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The word, cancer, puts the fear of God in most of us. It is an unforgiving five-letter word. To be at the receiving end of a sentence ending with the word cancer must be terrifying. Millions of people are battling cancer every year, and the rate of cancer is 442.4 per 100,000 for both men and women (National Institute of Cancer, 2019). According to the National Cancer Institute, there were an estimated 1,806,590 new cancer cases in the United States, with 606,520 cancer patients dying in 2020. To fight cancer and come out of the other as a survivor is a huge victory.
For the past 34 years, cancer patients, families, friends, and cancer advocates throughout the world have celebrated the Annual National Cancer Survivors Day and highlight the struggles cancer survivors endure on June 6. We are grateful for our Kushae co-founder, Dr. Barb McLaren, who fought and won her battle with breast cancer. We are honored to have a strong leader who continued to help women in their times of need while battling this unforgiving disease known as cancer.
This day is a celebration for those living and those who are no longer here with us. You have fought a hard battle, and you continue to thrive. We are here for you and inspired by your strength. Despite the physical, mental, and financial burden of cancer, you remain strong and powerful. You are worth being celebrated and seen, not only for your cancer diagnosis but for all the other things that make you whole.