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MARQUETTE — There are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in America.
Beth Schloegel the Senior Director of Oncology at U.P. Health Systems Marquette, explains, “A cancer survivor is anyone who has or had a cancer diagnosis at anytime in their life, and they’re alive. We’re here today to celebrate cancer survivors.”
National Cancer Survivor’s Day is an official, nationally recognized day of celebration for all survivor’s of cancer and their loved ones. The day was first celebrated on June 5th, 1988 and has continued to be recognized on the first Sunday in June ever since.
This year, National Cancer Survivor’s Day was this past Sunday, June 3rd. But UPHS Marquette held their celebration today, in partnership with other cancer organizations; such as the American Cancer Society, Superior Health Foundation, and Cancer Care of Marquette County.
The event is a way for survivor’s to celebrate life and connect with other cancer survivors.
Schloegel continues, “Having a cancer diagnosis is a really hard thing and it’s a hard thing for their families and caregivers and so we just want to provide a really fun day just to celebrate being a survivor.”
The celebration was complete with a raffle, photobooth, and a fully-stocked taco bar. Next year’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day is on June 2, 2019.