Dorcy Cancer Center Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day Honors Survivors at Annual Event

(PUEBLO, COLO.) In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day on June 1, 2015, the Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is hosting a free celebration appropriately titled "Hope Grows Here." The event will be held from 4 6:30 p.m. at the Rusted Poppy in Pueblo, located at 130 West Orman Avenue.

The event is open to survivors of any type of cancer and a guest. Nashville recording artist Patrick Kratzer will be performing during the event and Rev. Linda Stetter will provide a blessing at 5 p.m. Guests to the event will enjoy a special gift, commemorative photos and informational booths to explore. Members of the Dorcy Cancer Center will be on hand to join the celebration.Call (719) 557-4548 for more information or to RSVP.

The symbol for the 2015 survivor event is the peace crane. The crane has long been a symbol in Asian cultures representing good health, longevity, truth and fidelity. The regal, upright carriage of these elegant birds reflects their dignified status as the noble birds most worthy of serving as messengers to the ancient immortals. According to ancient Chinese legends, cranes were thought to be well-behaved like gentlemen, incorruptible and naturally clean and honest.To be compared to a crane, then, ranked among the highest compliments. A respected person was often called a figure extolled by the crane; this was commonly understood to be a refined way of praising someone for being exceptionally honest and morally upright. Likewise, someone could also be compared to a crane standing among chickens, indicating that persons special abilities and obvious, comparative superiority.

Cancer can be very taxing on people who receive a cancer diagnosis and those who are close to them. Overcoming this challenge takes a lot of courage and strength and it is definitely something to celebrate, said Brenda Galassini, oncology program manager with the Dorcy Cancer Center. People who come to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day will find the event filled with joy, hope, camaraderie and compassion. It is a way to celebrate survivors and recognize the contributions of their families, friends, and healthcare providers and show everyone what life after cancer looks like.

Sunday, June 1, 2014, marks the 28th anniversary of National Cancer Survivor Day. Thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the U.S. and abroad will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors and to show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis and its something to celebrate.

National Cancer Survivor Day is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life. It is the one day each year that we come together to honor everyone who is living with a history of cancer including Americas 14 million cancer survivors. A survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, according to the National CancerSurvivors Day Foundation, administrator for the celebration.

National Cancer Survivor Day provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, celebrate milestones, and recognize the healthcare providers, family, and friends who have supported them along the way. It is a day for cancer survivors to stand together and showthe world what life after cancer looks like.

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About the Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in womens services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwins expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. The Dorcy Cancer Center is the only fully comprehensive cancer center between Colorado Springs and Santa Fe, NM, providing a full scope of services for the diagnosis, treatment and after care of patients with cancer. St.Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, that connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. For more information on St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center or the Dorcy Cancer Center, please visit www.stmarycorwin.org or follow on Twitter @StMaryCorwin and facebook.com/StMaryCorwin or facebook.com/DorcyCancerCenter.