Cancer survivors from across the state are invited to the National Cancer Survivors Day event in Omaha Sunday. Kate Elke-Turner with the American Cancer Society in Nebraska says this day is set aside each year to celebrate life.
“A time for patients, caregivers and kids to get together and just spend the day having fun not thinking too much about their diagnosis but more thinking about being a survivor. Celebrating the day and enjoying each others company.”
Elke-Turner says National Cancer Survivors Day coincides with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life where 500-thousand cancer survivors are honored in 48-hundred communities across the country. She says there are two relays in the metro area.
“Two Relay for Life events this weekend as well. On Friday night, we have the Sarpy County Relay and Saturday we have the Mid-Town Relay so you can hit both relays this weekend and follow up with Cancer Survivors’ Day on Sunday.”
Elke-Turner says up to 700 people attend this annual event in Omaha. She says the men, women and children who attend learn from other survivors and can share stories of their own.
“And empowering as well. At the celebration we do this really great recognition event where we ask everyone to stand up and we celebrate how long they have been a survivor. We have folks at the event that have been, gosh, two days into their diagnosis and we have folks who have been 40 years out of treatment and we recognize that every day is a gift and we want to celebrate and recognize everyone who has been through the cancer journey. ”
The event includes lunch, t-shirts to cancer survivors, kids activities, snacks and more. The event is from 10:30 until 2:30 at Cancer Survivors Park near 105th and Pacific Streets in Omaha.