Upstate marks 20 years of celebrating cancer survivors

National Cancer Survivors Day takes place the first Sunday in June, a celebration of life for people of all ages that is held in the Syracuse area and hundreds of other communities nationwide.

Upstate sponsors the Syracuse-area event, which was first held 20 years ago in its Campus Activities Building. After the event outgrew that space, it was held for many years at the Holiday Inn Electronics Parkway. This year the local event takes place on June 12 (a week after the usual date) at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, with up to 650 people expected to attend.

With cancer death rates declining, the number of American living with a history of cancer is growing. National Cancer Survivors Day is designed to “show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding and even inspiring,” says the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.

Learn more about the event through the Upstate Cancer Center or by calling 800-464-8668.

spring16cancerThis article appears in the spring 2016 issue of Cancer Care magazine.

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