Someone is always here to help.

Beth Marsh & Jyl Dowd

Beth organized the Fish Fry Fundraiser Monday Sept. 8 AND formed a Family Medicine Team for the Walkathon!


Sharon Kaplan, Jyl Dowd, Bob Riter & Kerry Quinn

Yard signs are in!

Writing Group starting this week!

The group will meet every Thursday from Oct. 2 - Nov. 6 from 5:30-7:30pm at CRC.

With the aid of structure, prompts, reading aloud, and having fun, this group will gather with the shared experience of having cancer, and will create whatever comes out of the time shared together.

You may be someone who journals, is a published author, has never written, or who simply loves poetry -- the only requirement is feeling a pull to participate, and being willing to write and share.

We will write because our experiences take on shape and meaning when we put pen to paper, when we follow what is presented, and when we read them aloud to others who are listening.  This will not be a therapeutic group that writes, but rather a gathering to write and tell stories that may turn in to something performed.

The group leader will structure the time and exercises, and help participants begin to craft those pieces into performative work if they'd like.

The class will be led by Kira Lallas, LCSW, who supports families who have a child with a life-threatening illness.  She earned a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in writing and performing solo autobiographical work.

There is no charge, but preregistration is required: 277-0960 or

Quilt raffle in memory of Bob Parlett

This beautiful quilt was pieced by Linda Bentley Parlett and donated to the Cancer Resource Center in her memory by her husband, Bob Parlett. We also acknowledge and thank Jean Lathrop who did the quilting, and Cindy Parlett who completed the work.

The quilt is currently on display at CRC and will also be displayed around town & at the Walk. Beginning next week: 1 ticket for $1.00; 6 tickets for $5.00.

The drawing will take place at noon on Nov. 21 at CRCFL.

20th Annual Walkathon/5K Run next month!

Click here to download a poster to hang up.

2014 Logo by Iron Design
Click here to download a registration form

Register now so you can start forming a team and get your fundraising started!
We have prizes for the top 5 fundraising individuals and the top 5 fundraising teams.
Bring your kids, dogs & friends and join us for the pancake breakfast afterwards!

Learn why YOU should become a Corporate Sponsor!!

Presenting Corporate Sponsor
Cayuga Medical Center

Gold Corporate Sponsors

CSP Management
Northside Wine & Spirits
Aigen Financial

Tompkins Weekly

Ithaca Times
Ithaca Journal
Cayuga Radio Group
Millennium Pharmaceuticals

Silver Corporate Sponsors
The Strebel Fund
The Inn on Columbia
Dan Smalls Presents

Family Medicine
OB-GYN Associates
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Bronze Corporate Sponsors
The Frame Shop
Finger Lakes Technologies Group
Felicia's Atomic Lounge
Tompkins Trust Co.
Bangs Ambulance
Ehrhardt Propane
Just a Taste
Trumansburg Family Health Center
Barney, Grossman, Dubow, Marcus, Orkin & Tesi
Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital
Arnold Printing

New this year: "Meet up spot" (by the playground)

Wondering how to find your teammates, friends & family in the crowd? Tell them to gather at the "Meet-up spot" banner. Bonus: we'll take Team photos for our website & Facebook which you are free to download!

The shirts are here, and they look great!

Thank you to the performers
on the course entertaining us all:

Valley Harmony
Bert Scholl
Ithaca College Cheerleading
Cielle & All Sounds On
Jerome Joyce
Iesha Chisolm
Liza & Marek
Poppy CosmicLove
IC Unbound
Laura J. Peters
Jeremy K Betterley
Pierce Walsh

Yard signs are in!

Please grab a yard sign and help us spread the word
(on front porch at 612 W. State St.)
Just don't forget to bring them back after the event!

  Insomnia Cookies donated delicious cookies for our Annual Celebration.

Cancer Research Meeting - October 8th from 5:15-6:45pm
Hagan Room, Cornell Vet School

We collaborate with Cornell University in holding monthly seminars in which cancer research is presented in lay language. Most months, a doctoral student reviews a developing area of cancer research.

This month's topic: "Blood Cancer: The Dark Side of Immune System."
Presented by Alberto Purwada of the Singh Research Group in Cornell's Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Everyone is welcome. We've found these meetings to be lively and fun. Researchers, students, clients, and members of the public all attend on a regular basis.

If you'd like a ride from CRC to Cornell, call Bob at 277-0960.

The Best Part of My Week

I volunteer at the Cancer Resource Center on State Street. It is the best part of my week. I get to greet people when they come in to get answers to questions, get books from the center's library, get wigs and hats as hair is lost -- even just for a cup of coffee and chance to chat with other people who have cancer.

I also get to answer the phone and route calls to staff (there are only 4 people who keep this amazing place in the forefront), provide information about community resources -- and even just listen. I can't tell you how rewarding it is.

If you like interacting with people I think you would also love having your cup filled to overflowing once a week. The commitment is 3-1/2 hours a week. The time of different shifts vary, depending on the rest of our (volunteers') days. You don't need to be a cancer survivor to help. For me, it's like a family. Contact Sharon Kaplan (director of volunteers) at or call 277-0960 to find out more.

Gret - Long time volunteer of CRCFL.

Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a people-person with good listening skills? CRC is looking for a
Reception Volunteer to help at our downtown office on Monday or Wednesday afternoons.
The work involves providing direct assistance to individuals calling or visiting CRC for support and information. Please contact Sharon Kaplan or 607-277-0960 for more info.

Activities, Telephone & Online Workshops:   

A nice article just appeared in the Cornell Chronicle about our collaboration with cancer researchers.

Looking for an on-line support group?  
CancerCare Connect Education™ offers many educational workshops.
Check out our library by visiting our new on-line catalog
Calendar of events, support groups & more for October
Support Services Guide & CRCFL Brochure

Inspirational video about CRCFL by Ithaca College student Kyle Vorbach.

2 fun ways to learn about the Annual Walkathon/5K Run from the people
who participate year after year:

Radio spot by Karen Fries sharing why she participates in the Walkathon and thinks you should too!

Kyle Vorbach interviewed folks & taped key moments of last year's event that really captures the essence of the event.
Check it out, YOU might be in it!

~ CRCFL Photo Albums


Bob Riter's Recent Newspaper Columns

Bob's book now available!

Click here to view all of Bob's columns.

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