More than 150 cancer survivors and their family members enjoyed dancing, volleyball, a picnic lunch, kids’ crafts, camaraderie and more at the hospital’s second annual National Cancer Survivors Day celebration on June 2 at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.
The purpose of this day, held the first Sunday of each June, is to celebrate cancer survivors, support their families and provide community outreach.
Our main goal of the event was to provide a fun atmosphere where patients and their families can interact with the hospital staff and get to know them on a different level. We wanted this free event to be focused on celebrating the relationships that are built when a patient is going through his or her cancer journey.
I think it’s particularly important to provide stress-free and fun opportunities for the patients to get to celebrate life. I have been able to spend more time meeting family members of patients who aren’t always able to come to the office, and it is nice to see them interact as a family outside of the hospital.
The size of the event nearly doubled since last year’s picnic, and we hope to see even more of the community out at next year’s event!
Sherry Epperson, R.N., B.S.N., is a nurse navigator at Carroll Regional Cancer Center.