Victory Over Cancer – Survivors Honored at Annual Event

The Honeybee Trio

NorthBay Cancer Center will again team with the American Cancer Society to hold the 14th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day “Celebration of Life” on Sunday, June 6.

The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fairfield Center For Creative Arts at 1035 Texas St. in Fairfield.

Celebration of Life events are held throughout the world on the first Sunday in June, and they provide cancer survivors, cancer caregivers and medical professionals with an opportunity to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis is a reality, according to the American Cancer Society.

At the event, cancer survivors are honored for their strength and courage, and the contributions of their families, friends and healthcare providers are also recognized.

Several activities are planned for the afternoon-long event, according to Charlene Thompson, Cancer Data Coordinator for the NorthBay Cancer Center.

Kyle Restad, the 2010 “Hero of Hope” for the Greater Bay/Redwood Empire Region, is the keynote speaker for the event. Restad, a resident of Petaluma, has a condition called FAP (Familial Adenomatosis Polyposis). He is a financial advisor and facilitates the American Cancer Society’s”Taking Charge of Money Matters” session, which helps cancer patients and their loved ones address common financial concerns.

Participants will hear a brief update on the latest in cancer treatments from James Long, M.D., NorthBay Cancer Center oncologist, and NorthBay dietitian Adrianne Bowen, R.D. will discuss dietary needs for patients undergoing therapy and breast cancer patients who have gained weight from hormonal therapy. Cancer survivors will also speak during the”Speaking from the Heart” portion of the day.

Entertainment will be provided by The Honeybee Trio, the teen vocalists from Vacaville known for their ability to replicate such popular Swing and WWII era song tunes as “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “Blue Moon,” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” Vacaville resident and cancer survivor Robin Miller will also perform.

The event includes food, beverages, and a raffle.

While the event is free, attendees should pre-register because space is limited. To RSVP, cancer survivors should call the American Cancer Society, Solano Unit at (707) 425-5006, and choose option #3.

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