Cancer Survivors Celebrate

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National Cancer Survivors Day

June 1st, 2014

On  Sunday, June 1st,  cancer  survivors  around the  world will gather to celebrate life after cancer. This  unique  celebration will mark  the 27th Annual  National  Cancer  Survivors  Day. It  is  the  one  day  each year  that  people  come  together to  honor  everyone  who is living  with  a history  of  cancer – including  America’s  14 million  cancer survivors.

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There is life after cancer. It may not be the same as before cancer, but it can be beautiful, rewarding, and sometimes even better than before. And that’s something to celebrate. National Cancer Survivors Day is an opportunity for cancer survivors to come together and celebrate this new reality in cancer survivorship.

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“A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, the organization that spearheads the celebration. Cancer survivors may face physical, emotional, social, and financial challenges as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment. The goal of this special day is to  encourage a greater commitment to resolving quality of life issues for cancer survivors.

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In addition, this Day also recognizes the loved ones and healthcare providers who have supported cancer survivors along the way.  The spotlight is on life after cancer being beautiful, meaningful, and something to celebrate. It is a day that survivors, families, caregivers, and the medical community will stand together and show the world that life after cancer can still be amazing.

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Many of us, if not most of us, have been touched by cancer whether it be personally, family, friends, colleagues or associates. I have family members who have battled cancer and are still winning. It is scary beyond words to come so close to losing them. This Day of Celebrating Cancer Survivors is very meaningful to me because my father is a survivor of melanoma and my daughter is a survivor of cervical cancer. I feel so fortunate that they both have passed the five year threshold. Without a doubt, they both have made adjustments in their lifestyles and routines to remain healthy. I am ever so grateful to the medical professionals and their prescribed treatments.

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May all who have been diagnosed with cancer overcome their physical and emotional challenges and find inner peace and courage.  For those who are thriving beyond surviving, complete this sentence:

If I had only one word to describe myself as a cancer survivor, it would be ______.word-cloud-Wordle-blog

 Celebrate Surviving! Celebrate Life!

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Random Historical Events May 28th – June 3rd

May 28

  • 1431 – Joan of Arc accused of relapsing back into heresy by donning male clothing again, providing justification for her execution
  • 1742 – 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman’s Fields, London)
  • 1774 – 1st Continental Congress convenes (Virginia)
  • 1818 – 1st steam-vessel to sail Great Lakes launched
  • 1830 – US Congress authorizes native Indian removal from all states to western prairie
  • 1863 – The first black regiment from the North left Boston to fight in the Civil War
  • 1892 – Sierra Club forms by John Muir in SF, for conservation of nature
  • 1923 – Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere
  • 1923 – US unemployment had nearly ended
  • 1926 – United States Customs Court created
  • 1928 – Dodge Brothers Inc. & Chrysler Corp merged
  • 1929 – 1st all color talking picture “On With the Show” exhibited (NYC)
  • 1937 – Neville Chamberlain became the prime minister of Britain
  • 1937 – Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to vehicular traffic
  • 1952 – The women of Greece are given the right to vote
  • 1959 – Monkeys, Able & Baker, zoom 300 miles into space on Jupiter missile, became 1st animals retrieved from a space mission
  • 1961 – Amnesty Intl founded (Nobel Peace Prize 1977)
  • 1961 – Last trip (Paris to Bucharest) on Orient Express (after 78 years)
  • 1971 – Paul McCartney releases his 2nd solo album “Ram”
  • 1972 – White House “plumbers” break into Democratic National HQ at Watergate
  • 1987 – Monitor, Civil War Warship, is discovered by a deep sea robot
  • 1996 – President Bill Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud
  • 1997 – Linda Finch completes Amelia Earhart attempted around-the-world flight
  • 1997 – Tornado in Jarrell, Texas kills at least 28
  • 1997 – Wallace Berg, 42, is 4th American to scale Mt Everest for 3rd time
  • 1999 – In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper” is put back on display
  • 2002 – NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance
  • 2003 – Peter Hollingsworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct

