Cancer Survivors Day event June 4 at Midway Village

A National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) celebration is set for 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 4, at Midway Village and Museum Center, 6799 Guilford Rd.

Dr. Sheila McGuirk from the University of Wisconsin will speak about survivorship and her ride with Lance Armstrong in the Tour of Hope. The Dean Moriarity Jazz Band will perform, and refreshments will be served.

More than 700 communities throughout the United States, Canada and other participating countries celebrate life June 4 as part of the 19th annual NCSD, the world’s largest cancer survivor event.

A cancer survivor is defined by the NCSD Foundation as anyone living with a history of cancer—from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.

Ten million Americans are living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer.

In the United States, half of all men and a third of all women are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and, therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors.

However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake.

Physical, financial and emotional hardships often persist after diagnosis and treatment.

Survivors may face challenges such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles.

In light of these difficulties, attention needs to be focused on improving the critical aspects of long-term care for cancer survivors. Despite the adversities they face, cancer survivors continue to show resilience by living active, productive lives.

The idea for NCSD originated in Kansas City, Mo., when cancer survivor Richard Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block, and his wife, Annette, held their first Cancer Survivor Rally to demonstrate that a cancer diagnosis is not an automatic death sentence.

From the May 31-June 6, 2006, issue

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