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5 Steps for Organizing a National Cancer Survivors Day® Event in Your City

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

two survivors hugNational Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, unforgettable Celebration of Life for anyone who has been touched by cancer. Now in its 32nd year, NCSD is one of the largest cancer survivor events in the world. 

Held annually on the first Sunday in June, National Cancer Survivors Day® is a day for cancer survivors and their supporters to come together and celebrate life after cancer. On this day, tens of thousands of people will gather in cities across the globe to pay tribute to the cancer survivors living in their communities, to bring attention to the ongoing challenges they still face, and to advocate for resources, research, and legislation to improve their quality of life.

You can bring the National Cancer Survivors Day® celebration to the cancer survivors in your city this June by following these 5 steps.

Step 1: Register Your NCSD Event with the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation
Register your National Cancer Survivors Day® event online at ncsd.org/registration to gain access to the exclusive National Cancer Survivors Day® Speakers Bureau Roster (which has contact information for nationally recognized celebrities and keynote speakers), as well as other valuable resources, including free copies of Coping® with Cancer magazine and cancer survivor resource guides to distribute at your NCSD celebration. Registration is simple and free, but you must register your NCSD event each year to use the copyrighted National Cancer Survivors Day® name and logo. 

Step 2: Pick an Event Location
While many National Cancer Survivors Day® celebrations are held at hospitals and cancer centers, don’t be afraid to get creative with your location. Think amusement park, sports venue, conference center, art museum, or your local church or synagogue. Set the stage with official NCSD-logo balloons and banners – available to order from the National Cancer Survivors Day® Merchandise Catalog.

Step 3: Choose a National Cancer Survivors Day® Event Theme
Planning your NCSD event around a central theme is a wonderful way to add interest to and create excitement about your celebration. Check out our National Cancer Survivors Day® themes page for some creative ideas. 

Step 4: Order NCSD Souvenirs, Keepsakes, and T-shirts
When cancer survivors leave your event, give them something to remember it by with official National Cancer Survivors Day® keepsakes, available to order from the NCSD Merchandise Catalog. And don’t forget your National Cancer Survivors Day® 2019 t-shirts! Featuring our trademark survivor celebrating life – a symbol of triumph for the millions of people living with and beyond cancer – the NCSD 2019 t-shirt is available in sizes Small to XXXL. 

Step 5: Promote Your National Cancer Survivors Day® Celebration
The NCSD website has the tools you need to get the word out about your National Cancer Survivors Day® celebration. You can even download customizable press releases to send to local media and a sample proclamation for your mayor to declare Sunday, June 2, 2019, National Cancer Survivors Day® in your city.

Let the National Cancer Survivors Day® Event Planning Begin!

So that’s it – how to plan a National Cancer Survivors Day® celebration in 5 simple steps. 

National Cancer Survivors Day® is a day you don’t want to miss. From its small beginnings as a grassroots survivorship movement in 1987, National Cancer Survivors Day® is now one of the largest cancer survivor events in the world. It is a day to celebrate how far we’ve come in cancer survivorship. But it is also a day to draw attention to the challenges cancer survivors still face, and to advocate for more resources, research, and legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.