September 22 is observed as World Rose Day which is a day for bringing happiness in the lives of people around the world who are fighting cancer. The day is also dedicated to spread awareness about the disease that is often a result of abnormal cell growth and has the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body.
Rose, a symbol of concern and tenderness is offered to cancers patients to provide them energy as they face the disease and its consequences. On the day, hand-made roses, playing cards and items are offered to most cancers patients and special occasions are organised to provide energy to those struggling with the disease.
World Rose Day is observed in the memory of 12-year-old Melinda Rose from Canada who was identified with Askin’s Tumour, a rare form of blood cancer. While doctors had said that she would live for a couple of weeks, she went on to live for six months. During that time, Rose touched the lives of many by writing e-mails, poems and letters to other patients. The day is also a reminder for people to spend quality time with cancer patients and spread happiness and cheer in their lives without making them feel sick or unwanted.