FRANKLIN, Tenn--National Cancer Survivors Day 1997, the world's
largest cancer survivor event, is set for Sunday, June 1. This
10th anniversary Celebration of Life will recognize America's
7.4 million cancer survivors and those who support them.
More than 650 communities throughout the nation will hold celebrations
on June 1. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, which
supports the celebration, recognizes a "survivor" as
anyone living with a history of cancer, from the time of diagnosis
through the remainder of life.
The day means "picnics and parades, concerts and carnivals,
tree plantings, building camaraderie, and sharing survivor stories,"
the Foundation said in a press release.
"National Cancer Survivors Day means that I'm not alone,"
said Rae Marie Bozzo, a newly diagnosed breast cancer survivor
from New Jersey. "It means that I have a lot of company and
can go to meetings with others who share my experience, which
I find uplifting."
The celebration had its beginnings in Kansas City when cancer
survivor Richard Bloch (co-founder of H&R Block) and his wife
Annette held their first Cancer Survivor Rally to obtain media
coverage that would demonstrate that a diagnosis of cancer is
not an automatic death sentence.