National Cancer Survivor Day 2017 falls on Sunday, June 4th. Each year, this day is a day to honor those who have won their battle with cancer. This year is special because it marks the 30th annual day, and in the spirit of the day, Gesture would like to both celebrate and praise those who persevered and made hope happen. To the survivors who went toe to toe with countless rounds of radiation, contested and conquered chemo, and ultimately won the fight with the devastating disease that is cancer: we pay homage to you.

About National Cancer Survivor Day:

This day is a time when  “tens of thousands of people across the globe will gather in their local communities to honor cancer survivors and raise awareness of the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship.” (NCSD 1).

We strive to make hope happen for all and we believe in the liberation that comes from the act of giving and the power of inspiration.At Gesture, we find a tremendous amount of inspiration in the stories of those who won the title of survivor. The survivor, the victor, has liberated his or herself through sheer fight, willingness, determination, and most of all, hope. And to that we congratulate and commend all.

“National Cancer Survivors Day presents an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship with the aim of promoting more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life” (NCSD 2).

We are fortunate enough to work alongside many cancer support centers and charity organizations in order to bring hope to their already hopeful communities. These great institutions contribute to keeping the hope alive in the hearts and souls of those who are faced with the battle against cancer. The children, the men, the women, the families, and the supporters of these organizations can attest to the power of inspiration through giving and sharing the stories of their survivors. We are overjoyed to extend our expertise to any and every organization. Organizations that support cancer research, cancer recovery, and survivorship among communities have found our technologies and assistance extremely helpful.

Gesture Charity Partners:

A few organizations we have the pleasure of working with are Cancer Kiss My Cooley, The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer, and the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.

Cancer Kiss My Cooley:

Cancer Kiss My Cooley’s 2017 KISS IT Gala raised $231,000 for their cause! They grant “Kisses of HOPE” which are special moments or experiences for pediatric brain tumor patients and their families. Read more about this program here. They’ve partnered with Gesture since 2015 and say: “Your assistance with our silent auction and raffle items brought in way more money than we have in years past, and we appreciate your assistance to raise money for our Kiss of HOPE™ program to help kids battling brain cancer. I have no doubt that having you there made a huge difference in the amount of money we were able to raise at our event!” Read their full testimonial letter here.

Image Credit: Cancer Kiss my Cooley

 

St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer:

The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer has also been a long-time partner with Gesture, working with us to make hope happen since 2013. Their annual dinner started in 1980 and has run every year since. The implementation of new technology for the event wasn’t challenging at all: “the committee and guests all enjoyed the ‘new’ spirit you brought to our dinner. Your professionalism was obvious and your patience with all of us was exceptional.” Read their full testimonial letter here.

Image Credit: St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer

 

Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation:

Gesture is also lucky to partner closely with the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation which raises money to fight cancer through various fundraisers throughout the year. This year, their Cook-Off for Cancer raised over $1.1 million which will be donated to cancer research organizations as well as support children battling cancer and their families.

Image Credit: Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation

We encourage you to check out these organizations and the great work they are doing in their communities. Cancer isn’t something that can be fought alone; we need to fight it together.

Gesture has always instilled and fostered a positive attitude when assisting in the events at hand. We truly enjoy making things as easy as possible for both hosts and attendees. Making hope happen has become so much more than a slogan to us, it has become a way of conducting ourselves throughout our everyday life. The opportunity to take the stage and display that ideology through assisting you at your events is where we strive.

So in celebration of hope, we turn our thoughts and praises towards those survivors who won the fight against the devastation that cancer is known for. On this day we celebrate all people living with a history of cancer and call upon them to connect with one another, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. On Sunday, June 4th, join us as we commend and praise those who persevered and made hope happen.