Rochester Red Wings hosting ‘Cancer Survivors Night’ at Frontier Field – RochesterFirst

Rochester Red Wings hosting ‘Cancer Survivors Night’ at Frontier Field – RochesterFirst

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by: George Gandy, Melanie Higgins
Posted: Jul 29, 2022 / 03:30 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 29, 2022 / 11:08 PM EDT
by: George Gandy, Melanie Higgins
Posted: Jul 29, 2022 / 03:30 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 29, 2022 / 11:08 PM EDT
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Wilmot Cancer Institute is teaming up with the Rochester Red Wings to host “Cancer Survivors Night” at Frontier Field on Friday night.
Over 1,000 local cancer survivors — along with families, friends, and Wilmot employees — are expected to be in attendance.
Before the game begins, a parade featuring cancer survivors with a large American flag will be on the outfield during the National Anthem. Afterward, Paula Cupertino, the institute’s researcher, and community outreach and engagement office director, will throw the first pitch.
A post-game fireworks show is planned to end the evening, which is presented by the Wilmot Cancer Institute.
One person at the event — Ralph Olney — was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia in 2011, which according to him has a 17 percent survival rate. 11 years later, he said he’s doing well and he owes it to the Wilmot Cancer Institute.
“We all feel like a family. I mean we’ve got a disease that the cancer institute is at the leading edge of and all of us have gone through some trials and tribulations,” Olney said. “Tonight is just a night to let it loose, and just have a great time. “
The Wilmot Cancer Institute was established in 1974 and is home to this area’s first cancer survivorship clinic, as well as one of the nation’s first geriatric oncology clinics.
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