Mercy hosts local National Cancer Survivors Day celebration

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (Thurs., May 24, 2012)National Cancer Survivors Day® is Sun., June 3.  This 25th annual celebration of life will be held in hundreds of communities worldwide. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends, and healthcare professionals will unite to show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.

Mercy Medical Center is hosting a prayer service for all faiths as well as an open house, beginning at 1p.m. on Sun., June 3, at the new Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.   The public is invited. (Event details below)

“Surviving cancer is an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” says Dee Eadie, Exec. Dir., Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. “Our prayer service and open house will be filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith, and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage. We will also recognize the contributions of their families, friends, and healthcare providers and discuss the issues of cancer survivorship.”

Mercy’s local event is part of a worldwide celebration coordinated by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.

Nearly 12 million Americans are now living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer. In the United States, men have a slightly less than a one in two lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than one in three. Education is crucial, because many forms of cancer can be prevented and most cured if detected early.

Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors.

Event details for this year’s local National Cancer Survivors Day celebration

WHERE: Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids

WHEN: Sun., June 3, 1 to 3 p.m. (Ecumenical prayer service begins at 1:30 p.m., with tours of the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center following.)

WHO:  The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.

About Hall-Perrine Cancer Center

The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center marks the beginning of a new chapter in Mercy Medical Center’s legacy of providing high quality cancer care for the community.  The Center provides fully integrated cancer services under one roof, giving patients access to leading-edge technologies; integrated services to care for body, mind and spirit; and specialized treatment and research for the best outcomes.  The Center houses the only radiation center in Cedar Rapids, Hall Radiation Center, as well as a lab and pharmacy – in one location. Conveniently connected to Mercy Medical Center, other elements required for world-class cancer care, including private inpatient suites and imaging services, are just steps away.


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