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Recently by Gail Goodwin

Cancersurvivorsweek.jpgThis post is part of our Survivorship Week series, June 2-9.

I'm a survivor, he's a survivor and she's a survivor, too.

MD Anderson will transform itself into Survivorship Central June 2-9, all in observance of National Survivorship Day. We'll have an entire week of events and activities.

I'll be there, too, celebrating my own survivorship. On June 2, I will be three years, two months and one day out from my diagnosis of brain cancer. When someone tells you that you have an oligodendroglioma, believe me, every day counts. So, yes, I'll be celebrating.

The week kicks off with a loud vroommmmm when the Riders for the Cure, MD Anderson's motorcycle riders group, holds its annual Ride for Life on Saturday, June 2. Funds raised from this event support educational programs for survivors and their families at MD Anderson's Anderson Network Survivorship Conference held each September.

If you're at MD Anderson or its regional care centers in the Bay Area, Sugar Land, Katy and The Woodlands during Survivorship Week, you'll see shades of the survivorship green and purple all over the place ― balloon sculptures, banners, buttons and even candy will wear these theme colors.

Activities and educational sessions

All week long, there will be numerous activities commemorating survivors. Free massages are scheduled at various locations around the institution, and those who are feeling crafty will enjoy origami, collage and stamping sessions in The Aquarium.


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