National Cancer Survivors Day Celebrates Fighters
Another “National Cancer Survivors Day” has just come, and gone. So why does it matter?
It matters because we all need opportunities to remember – which is to “re-member” with the group of people who shape and give meaning to our lives. And most of us know what it is to fight cancer, or to be fighting alongside those who are (and those who have been) in the fight.
It also gives us an opportunity to reach out and help organizations that are making a difference. Sevenly’s HOPE > Cancer Collection, for example, put a spotlight on NO STOMACH FOR CANCER (“NSFC”), a small but epic organization based in Madison, Wisconsin.
The mission of NSFC is to support research and unite the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer. Stomach Cancer is currently the third leading cause of cancer death’s worldwide with 1,000,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Early diagnosis and awareness is vitally important to saving lives.
NSFC helps advance awareness and education about stomach cancer, including Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC), and provides a support network for affected families, and support research efforts for screening, early detection, treatment, and prevention of stomach cancer.
Periwinkle Global, a campaign of No Stomach For Cancer, is NSFC’s response to the ongoing and critical need to bring stomach cancer to the forefront of the cancer battle. The campaign calls for increases in collaboration and advocacy by individuals, cancer organizations, research institutions, medical professionals, companies, and philanthropists to take part in stomach cancer awareness and research funding around the globe.
Stomach cancer is a worldwide public health crisis and a silent killer. It is one of the deadliest cancers. Yet awareness of the disease is shockingly low. Thus far, stomach cancer has received little media attention or research funding. NSFC’s efforts to increase stomach cancer awareness through a successful 2010 Senate resolution introducing November as Stomach Cancer Awareness Month® in the US, and subsequent global awareness and fundraising initiatives such as the No Stomach For Cancer Walk, have certainly made a difference.
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