Gibbs Cancer Center celebrates its 16th Cancer Survivors Day

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gibbs Cancer Center will "Savor the Sweet Years" during its 16th annual Cancer Survivors Day celebration. 

The Upstate's largest Cancer Survivors Day event will take place Sunday, June 3 from 2-5 p.m. at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The event is free for all cancer survivors and their caregivers. 

"We consider it an honor to host this celebration for survivors and their caregivers," said Beverly Henson-Hicks, Director of Oncology Services for Gibbs Cancer Center. "All cancer survivors are welcome, especially those who received treatment at Gibbs Cancer Center. We always look forward to reconnecting with survivors and their families. This party often feels like a family reunion, too." 

The celebration includes free food, prizes and live music by Rock and Roll Reunion, a local band including Dr. Drew Monitto, a radiation oncologist at Gibbs Cancer Center, on the keyboard. 

Cancer Survivors Day is observed around the world the first Sunday in June. There are nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States compared with 9.8 million in 2001 and 3 million in 1971. 

Advances in medicine, research and improved cancer screenings are contributing to this growing number. 

Gibbs Cancer Center's annual celebration has a different theme each year and this year's event will include lots of candy and serve as a sweet 16 party. 

Call 560-6747 for more information.

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