“Laughter for the Journey” 27th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Free Event

CCHC New Bern Cancer Care
CCHC New Bern Cancer Care staff members Marcy Mills, Brooke Ipock and Sherran Santoriello, ham it up with cancer patient Anthony Stevenson in anticipation of the “Laughter for the Journey”

CCHC Foundation Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center and CCHC New Bern Cancer Care will present a special free event, “Laughter for the Journey,” in recognition of the 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. This local survivor celebration will be held on Sunday, June 1st, in the Orringer Auditorium on Craven Community College’s New Bern campus, 2-4 p.m.

“Laughter for the Journey” event will celebrate cancer survivors through fun and laughter. Planned performances and activities include: comedienne Mary Lou Infinito, special performance video by CCHC New Bern Cancer Care staff and physicians, free photos courtesy of Crystal Coast Photo Booth, song by cancer survivor Anthony Stevenson, and encouraging and humorous cancer treatment stories by survivors. Cancer survivors, families, caregivers are invited. Light refreshments will be served.

“From the day a person is diagnosed with cancer, they are a survivor. We want to honor and celebrate all survivors on National Cancer Survivors Day. We chose the ‘Laughter for the Journey’ theme for the event as a way of providing a release through humor. Cancer patients deal with a great amount of stress so our hope is to provide an afternoon of laughter and encouragement,” said Kim Hess, nurse practitioner at CCHC New Bern Cancer Care and a founding board member of CCHC Foundation Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center.

“I plan on singing a gospel song at the survivors day event as a way to give back by providing uplifting encouragement to other cancer patients because I know what it feels like to be down and need support from others,” said Anthony Stevenson, a 43-year old cancer patient, husband, father of six children and Trader Construction employee.  Stevenson is currently undergoing treatment for a second cancer diagnosis. Stevenson’s first diagnosis was in 2009. Stevenson said, “My daughters sing and dance to make me laugh whenever I am feeling bad or down. These moments help keep me motivated to push in my fight with cancer.”

“Cancer impacts our patients in ways that we will never fully understand. They fight incredibly hard thought their treatment, and then live with the concern that the cancer will come back. It takes amazing courage to be a cancer survivor.  That courage is one of the many reasons why we support our patients by celebrating National Cancer Survivor Day,” said Dr. Chris Taylor, oncologist at CCHC New Bern Cancer Care.

“Laughter for the Journey” National Cancer Survivors Day event is free and open to the public. Registration for the event can be found on the Foundation’s website: www.cchcfoundation.org

National Cancer Survivors Day® 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. Visit www.NCSD.org for more information about National Cancer Survivors Day.

CCHC Foundation Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center provides community support in Craven, Jones, Pamlico Counties and surrounding areas for the mind, body and spiritual needs for patients and families experiencing chronic illnesses. For more information visit www.facebook.com/journeyofhopecancersupport.

CCHC New Bern Cancer Care is part of CCHC (Coastal Carolina Health Care, P.A.), a multi-specialty group practice with a strong base of primary care providers located in New Bern, North Carolina. While the company was established in 1998, it traces its roots back to 1962.  CCHC’s mission is to promote the health of patients by providing high quality, compassionate, comprehensive, and personalized health care.  CCHC’s vision is to consistently meet the changing health care needs and expectations of the patients served. For more information visit www.newberncancercare.com.

Submitted by: Kim Hess, ANP-BC, OCN, CCHC Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center