On Sunday, June 6, the American Cancer Society will join millions of Americans in honoring cancer survivors as part of the 23rd annual National Cancer Survivors Day, organized by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. It’s a day to celebrate their courage, their strength and their hard-fought battle to celebrate another birthday.
There are more than 11 million cancer survivors living in the United States. The birthdays they celebrate are not only a testament to their personal strength, but evidence of the progress we’ve made – from awareness that helps people stay well, to new cures that help them get well.
The Society has chosen National Cancer Survivors Day to launch a month-long social media campaign celebrating cancer survivors that highlights the many ways the organization is working to create a world with more birthdays. As part of this promotion, the Society will ask its supporters to donate $11 toward the fight against cancer to honor the cancer survivors in their lives and the 11 million Americans with a history of cancer alive today.
On June 6, the American Cancer Society also will mark 40 years since the opening of its first Hope Lodge, where cancer patients and their caregivers stay for free when the best treatment options are far from home. The program has grown from a single location in Charleston, South Carolina to 29 Lodges in 20 states and Puerto Rico. Last year, some 50,000 guests stayed at a Hope Lodge, saving more than $20 million in lodging costs.
Anyone can access all American Cancer Society patient programs and services by calling 1-800-227-2345 or logging on to www.cancer.org. We also hope you will join us in our movement for a world with less cancer and more birthdays at www.morebirthdays.com