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Upstate celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day event at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo June 2

National Cancer Survivors Day is celebrated June 2

The Upstate Cancer Center expects to host more than 1,000 cancer survivors of all ages, their families and friends at its annual National Cancer Survivors Day event Sunday, June 2 at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park in Syracuse. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. after regular zoo hours are over.

Upstate has hosted this event, which is free to survivors and their guests, for 22 years.

This is the third year the Upstate Cancer Center is holding the event at the zoo.

“This is a great venue to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day,” said Matthew Capogreco, program and events coordinator for the Upstate Cancer Center. “There is so much to see and do at the zoo; it’s the perfect setting for the opportunity to make new memories for cancer survivors and their families and friends.”

The late-afternoon event features live animal demos, music, photo booths, face painting, food stations and an ice cream sundae bar.

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual celebration of life that is held in hundreds of communities nationally and globally during the month of June. It serves as a celebration for survivors, inspiration for those recently diagnosed, support for families affected as well as community outreach.