MOUNT VERNON — A celebration, fiesta style, was the scene Thursday evening at the Glenn A. Gallagher Centre. Local cancer survivors came together to celebrate their victories at the seventh annual Cancer Survivor Event, sponsored by Knox Community Hospital.
Festive refreshments were served, compliments of Fiesta Mexicana, to begin the evening while live Hispanic music was enjoyed. Opening remarks for the evening were given by Becky Dangelo, MSN, RN. “Your survivorship begins at the time you receive your diagnosis. It does not begin after surgery, after treatment or in five to 10 years,” said Dangelo. “We are here this evening to honor and recognize our survivors, and your family and loved ones who have supported you through your journey.”
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis read a proclamation that stated, “While there are more than 13 million cancer survivors in America and 1.6 million cases will be diagnosed this year, increased access to quality care, screening and prevention must be a top priority in our community. Cancer diagnosis is no longer an automatic death sentence.” Mavis declared June 20, 2013, as Cancer Survivor Awareness Day in Mount Vernon and urged all citizens to join in the joyous celebration of life.
Dangelo introduced Irene Rivera, a cancer survivor, who shared her journey of faith after she was diagnosed with cancer.
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