Like hundreds of communities throughout the world, the folks at Scottsdale Healthcare are observing today’s 25th annual National Cancer Survivors Day, which “provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer — including America’s 12 million cancer survivors — to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize the healthcare providers, family, and friends who have supported them along the way.”
NCSD started in the United States in 1987 and is celebrated in Canada, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Italy, and Malaysia, according to NCSD spokesperson Laura Shipp. Sunday’s events will include parades, carnivals, walks, races, art exhibits, health fairs, dances, inspirational programs and more. Folks can find events in their area by checking with local cancer treatment centers and hospitals, or the American Cancer Society — and find more information about cancer here:
- National Cancer Survivors Day: ncsd.org
- National Cancer Institute: cancer.gov
- American Society of Clinical Oncology: cancer.net
- American Cancer Society: cancer.org
- American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures: cancer.org/statistics
Cancer survivors and their families are gathering at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea in North Scottsdale today for festivities that include a mayoral proclamation, seed planting, beading, music and light refreshments. Also master gardener Carol Stuttard sharing “the healing powers of gardening and horticultural therapy.” Though registration has closed, there’s no harm in calling 480-882-4636 to see whether space is still available.
If you’re celebrating the day with family or friends, consider painting some tiles of your own, taking to your own garden or creating your own annual tradition.
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