National Cancer Survivors Day in Rochester

Created: 06/01/2014 10:57 PM
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 News) -- Today is National Cancer Survivors Day and it is celebrated in many communities around the world and the U.S.  The celebration is normally marked every first Sunday in June and today Rochester had its own inspiring survivor who shared hope and resilience to a crowd at the International Event Center.

Keynote speaker Ruth Bachman shared her perspective when she was battling soft tissue sarcoma. Eleven years ago she found a cancerous tumor in her hand. It had to be amputated.  She used an hourglass as a symbol of her outlook during her struggles and this is how she explains this deadly disease, "I describe cancer as the narrow spot in an hour glass, if you can think about an hour glass as a narrow spot in an hour glass and I'm the sand, I've traveled from the top to that tight spot to the bottom, the same sand but with a different arrangement, and life is full of narrow spots and they are not all labeled cancer."

Most people at the event were cancer survivors who went to Mayo Clinic for treatment.

Cancer survivors gathered at the Rochester International Event Center to celebrate their stories.