Celebration of life, part of worldwide "National Cancer Survivors' Day"
The Falmouth Hospital Cancer Care Committee, in conjunction with Falmouth Public Library, will sponsor a celebration of life as part of the worldwide “National Cancer Survivors’ Day” on Sunday, June 6 at the library on Main Street.
The event, which will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m., is for all cancer survivors, their families and caregivers. It will include the official opening of the library’s Cancer Resource and Patient Education Center, an area devoted to educational materials for cancer patients and their families.
“We want to acknowledge and celebrate everyone who has been through this,” said Cancer Care Committee member Peter Hopewood, M.D. “They’re heroes in our own time for going through it. We want them to know there is life after cancer.”
Falmouth Public Library Director Leslie Morrissey said the partnership with Falmouth Hospital for the Cancer Resource and Patient Education Center advances the library’s mission as an information provider. “Users will be able to access information on state-of-the-art library equipment in a quiet and relaxed setting,” she said.
Speakers, who will address the group at the beginning of the event, will include former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi and Julie Silver, M.D., author and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Andruzzi, who is a cancer survivor, will show and discuss his film about cancer’s affect on families. Silver, who is also a cancer survivor, is the author of several books, including “After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger” and “What Helped Me Get Through.” She will sign copies of her books, which also include two children’s books about cancer.
An art workshop and art exhibit featuring works of survivors will be included in the festivities, as will entertainment by Cranberry Shores and Notescape.cod. Refreshments will be served.
Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to 508-495-7134. People are welcome to attend for any or all of the afternoon’s activities.
Courtesy of Cape Cod Health Care.