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Celebrating survivorship

Volunteer Voice - Fall 2012

Kerrie Savidge and Deepa Patel 
operate the Hat Cart.

MD Anderson celebrated survivors June 2-9 with a week of events and activities.

The week kicked off when the Riders for the Cure, MD Anderson’s motorcycle riders group, held its annual Ride for Life. After that, numerous activities commemorating survivors were scheduled around the institution. 

From origami, collage, stamping sessions, journaling, scarf-tying demonstrations, Facing the Mirror with Cancer makeup sessions, a photo booth to capture the day and balloon twisting for kids both old and young, The Aquarium lobby was the place to be. Many of our teen volunteers assisted with these Survivorship Week activities.

MD Anderson had a full range of survivor-related educational sessions planned for the main campus and at the regional care centers, too. 

Sameer Habib pins a Survivorship Week
button on a patient.

In addition, the annual CancerCare Survivorship Series: Living With, Through and Beyond Cancer presented a pre-recorded podcast on Recapturing Joy and Finding Meaning.

Survivorship Week concluded with Anderson Network’s Cancer180 Symposium on June 9.

This was a time to celebrate survivors and their caregivers, to learn more about cancer survivorship and to feel thankful for the care and treatment provided by MD Anderson.

Ana Flores demonstrates 
scarf tying.

Today, there are more than 10 million cancer survivors in the United States. One out of every six people older than 65 is a cancer survivor, and 1.4 million were diagnosed more than 20 years ago. Earlier detection, improved treatments and the supportive care of family and friends all contribute to the growing numbers of cancer survivors.

The Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support has committed $20,000 a year to fund the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Survivorship Week activities.

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