Many people continue to show their appreciation to life during events such as National Cancer Survivors Day. This event represents a gathering of support for those who need it, the inspiration for those who are fighting and a celebration for the ones who survived.
Statistics have shown that 14.5 million people are suffering from cancer in the United States and over 32 million cancer survivors in the world. Today, the 29th annual National Cancer Survivors Day gathered many communities together.
According to the administrator for the celebration, the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, a survivor is anyone who has a history of cancer, who is still fighting with cancer or defeated the disease.
Laura Shipp, the spokesperson of the Foundation, mentioned that people usually have a wrong perspective towards cancer. However, more and more cancer survivors are having healthier lifestyles and life longer after dealing with cancer.
This event offers these survivors the chance to inspire one another during this fight. Plus, this day also targets to make everyone understand the difficulties one has to face while living with cancer, such as financial hardships, emotional, social and psychological distress.
In other words, cancer is not all about physical side effects, but it also takes its toll on your mind and spirit if you do not educate yourself to see the good parts of this reality. The Foundation hopes that NCSD will catch the attention of many people and that it will play a significant role for increased public awareness to improve cancer survivors’ life quality, finding more resources and developing further research.
All citizens are encouraged to participate in this event. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides networking resources, education, free guidance and assistance to many cancer-related organizations, such as support groups and hundreds of hospitals, which also have National Cancer Survivors Day events in their communities.
Furthermore, the primary goal of the Foundation is to raise awareness to the problems of cancer survivorship and to improve the life quality of more and more survivors.
Fortunately, the number of cancer survivors is growing. Nevertheless, many of them have to deal with difficulties such as psychosocial struggles, finding employment, inadequate or no insurance, a lack of information about new treatments and healthcare specialists. Hopefully, things will get better in the future, and the efforts of these organizations will pay off.
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