Our new wheelchair lift!

Fran Manzella Appointed Associate Director

Welcome Fran!

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

Running for beginners

Are you interested in learning how to start running while training for your
first 5K race? The Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company is hosting a
new 6 week beginner running program starting September 15

to get ready to run or run/walk in the Cancer Resource Center 5K Run (3.1miles).

This is a true beginner program, weekly runs are not required however
there will be 2 opportunities to train with a group each week. To start, these will be
Monday 7pm & Thursday 6pm. The program is free. Early bird registration for the
5K is $30 ($35 beginning at noon Oct. 23)

To be a part of the group email Lisa Holt at lisa@flrtc.com, or come on
Monday September 15 at 6:45pm to get set up and then walk/run.
Hope to see you there!

20th Annual Walkathon/5K Run next month!

Click here to download a poster to hang up.

Presenting our 2014 Logo by Iron Design
Sign up or make a donation here: crcfl.kintera.org/walk/run2014
Click here for a downloadable registration form

Last year was a record year both in fund raising & in participants.
There were 1020 walkers & runners and
thanks to all of you we have raised over $184,000.
Let's see if we can beat those records this year!

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

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

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

Teams signed up as of Sept. 12th:


AlphaKappaAlpha1908, Cancer Sucks, Cayuga Lake Seido Karate, CDP, CFCU, Cornell University Health Services, CSP Management, Family Medicine of Ithaca, IAC DST Crimson & Cream, Ithaca Board of Realtors, IHS Boys Varsity Hockey, Komen Cares, Magnificent 7 & Co., Men's Breakfast Club, Moore-Manahan, Noon Group, Not So Slow Sloanies, Ottoballoon!, Sister Act, Sister Survivors Saving Second Base, SloMother Runners, Soulstein,The BRCA Busters, VRT Tower Power! and the WestSideWinners

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

Inspirational 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!


$15 each
Crew Neck
Sizes S, M, L, XL & 2XL

Sizes are first come, first served.

There is no guarantee that the size
you requested will be available,
so the earlier you get your shirt,
the better!

Available for pick up (if ordered when registering) or for purchase at:

  • The Cancer Resource Center beginning Oct. 1
  • The Finger Lakes Running Co. on Oct. 24 from 2-7pm
    (Runners preregistration bib pick-up)
  • The Walkathon & 5K Run at the Merchandise Table
  • The Cancer Resource Center any time after the event

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.

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.

Writing Group beginning on Thursdays at the
Cancer Resource Center

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 lead 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. Please call 277-0960 or email info@crcfl.net.

Fran Manzella Appointed Associate Director

The Cancer Resource Center is delighted to announce the appointment of Fran Spadafora Manzella as the organization's new Associate Director.

For the past several years, Fran has worked at the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, serving as the Director of the 211 Call Center, the information and referral program serving Tompkins and Cortland Counties. Prior to that, Fran held leadership positions with other well-known non-profit organizations including Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services, and the Center for Crime Victim & Sexual Assault Services (founded as Ithaca Rape Crisis).

Fran holds a master's degree in social work from Columbia Univ. with a minor in business administration.

Bob Riter, CRC's Executive Director, said that Fran has a "unique combination of people skills and organizational skills that fit perfectly with our organization and its mission."

Fran will begin work at CRC late this Fall, and will be involved in all phases of the organization.

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 September
Support Services Guide & CRCFL Brochure

Inspirational video about CRCFL by Ithaca College student Kyle Vorbach.

~ 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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