New friends, Kim Coles (left) and Zena Jones (right), celebrated cancer survivorship by attending the cooking demonstration in the ELLICSR kitchen. (Photo: UHN) 

By Erica Di Maio

Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer.

On Monday, June 10, UHN's ELLICSR: Health, Wellness & Cancer Survivorship Centre hosted a National Cancer Survivors Day event to honour cancer survivors – to celebrate life after diagnosis. A 'survivor' is anyone living with cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through to the remainder of life.

"The number of people alive after a cancer diagnosis continues to increase as cancer is found earlier and treatments improve," says Dr. Pamela Catton, Director, ELLICSR Health, Wellness & Survivorship. "National Cancer Survivors Day was established to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, fulfilling and even inspiring."

ELLICSR celebrates its third anniversary this week. It was conceived as a place where scientists, educators health care providers, survivors and community cancer organizations could come together to figure out how to revolutionize the cancer experience.

"I can't think of a better way to celebrate our birthday than to host National Cancer Survivors Day," said Dr. Catton.

Workshops of the day included: The Cracked Pot with Spiritual Care, Mindful Eating with ELLICSR Kitchen, Qi Gong with Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, Spontaneous Art Journaling, Laughter with Rob Hawke and more.​​


Sister Mary Carol Lemire (left) and Margaret Sumadh (right) worked together to rebuild "the cracked pot," a workshop hosted by UHN's Spiritual Care team used to symbolize the rebuilding of spirituality after cancer diagnosis. (Photo: UHN)


Christy Brissette, Dietitian and Chef Geremy Capone hosted Mindful Eating with the ELLICSR kitchen. (Photo: UHN)

To learn more about National Cancer Survivors Day, click here.

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