National Random Acts of Light Day:
Encouraging people to show kindness to someone with cancer, the National Random Acts of Light Day is celebrated on the 13th of June every year.
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Why National Random Acts of Light Day?
Cancer has been one of the rare diseases which doesn’t have a cure and can have a lasting impact on anyone’s lifestyle and that of their loved ones. People who suffer from the diseases deserve as much kindness and love they can garner and this day is a celebration and reminder to show kindness to these patients. The LLS is the largest health agency, which works voluntarily to light up the lives of patients suffering from cancer, especially blood cancer. Many hospitals are visited by celebrities on this day and many survivors also get visits from their favorite celebrities on this day, encouraging them to live their life to the fullest.
While the disease has been in existence for more than a decade, the awareness is still not up to the mark. It is necessary to educate people about the disease, and the need to get funding for researching the disease and its possible treatments. With a life lost every nine minutes to blood cancer, it is considered to be the third deadliest cancer in the country and there is an incessant need to create awareness about it to the masses. The day is a reminder of the same.
How can we observe National Random Acts of Light Day?
Celebrating the kindness of people towards those suffering from cancer, this day brings an emphasis on humanity in all of us. If you are looking for ways to make it a memorable day, not just to you but also to the many who are suffering from cancer, then we have a few ideas to help you here.
- As the day is about surprising and bringing light to the lives of the many cancer patients, you can do the same yourself by visiting a hospital patient yourself.
- You can make your day and your visit memorable by taking the patient out for a day of fun. Depending on the condition of the patient you can plan a day out in a museum or a movie or watch a tournament of their choice too.
- You can also make a charitable donation to the LLS for researching a cure for blood cancer and other forms of cancer.
Spread awareness and kindness on this day with a simple message online and remember to include #NationalRandomActsOfLightDay to let more people know about the day.
Interesting facts about National Random Acts of Light Day:
Cancer can be quite a depressing topic and yet here are some facts you may not have known earlier about cancer.
- Leukemia was first named “Leukamie” by Rudolf Virchow who found this rare blood disease in the year 1847.
- The first development of chemotherapy for cancer happened in the 1940s using folic acid and nitrongen mustards as antagonists in the treatment.
- The LLS was established in the year 1949 in the city of New York by Rudolph de Villiers and Antoinette.
- In the year 1971, a national-level effort was carried out through the National Cancer Act in the country.
- More than 50 million people have lost their lives in the last ten years from lung cancer caused by smoking. 90% of lung cancers are a result of smoking.
- According to research most of the deaths by cancer can be prevented through lifestyle changes and also through earlier identification.
- People who are above the age of 55 are more susceptible to cancer than those who are young.
- More than two million people in the US are affected by skin cancer every year and it is the most common cancer in the country.
- As many as 5% to 10% of the cancer is hereditary. Regular checkups can keep you ahead and abreast of your health condition.
History of National Random Acts of Light Day:
The day was founded by LLS or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the year 2017. In this year, many people including local heroes and celebrities participated in showing kindness through random acts of light which brought a smile to those suffering from cancer. The day was also founded to shed light on the need for cure and research into blood cancer. The day was initiated as part of their “Light the Night Walks” campaign.