This Sunday, it will be National Cancer Survivors Day, a day meant to “demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality,” according to the event website.
On Sunday, June 5, cancer survivors and their supporters will gather in communities around the world to celebrate the 29th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. 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.” There are more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide.
In 2006, together with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the world’s second coloured circulation coin. It depicts the iconic pink ribbon associated with breast cancer initiatives. Designed by Master Engraver Cosme Saffioti, who’s also the Mint’s director of engraving, the coin features a coloured pink ribbon in the centre alongside three other ribbons. The coins have a weight of 25.175 grams; a 23.88-mm diameter; and serrated edges.
More recently, in 2012, the Mint used pink gold plating on its Farewell to the Penny silver coin.
“When most people hear the word ‘cancer,’ they automatically think the worst,” said National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation spokesperson Laura Shipp. “But the truth is that more people are living longer and better quality lives after cancer than ever before. National Cancer Survivors Day is an opportunity for these cancer survivors – and those who support them – to come together and celebrate this new reality in cancer survivorship.
“But this is also a day where we want to bring attention to the hardships cancer survivors still face. These include not just physical side effects but also psychological, social, and emotional distress, as well as significant financial hardships. Our Foundation hopes that NCSD serves as a call to action for further research, more resources, and increased public awareness to improve quality of life for cancer survivors.
“Cancer survivors are now living much longer after diagnosis thanks to advances in modern medicine. And the strides researchers are making in cancer treatment are amazing to see,” says Shipp. “However, we need to do a better job of addressing the hardships cancer survivors face beyond treatment.”