May 29

  • 1677 – Treaty of Middle Plantation establishes peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Indians.
  • 1721 – South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony
  • 1765 – Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act
  • 1790 – Rhode Island became the 13th original colony to ratify the United States Constitution
  • 1848 – Wisconsin becomes 30th state
  • 1849 – Lincoln says “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”
  • 1851 – Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women’s Rights Convention (Akron)
  • 1861 – Dorothea Dix offers help in setting up hospitals for Union Army
  • 1900 – Trademark “Escalator” registered by Otis Elevator Co
  • 1912 – 15 young women fired by Curtis Publishing for dancing “Turkey Trot” during their lunch break
  • President John F. Kennedy was born, 1917
  • 1922 – US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport & not a business & thus not subject to antitrust laws
  • 1942 – Bing Crosby records “White Christmas”, greatest selling record to date
  • 1943 – Meat & cheese rationed in US
  • 1953 – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest
  • 1959 – Charles de Gaulle forms French government
  • 1960 – Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown” hits #1
  • 1962 – Barbra Streisand appears on “Garry Moore Show”
  • 1973 – Thomas Bradley Elected 1st Black Mayor of Los Angeles
  • 1973 – Columbia Records fires President Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records
  • 1978 – 1st class postage now 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
  • 1980 – Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA Rookie of Year
  • 1999 – Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station
  • 2001 – U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments
  • 2004 – The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 2012 – Facebook’s problematic public listing could cost those involved $115 million from technical glitches

May 30

  • 1431 – Joan of Arc (19 years old) was burned at the stake in France
  • 1539 – Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto discovers Florida
  • 1783 – Benjamin Tower of Philadelphia publishes 1st daily newspaper in US
  • 1806 – Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy
  • 1854 – Territories of Kansas & Nebraska created
  • 1868 – ‘Decoration Day’, later called Memorial Day, first observed in Northern US states
  • 1889 – Brassiere invented – YAY!
  • 1896 – 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hit a bicyclist (NYC)
  • 1908 – US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah authorized
  • 1909 – National Conference on the Negro is held
  • 1911 – 1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH (120 KPH)
  • 1922 – The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated
  • 1937 – Memorial Day Massacre – Chicago police shoot on union marchers, 10 die
  • 1942 – US aircraft carrier Yorktown leaves Pearl Harbor
  • 1964 – Beatles’ “Love Me Do” single goes #1
  • 1965 – Viet Cong offensive against US base Da Nang begins
  • 1965 – Vivian Malone is 1st black person to graduate from University of Alabama
  • 1966 – 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • 1967 – Robert “Evel” Knievel’s motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles
  • 1967 – Yankee Whitey Ford, nearing 41, announces his retirement from baseball
  • 1968 – Beatles begin work on their only double album “Beatles”
  • 1968 – President De Gaulle disbands French parliament
  • 1971 – 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice
  • 1996 – John Tesh’s final day as host of “Entertainment Tonight”
  • 1997 – Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set on fire by 12-year old grandson

May 31

  • 1634 – US colony Massachusetts Bay annexes Maine colony
  • 1759 – The Province of Pennsylvania bans all theater productions
  • 1790 – US copyright law enacted
  • Walt Whitman was born in West Hill, New York, 1819
  • 1821 – Cathedral of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, 1st US Catholic Cathedral, is dedicated in Baltimore
  • 1837 – Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria
  • 1879 – Madison Square Garden opens in New York, named after 4th President James Madison
  • 1884 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patents “flaked cereal”
  • 1889 – Two Thousand people perished when a dam break created a flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1893 – Whitcomb Judson, Chicago, patents hookless fastening (zipper)
  • 1907 – Taxis 1st began running in NYC
  • 1909 – 1st NAACP Conference (United Charities Building, NYC)
  • 1911 – R.M.S. Titanic launched
  • 1913 – 17th amendment (direct election of senators) declared ratified
  • 1917 – 1st jazz record released (Dark Town Strutters Ball)
  • 1927 – The last Ford Model T automobile was made
  • 1969 – John Lennon & Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance”
  • 1969 – Stevie Wonder releases “My Cherie Amore”
  • 1977 – Trans Alaska oil pipeline completed
  • 1979 – Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens
  • 1989 – Speaker of US House of Representatives Jim Wright resigns
  • 1990 – Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC as Seinfeld Chronicles
  • 1990 – NYC’s Zodiac killer shoots 3rd victim, Joseph Ponce
  • 2012 – Egypt formally ends its 31 year state of emergency

