National Cancer Survivors Day celebration at 49’er Drive-In

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Published on May 19, 2021 with No Comments

Colon cancer survivor Rex Richards, president of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce

The hospitals of Community Healthcare System and the Cancer Resource Centre are taking their local celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day on the road June 6 to the 49’er Drive-In Theatre in Valparaiso. 

Cancer Survivors Day is a national celebration of life for those who have survived cancer, the newly diagnosed who are on their journey of survivorship and loved ones who support individuals diagnosed with cancer. 

“We are proud to offer this event because it allows us to celebrate those who have won the battle against cancer and share our support with those who are still in the fight,” said Leo Correa, CEO of St. Catherine Hospital. 

The free outdoor event will take place 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and features DJ music, a mind-body-spirit demonstration, car-decorating contest, games and prizes. A box lunch and one free dessert or a refreshment will be served to guests.

Colon cancer survivor Rex Richards, president of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, will offer a message of hope and inspiration to the celebrants. 

Cancer care administrators, healthcare staff and chief executives from the Cancer Resource Centre, Cancer Research Foundation, Inc., and the hospitals of Community Healthcare System will be on hand to greet, congratulate and address the group.

Community Healthcare System is coming together with cancer patients, survivors and caregivers across Northwest Indiana to share stories of hope and empowerment, said Marie Duval Macke, Cancer Care Services administrator.

Attendance is limited to 100 registered guests. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Masks and social distancing will be required. Vehicles will be spaced out. Guests will be asked to picnic around their vehicles and bring their own lawn chairs.

To register, call 219-836-3477 by May 25. The drive-in theater parking lot, located at 675 N. Calumet Ave., in Valparaiso, opens at 12:30 p.m. for the event.

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Colon cancer survivor Rex Richards, president of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, will offer a message of hope and inspiration to participants of this year’s National Cancer Survivor Day celebration at the 49’er Drive-In Theatre in Valparaiso. Cancer Survivors Day is a national celebration of life for those who have survived cancer, the newly diagnosed who are on their journey of survivorship and loved ones who support individuals diagnosed with cancer.  

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