By Meg Dickens
The annual Cancer Survivors’ Dinner is a celebration of those who have overcome their diagnosis past and present. Survivors meet and fellowship with others who have gone through the same hardships and have survived.The dinner is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 at the Crewette building located at 203 Vandilla Street on. Activities will start at 4 pm. Survivors and guests will take a short walk around the block, which emulates cancer walks often run by the American Cancer Society. The walks are often 3-5 miles.
Event Coordinator Sandy Snyder reduced the distance to get the point across without putting undue strain on guests. While on the walk, participants will release balloons in honor of cancer survivors and those who were not as lucky. The dinner will start after they return.
The event happens to fall directly before Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its theme revolving around strength. The 24 Johnson County Bank employees and 11 Levi Retirees are coming together to celebrate the lives and strength of these survivors.Breast Cancer Awareness Month is more important than many realize. Event organizers emphasized that the awareness month in fact a health campaign that reaches all across the world and funds for life-saving research.
According to the American Association for Cancer Research, Breast Cancer accounts for 15 percent of all new cancer cases and is the second highest cause of cancer-related deaths for American women.The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that more than 240,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,000 women die from the disease annually. Hence, many agree that to honor, support and help those suffering from a cancer diagnosis is vital.
According to a recent update, 72 survivors are confirmed to attend. The numbers fall at 127 attendees including guests. The Levi Retirees report that previous dinner numbers averaged 140 attendees.
“I think that 127 guests are pretty good considering there was no dinner last year and the guest list was unavailable,” said Snyder.
A thank you to the Levi Retirees and Johnson County Bank employees for taking time to support and encourage local survivors is rightfully in order.