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February 7, 2013
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Cancer survivors, patients make their marks on the Upstate Cancer Center

The final steel beam that will complete the infrastructure of the Upstate Cancer Center has arrived at Upstate University Hospital. The 23 foot long, 600 pound beam will be temporarily housed in the hospital lobby, where all those touched by cancer are invited to sign their names to it. The beam will remain in the lobby through the month of February.

Tuesday morning, a brief ceremony was held to celebrate the arrival of this final beam. Cancer Center supporters, patients, friends, staff and hospital administrators gathered to kick-off the beam signing by affixing their names to it. Cancer Center campaign co-chair and Syracuse University Head Coach Jim Boeheim and his wife Juli, of the Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation were on hand to lend their continued support to the project. Media were also in attendance.

The beam will remain in the Upstate University Hospital lobby until early March, when it will be prepared and lifted to its permanent home at the top of the Upstate Cancer Center. Markers in colors that represent different forms of cancer are available for use on the white beam. When all signatures are in place, the beam will be coated in a clear varnish that will preserve the names, protecting them from the elements once the beam is added to the construction.

Once the building is complete, the beam will still be visible from the roof. The signatures placed on the beam throughout this month, will forever be a part of the Cancer Center, just as the patients they represent are part of its continued mission to educate and heal.

The Upstate Cancer Center is slated to open in Spring 2014.

Caption: Three-year-old patient Dallas is assisted in adding a name to the beam.

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