In recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day, a few of the participants start out on the Cancer Survivors’ Walk on the Upper Iowa University Fayette Campus on Thursday.
FAYETTE, Iowa (June 8, 2015) – Upper Iowa University hosted a one-mile walk to honor cancer survivors Thursday. The walk, which began at Victory Gate on the Fayette campus, was in recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 7.
Faculty, staff, students, and members of the general public were also encouraged to place a paper “brick,” listing the name of a survivor and the type of cancer the individual beat on the wall of the UIU Rec Center.
According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, a “survivor” is anyone living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. Currently, there are an estimated 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States.
National Cancer Survivor Day is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life that is held on the first Sunday in June. It is the one day each year when communities around the world join forces to recognize cancer survivors, and raise awareness of the ongoing challenges each of them face.