Elders honor cancer survivors

Evergreen Senior Living celebrates the 25th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day

/ Colby Gallagher

Today is the 25th Annual National Cancer Survivor's Day to honor anyone who battled - and beat - cancer.

Century Pines and Evergreen Senior Living held a Cancer Survivor Celebration where residents could come enjoy ice cream and show their support.

Nearly 12 million Americans are living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer, a high number that hits home for a lot of people.

In the United States, men have a risk of developing cancer slightly less than one in two. Women have a risk slightly more than one in three.

"Everybody knows somebody that's had cancer so it's very important that we have a day to honor them," said Evergreen Senior Living's Activities Director, Corinne Reaves.

Reaves says many survivors have come through Evergreen and it's important to encourage them not to give up.