June 1

  • 1533 – Anne Boleyn crowned queen of England
  • 1638 – 1st earthquake recorded in US, at Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1657 – 1st Quakers arrives in New Amsterdam (NY)
  • 1660 – Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1774 – Boston Port Bill: British government orders Port of Boston closed
  • 1789 – 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths)
  • 1792 – Kentucky admitted as 15th US state
  • 1796 – Last of Britain’s troops withdraws from US
  • 1796 – Tennessee admitted as 16th US state
  • 1808 – 1st US land-grant university founded-Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • 1813 – Captain John Lawrence utters Navy motto “Don’t give up the ship”
  • 1861 – 1st skirmish in Civil War, Fairfax Court House, Virginia
  • 1862 – General Lee assumes command after Joe Johnston is injured at 7 Pines
  • 1868 – Texas constitutional convention meets in Austin
  • 1868 – Treaty of Bosque Redondo is signed allowing the Navajos to return to their lands in Arizona and New Mexico
  • 1869 – Voting machine patented (Thomas A Edison)
  • 1880 – 1st pay telephone installed
  • 1880 – US census at 50,155,783
  • 1935 – Driving test & license plates introduced in England
  • 1936 – The Queen Mary completes its maiden voyage, arriving in NY
  • 1938 – Protective baseball helmets 1st worn by batters
  • 1939 – 1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer
  • 1967 – Beatles release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in US and it goes gold
  • 1968 – Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” hits #1
  • 1970 – “Everything Is Beautiful” by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • 1971 – Ed Sullivan’s final TV show on CBS
  • 1973 – George Harrison’s “Living in the Material World” goes gold
  • 1973 – Paul McCartney & Wings release “Live & Let Die”
  • 1974 – The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine
  • 1980 – 1st transmission of CNN, Cable News Network
  • 1997 – 1st NY Women Film Festival opens
  • 2005 – The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company
  • 2007 – Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Oakland County, Michigan
  • 2009 – General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history

June 2

  • 1835 – P T Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US
  • 1851 – 1st US Alcohol Prohibition Law Enacted in Maine
  • 1855 – The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine
  • 1857 – James Gibbs, from Virginia, patents chain-stitch, single-thread sewing machine
  • 1863 – Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland freeing slaves
  • 1873 – Construction begins on Clay St in San Francisco for world’s 1st cable railroad
  • 1875 – Alexander Graham Bell makes first sound transmission
  • 1886 – Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency (Frances Folsom)
  • 1901 – Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)
  • 1910 – Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea
  • 1913 – 1st strike settlement mediated by US Department of Labor-Railroad clerks
  • 1924 – United States citizenship granted to all American Indians
  • 1928 – Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft
  • 1935 – Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player
  • 1941 – Baseball great Lou Gehrig died in New York
  • 1953 – Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, London
  • 1964 – Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1977 – New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City
  • 1988 – Consumer Reports calls for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai automobile
  • 1989 – “Dead Poets Society” starring Robin Williams premieres
  • 1997 – Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, killing 168

June 3

  • 1808 – Jefferson Davis was born in Kentucky
  • 1851 – 1st baseball uniforms worn, NY Knickerbockers wear straw hat, white shirt & blue long trousers
  • 1888 – “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was first published in the San Francisco Daily Examiner
  • 1916 – National Defense Act establishes ROTC
  • 1918 – US Supreme Court in Hammer v. Dagenhart rules child labor laws unconstitutional
  • 1939 – Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe
  • 1946 – US Supreme Court rules race separation on buses unconstitutional
  • 1959 – 1st US Air Force Academy graduation
  • 1965 – Astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space
  • 1967 – Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” reaches #1
  • 1968 – Poor Peoples March on Washington
  • 1972 – 1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25
  • 1976 – Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” goes gold
  • 1979 – Ex-president Idi Amin of Uganda flees to Libya
  • 1980 – Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for re-nomination
  • 1992 – Joan Lunden ordered to pay her ex-husband $18,000 a month support
  • 2012 – Tiger Woods’ 73rd PGA tour victory equals Jack Nicklaus’s record
  • 2013 – US extends sanctions against Iran through its automotive industry and currency

 



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