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National Cancer Survivors Day Celebrations Planned

first_imgCANCER CARE N.S.–National Cancer Survivors Day CelebrationsPlanned A celebration of life, marking National Cancer Survivors Day,will be held on Sunday, June 6, at the World Trade and ConventionCentre in Halifax. Presented by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, this is the third year acelebration has been held in Halifax. This year, the event takesplace between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free and everyone iswelcome. “Cancer Survivors Day is about coming together as a community,”said Rick Andrews, co-chair, National Cancer Survivors Day and amember of Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s board of directors. “It’sabout celebrating life with those who are surviving their cancer.It’s about recognizing the valuable support of family andfriends. It’s about paying tribute to those who have died. It’sabout understanding the important role of health professionalswho provide cancer care and researchers who are working tounderstand the disease. Most importantly, Cancer Survivors Day isabout hope for the future.” Terry Kelly, well-known Nova Scotia musician, cancer survivor andhonourary event chair, will headline the afternoon’sentertainment. He will be joined by Kendra MacGillivray, KenTobias, Halifax Elementary Girls’ Honour Choir, Rhapsody Quintetand the Greene School of Irish Dance. CBC TV’s Bruce Rainnee willbe master of ceremonies. The family-oriented afternoon will include a candle-lightingceremony to honour those touched by cancer and a message ofinspiration and hope delivered by Theresa Marie Underhill, acancer survivor and chief operating officer of Cancer Care NovaScotia. “For me, Survivors Day puts everything in perspective,” said Dr.Rob Grimshaw, gynecologic oncologist, Capital Health. “It remindsme why I do what I do. Last year I attended, not knowing what toexpect. I was overwhelmed by the number of people who were thereand the sense of community we shared. “Sometimes it’s easy to forget the big picture and to focus in onthe challenges, but we all have reasons to celebrate and hope.Treatments are getting better. People are living longer andthrough research, we are learning more about cancer every day.Survivors Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate oursuccesses.” National Cancer Survivors Day 2004 will be celebrated bythousands of people in communities throughout North America onSunday, June 6. It’s a day to honour those around the world whoare living with a history of cancer. In Nova Scotia, the 28,000people who are living with, living through or living beyond acancer diagnosis are invited to participate in the event, as wellas their families, friends and health providers. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families,and the health care system through prevention, screening,education and research.last_img read more