World Rose Day 2023: Show your love and support to cancer patients all around the world

World Rose Day is celebrated every year on September 22 in honor of cancer patients worldwide. Also known as the Day for the Welfare of Cancer Patients, the day is observed in the memory of 12-year-old Melinda Rose who passed away from the disease in 1996. People all over the world celebrate this day by giving well wishes and roses to those suffering from cancer and their families to show their moral support. For more information related to the significance, history, observation, etc. of World Rose Day 2023, keep reading this article.

World Rose Day 2023 Overview

EventWorld Rose Day, Day for the Welfare of Cancer Patients
DateSeptember 22, 2023
Observed byWorldwide
Purpose of celebrationTo remember Melinda Rose and honor of cancer patients all over the world.

World Rose Day Upcoming Events

Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for World Rose Day for the next 5 years.

World Rose Day 2023September 22, 2023Friday
World Rose Day 2024September 22, 2024Sunday
World Rose Day 2025September 22, 2025Monday
World Rose Day 2026September 22, 2026Tuesday
World Rose Day 2027September 22, 2027Wednesday

World Rose Day Significance

Cancer destroys the tissues in the body and causes a lot of physical pain and stress but more than that it also destroys a person mentally and psychologically. Showing simple acts of kindness to individuals suffering from cancer and their families can have a significant impact on their mental well-being. World Rose Day aims to bring hope and happiness in the lives of cancer patients by letting them know that we stand in their support and they are not alone in this battle. The day raises awareness about the disease and also helps raise funds for the welfare of cancer patients and their families.

History of World Rose Day

World Rose Day was established in honor of a 12-year-old cancer patient from Canada, Melinda Rose. In 1994, Melinda was diagnosed with Askin’s Tumour, a rare form of blood cancer tumor that arises from the soft tissues of the chest wall. After the diagnosis, the doctors gave her a few weeks’ time to live. However with her courage and willpower, Rose fought the disease for three years before it finally claimed her life.

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Melinda Rose & Her Fierce Battle with Cancer

Melinda Rose was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer named Askin’s Tumor on February 14, 1994, when she was only 12 years old. She was an ambitious ballet dancer and the diagnosis of cancer came as a shock to her and her family. Rose was given a maximum of two weeks by the doctors to live. However, rather than her courage breaking down, Melinda rose with the hope of living her life to the fullest for as long as she could.

Melinda began spending her time counseling other cancer patients and started writing to cancer patients across the world to instill a feeling of hope in their hearts. To reach as many people as possible, she even created a website where she posted words of encouragement to those fighting an intense battle with the disease. Her words became a source of hope for many and gave the patients a strong willpower to fight cancer. After filling people with hope and inspiration for three years, Melinda took her last breath on September 16 morning in 1996.

World Rose Day Celebration 2023

On the occasion of World Rose Day, people offer roses, cards, and gifts to cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers. Many awareness events and campaigns are organized by different organizations involved in the fight against cancer. As an individual, you can organize events of your own to raise awareness of cancer and provide support to cancer patients. You can also raise awareness through various social media platforms. Volunteer at any cancer support group to offer your assistance in any way possible, physically, emotionally, or even financially.

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Facts about Rare Cancer

  1. As per the National Cancer Institute, a cancer with less than 15 cases per 100,000 people per year is a rare cancer.
  2. Because of the unusual and less recognizable symptoms, it can take longer for doctors to diagnose a rare type of cancer.
  3. The International Rare Cancers Initiative (IRCI) aims to develop more research into new treatments for people with rare cancers.
  4. A Rare Cancer Day is celebrated on September 30th.
  5. The survival rate is lower for people living with a rare cancer than those with a common one.
  6. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans living with cancer are diagnosed with a rare cancer.
  7. Wilms’ tumor, Male breast cancer, Kidney cancer, Fallopian tube cancer, etc. are some types of rare cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will be World Rose Day 2023 celebrated?

September 22, 2023

Is there a Rose Day celebrated on February 7?

Yes, a Rose Day is observed every year on February 7 as a part of Valentine’s Day.

What is the symbol for cancer support?

A lavender (purple) ribbon is a sign of support for people living with cancer.

Do we observe World Rose Day with any theme?

The general focus on supporting cancer patients and their families is the theme for World Rose Day.

Is there any holiday on World Rose Day?

No holiday is observed on the occasion of World Rose Day.

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