LAURINBURG — Scotland Cancer Treatment Center is celebrating National Survivors Day on May 20 with an invitation for all cancer survivors to come out for this celebration of life.
“This is the day each year we invite all of our cancer survivors, and their family members, to come together to share their experiences, enjoy an evening of celebration, and have lots of fun,” said Mary Callahan-Lopez, Oncology Social Worker with the Scotland Cancer Treatment Center.
The Cancer Survivors Day Celebration is open to anyone who has experienced a cancer diagnosis, regardless of where treatment has been provided.
Throat cancer survivor Eric Lee Lofton said he and his wife plan to attend the annual Cancer Survivors Day celebration.
When diagnosed in November 2015, Lofton, a Fairmont native, said he went through a period of uncertainly.
“Everything was a question mark until I came to Scotland Cancer Treatment Center. They made a good bridge to a period where I felt l was in a stable place.
“I received excellent care from my physicians, Drs. Brown and Lindsay, and the staff of Scotland Cancer Treatment Center. I could have chosen any hospital for my cancer care, but I chose the top notch cancer center right here in Laurinburg. I can’t express how much I appreciate how well the staff cared for me during my treatments.”
No reservations are required for the event. Each cancer survivor and their one guest are invited to join organizers for dinner and an evening of Mardi Gras-themed celebration.
Due to space limitations, additional guest are $15 each. The event begins at 6:30, doors open at 6:00 p.m., at the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.
A “survivor” is defined as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, which reports that about 10.5 million Americans are cancer survivors.
“Our staff looks forward to our annual cancer survivors day celebration each year It gives us the opportunity to step out of the clinical setting and truly celebrate with all of our survivors. Those who have attended before know that we often have a surprise staff performance, so we hope to have a full house to perform for this year,” Lopez said.
The event is made possible through the support of Scotland Memorial Foundation, according to Lopez.
“Not only do they support events such as this, but they make it possible for us to lend a helping hand to our patients every day when they have concerns such as prescription costs, transportation for treatment, wigs and more,” she said
For information about Cancer Survivors Day call Scotland Cancer Treatment Center at 910-291-7630.