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Upstate Cancer Center celebrates 26th National Cancer Survivors Day event at the NBT Bank Stadium

Take me out to the ballgame.  That’s exactly what the Upstate Cancer Center is doing for more than 800 cancer survivors and their guests Friday, June 9.

The year’s annual day to celebrate cancer survivorship will be held at NBT Bank Stadium and feature a baseball game between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the Syracuse Mets.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our cancer survivors and their guests enjoying this national pastime,” said Chris Benton, events coordinator for the Upstate Cancer Center.

Benton said the 26th anniversary of Upstate Cancer Center’s Survivors Day reflects the Cancer Center’s commitment of caring for Upstate New Yorkers. “Much like a baseball game, the fight against cancer is a team effort with a lineup that includes physicians, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, therapists, social workers, patients and families,” Benton said. “And it’s something that we’ve been doing for a long time and will continue to do.”

On deck for the Upstate Cancer Center this year is the opening of the new center in Verona, N.Y., which is slated for late summer.

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.