News release

5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM EASTERN
Updated: 5/24/2017 10:20:29 AM EASTERN
For more information, contact Laura Shea.
Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center to Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day is Sunday, June 4, 2017.  This unique celebration will mark the 30th annual National Cancer Survivors Day.  Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s Richard E. Winter Cancer Center is joining the celebration with its 19th annual Rainbow of Hope celebration to commemorate National Cancer Survivors Day, and you are invited.  Thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the globe will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring.

The Rainbow of Hope celebration will be held at Ogdensburg’s Golden Dome with registration from 3:00-3:45 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 315-393-2314 by May 30, 2017.  Dinner is free to cancer survivors and $5.00 for family members and friends, which will be collected at the door. There will be a presentation and dinner following registration.

Kay Zimmer, director at the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center stated, “Come see how life after cancer is more than just surviving.  It can be beautiful, abundant, and fulfilling.  And that’s something to celebrate.”  Zimmer continued, “You will find our community’s National Cancer Survivors Day celebration filled with joy, hope, camaraderie, and compassion as we acknowledge our community’s cancer survivors.  We will also recognize the contributions of their families, friends, and healthcare providers and raise awareness of the ongoing challenges faced by cancer survivors today.”

Anyone living with a history of cancer—from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life—is a cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.  In the United States alone, there are more than 14.5 million people living with a history of cancer.


Zimmer concluded, “Despite the numerous challenges they face, cancer survivors live full, productive lives and serve as an inspiration to all of us.  It’s time for our community to stand with them and help find ways to lessen the burdens a cancer diagnosis brings.”


To learn more about the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center, visit us on the web at  To learn more about National Cancer Survivors Day visit  Your tomorrow is worth defending.