Hope. Inspiration. Strength.
That’s the message shared by over 100 people at the fourth annual celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day, according to McLaren Greater Lansing.McLaren Greater Lansing’s Tumor Registry Manager Michelle Hulbert organizes the Cancer Survivors Day event every year and feels great pride at the event’s growth.
“The survivors and their families really love this event,” said Hulbert. “We’re always inspired by their stories, and this is a great way to get people together to have fun and support each other.”
One meaningful thing always seen at the celebration is the cancer survivors’ tree. The tree offers participants an opportunity to place a decoration or add a name to the tree. Hulbert has saved every tag, keeping them all in jars she brings to each event.
“We want people to know they are never forgotten,” said Hulbert. “It is so important to me that each of those names are saved and honored.”
The event gave cancer survivors a chance to win prizes, get massages, participate in a drumming class, enjoy treats, blow bubbles and meet superheroes, along with several other activities.
Attendees included cancer survivor Mary Ann Schuchaskie, who came to the event for the first time this year. She said the celebration helps others to know they are not alone in their fight.
“It opens your mind to see the different personalities of people and how they’re coping with cancer,” said Schuchaskie. “I’m amazed at how many people have spoken up about their stories since I’ve told them about mine.”
The hard work that went into creating such a powerful event did not go unnoticed by Schuchaskie.
“I love my doctors and nurses,” said Schuchaskie. “It’s important to be here to support the people who are helping you.”
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