This summer, UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute will host three events to celebrate cancer survivorship and to support those who are facing new challenges in life after cancer.
Today about 14 million Americans – approximately 4 percent of the U.S. population – are considered cancer survivors, and they face long-lasting physical, mental and emotional effects of their treatment. Wilmot’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program strives to help patients navigate these challenges.
“Through this program, we provide the necessary tools to guide our patients on this journey of not just surviving but surviving well,” says Nancy Termer, R.N., cancer survivorship coordinator for the Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. “Many survivors face huge lifestyle adjustments after treatment, but our goal is to help them have a positive quality of life for as long as possible. We assist them as they transition out of cancer treatment by linking them with resources in their community and working with their primary care providers to ensure their often unique health and wellness needs continue to be met.”
Since starting in 2013, Wilmot’s Survivorship Program has had more than 1,000 visits.
These three events, which are open to the public, provide important community support for the program and for those who have had cancer:
Survivors Night at Frontier Fieldon July 29: All cancer patients, survivors and their friends and family are invited to come out for a Rochester Red Wings game at Frontier Field. Tickets cost $4 and go on sale starting June 1. Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to participate in a pre-game survivors parade on the field. To learn more or purchase tickets, contact Katy Hanrahan at (585) 455-8591 or email@example.com.
Batavia Cancer Survivors Nighton Aug. 19: All cancer patients and survivors as well as their friends and family are invited to the game as the Batavia Muckdogs take on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Tickets cost $4. Cancer survivors, their friends and family are invited to participate in a pre-game survivors parade. Tickets go on sale June 1 at Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia, 262 Bank St., Batavia. To learn more, contact Karen Soria at (585) 344-2050.
Wilmot Warrior Walk on Sept. 11: Wilmot Cancer Institute’s premier community fundraising event, the Wilmot Warrior Walk features a certified 5K, 10K and 1-mile walk to raise funds for Wilmot’s survivorship program and cancer research. It’s a time to celebrate life beyond cancer while also remembering those we’ve lost. A post-race celebration with bounce houses, live music, food and more helps make this a fun, family-friendly event. To learn more or register, visit WarriorWalk.URMC.edu.
“These survivorship-focused events are so meaningful for all those affected by cancer. They bring together a unique community of people from all walks of life in the spirit of overcoming the challenges we face as cancer survivors and allow us to take time to honor those we’ve lost,” says Tiffany Paine-Cirrincione, associate director, advancement and community events at Wilmot Cancer Institute. “They also provide an easy, fun way to make a difference against a life-altering disease that impacts so many now and in the future.”
To learn more about any of these events, visit WarriorWalk.URMC.edu or call (585) 276-4715.
UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute is the Finger Lakes region’s leader for cancer care and research. As a component of Strong Memorial Hospital, Wilmot Cancer Institute provides specialty cancer care services at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a network of locations throughout the region. The Institute also includes a team of 100 scientists who investigate many aspects of cancer, with an emphasis on how best to provide precision cancer care. To learn more, visit .