On Sunday, June 6, Shore Health System celebrated the 23rd National Cancer Survivors Day by hosting “Sail into Survivorship.” The event was sponsored by the Shore Regional Cancer Program and Suicide Bridge Restaurant.
The celebration launched from Suicide Bridge, where guests took an afternoon cruise on the Dorothy Megan and the Choptank River Queen. Commenting on the event, Suicide Bridge Manager, Craig Cropper, said, “We are happy to see survivors enjoying life. Today the attention is not on the cancer – it’s on the person.”
Vicky Dunlap, chair of the “Sail into Survivorship” planning committee, says, “This year was one of our most popular Cancer Survivor Day events.” Dunlap, an avid sailor and boater, adds, “The nautical theme seemed appropriate since the Shore Regional Cancer Program is focused on helping people navigate all forms of cancer treatment, then launching them into survivorship with many types of programs and services.”
More people are surviving cancer and living longer due to the advances in science and medicine. Tools for treating cancer include surgery, highly sophisticated radiation therapy and targeted chemotherapy.
“Generous donations have brought the latest technologies to the Shore Regional Cancer Program so that people don’t have to travel long distances to get state of the art treatment” says Brian Leutner, Director of Oncology Services for Shore Health System.
The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation estimates there are 12 million cancer survivors. “It takes a while to make the physical and mental transition from being a patient to just being you,” says oncology social worker Patty Plaskon. “We help our patients adapt to survivorship by offering educational programs, individual counseling, support groups and other services offered in partnership with organizations such as the Wellness Community of Delmarva, the American Cancer Society, the Red Devils and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”
For more information about the Shore Regional Cancer Program, call 410-820-6800 or visit www.shorehealth.org/services/cancercenter.