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Red Panda will be a virtual star of NCSD

Upstate Cancer Center to hold virtual National Cancer Survivors Day event June 7 with a visit from Rosamond Gifford Zoo

The Upstate Cancer Center will host a virtual National Cancer Survivors Day event June 7 at 2 p.m., featuring the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, which has been the home of the annual event since 2016.

The event will feature zookeeper chats and other insights about some of the zoo’s favorite animals, which will all be available online.

“Since we cannot gather in person at the zoo this year, we thought the next best thing would be to bring the zoo to you to enjoy and celebrate with us from wherever you might be,” said Matthew Capogreco, program and events coordinator for the Upstate Cancer Center.

In addition to the brief presentations about some of the animals, the virtual celebration will feature pictures and inspirational messages from dozens of cancer survivors.

“The inspiring words of those who are fighting and winning the battle against cancer can be so helpful for many,” Capogreco said.

Upstate has hosted a National Cancer Survivors Day event for the past 23 years.

Individuals can join Upstate’s virtual National Cancer Survivors Day event at 2 p.m. June 7 by visiting http://www.upstate.edu/survivorsday. No registration is required.

About the Upstate Cancer Center

Encompassing 90,000 square feet, the Upstate Cancer Center, which opened in 2014, features some of the most advanced technology aimed a fighting cancer, including Vero SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy System), for advanced treatment of lung, liver and prostate cancer, and TrueBeam, an advanced radiotherapy option lessens treatment time, improving patient convenience. The center is also home to Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Upstate provides treatment for all forms of cancer, including blood, bone, brain, breast, colon, endocrine, genitourinary, gynecologic, liver, bladder, pancreas, lung, chest, prostate, thyroid, and cancers and blood disorders associated mostly with children, including leukemia, brain and bone tumors and sickle cell.

The Upstate Cancer Center network also includes the Upstate Cancer Center at Oneida.

Caption: The Red Panda, a much-beloved denizen of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, will be featured in Upstate virtual National Cancer Survivors Day event June 7.