Cancer patients celebrate "Survivors' Day"

Folks swap stories in Decatur about how they beat cancer.

Posted: May 13, 2018 6:41 PM

Cancer can be a killer.

So, when someone battles cancer and survives, that’s something to celebrate.

Cancer survivors got together at Clearview Cancer Institute in Decatur. The event is appropriately named “Survivors’ Day.”

Dozens of folks gathered under a tent for barbeque and all the fixings.

It was a definite change of environment. Many of the people who came out often see each other at the clinic. But, Friday’s gathering gave people a chance to talk with one another about what they’ve gone through.

Organizers say it’s good for patients to see that fighting cancer is bigger than their own personal experiences.

There's a vast community of cancer survivors out there. And that group of survivors is growing every day.

Friday, the patients and families celebrated a status everybody's hoping and praying for: cancer survivor.

"It's the people who've made it through the battle and are on the other side,” Dr. Heather Shah told WAAY 31. “It's really special. It's sort of different,” the oncologist told us. “I get to see all these people in the clinic sort of in a medical capacity. But, it's nice to come out here in a social capacity and just celebrate what they've been through."

Also at Survivors’ Day, donations of nutrition drinks poured in.

Survivors’ Day is coming up June 1st in Huntsville. That’ll be at the Huntsville Clearview Cancer Institute.

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