Cancer Survivors Day

June 1, 2014

Every year in June, the Bassett Cancer Institute invites patients and their families to celebrate their survivorship milestones by enjoying an afternoon of great food, friendship and entertainment. This year’s celebration at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown June 1 brought together 240 individuals, their families and caregivers.

Chief of Oncology Dr. James Leonardo says, “Advances in cancer treatment mean that people are living longer and enjoying better quality lives after cancer. This event is an opportunity for us, as health care providers and caregivers, to honor and celebrate our patients’ achievements and show that life after cancer can be meaningful and joyful.”

The guest speaker at the Bassett Cancer Survivors Day celebration was Linda Lowen, a writer, radio producer and talk show host who is celebrating her 20th anniversary as an ovarian cancer survivor this month.

One of the most popular activities at the event was the basket raffle, which featured over a dozen baskets created by members of the Bassett Cancer Institute staff. The baskets contained all kinds of items donated by local businesses and craftspeople.

National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life honoring everyone who is living with a history of cancer – including America’s 14 million cancer survivors. “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, administrator for the celebration.

NCSD provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, celebrate milestones, and recognize the healthcare providers, family, and friends who have supported them along the way. It is a day for cancer survivors to stand together and show the world what life after cancer looks like.

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