It has been said that if every person lived long enough, every person would eventually contract cancer. A commonly heard theme from survivors of this deadly disease is the feeling that they have been given a second chance at life. Local cancer survivors came together at Ozark Health Medical Center on July 25 to be recognized for their perseverence and to celebrate life at a banquet held in their honor. The Cancer Survivors’ Dinner is held for survivors in the community to come together and share their experiences with cancer. It is an opportunity for participants to reach out and connect with survivors. The Survivor Dinner lets those who have fought with cancer know they are acknowledged and recognized for their achievements. Fifty-two cancer survivors and their family members were in attendance and enjoyed a dinner, cake designed by Ozark Health Nursing & Rehab’s Tina Bob Evans, plenty of free raffle items, and music by Ozark Health’s own Diane Moore, RN.
The Cancer Survivors’ Dinner signifies the end of another year (August 31) for Relay for Life, and celebrates the beginning of a new Relay for Life year beginning September 1. Relay For Life is the main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Although the main objective of Relay is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, the event is held to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community. It is estimated that Relay For Life events have raised over $3 billion nationwide to date.