CCHC Schedules National Cancer Survivor Day June 9 at Falmouth Public Library

(Falmouth, May 8, 2012) – Cape Cod Healthcare and the Cancer Resource Center at the Falmouth Public Library are collaborating this year to celebrate National Cancer Survivor Day on Saturday, June 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Library.

Three renowned speakers will highlight this year’s event:
• Author Anne LeClaire of Chatham, who has written a number of books, including The Lavender Hour which portrays the vulnerability cancer survivors, and Listening Below the Noise, which describes intentional silence as a path to healing and creativity. 
• Julian Seifter, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, author of After the Diagnosis: Transcending Chronic Illness, and internationally-known speaker on scientific, medical and ethical subjects.
• Karen Smyers, a world-class Ironman Triathlete, mother, coach, speaker, and cancer survivor.

Falmouth Hospital General Surgeon Peter Hopewood, MD, the state chair for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, will provide welcome remarks. “There are 12 million cancer survivors in America now, including many on Cape Cod,” Dr. Hopewood said. “This event is a celebration of life and proof that life after a cancer diagnosis is still meaningful and productive, and that hope and faith can triumph over adversity.”

U.S. Rep. William Keating and State Senate President Therese Murray will also address the gathering. The event features a strawberry shortcake social on the Library Lawn under a big tent; as well as smaller gazebos for displays, handouts and refreshments; musical entertainment; and the Quilt of Hope, with squares contributed by local cancer survivors to celebrate their resilience and determination.

The 25th annual National Cancer Survivors Day now extends worldwide. All local survivors, family and friends are welcome to join us for music, survivorship speakers, fellowship, food and fun.   Please contact 508-862-7825 to register for this very special event, or for more information.

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