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The sloth is a favorite animal at Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Upstate Cancer Center holds virtual National Cancer Survivors Day June 6

The Upstate Cancer Center will host a virtual National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) event Sunday, June 6, featuring the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, which has been the home of the event since 2016.  NCSD was also a virtual event last year.

The event will feature a video presentation featuring zookeeper chats and other insights about some of the zoo’s favorite animals, which will all be available online. The first 100 fans to answer zoo trivia questions correctly—all the answers can be found by watching the video—will receive a free admission ticket to zoo. The trivia contest closes at 5 p.m. June 10.

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.

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.

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 7 p.m. June 6 by visiting www.upstate.edu/ncsd. No registration is required. If not able to join at 7 p.m., one may join at a later time.

The number of cancer survivors in the United States continues to rise. In its 2019 report, the American Cancer Society—in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute—estimates that there are 16.9 million cancer survivors alive in the United States, with the number growing to 22.1 million by 2030. Better treatments are helping people live longer and earlier and better detection are allowing physicians to find cancer earlier.

About the Upstate Cancer Center

The Upstate Cancer Center recorded more than 75,000 patient visits in 2000 with more than 100,000 visits in total counting those to its satellite locations.

Upstate Cancer Center 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 Centers at Oswego Radiation Oncology and Hematology Oncology, Upstate Cancer Center at Hill Radiation Oncology in Syracuse, Upstate Cancer Center Gynecology Oncology at Madison Irving in Syracuse, Upstate Cancer Centers at Oneida Radiation Oncology and Hematology Oncology. Upstate Cancer Center physicians also partner with other hospitals in the region, including Mohawk Valley Health System (Utica), Auburn Community Hospital, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, Oswego Health, UHS Binghamton General Hospital.