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McLaren Greater Lansing’s Cancer Survivors Day Celebration a success

Friday, July 21, 2017  
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In recognition of all brave cancer survivors, McLaren Greater Lansing hosted its third local Cancer Survivors Day in June. This event was inspired by the 30th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day event which was also hosted in June by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.

 

This year's celebration was open to all cancer survivors and their caregivers. A cancer survivor is anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and a caregiver is anyone in the survivor's life who has helped them during their battle. Nurses, physicians, and other medical professionals were in attendance to celebrate with survivors and their caregivers.

 

Attendees received a free T-shirt, added ribbons to the survivor tree, enjoyed cake, and MSU Dairy Store ice cream. The event also had an American Cancer Society table, information about tai chi classes and drumming classes for survivors, and Creative Wellness provided chair massages for attendees.

 

McLaren Greater Lansing's chaplain coordinator Rev. Philip Apol led the group in an outdoor ceremony in which bubbles were blown to honor cancer survivors.

 

“The survivor day celebration warms my heart as I have an opportunity to visit with the attendees and hear their appreciation for the event,” Michelle Hulbert, Manager of Tumor Registry and event coordinator said. “I truly enjoy listening to their stories and admire their bravery.”

For the second year, the Oldham Project has been a part of the event. The Oldham Project is a nonprofit organization in Lansing that offers a complimentary professional photography session for men, women, and children who are battling a life-altering illness like cancer.

“What we provide is so much more than just beautiful pictures,” said John Madden, President of the board of directors for The Oldham Project. “It’s a way to empower participants and help them remember, nothing can change who you are.”

The Oldham Project photographed 27 participants during the event. Each person photographed will be sent an album of their pictures from that day and will be invited to The Oldham Project Gala in May 2018 as honored guests.

“We are honored to participate each year, and it is especially heartwarming to see participants from former years in attendance,” said Madden.

The cancer survivor’s day event is held every year in June. If you would like to be added to an invitation list for the event next year please call Michelle Hulbert at (517) 975-3051 or email michelle.hulbert@mclaren.org.

 

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