POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Local cancer survivors gather in Poughkeepsie to celebrate life on National Cancer Survivors Day. The event took place at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
“Everybody is here to pat each other on the back, ‘Rah, Rah, Sis Boom Bah! You beat it!’ So it's time to help others to feel the same way,” said Cancer Survivor Cathy Temple.
Cancer survivors joined together for the 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. There they honored milestones and recognized those who have supported them along the way.
“There’s a lot of people and friends of mine that are still struggling and I pray for them every day,” said Cancer Survivor Deborah Sylvester.
“The nurses were unbelievable, caring, loving, concerned every step of the way,” said Cancer Survivor Cindy Snow.
And while there’s been a great showing of support for the courageous men and women at the day’s event, Snow says not everyone is as fortunate. She’s now making and distributing “Bonnie Boxes” as a pick-me-up for patients across the country.
“The “Bonnie Boxes” that I created gives them a little bit of love from a total stranger that just says, you’re not alone
And with the creation of a quilt, the potting of a plant and the ceremonial release of a butterfly, the survivors let everyone know they've chosen life, will continue the fight and won't let cancer get the best of them.
“It’s a celebration of life and a cancer survivor is anyone from day of diagnosis for the rest of their life,” said Vassar Brothers Medical Center Oncology Clinical Resource Nurse Irene Scofield.