May 1, 2016 – What if a cup of coffee could help support cancer patients and survivors?

What if a cup of coffee could help support cancer patients and survivors?

Canadian Cancer Survivor Network observes National Cancer Survivors Day with Pause for the Cause and encourages Canadians to join the party

(Ottawa) – May 1, 2016 – The first Sunday in June is National Cancer Survivors Day. On that day and during the month of June, the Canadian Cancer Survivors Network (CCSN) will honour the strength and courage of cancer survivors with Pause for the Cause, a fundraising event designed to raise awareness of CCSN’s mission of supporting cancer survivors and working to improve their quality of life.

CCSN invites individuals and organizations across the country to hold a Pause for the Cause in their own places of work. By simply putting on a pot of coffee or tea and inviting friends or colleagues to make a small donation to the cause, Canadians can help support people from the moment of diagnosis. The Pause for the Cause is also an opportunity to inspire others to think about and better understand the cancer journey.

“Surviving cancer is more than just living. It’s an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” says Mona Forrest, CCSN Board Member and Pause for the Cause organizer. “You will find our community’s Coffee Party events filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith and love as we honour cancer survivors for their strength and courage.”

There are presently almost one million Canadians living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis in the previous 10 years. Major advances in prevention, early detection and treatment have resulted in a growing number of cancer survivors. However, survivors may face many challenges such as fear of recurrence, future conditions due to treatment, inadequate or no insurance, difficulty finding employment and a lack of understanding from friends and family.

“Despite these challenges, cancer survivors live full, productive lives and serves as an inspiration to us all,” says Forrest.

Individuals and workplaces interested in hosting a Pause for the Cause can contact for a free registration kit.

About National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day is recognized on the first Sunday of June every year. The 29th annual celebration of life will be held in hundreds of communities worldwide. Cancer survivors, caregivers, friends, family and healthcare professionals will unite to show that life after cancer diagnosis is meaningful, productive and inspiring. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Canadian Cancer Survivors Network (CCSN)

CCSN Works to: connect with others, learn about health system complexities, and act to promote best care & healthier survivorship.