The Redwood Area Hospital invites all community cancer survivors to join in celebrating life at the 19th annual cancer survivors picnic.The event is being held June 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Red-wood Area Hospital education room.The picnic is a chance for cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends and healthcare professionals to join together to show life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.“Let’s join together and show the community that surviving cancer is an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” said Cindy Moldan, registered nurse with the Redwood Area Hos-pital Cancer Care Center. “We will also recognize the contributions of their families, friends and healthcare providers.”The picnic will include Subway sandwiches, beverage and utensils furnished by the hospital. Guests are invited to bring a dish to pass if they wish. Entertainment at the event is going to feature Annie’s Amazing Aprons, a presentation of aprons from past to present.“The idea that aprons shield us and offer a layer of protection and hope is a great one to share with cancer survivors,” said Moldan. “No matter where you are in your cancer journey we can all use someone or something to protect us from harm.”Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial and emotional hardships often persist after diagnosis and treatment.Anyone living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, is a cancer survivor. More than 11 million Americans are now living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer. In the United States, almost half of all men and one third of all women are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Learning about this disease is crucial, be-cause many forms of cancer can be prevented and most cured if detected early.For more information, call Moldan at the Redwood Area Hospital at (507) 637-4512 or visit www.redwoodareahospital.org.
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