World Rose Day is observed every year in different parts of the world on 22 September. This day is dedicated to cancer patients. The disease, Cancer is one of those deadly diseases which has a huge impact on patient’s body and mind. The taxing nature of the treatment makes things very difficult for many patients and their caregivers. Therefore, World Rose Day is observed annually to bring joy in their lives, to cheer them up and to remind them that they are not alone in this battle.
World Rose Day also plays an important role in spreading awareness about cancer and how early detections helps in curing most of them. The day is marked in remembrance of Melinda Rose, a 12-year-old Canadian girl who was diagnosed with Askin’s Tumour, an unusual type of blood cancer. She did not give up hope of survival till her dying breath. In the six months of her life, she fought on and made each day count by positively impacting the lives of people around her. She spent this time cheering up other cancer patients by sharing poems, letters, verses, e-mails, etc, with them. She spent her whole life inspiring others to fight the disease. As a result, World Rose Day was named after her to commemorate her brave journey after she died. People continue her memory by sending roses to cancer patients and caregivers to convey their love and support in the face of this brutal disease. It’s also a tribute to the difficult journey they took. People also give cards and thoughtful gifts to patients. Special awareness efforts are also conducted by healthcare facilities and survivors.