The SIH Cancer Institute and SIH Foundation joined with nearly 250 cancer survivors, friends and families in a celebration of life event at Rent One Park in Marion on July 8. The collaboration with the Southern Illinois Miners baseball team was part of the “Cancer is Personal” game. The afternoon featured a survivors parade and balloon release, as well as the opportunity to watch the game from the Diamond Club.

The annual commemoration exists to acknowledge survivors and raise awareness of the ongoing challenges patients face because of the disease and — most importantly — to celebrate life. The celebrations serve as a call to action to increase quality of life by addressing the unique physical, emotional, financial and social burdens they face.

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