The mid-valley’s first annual National Cancer Survivors Day celebration will take place Sunday, June 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Samaritan Regional Cancer Center
“Cancer treatment is often a lengthy process, allowing us to get to know our patients, to care about them and their loved ones,” said Dr. Peter Kenyon
, medical director for the Samaritan Cancer Program
. Kenyon will give the opening address at the event; other local cancer physicians and staff will also be in attendance.
In early June, in locations all around the globe, people living with a history of cancer come together to connect with one another, celebrate milestones and recognize those who have supported them along the way. The Samaritan Cancer Program is listed with the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation
, the governing body for the event.
“People often ask how we define survivorship,” said Holly Almond, nurse practitioner with Samaritan Cancer Program. “It’s defined broadly, ranging from the newly diagnosed to decades-long survivors, to the many individuals who are living with cancer as a chronic condition.”
The free event is open to all survivors and their family members, caregivers and loved ones who have helped them in their journey through cancer. The event is also open to cancer survivors who were treated elsewhere. “Survivors want and need to connect with one another,” said Almond. “They have faced their own mortality, and no one understands that better than another survivor.”
According to the American Association for Cancer Research, the number of cancer survivors is expected to rise to 18 million by the year 2022. In 1971, the number of cancer survivors was only three million. Researchers attribute the rise to improvements in treatments, earlier detection and an aging population.
The family-style event will feature lunch and activities at no cost. Survivors are encouraged to pre-register to secure free merchandise. Children are welcome to attend.
For more information and to pre-register, call 541-768-4752. The celebration will be held in the parking lot in front of the Samaritan Regional Cancer Center, on the Good Sam campus at 501 NW Elks Drive in Corvallis.
The Samaritan Cancer Program is a comprehensive cancer treatment network serving patients across Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. The innovative program has been praised by the Commission on Cancer for its quality measures, ongoing community outreach and numerous free screenings it offers to enhance the prevention and early detection of cancer.