By Adam Holt

Ozark Health Marketing Coordinator

It has been said that if every person lived long enough, every person would eventually contract cancer.

A commonly heard theme from survivors of this deadly disease is the feeling that they have been given a second chance at life.

Local cancer survivors came together at the Cancer Survivors Dinner at Ozark Health Medical Center on July 25 to be recognized for their perseverance and to celebrate life.

The dinner provides an opportunity for participants to reach out and connect with survivors. The event lets those who have fought with cancer know they are acknowledged and recognized for their achievements. Fifty-two cancer survivors and their family members were in attendance and enjoyed a dinner, raffles, and music.

The Cancer Survivors’ Dinner signifies the end of another year for Relay for Life, and celebrates the beginning of a new Relay for Life year beginning Sept. 1. Relay For Life is the main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

The main objective of relay is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, but the event is held to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community.

It is estimated that Relay For Life events have raised over $3 billion nationwide to date.