MOBILE, Ala. – The park outside USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital was filled Sunday with families, friends, healthcare providers, and cancer survivors like Cynthia Bush.
“They call it the ‘C’ word. I didn’t know that I would be at this point. If someone would have told me five years ago that I would be at this point, I promise I told them that I just wouldn’t believe it,” Bush said.
Michael Daves is a civil engineering student at the University of Mississippi. He was diagnosed with leukemia his senior year in hight school.
“It was really wierd actually, because the type of cancer i got you normally get when you’re five or when you’re 50. so it was odd to get it when I got it, but it really did knock me off my feet when I was first told that,” Daves said.
But Daves never gave up hope.
“I felt something inside of me. If felt things are going to be alright. The Lord has a plan, and I just stuck by and kept going through it all,” he said.
Ruby Harris is grateful for the treatment she receieved and the support.
“It feel wonderful. I’m so blessed to be alive. I’m thankful to God after being a cancer survivor for two years I have and had the support of my family and my church family,” Harris said.
“I’m a survivor also so it means I understand what they’re going through, and what they’ll feel like when they get on the other side of this too,” Kinder said.
Becky Kinder says the dreaded diagnosis can bring something positive into a person’s life.
“It’s a blessing. it gives you special gratetude. you learn to appreciate just the little things. The thinks we all took for granted,” she said.
Lekeissha Felder helped organize the survivors day event.
“I feel like with the fight that cancer survivors go through a day of recognition is a very small thing for us to do, and we are so honored to do that,” Felder said.
There are more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States alone.