Letter to the Editor

Cancer survivor celebration

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

On Thursday, June 4 the Abben Cancer Center in Spencer will be hosting its fifth annual cancer survivor's day celebration "Garden of Hope." We will be joining hundreds of communities worldwide in celebrating life as part of the National Cancer Survivor's Day. National Cancer Survivor's Day events are filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith and love. Cancer survivors are honored for their strength and courage, The contributions of their families, friends and healthcare providers are also recognized.

The activities are as diversified as the towns and cities where the events are held. Surviving cancer is and attitude about life and living each day to the fullest. National Cancer Survivor's Day helps call attention to the issues of cancer survivorship.

A "survivor" is anyone living with a history of cancer - from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. The National Cancer Survivor's Day Foundation reports that there are an estimated 12 million cancer survivors in the United States. The foundation is encouraging everyone to participate in their community's events.

Please join the staff at the Abben Cancer Center on June 4 at 6:20 p.m. in the Spencer Hospital's Grand Avenue Park. We will have music performed by Chad Elliott as you stroll through the gardens. There will be a short program around 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Cancer survivors at the event may register to win a "Star Sprinkles" quilt. Our fifth annual Cancer Survivor's Day quilt is made with jewel tone batiks. It was machine-pieced by Mary O'Brien and Brownie Small, both nurses at the Abben Cancer Center and quilted by Sheila Currans in Spencer.

We are encouraging everyone to attend this celebration of life to show their support for all cancer survivors, their families, friends and healthcare providers. For more information, please contact (712) 264-6550.

Kristy J. Connor, LBSW

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