QUINCY, IL – National Cancer Survivors Day, observed on the first Sunday in June each year, is a day to honor people who have faced a life-altering diagnosis and to recognize the strength of the human spirit. To celebrate all those impacted by cancer, Quincy Medical Group (QMG) and the QMG Foundation will host a “Hope Grows Here” event commemorating the experiences of those impacted by cancer.

“Hope Grows Here” will take place at the QMG Cancer Institute, located at 3301 Broadway St in Quincy at the Quincy Town Center, on Sunday, June 2, from 1 – 3 p.m. The community is invited to honor local cancer patients and survivors.

Morgan Parker, Director of Community Relations at QMG, shared, “Whether they have survived cancer one day or 34 years, National Cancer Survivors Day honors those who have faced cancer and celebrates the future ahead. We want them to feel our community’s love and support as they look forward.”

When asked what National Cancer Survivor’s Day means to her, last year’s attendee Vicki McColez shared, “I think this day is wonderful. I’ve been left here for a reason. You know, people look at cancer like a death sentence, but it’s not. I’ve been here seven years. A day like this reminds us. It’s a challenging disease, but people can survive it.”

Guests can write words of encouragement and support on the “If These Walls Could Talk” chalkboard wall in the Cancer Institute and write cards to patients currently receiving treatment. Those in attendance can enjoy a treat from Popp’n on Maine, and a specialty drink from Sips on the Go. Momma Bee’s Garden will also be on-site, where guests can create a seed bomb to plant at home, and survivors can pick out a bouquet of flowers.

In conjunction with the Hope Grows Here event, the Tri-State Jeep Junkies is hosting a “Hope Grows Here Jeep Show and Shine” event to raise funds for cancer patients. The event features six different classes of Jeeps — CJ, YJ, TJ/LJ, JK, JL, and Gladiator — with a winner from each class receiving a trophy. There will also be a Best of Show trophy. There is a $20.00 entry fee per Jeep. All the money raised will support the QMG Foundation Oncology Assistance Fund. For more information, message the Tri-State Jeep Junkie on Facebook.

Established in 2007, The Quincy Medical Group Foundation prioritizes helping the community through acts of service, improving health and well-being, fostering medical education, and promoting research. For more information about the Quincy Medical Group Foundation, visit quincymedgroup.com/foundation/ or email qmgfoundation@quincymedgroup.com.