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June 18, 2014
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate receives $32,000 gift to support therapeutic music in Cancer Center

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Foundation for Upstate Medical University received a $32,000 gift in support of the new therapeutic music program in the Upstate Cancer Center. The gift was made by Alive! Foundation Inc., a charitable organization promoting cancer survivorship throughout Central New York, from proceeds it raises from its annual cycling event, Ride for Alive!

“Alive! Foundation’s decision to make this donation is an extension of funding already provided for music therapy programs throughout the community. We are committed to helping cancer survivors live well,” said Julia Wamp, co-founder of Alive! Foundation.

Wamp, a cancer survivor, and her husband Michael established Alive! Foundation in 2012 to educate and empower survivors to live healthier, happier lives. Julia Wamp’s personal experience following treatment for breast cancer left her feeling on her own in defining her new normal. Cancer has significantly changed her life, both physically and emotionally.

“We founded Alive! Foundation to support programs in the community that promote healthy living for survivors through movement, exercise and nutrition,” Julia Wamp said. “In addition, our Alive! Foundation Inc. web site is a valuable resource for survivors. The web site contains information on key issues surrounding survivorship and details of programs that are available including yoga, personal training and massage.”

The Foundation’s primary fundraising event, Ride for Alive! will be held July 12 starting and ending in the Village of Skaneateles. It is a non-competitive ride featuring three scenic routes alongside Skaneateles and Owasco lakes. Participants can choose to ride 10, 25 or 50 miles. Visit Ride For Alive for more information, to register, or to volunteer.

The Upstate Cancer Center, currently under construction, is scheduled to open in late July offering outpatient cancer care for adults and children; it is the only facility in a 17-county region where children are treated for cancer. In addition to consolidating patient services under one roof, the Upstate Cancer Center will utilize integrative medicine, incorporating such things as music into the treatment of patients. The new music program will feature ambient music in the lobby, as well as therapeutic music conducted by professional musicians for outpatients in the infusion areas of the Cancer Center.

Caption: Julia Wamp, second from right, celebrated cancer survivorship by co-founding Alive! Foundation two years ago. She made a gift recently to the therapeutic music program at the Upstate Cancer Center. Joining Wamp, from left, are, Vicki Krukowski, a Symphoria musician who will be coordinating the music program; Terry Shenfeld of the Foundation; Linda Veit and Leslie Kohman, MD, of the Upstate Cancer Center.

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