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Wilmot Cancer Center Plans Survivors’ Day Picnic on June 6th

Survivors, Families to Gather for Celebration of Life

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Al Harrison lives each day as if it were a gift from above.  A diagnosis of esophageal cancer made him change his ways – he stopped worrying about little things and focused on the important ones, his family and friends.  

“The cancer was a turning point for me,” says Harrison, 54. “Most of us get real worried and worked up over what happens all day long and I had high blood pressure, GERD (gastroesophogeal reflux disease) and was under a lot of stress all the time.  When this cancer occurred I was able to separate the things in my life into two piles: the important pile, which is small and manageable, and the other pile – which is always huge but we shouldn’t worry so much about it.”

Harrison’s new perspective on life after the cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival is common.  He looks forward to sharing his experiences with other survivors on Sunday, June 6, as the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center hosts a National Cancer Survivors’ Day celebration.

Events begin with an 11 a.m. service at the Interfaith Chapel at the University of Rochester, followed by an old-fashioned family picnic from noon to 4 p.m., at Genesee Valley Park’s Genesee Junction and Riverbend shelters.  The theme for the day is Life is a Celebration.

“Surviving cancer is a victory that we must celebrate every day,” says Kathryn Thomas, a breast cancer survivor, and event organizer.

Cancer survivors and their families, survivors of those who have passed away, and friends of the Wilmot Cancer Center are encouraged to participate in the day-long event.

There will be activities for children, music and inspirational messages for attendees.  Local cancer service organizations will be on site as well.

For more information, call (585) 273-1119.


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Leslie White

(585) 273-1119

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