No doubt about it, being diagnosed with cancer is one of the worst things you can hear. It's been 29 years for me and sometimes it feels just like it was yesterday. I've recently taken to saying that the fear doesn't go away, it just gets covered with dust. Do other cancer survivors feel the same way I do? Maybe. I do know where a group of hundreds of cancer survivors will be gathering, and I could ask them. If you are a cancer survivor, maybe you'd like to join us!

The first Sunday in June is National Cancer Survivors Day. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society are offering the annual luncheon for cancer survivors and their friends and family. The first one of these I went to was held at Silver Lake about 20 years ago, and there were only a dozen of us there. Now, there are 700 attendees!

The event begins at 11:00 a.m. on June 4 at the Rochester International Event Center (near the airport) beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by a program to honor cancer survivors and their families at 12:15 p.m.

Admission is free for cancer survivors and two guests. Additional guests are welcome for a nominal fee of $5 per person. Reservations are required by May 24.  (That's next week, friends!)  Please join me.

To register, email canceredprog@mayo.edu or call (507) 538-6001.