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Published on May 24, 2012

National Cancer Survivors Day® celebration planned at Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center

National Cancer Survivors Day® is Sunday, June 3. This 25th annual celebration of life will be held in hundreds of communities worldwide. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends, and healthcare professionals will unite to show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.

Mercy Medical Center is hosting a prayer service for all faiths as well as an open house, beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at the new Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. The public is invited. (Event details below)

"Surviving cancer is an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest," said Dee Eadie, Executive Director, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. "Our prayer service and open house will be filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith, and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage. We will also recognize the contributions of their families, friends, and healthcare providers and discuss the issues of cancer survivorship."

Mercy's local event is part of a worldwide celebration coordinated by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.

Nearly 12 million Americans are now living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer. In the United States, men have a slightly less than a one in two lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than one in three. Education is crucial, because many forms of cancer can be prevented and most cured if detected early.

Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors.

Event details for this year's local National Cancer Survivors Day celebration:


Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids


Sunday, June 3, 1 to 3 p.m. (Ecumenical prayer service begins at 1:30 p.m., with tours of the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center following.)


The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.

Courageous Stories

Suzanne Staab

Suzanne's Story

In keeping with tradition at Hall-Perrine, Suzanne Staab – with family, friends and Mercy staff by her side – rings a bell to signify the end of her cancer treatment. Watch her story.

To discuss treatments call (319) 365-HOPE (4673)