IVCH Hosts Cancer Survivors Breakfast

Twenty-four cancer survivors who collectively have lived with the disease for 281 years attended Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s annual Cancer Survivors Day breakfast Friday morning (June 1) at the First Congregational Church in Peru.

The group heard a talk by breast cancer survivor Megan Cullinan, who read selections from a blog she started when she was first diagnosed with the disease two years ago.

Like many people, Cullinan said she thought cancer was something that couldn’t happen to her. She added that she made it through the treatment process “only with a lot of help from my family, friends and co-workers.”

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a survivor as anyone living with a history of cancer from the moment of diagnosis to the remainder of life. Following Cullinan’s remarks, individual cancer survivors were invited to share how long they had lived with the disease. Responses ranged from a few months to 34 years surviving all types of cancer including breast, skin, prostate, colon and thyroid.

Darrell Data provided musical inspiration for the event, which was emceed by Joan Fernandez, IVCH community outreach coordinator.

National Cancer Survivors Day will be observed nationally in 2018 on Sunday, June 3.