Cancer meets creativity

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We’ll be spending lots of time at Scottsdale Healthcare this week, all part of Christopher’s one-year follow up for cancer diagnosed and treated last spring. I often admire the Wall of Valor at their Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center when I’m there. It’s filled with tiles created in honor of friends and family members who’ve lived with cancer. Several of the tiles are pictured above.

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:

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.

— Lynn

Note: Click here for a list of cancer-related titles from Amazon, and remember that most can be found at (or ordered through) your local brick and mortar bookstore. Click here for the titles about children’s cancer written for young readers.

Coming up: World history — sidewalk style


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