Originally scheduled for On Oct. 25, the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute’s (CKCI) 5th Annual Cancer Survivors Appreciation Day has been rescheduled to Nov. 1.
The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation says that a survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide.
As the number of cancer survivors continues to grow; addressing the unique needs of these survivors becomes increasingly important. Once active treatment ends, cancer survivors still must cope with the long-term effects of cancer, which can include ongoing physical side effects, emotional distress, as well as potentially devastating financial setbacks.
“Many of us in the Virgin Islands know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. The Cancer Survivors Appreciation Day allows us to celebrate their courageous fight against this disease. I encourage you to pass the word on about this event which will allow these survivors a day of pampering, food, drinks and entertainment” said Donna Phillip, a local ABC certified mastectomy and medical compression garment fitter, and the manager of the Appearance Boutique & Gift Shop at CKCI.
Free services will be provided to cancer survivors, such as manicures, therapeutic massages, facials, haircuts and styling for men and women, and professional makeovers. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, on the first floor of the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute.
“We really want as many of our survivors as possible to take advantage of the offers on this special day. Fighting this disease takes so much focus and strength. A bit of pampering can go a long way in bolstering the emotional strength needed,” said Phillip. “To register and get more information, please call 775-5433.”