Cancer Care Nova Scotia, in partnership with singer/songwriter Terry Kelly, today, May 24, launched Celebrate Life, an original song written and performed by Mr. Kelly, to honour and recognize those whose lives have been affected by cancer. The themes Mr. Kelly explores in Celebrate Life are in keeping with his own thinking. “I am grateful for the gift of gratitude,” said Mr. Kelly. “I am grateful for the life that I have lived, for the life that I am living and for whatever life I have left to live. I am especially grateful for the loved ones and acquaintances that have shared, are sharing and have yet to share the joys and sorrows of the world with me. I am also grateful for the gift of choice, to choose between celebrating life or not.” “The Celebrate Life song is about survivorship, but it embraces the full range of emotion we all work through when we learn someone close to us has cancer,” said Dr. Andrew Padmos, commissioner, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “It also speaks to the great strength and resolve of cancer patients, their family and friends in pulling together and fighting the disease by taking an active role in their treatment, getting answers to their questions to allay fears and truly appreciating each and every moment and day they have together. Terry, a cancer survivor himself, has successfully captured the essence of these many emotions.” Commissioned by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Celebrate Life builds on the survivorship theme and recognizes the strength of community, friendship, faith and love in the face of challenge. Celebrate Life was written for Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s signature event to mark National Cancer Survivors Day. Mr. Kelly will sing the song at the event, Celebrate Life 2006, on Sunday, June 4, at Pier 21 in Halifax. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health, created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families and the health care system through prevention, screening, education and research.