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Honor a Cancer Survivor in Your Life By Supporting National Cancer Survivors Day

05-22-2017

When Kathy Iverson was diagnosed with breast cancer, her goal was to live long enough to meet her grandchildren. Through the Frederick Regional Health System Fitness and Nutrition for Survivors program, she worked to achieve a healthy weight and improve her energy levels. Today, she’s a cancer survivor with a beautiful granddaughter. It’s time to celebrate the millions of others who are just like Kathy.

On Sunday, June 4, Frederick Regional Health System will join communities nationwide for National Cancer Survivors Day. Our goal is to celebrate those who have faced cancer with bravery and resolve, and to provide hope to those who are newly diagnosed or in the midst of their cancer journey.

What is National Cancer Survivors Day?

National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) is held each year on the first Sunday in June. All around the world, thousands gather in support of cancer survivors. We celebrate those who have survived, inspire those who are newly diagnosed, support the families of survivors, and provide outreach to communities affected by cancer. In the U.S., there are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors (or anyone living with a history of cancer, according to The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation), and on this day we celebrate them while also reflecting on their journey and recognizing those who have been with them every step of the way.

If you’re looking to get involved, you can make a huge difference by becoming a NCSD event coordinator. To get started, follow the seven-step guide to planning a successful survivors day event.

Why is it Important?

NCSD helps everyone who has been impacted by cancer to feel loved, supported, and less alone. This day sends a message to all those affected that life after a cancer diagnosis is still a life worth living. Whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member or a friend, or a medical professional, this day is meant to honor you. NCSD allows those who have been through similar experiences to come together and support one another. It also helps to provide more resources, research, and legislation that will improve the lives of cancer survivors.

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation is working to raise awareness of the challenges cancer survivors face each day. It provides free guidance, education, networking to hospitals, and access to support groups.

How is FRHS Celebrating Cancer Survivors?

At Frederick Regional Health System, we take great pride in providing excellent care to cancer survivors every day. Our #endcancer campaign helps to raise awareness throughout the Frederick community. During the campaign, we celebrated several brave cancer survivors who shared their stories and spoke about the care that FRHS provided them. National Cancer Survivors Day is the perfect time to highlight their dedication to living a full and exciting life after cancer. To learn more about your friends, family members, and neighbors who are not just surviving after cancer, but truly thriving, visit fmh.org/endcancer.

What Resources Are Available?

If you or someone you love is a cancer survivor, there are plenty of programs and resources for help. Cancer Survivors Network is a community of people who have been touched by cancer. It provides survivors a safe place to talk about their struggles and inspire one another. Springboard Beyond Cancer helps survivors take control of their health and cope with their concerns or fears.

For immediate questions or concerns, the National Cancer Information Center is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need transportation to your cancer treatment, Road to Recovery provides rides to cancer patients.

Frederick Regional Health System offers a comprehensive cancer treatment support program that provides practical assistance, counseling, and supportive services to patients and their families. We offer support during our treatment hours of 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., and by appointment. Available services include patient support and counseling services, financial counseling, cancer education programs, dietary consultations for cancer patients, and much more.

FRHS Oncology Services

The oncologists at our FRHS Cancer Therapy Center provide state-of-the-art care for cancer patients in Frederick County. FRHS is the 14th healthcare system to join MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the only health system in the state of Maryland to become a certified member. We’re committed to providing excellent medical care to our patients close to home. Our oncology department includes programs and services such as a lung cancer screening program and the James M. Stockman Cancer Institute, opening this summer. For more information about our oncology services, contact us.

Celebrate a Survivor

On Sunday, June 4, help us celebrate those who are living their best lives in spite of cancer. Show your support on social media by using the hashtag #endcancer. For more information on how you can get involved on National Cancer Survivors Day, visit www.ncsd.org.

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