Sharon Kaplan, Jyl Dowd, Bob Riter & Kerry Quinn

"One Funny Ithaca Story"

Volunteers: Cindy Getchonis, Casey Keller & Jyl Dowd

Hospital Volunteers

"Pink the Rink" Fundraiser

The Cornell Men’s Hockey team & GOPiNK co-sponsored the event, which raised over $25,000!

Monthly Activity Calendar for March & April

Doug's Fish Fry Benefit March 27 from 11-6pm
Tractor Supply;
378 Elmira Rd.

Who wants to slave over a hot stove when you can swing by Tractor Supply at 378 Elmira Rd., grab dinner-to-go AND support a good cause at the same time? Pick up some delicious seafood, french fries, cole slaw & soft drinks from Doug's Fish Fry.
(And don't forget that it's Lent!)

For pre-ordering call 607-423-5996 between 11am-4pm today.
A percentage of the sales comes to us, so spread the word!

Day of Renewal - A retreat for women with cancer

Sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center
Sun. April 12, 10am at La Tourelle Inn & August Moon Spa
Click here for more info & to download a registration form.

Questions? Contact Sharon at 607-277-0960 or
Register early to reserve your spot!

Welcome to the CRCFL Team, Monica Vakiner!!

We're delighted to announce that Monica Vakiner has joined
the CRC staff as our Client Services Coordinator.

Monica joins Kerry Quinn in providing direct assistance to clients, leading support groups, and generally "being there" when someone calls or stops by to say, "I was just diagnosed with cancer and I need your help."

Monica is a registered nurse, is a survivor of breast cancer, and formerly provided patient support at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL.


Second Annual President's Cup Golf Open
Fri. July 17 at 8am at the Country Club

The 21st Annual Walkathon & 5K Run
Sat. Oct. 24 at 10am at Cass Park.

Third Tuesday Gathering: A New CRC Program

We will gather at CRCFL the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30- 7pm.
For people with any type of cancer, at any stage of their treatment. Caregivers/friends are invited to share community, resources, stories,
and even a little laughter. Light refreshments provided.

New "Living Well with Cancer" Support Groups

Cayuga Medical Center (CMC), Schuyler Hospital and the Cancer Resource Center
are co-sponsoring three new support groups. Two groups will meet in Ithaca and focus on those newly diagnosed with cancer and/or newly in treatment.

Beginning in March (Click here for the flyer):
*2nd Wednesday of each month 4:30-6:00pm, Radiation Oncology Lobby at CMC
*4th Tuesday of each month 12-1:30pm, Urgent Care Conference Room,
Ithaca Convenient Care

Another group will meet in Schuyler County and is open to anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis, whether they are newly diagnosed or thriving many years later:
*3rd Thursday of each month, 5-6pm Lower Level Conference Rm, Schuyler Hospital

For more information about any of the groups, contact Deborah Danko, RN, OCN at Cayuga Medical Center, 252-3937, or call the Cancer Resource Center at 277-0960.

The Angel Fund

The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes is
honored to have established the Angel Fund in memory of
Miguel Ángel Balsa Marín.

This fund is used to provide direct cash assistance to individuals with cancer in our community who have a specific immediate financial need. We've created a special campaign in support of this fund during the month of March. Please click here to read more about Miguel & the fund that was created in his memory.

Monthly Cancer Research Meeting

Emily Perregaux will present:
"From Lab to Patient: Research and Regulatory Hurdles for New Drugs"

Wednesday April 8 from 5:15-6:45pm, Cornell Vet School Hagan Room

Everyone is welcome. 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 277-0960.

Last month, Maria Liberti gave an excellent presentation on cell metabolism and cancer. Here's a brief video that covers some of the same concepts.

Flair on Ice

To purchase tickets, donate or register to skate:

Kickball Tournament Fundraiser for CRCFL

Tue. April 21 from 6-10pm at the Athletic & Events Center.

This event is open to the community, so form a team and sign up!!
Or come as a spectator to watch the fun, enjoy refreshments  & try your luck at the 50/50 raffle. For more info: Matt Connolly at

Advanced Breast Cancer: Tools for the Journey of
Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Friday, April 24, 2015 in Rochester

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester organizes a terrific spring seminar that focuses on metastatic breast cancer. Some of us from the Cancer Resource Center always attend and we'd be happy to have you car pool with us.

Click here for details about the seminar, and contact Bob Riter if you'd like a ride.

Want to volunteer,
but don't have a lot of time?

Help us poster for events! CRC has several fundraising events throughout the year. We advertise as much as we can, but ALWAYS need help hanging posters in Ithaca and the surrounding towns. For more information or to volunteer, Contact Sharon, Director of Volunteer Services or 607-277-0960

Fatigued? Here are some practical suggestions

A group of occupational therapy students from Ithaca College recently
completed a class project with CRC. One of their tasks was to create a
brochure providing practical suggestions to cancer patients who are fatigued.
Here's the finished product!

CRCFL Angels

Many thanks to exiting board members Brian Wilbur, Ed Moscato, Lynda Myers & Linda Falkson. Welcome to our board:  Jerry Dietz & Christine Decker!

Beth Marsh coordinated a Scentsy fundraiser and the host, Meggan Tobin VanNess, donated her commission. Beth also coordinated not one, but 2 Doug's Fish Fry Fundraisers for us. We are so grateful to these ladies for their endless support, energy and generosity!

-Ithaca Girls Varsity Soccer raised $200.
-IC Men's Track & Field Team and the IC Student Athlete Advisory Committee
together raised $850.
-The final grand total for the 2015 Punch & Kickathon was $2,722!

Do you have a life celebration ahead but feel like you already have enough "stuff"? Would you rather help out a good cause?

Why not suggest that people make a contribution to the Cancer Resource Center in honor of your birthday, anniversary, wedding, graduation, or other milestone? You can also ask friends to donate in memory of a loved one in your honor.

We'll thank them & let you know that they donated in your honor. We're also happy to provide you with brochures, etc. to send out with the invitations to your event.

And they'll even get a tax deduction. Everyone wins!

Lots of Ways to Give to CRCFL

It's easy to donate to us online through:
Network for Good
, Paypal, Amazon Smile, Goodshop or Ebay Giving Works.
We're proud that all donations to CRC remain here in our community.

Activities, Telephone & Online Workshops:    

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
Support Services Guide & CRCFL Brochure

~ 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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