Give Hope a New Home
The campaign for the new Upstate Cancer Center
Signed beams placed, represent the heart and soul of Upstate Cancer Center
The sun was out on Wednesday, March 27, as the final two steel beams in the Upstate Cancer Center frame were lifted above the infrastructure and secured in place. Cancer survivors told their stories in a ceremony to mark the installation of the final steel and cheered as the beams rose against the blue March sky.
The steel beams were previously housed in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital where they collected thousands of signatures and remembrances in a rainbow of colors representing different types of cancer. When the first beam was made available for signing, the response was an outpouring of emotion and support from patients, survivors, family members and the Upstate community. In a matter of days, the 600-pound, 23-foot long beam was covered on all sides with signatures. The second beam was brought into the lobby, and also filled on all four sides
The two beams are a small part of the over 550 tons of steel that form the infrastructure. When it is complete the Upstate Cancer Center will encompass more than 90,000 square feet dedicated to cancer care for children and adults and feature 27 private infusion rooms, a four-season rooftop garden, mediation rooms and a family resource center.
The Upstate Cancer Center is slated to open in Spring 2014.
Cancer too often hits home—striking one in two men, one in three women and far too many children. Upstate Medical University, already the number-one comprehensive cancer program in Central New York, is once again striking back: this time by building the five-story Upstate Cancer Center. See our short video featuring Honorary Campaign Co Chairs Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University Basketball Coach and Tim Connolly of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Cancer does not discriminate. It even touches the lives of famous people. Click here for a celebrity endorsement of cancer care at Upstate.
Click here to watch the new cancer center grow (live stream of construction in progress).