Fairbanks celebrates National Cancer Survivor Day

There are currently 15 million Americans who have received a cancer diagnosis, and ‘Blossoming with Hope’ gave the opportunity for survivors to understand they are not alone.
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska A day to highlight perseverance, determination and endurance. The Fairbanks community celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day last Friday at the J. Michael Carroll Cancer Center to highlight their perseverance, determination and endurance.

There are currently 15 million Americans who have received a cancer diagnosis, and ‘Blossoming with Hope’ gave the opportunity for survivors to understand they are not alone.

Manager of Education at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Corlis Taylor spoke about the importance of having a support group access to information post diagnosis.

"Cancer is one of those diagnosis that is very complex. There are many moving parts and pieces to that in terms of number of physicians, nurses, and therapists involved in your care." Taylor said. "To have the support of your friends and family and neighbors, it really means a lot."

There were a number of resource booths and plenty of activities such as watercolor painting, journal making, yoga and wig fitting.

Friends, families and healthcare professionals all gathered for the support and encouragement, while also recognizing the hardships and everyday battles of the survivors.

FMH employee and cancer survivor Carol Davila discussed part of her experience after being diagnosed.

"I think one of the first and hardest things is telling people. It does feel very private and some of us are at that age where it was taboo to even talk about." Davila said. "People will want to help. They will say things like, what can I do to help? Just encourage people every little thing helps."