NMI observes Cancer Survivors Week


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, seated center, and Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog, fifth left, join cancer survivors, Commonwealth Cancer Association officials, members of the Legislature, and department secretaries and other agency heads after the proclamation signing for the National Cancer Survivors Week. (Jon Perez)

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog were joined yesterday on Capital Hill by members of the Commonwealth Cancer Association, the CNMI Legislature, Cabinet members, and several cancer survivors for the signing of a proclamation that declared May 29 to June 4 as National Cancer Survivors Week.

Marianas March Against Cancer survivor story speaker Patty Cruz read the proclamation.

Torres encourages the community to come out and support the survivors. “Just being there, promoting the cause, and participating in the events.”

CCA led a Paint the Villages Purple Ribbon event on Monday to kick off the weeklong celebration and CCA program manager Juan L. Babauta was interviewed at KKMP yesterday before the proclamation signing.

From today until Friday, June 2, cancer survivors will be telling their stories in separate interviews at KKMP and they would be at all Joeten stores to help with the bagging of items.

On Sunday, June 4, a National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life Mass will be held at the Kristo Rai Church at 8am and will be followed by the Cancer Survivors Summit/Gala at Hyatt Regency Saipan’s SandCastle from 11am to 2pm.


Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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