By Jessica Hoover
Little Red Door Cancer Agency, a nonprofit that provides services and resources to cancer patients with little to no medical insurance, will hold an inaugural Cancer Survivors Day at the Indiana State Fair Aug. 19.
According to Nick Duvall, vice president of development and communications at Little Red Door, the day is meant to give cancer survivors and their families an opportunity to celebrate survivorship along with connecting survivors to local resources.
“We really hope to connect them (cancer survivors) with resources and make their life a little better in survivorship,” said Duvall, a Fishers resident.
At the fair, there will be an entire street lined with booths and tents called Survivor’s Lane. Each booth will be operated by one of Little Red Door’s partners and will offer a number of resources and activities dedicated to prevention education, survivorship and celebration.
“We think that allowing a place for our partners to come and showcase the things that they offer to survivors will really allow them to explore what’s available to them,” Duvall said. “Who knows? The right connection could be made there that day between a patient and a partner to have a really positive impact in somebody’s life.”
There also will be a large, public art project where attendees can write words of encouragement on pieces of colored fabric. Each color will symbolize a group of people, such as cancer survivors, patients, caregivers and more.
Little Red Door is giving out free tickets to cancer survivors and patients from across the state so they can attend the fair on Cancer Survivors Day. Those interested can register for their free ticket at littlereddoor.org/survivor. The deadline for registering is Aug. 18.
“Our whole mission is to make the most of life and the least of cancer,” Duvall said. “We love the idea of bringing people out to have a great day at the fair.”