Let’s Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day!

Steubenville, Ohio—June 1, 2023—On Monday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Trinity Health System’s Tony Teramana Cancer Center will observe National Cancer Survivors Day with a Hawaiian-themed celebration.

Past and present patients of the cancer center are invited, along with Trinity Health System employees, especially ones who are cancer survivors.

“A cancer survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” Gretchen Heizler, Radiation Oncology Supervisor, Tony Teramana Cancer Center, Radiation Oncology, said. “Witnessing many cancer journeys, it is important to celebrate the survivors’ fight, their bravery, and their strength. Although their cancer treatment may be completed, they are still surviving the journey.”

On Monday, cancer survivors will have the opportunity to win raffle baskets donated by staff members, Trinity Health System departments, and other cancer care organizations. Survivors will also be recognized with a Hawaiian lei or flower and sunglasses.

“It is important to celebrate cancer survivors, because every day of their lives is focused on the disease, whether it is the shock of having it, how to beat it, or how to live after beating it,” Catherine Poludniak, Foundation Director, Trinity Health System, said. “On Monday, we will take time away from all of that and celebrate the strength and accomplishments of all cancer survivors.” 

Trinity Health System’s dietary department will make smoothies with the help of Abbott Nutrition, and the Wood Fired Pizza Company food truck will be on site. Other snacks will be provided.

Trinity Health System’s tiger mascot, Angie Pipo, will make an appearance, and DJ Chelsea Householder will provide music for the event. Survivor gifts will be given out while supplies last.

“Each survivor’s experience is unique and deeply personal,” Heizler said. “Cancer affects people in many ways. It is important for cancer survivors that are fighting cancer, now or in the past, to know that they are supported and recognized.”

Healing from cancer is not just a physical journey, Heizler added. It’s an emotional one as well. “Honoring survivorship can help a person heal and reflect upon their experience.”

“It is a great honor for myself and the Trinity Health System Foundation to celebrate these incredible individuals who are truly inspiring and are an excellent example of human strength,” Poludniak said. “As the Foundation Director and a cancer survivor myself, it is a wonderful day to celebrate those who’ve faced the battle of their life and have won or are still fighting.”

Let’s Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day is open to the public and will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center, which is located at 3204 Johnson Road in Steubenville.