer journey; the final product can be displayed at a local cancer center.
- Light of Hope – a candle lighting ceremony to honor cancer survivors.
- Hope in Motion – a walkathon benefiting local cancer support agencies.