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Closer to Free: The Flash Mob

  • The Flash Mob
  • IRENA: BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR
  • DEEPTI: BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR

On a busy Tuesday afternoon in late November, a group of cancer survivors, doctors and caregivers from Smilow Cancer Hospital, along with the Fairfield Children’s Choir and a troupe of stage performers, came together at Union Station in New Haven.

They were there to celebrate personal triumph. And to celebrate life. The event was a flash mob, a live, spontaneous performance that helped draw attention to our mission of making the world cancer free. Here are the behind-the-scenes stories of many of those participants. Find out what inspired them to join. Learn of their own personal triumphs. And see how far we've come in bringing the world closer to free.

 

Closer to Free: The Mural

  • THE MURAL
  • NEVA: LYMPHOMA SURVIVOR
  • VICTOR: LEUKEMIA SURVIVOR
  • BOB: LUNG CANCER SURVIVOR
  • THREE SURVIVOR STORIES

On October 17, 2013, dozens of cancer survivors from Smilow Cancer Hospital, along with family, friends and care-givers, gathered on Water Street in New Haven. The project they participated in was the painting of a Closer to Free wall mural. The message they sent on that day was that cancer can be beaten. And that the world is closer to free.

Take a moment to view the commercials and video featuring the event and three of the many remarkable people involved. Learn of their own personal triumphs over cancer and what inspired them to be part of this emotion-filled day. A day that gave beauty to a neighborhood, joy to dozens who survived cancer and hope to millions more.

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