NORWAY — Sunday, June 2, marks the 37th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day® (NCSD) – a day when thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the globe hold celebrations to honor cancer survivors and to raise awareness of the challenges of cancer survivorship.

It is an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s more than 16.9 million cancer survivors – to connect, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to remember those who we have lost to cancer.

According to the NCSD Foundation, anyone living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, is a cancer survivor. Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and medical treatment have resulted in longer survival rates. However, many of us know that a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake.

Physical, financial, and emotional hardships often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. Survivors must contend with rapidly rising drug costs, inadequate insurance coverage, difficulty finding or keeping employment, and a lack of understanding from family and friends.

The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine will host a free event in recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 2, from 2-4 p.m. at King’s Hill Inn & Barn, 56 King’s Hill Road in Paris. Blue Elephant Caterers will cater the food; non-alcoholic beverages courtesy of Sips & Saddles and Stephens Memorial Hospital; and live music from the Maine musical group: Just-Because.

“Life after cancer is more than just surviving,” said Diane Madden, executive director of the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, in Norway. “It’s about thriving and living well. And that’s something to celebrate!” Please call the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine at 207-890-0329 to reserve your spot before May 30. You can also email them at

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