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.
Day of Renewal – our annual retreat for women with cancer
Whether you are newly diagnosed, in treatment, or are a cancer survivor, we invite you to join us for a day of nurturing.
Click here for more info & to download a registration form.
Questions? Contact Sharon 277-0960 or email@example.com. Register early to reserve your spot!
Thank you to CFCU for sponsoring our spring retreats!
Third Tuesday Gathering: A New CRC Program
We’ve had requests for a new type of gathering – one that’s open to men AND women with all types and at any stage of cancer, and open to caregivers and family memebers as well.
In response, we’ve created the “Third Tuesday Gathering” that will take place, not surprisingly, the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Cancer Resource Center.
This is not a formal support group. Instead, it’s an informal chance to meet others, hear occasional speakers, and be part of a community. Topics will be scheduled based on the interest of attendees.
The first gathering takes place on April 21. Please come and help shape this new adventure. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Monica Vakiner at 277-0960 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
These monthly seminars present up-to-date cancer research in lay language. Everyone is welcome. Researchers, students, clients, and members of the public are welcome.
On a somewhat related note, Shake and Vent is a fun Chemistry music video from Cornell. If you watch closely, you’ll see Brandon Wenning who’s a regular participant in our seminars!
“Flair on Ice” Fundraiser: Saturday, April 18th, 12 – 2pm
The Rink – 1767 East Shore Drive, Ithaca
Performances by the IC Figure Skating Group, Cornell Figure Skating, Cornell Synchro team & other local skaters. All proceeds from the event will go to support CRCFL.
Click here to purchase tickets or donate. For more information contact Show Coordinator, Jaclyn Saksa at email@example.com or contact CRCFL at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 277-0960.
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 and try your luck at the 50/50 raffle. For more information, contact Matt Connolly email@example.com
SAVE THE DATES
President’s Cup Golf Open
Fri. July 17 at 8am
Country Club of Ithaca and
We made the news! Click here to see a clip of the Newswatch coverage of the event!
THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for “One Funny Ithaca Story.” What an amazing event! Not only did we have a great time and a lot of laughs… we also raised $4,000!
THANK YOU to Gary Stewart for dreaming up this idea and making it a reality. He THINKS that he drove me crazy in the planning of this event, but truthfully I had a great time working with him.
THANK YOU to all the terrific performers who did such a great job entertaining us:
Michelle Berry, Jim Dennis, Tom Hittinger, Mark Lawerence, Doug Levine, Perri LoPinto, Joel Malina, Jean McPheeters, Carolyn Peterson, Bob Riter, Tom Rochon, Camilla Shade, John Simon, Julie Waters and especially Svante Myrick…
because he finally agreed to act as the starter at this year’s Walkathon & 5K Run!
THANK YOU to GreenStar/Deb Lazinsky for being so helpful, for the wonderful space and the delicious tea and Ithaca Bakery/Mimi Mehaffey for donating refreshments with very little notice.
THANK YOU to GiveGab for creating our cool website & being so helpful in every way, to Katrina Morse for designing the great poster and to Rosemary Li for creating the program, misc. signs and everything else we needed leading up to the event.
THANK YOU to all the wonderful volunteers who made everything run smoothly on the big day:
Fran Manzella, Sharon Kaplan, Monica Vakiner, Lisa LiVigne, Casey Keller, Dave Hall, John Vakiner, Jacob Hall, August Ryan, Anna Addario, Mike Addario, Cindy Getchonis, Lanie Wilmarth and Sheila McCue
What a wonderful community we have!! See you in October!!
Jyl Dowd, Development Coordinator
A group of occupational therapy students from Ithaca College
recently completed a class project with the Cancer Resource Center.
One of their tasks was to create a brochure providing practical
suggestions to cancer patients who are fatigued. Here’s the finished product!
Sharing with Ithaca College Students
Bob Riter, Beth Brunelle, Brandon Wenning and Jason Hungerford recently visited “The Cancer Experience” class at Ithaca College to share their own experiences with cancer.
Advanced Breast Cancer:
Tools for the Journey of Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer
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.
The Project LEAD Institute is a five-day intensive science course for breast cancer advocates covering the basics of cancer biology, genetics, epidemiology, research design and advocacy. This course provides a foundation of scientific knowledge upon which participants can strengthen and empower themselves as activists.
