South Charlotte

Cancer Survivors Day set for Oct. 5

The Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute is carrying on a traditional event for all cancer survivors next month – picnic style.

Cancer Survivors Day will be noon-3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Park Road Park at 6220 Park Road.

“This is the event’s 15th year,” said Eren Tataragasi, the Levine Cancer Institute’s cancer program development specialist. “Traditionally, the event has been held at the Levine Cancer Institute, but this year we’ll be holding the event at Park Road Park.

“The event, which is open to our cancer survivors, their families and caregivers, usually draws a crowd of 1,200 to 1,500.”

Carly Mechtly, also a cancer program development specialist, said the change is designed to be a celebration of those in the Charlotte metropolitan area who are cancer patients or survivors. The event is open to LCI patients, survivors, their families and caregivers.

“This is a time for patients, survivors and their loved ones to celebrate life and have a day filled with fun activities and live music,” Mechtly said. “It’s also a time when the physicians, nurses, and staff can interact with the patients, survivors and their family members in a different setting, outside of the Levine Cancer Institute.”

There will be live music from the Charlotte band Sinners & Saints, a barbecue lunch from Sonny’s, games, a presentation by the Children’s Theater of Charlotte teaching artists, face painting and a community art project through the institute’s artist-in-residence program.

Tataragasi said the picnic also would feature a resource area where guests can learn more about survivorship programs including art and pet therapy.

“Cancer Survivors Day is a day to celebrate those who have fought cancer and won, as well as those who are still fighting, and honor those who are helping them through their fight,” Tataragasi said. “It offers everyone a chance to relax, have some fun, make connections and learn more about the programs that the institute has to offer throughout their treatment and into remission.”

According to Mechtly, “Our patients, survivors, family members and caregivers look forward to this event every year. This is such a special celebration, and we are so excited that we are able to host such a wonderful event to celebrate life.

“This is also an extra way that Carolinas HealthCare System can give back to their patients, and help them to have an enjoyable day spent with their families.”