National Cancer Survivors Day: A Journey of Hope

National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. It is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.

Hope Center, a Ministry of Lowell Church of Christ, is hosting “A Journey of Hope” on Sunday, June 3 in Lowell to celebrate Northwest Indiana survivors.  A 2.5 mile neighborhood walk through Lowell will begin at Hope Center at 9 a.m. to honor and celebrate cancer survivors.. Hope Center is located at 299 N. Burr in Lowell.

The celebration is family-friendly. Participants are invited to decorate a wagon or stroller and make a home-made sign to honor survivors.  Surviving family members are invited to make memorial signs.

Cancer survivors are encouraged to register for the event as soon as possible.  Complimentary survivor t-shirts will be ordered for those who register by May 21.  (Download the reservation form .)  Transportation for survivors who are unable to complete the walk route will be offered by volunteers.  If you know survivors, please invite them!  All are welcome.

The community is invited to a 10:30 a.m. worship service at Lowell Church of Christ on June 3. “We’ll honor and pray for all cancer survivors during an outdoor service” said Lowell Church of Christ Pastor, Chuck Hochmuth.  “All faiths are welcome.”

Participants invited to a picnic lunch following the worship service. Lunch will be available for $5 a person.  (Lunch is complimentary for survivors and immediate family living in their household.)  Pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, salads and desserts will be offered.  The maximum cost will be limited to $25 per family.   Participants are asked to make event reservations by May 21.  Payment may be made Monday through Friday in the Lowell Church of Christ office from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The church is located at 299 N. Burr in Lowell.  Payment will also be accepted after Sunday services at Hope Center, located in Lowell Church of Christ.  Download the reservation form .

Hope Center is ordering t-shirts for this special event on June 3.  The cost for a shirt is $10.  T-shirts are complimentary for survivors and immediate family living in their household.  The deadline is May 21.  (Download the reservation form .)

National Cancer Survivors Day® is a day for everyone, whether a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way.

“On National Cancer Survivors Day®, the community will gather to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring,” said Hochmuth.

Hope Center was founded to provide emotional and spiritual support to Northwest Indiana families facing cancer. Hope Center offers support groups for the entire family; survivors, caregivers, children and those grieving. Hope Center provides educational materials and resource information. Family fun nights are held throughout the year.  All programs are offered free of charge by the non-profit organization to families facing cancer.

Hope Center is a ministry of Lowell Church of Christ.  Hope Center is located at 299 N. Burr in Lowell.  For more information, call (219) 552-1640 or visit www.NorthwestIndianaHopeCenter.com.