Cancer survivors, families set to celebrate life. Join us for National Cancer Survivor Day 2015

Posted by Sheryl M Ness, MA, RN @smness, Apr 23, 2015

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of life that is held in many communities throughout the United States, Canada and other participating countries.

The celebration is traditionally held on the first Sunday in June. Every year, the event is a wonderful day filled with hope, inspiration and friendship as we honor those whose lives have been touched by cancer.

If you’re in the Rochester, Minn., area, join us for our “Arti-Gras” themed celebration. We’ll be celebrating with Mardi Gras decor and expressions of art from cancer survivors.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, at the Rochester International Event Center (located near the airport) at 7333 Airport View Dr. SW. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m., followed by a program to honor cancer survivors and their families at 12:15 p.m.

It’s sponsored by the André Gauthier Foundation and hosted by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. Admission is free for cancer survivors and two guests. Additional guests are welcome to attend for a nominal fee of $5 per person. Reservations are required by May 26.

New this year is a special wellness event, “Eating Well — Exercising for Life — Reducing Stress — Building Resiliency.” The wellness event is hosted by the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and will take place on Saturday, June 6, from 1-4 p.m.

You’re invited to come and experience 20 minute wellness sessions and tour the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at 565 1st St. SW. This event is free for cancer survivors and their families.

To register for either or both events, visit:

For information, call the Mayo Clinic Cancer Education Program at (507) 538-6001 or email

To locate a National Cancer Survivors Day event in your community, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. We look forward to celebrating with you in June.

I’d love to hear from those of you who have attended the event in the past. Please share with others what you enjoyed the most.

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