The King's Daughters Oncology Program joins groups around the nation in observing the 23rd annual National Cancer Survivors Day Sunday, June 6. With more than 500 cancer survivors and their guests expected to attend, the event includes food, music, awards, health screenings, a keynote address from cancer survivor and Mrs. Kentucky Pageant contestant Cristen Pulliam, and a candlelight ceremony. The celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kyova Mall in the former Steve and Barry’s location.
“Cancer Survivors Day is a time to celebrate life and affirm that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive,” said Jennifer Sparks, KDMC director of specialty nursing. “A survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” she said. The planning committee works hard every year to make this event very special to the survivors and their loved ones, Sparks said. Caregivers, physicians and staff from the Oncology Specialty Unit enjoy attending the celebration and reuniting with their patients.
In 2009, King’s Daughters Medical Center earned a three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer in the category of Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. The Commission on Cancer is an organization dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. KDMC’s oncology program has earned accreditation continuously since 1994.
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