LIBERTY STATE PARK - Thousands of cancer survivors and their families gathered today at Liberty State Park for the fifth annual Celebrating Life and Liberty event.

The event, organized by the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, featured interactive workshops, singing, dancing and performances by cancer survivors.

"What they're doing is really celebrating life, overcoming adversity and showing the human spirit really does triumph," said Bob Garrett, president and CEO of Hackensack UMC.

Some performers at this year’s event included Gloria Gaynor and The Village People.