On the first Sunday of June each year we celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by cancer -- patients, survivors, and their families.  This year we started the celebration with just under 14 million cancer survivors in America alone. That doesn’t even count the millions of families who help their loved ones through their cancer journey. 

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation created this celebration of life which has spread around the world. Today almost everyone knows someone, directly or indirectly,​ who has been affected by cancer in some way.

National Cancer Survivor’s Day also helps newly diagnosed patients become hopeful for their future and their individual battles with cancer. It’s about knowing that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality. Unfortunately when someone is diagnosed with cancer, they often think that death will ultimately be the outcome. Thanks to the results of clinical research, early detection methods and advancements in treatment options, a cancer diagnosis today has a much more promising outlook. That alone is a great reason to celebrate!

The first National Cancer Survivors Day was celebrated in 1988. June 2014 marks the 27th anniversary of this annual event. Celebrations of this day usually last throughout the month of June with parades and other local community gatherings held in various cities around the world. Don’t forget to celebrate life during this awareness month!