GIST Awareness Day

GIST Awareness Day, Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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Because we are celebrating GIST Awareness Day at Life Fest this year, we have given both the same theme: The Gift of Time. Our logo is an hourglass, with each grain of sand representing a moment in time; a precious memory that we celebrate.

The Gift of Time theme applies to everyone. If you are newly diagnosed, a long-term survivor, a caregiver, a doctor, a student and just about anyone – this is an opportunity to recognize how valuable time is. To celebrate these moments, we are asking everyone to think about the precious gifts of time they have been granted and have created by writing it on a paper “grain of sand” what those gifts are. It could be a celebratory moment like the birth of a grandchild, or a wedding, or simply something you experienced like watching the sunset over the ocean. These will be displayed on our Gift of Time Hourglass Display at Life Fest.

Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds.

Take a moment to calculate how many seconds you have been given since your GIST diagnosis. The fact that you have had treatment for your disease has meant the gift of those seconds.

What will you do with your next 86,400 seconds?

At Life Fest we invite our members to share those moments with us by recording them on paper “grains of sand” and displaying them on our Gift of Time hourglass display.