Friday, June 4, 2010

A Tribute to Survivors of Cancer

Houston has an extraordinary monument dedicated to cancer survivors as you approach the museum district and Texas Medical Center from downtown on Fannin.

The first time I visited this lovely place, where the vista opens to  wide boulevards and the solace of towering live oaks, there were six of us.  All breast cancer survivors. We'd attended a National Cancer Survivors Day brunch and everything that comes with such an occasion. We cried, laughed, then really cried, then really, really, laughed and probably experienced as much emotion as possible without collapsing into a heap.

To me that has always been and will be what National Cancer Survivors Day is all about - be with friends, eat a good meal, clink glasses, take photos, and build each other up.

But I don't think we need a special day, because every single day already is.  All good things to each and every one of you.



Anonymous said...

Oooh good, I'm the first to comment. What a beautiful monument to strength and survivorship - how lovely to have it in your locality. I love your last line..indeed we do not need one day to celebrate survivorship - everyday is a celebration. Thank you for reminding us Jody xxx

Running the race said...

Jody this is a beautiful monument to share with your friends! I am so glad you shared this story of strength with us!

Debbie said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate life, and friendship! Glad you had the chance to do that!
Love, Deb

Annemieke said...

Dear Jody,

How appropriate there is such a momunent and what a great way to spend Survivor Day but once again you manage to get to the heart of the matter: indeed, everday is one to celebreate and remeber! You live that message. Thank you so much for that, big hug Annemieke

Cures Rock! said...

Hi Jody -

We have this exact memorial of statues in Cancer Surivor's Park in San Diego, CA. We started our Cures Rock! Tour run from it in January....and ran by the same one in Palm Springs on our way out to running to Arizona. So inspiring! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this special memorial!!

Jody said...

How cool is that! What an incredible place to start your tour. It would also be a wonderful spot for a #livestrong tweet-up....hmmmmm...thanks so much for stopping by,