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Upstate celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day June 2

National Cancer Surviors Day celebration

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Upstate Medical University will once again sponsor one of its most treasured celebrations--National Cancer Survivors Day--a time for people living with a history of cancer to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way.

The celebration will be held Sunday, June 2 from noon to 3:30 p.m. (sign in at 11:30 a.m.) at the Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway in Liverpool.

The event is free for cancer survivors of all ages and their guests according to Loretta Harris, co-chair of Upstate’s 2013 National Cancer Survivors Day celebration, “This celebration has such deep meaning for cancer survivors and their loved ones as it is a celebration of life,” said Harris. “Seating is limited, with reservations accepted on a first come, first serve basis. For those who are interested in attending, we’re advising them to register now.”

Harris, who is leading the celebration with co-chair Tina Evans, adds that reservations will be accepted through Saturday, May 25.

Each year, the National Cancer Survivors Day celebration adopts a different, fun theme. “This year’s theme is “magical day,” said Harris. “Attendees are invited to dress as their favorite animated cartoon character. A prize will be awarded to the person with the best costume.”

Upstate’s National Cancer Survivors Day celebration also includes a sit-down lunch, entertainment, door prizes and music by DJ Russ Lee.

The event is sponsored by the Upstate Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society and the Central New York Oncology Nursing Society. To reserve your spot, call Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668 or 800-464-8668 by Saturday, May 25.

Caption: Richard Kilburg, associate administrator of the Upstate Cancer Center, dances with Phyllis Bates at last year’s Hollywood-themed National Cancer Survivors Day event. Bates is a National Cancer Survivors Day volunteer and retired Upstate employee.