National Cancer Survivors Day: CoachArt Supports Survivors
June 2nd is National Cancer Survivors Day!
As of 2016, there were an estimated 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States, and the number of cancer survivors is expected to increase to 20.3 million by 2026.
National Cancer Survivors Day is a day to honor cancer survivors, bring awareness to the ongoing challenges of survivorship, and to celebrate life! This day gives survivors the opportunity to connect with other survivors, celebrate their milestones, and recognize those who have supported them through the process. We are proud to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day with everyone who is living with a history of cancer. Thank you for your strength and courage, and for being an inspiration to us all!
CoachArt’s mission is to create a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness. Many of our students have been diagnosed with cancer, or are childhood cancer survivors. Since we know that cancer affects the whole family (and friends), members of our staff and our community joined us in sharing our personal stories to celebrate cancer survivors in our lives.
“I was first diagnosed with ALL Ph+ (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) in January of 2014 when I was ten years old. After about a year of extensive chemotherapies which brought hair loss, isolation, and numerous physical ailments, the doctors discovered I had been misdiagnosed and actually had CML (chronic myeloid leukemia). I needed a bone marrow transplant and luckily my sister was a perfect match to be my donor. Through my treatment, I wasn’t able to participate in the activities I loved so much. CoachArt was there to change that. I took part in the improv club which helped me land myself a spot in a play with the American Conservatory Theater. This year I helped teach the improv club which had gotten me involved with CoachArt in the first place. This year, I was also a co-host for the 2019 CoachArt Benefit Gala. These experiences were life-changing and some of the most fun I have ever had.” – Nomi, CoachArt Student and Childhood Cancer Survivor
“Having the courage to go up the mountain and knowing that you’ll probably fall on your way down embodies so much of what CoachArt kids already know. It’s okay to struggle and it’s okay to feel uncertain – what matters is that our students continue to keep going and persevere beyond what seems possible.” – Emily, CoachArt Senior Progam Manager
“It’s easy to lose sight of the little things – the aspects of our lives we often take for granted, like love and good health. When your child is diagnosed with cancer, the wind is literally knocked out of your lungs and you fall to your knees praying for the chance to be grateful for those two little things. It was a tough journey, that’s for sure. But my daughter fought with every ounce of her six-year-old self. We are happy to report that 7 years later, she remains NED and we remain grateful for our family’s love and good health.” – Roxanne, CoachArt Marketing Director
“Noah is a 3-year-old Leukemia survivor. Being so young, he fought his battle very hard but definitely not alone. While living in Arizona made family coming together a bit difficult, distance was no measure for the love and support he received.
Family and friends took turns helping his parents out with watching over his siblings, letting his parents nap, donating money, making special humus to sell to continue to pay for his treatments, walking for Leukemia awareness month, making meals together to keep his family well fed when depression kicked in, providing jokes to keep him laughing, and endless music to keep his dancing spirit up.
Although it was difficult for our entire family this past year, his leukemia thankfully in remission. He would have fought much harder had he not had his amazingly, superhero medical team and family for being there with him every step of the way.” – Jasmin, Program Assistant
“My aunt, Carole, is an inspirational woman who has survived cancer a total of three times. She has truly inspired me to live life with both a fighting fist and warm heart. Carole and my cousin, Julie, host an annual “Raft 4 Life” fundraiser where Angiosarcoma fighters, survivors, and supporters come together to white water raft the American River. It is a wonderful weekend camping trip with the goal to bring awareness and funding for Angiosarcoma cancer research. Carole is someone who truly deserves recognition as a cancer survivor and her dedication to building a supportive community for others.” – Melissa, Bay Area Program Manager
“My friend Tanya is a breast cancer survivor. I’ve never met anyone more positive than her. Even though she had the weight of the world on her shoulders, she would always walk into any situation with a smile on her face that would light up the room. Every morning greeting me and everyone around her with a smile. She is one of the strongest women I know.” – Jessica, CoachArt Marketing Manager
About National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation
The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation provides free guidance, education, and networking to hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host NCSD events in their communities. Through National Cancer Survivors Day, the Foundation works to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors by raising awareness of the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship. You can find a list of resources for survivor support on their website here.
Do you have a personal story for National Cancer Survivors Day to share? Please share your experience with us in the comments or tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Sharing your story on social media? Official hashtags for National Cancer Survivors Day are
MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY CHILDHOOD CHRONIC ILLNESS
Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.
CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.
Ways to Help
Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you would like to share with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.