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Cancer Survivor Wants Everyone to Join a Worldwide Celebration

His idea: set your phone alarm Sunday to create a collective moment of celebration on National Cancer Survivors Day


It's probably not an exaggeration to say that most if not all of us know someone who has survived cancer. Maybe we've survived it ourselves.

Larry Bridges is one of those cancer survivors. And he wants to make sure that everyone takes a moment on National Cancer Survivor Day this Sunday, June 2, to celebrate the people who have fought cancer and won the battle.

Sparkt was there when Larry donated his 11th celebration bell at UPMC St. Clair Cancer Center.

Sparkt fans will remember Larry as the founder of Another Shoulder , a non-profit organization that raises money to buy and place celebration bells in cancer treatment facilities. Cancer patients ring the bells in celebration at the completion of their treatment:

Sparkt Bridges: Cancer Survivor Spreading Hope with "Celebration Bells"

Update: 17th Celebration Bell Donated by Cancer Survivor

Larry wants everyone to set their cellphone alarms to ring at noon Sunday in collective celebration of cancer survivors.

Larry would like you -- and everyone you know -- to set your "alarms" (phone, watch, clocks) to go off at noon on Sunday. When that chorus of alarms sounds, he wants everyone to pause, and then do something to celebrate surviving cancer. Hug that friend or family member who is still alive despite a cancer diagnosis. If you're someone who prays, send up a message of thanks for being alive, and prayers of hope for a cure.

Larry says he has commitments from people all over the country to take part in the noontime "alarm-ringing." He'd love to see more people join, and is even inviting churches to ring their bells at noon and fire departments to set off their sirens in celebration.

Larry and his congregation will celebrate Cancer Survivors Day by praying over 11 new celebration bells.

If you'd like to join with Larry in his celebration, you're invited to his church on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Comfort Inn, 1340 Lebanon Church Road, West Mifflin (Rear Entrance). At noon, when everyone's phone alarms ring, they'll pray over the 11 new cancer celebration bells that Larry's organization has been able to purchase and plans to distribute soon.

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