Nearly 150 cancer survivors, more than 400 of their family members and about 100 staff members — about 650 people in all — attended Bridgeport Hospital’s 10th annual Survivor Safari June 10 at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. The event included free zoo admission, a barbecue, family entertainment and the symbolic release of butterflies to signify new beginnings and rebirth.
Oncology nurse navigator Kim Bielecki was the lead organizer. “Survivors take to heart the fact they’ve gone through treatment,” Bielecki said. “They can celebrate and move on because of advances in cancer treatment. Some patients have been coming to the safari for years.”