It’s a terrific opportunity to learn about the science of breast cancer.
Ithaca Residents Serve as Consumer Advocates on Breast Cancer Review Panels
Breast cancer advocates Monica Vakiner &Bob Riter recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the Breast Cancer Research Programsponsored by the Dept. of Defense.
As consumer reviewers, they were full voting members, along with prominent scientists, at meetings to help determine how the $120 million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2014 will be spent on future breast cancer research.
Consumer reviewers are asked to represent the collective view of breast cancer survivors and patients, family members, and persons at risk for the disease when they prepare comments on the impact of the research on issues such as disease prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life after treatment.
Vakiner & Riter, both affiliated with CRCFL, are active in a unique local program that connects cancer survivors and doctoral students engaged in cancer research at Cornell University.
The Department of Defense program fills important gaps not addressed by other funding agencies by supporting groundbreaking, high-risk, high-gain research.
Fundraisers, Thank you’s and Birthdays
Beth Marsh coordinated a Scentsy fundraiser and the host, Meggan Tobin VanNess, donated her commission bringing the grand total up to $100. We are so grateful to these ladies for their endless support, energy and generosity!
Happy Birthday to
Lanie Wilmarth &
2015 CRCFL Board of Directors
Please welcome to our 2 new board members: Jerry Dietz and Christine Decker. Click here for a full list of current CRCFL board members.
For caregivers, relatives, friends, or anyone
interested in supporting someone with cancer:
We have a new pageon our website that features highlights (articles, books & new ideas on care-giving, etc.)and a resource section (which includes local & national programs, services, websites, and other helpful sources of information for caregivers.) Please check it out!
Medical & Nutritional Supplies Available at CRCFL
Occasionally, Cayuga Medical Center or CRC receive medical supplies or cases of a nutrient supplement (usually Jevity or Glucerna) from cancer patients who are no longer using them. We appreciate receiving these generous donations & would like to get them into the hands of folks who can use them.
We have created a page on our website that we will keep updated with what is available.
If you have any questions (or donations) please leave a message for the coordinater of this program: Nancy Istock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 277-0960. She’ll get right back to you.
FREE: Lifestyles adjustable memory foam double bed w/ remote
For any person whose long term health would benefit from this bed!
Questions? Contact Peter Schrempf at email@example.com
The bed adjusts like a hospital bed. It was new in 2012 and is in excellent condition
(it was always used with a mattress pad.)
This offer is intended for someone with a prognosis for long term health needs where this bed would increase the person’s comfort. Go to http://www.smallcomforts.org/ for an application form & directions. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO BE A MEDICAID PATIENT. THE FORM IS USED TO UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF THE PERSON REQUESTING THE BED.
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 months of March & April.
Please click here to read more about Miguel & the fund that was created in his memory.
Last month, we were very grateful for the donations that we received from our wonderful community in memory of:
Rev. Katharine Olson
Lost in transition after cancer (NY Times). My doctors had finally pronounced me in remission. I had thought I’d want to celebrate or dance a jig in my hospital gown or throw a rager when I got there. But it didn’t feel anything like the endgame I had imagined.
How exercise may aid cancer treatment (NY Times). In a new study involving mice, aerobic exercise slowed the growth of breast cancer tumors and made the cancer more sensitive to chemotherapy. The results raise the possibility that exercise may change the biology of some malignant tumors, potentially making them easier to treat.
Cancer made me want mashed potatoes(BBC). But what should you eat when you’ve been diagnosed and are undergoing treatment? It is not, as many might think, about eating organic, avoiding red meat or even taking supplements.
The new cancer survivors (Psychology Today). Extraordinary advances have turned cancer from an apparent death sentence into a manageable chronic illness for many. But what does it mean to live with a terminal disease…interminably?
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 and let you know that they donated in your honor. We’re also happy to provide you with brochures or other items to send out with the invitations to your event.
And they’ll even get a tax deduction. Everyone wins!
We’re proud that all donations to CRCFL stay local
Anyone affected by cancer (including long-term survivors and caregivers) are encouraged to join us. All classes free of charge. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. CRC & Lifelong Collaboration: Strength Training
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