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Hundreds of Cancer Survivors Set to Unite, Celebrate Life
Stony Brook’s 13th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Recognizes Challenges Faced, Spreads Hope

Media Contact:  Greg Filiano, 631-338-7644;  gregory.filiano@stonybrookmedicine.edu

 National Cancer Survivors Day is a worldwide celebration of life. With a record number of approximately 300 cancer survivors set to attend, Stony Brook University Cancer Center will kick off their 13th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 4. 

With more than 15.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today – and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide – hundreds of cities across the U.S. and abroad will hold celebrations on this day for those who have survived cancer and those recently diagnosed.

The event is an opportunity to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, recognize those healthcare professionals at Stony Brook who have supported them along the way, to acknowledge the cancer survivors in their community, to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face, and – most importantly – to celebrate life.


  • Approximately 300 survivors of cancer, current Stony Brook Cancer Center patients and their families, their physicians, nurses and other caregivers
  • Yusuf A. Hannun, MD, Director of Stony Brook University Cancer Center and Vice Dean of Cancer Medicine
  • Survivor Speaker:  David Berger is a proud grandfather, graduate chemical engineer, consultant on pipeline safety and infrastructure, and a three-time cancer survivor, in remission from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma twice and Prostate Cancer. He underwent surgery in 2010 for prostate cancer and received a bone marrow and stem cell transplant in 2012. Now, he volunteers at Stony Brook University Hospital visiting blood cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
  • Husband and wife Ed, 81, and Caroline Bachmore, 76, prostate and cervical cancer survivors
WHEN: Sunday, June 4, 2017 starting at 11am
  • 11:30am-12:15pm:  Speakers presentations
  • 12:30-3pm:  Outdoor activities including Dunk-a-Doc, Bedpan Golf, Chemo Bag Toss, Face Painting and a Fire Truck Visit
  • 2pm:  Parade of Survivors
WHERE: Stony Brook University Cancer Center, 3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road, Stony Brook, NY

DIRECTIONS: LIE to Exit 62. North on Nicolls Road. Cross Nesconset Highway (Route 347). Follow Hospital signs; turn right onto Health Sciences Drive. Turn left at first traffic light and on to Edmund D. Pellegrino Road.



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