The Inaugural CRC Golf Open

THANK YOU, ED MOSCATO of Moscato & Associates
for organizing our first golf tournament
which raised close to $10,000!

Click here to see pictures of the event (& to print your Team photo!)

Many Thanks to the following:

Gold Sponsor: CFCU Community Credit Union

Lunch Sponsor: Cayuga Medical Center

Trophy Sponsors: Moscato & Associates  and JDL Search Partners

Tee/Green Sign Sponsors: Moscato & Associates, Bangs Ambulance,
Just A Taste Wine & Tapas Bar, Eugene & Mercedes Peroni, PW Wood & Son, Mathnasium, Kyu & Eileen Whang, Lansing Market, Retirement Essentials,
Cornell Business and Technology Park and Office Equipment Source

Volunteers: Bob Riter, Peter Tringali & Martin Kaplan

Our Amazing Host: The Ithaca Country Club

Fearless Leader: Ed Moscato

And especially to the 12 Teams who made the event so much fun!


Come see our renovated porch!

We’re delighted that we’ve completed the reconstruction of our back porch to greatly improve our wheelchair accessibility. Special thanks to HOLT Architects and Welliver Construction for becoming involved in this project. They’re well-known firms that typically work on much larger construction projects, but they helped us in the spirit of community service. Architect Andrew Gill of HOLT solved the design issues and made it all work. The Sertoma Club of Ithaca donated $17,000 to purchase the building materials. Earlier contributions from the Triad Foundation and the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County were instrumental in beginning our accessibility initiative. This was truly a community project. Click here to see more photos.

Save the Date!

Please join us for our
Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition

Wednesday, September 17, from 5-6:30pm
(The program will begin at 5:30)
at the Cancer Resource Center
612 W. State St. Ithaca

We’re holding the event here to show off the new healing garden! Watch for more details.
The program is free and open to the public. RSVPs to or 277-0960.

Are you a star?

Check out thisFANTASTIC video by Kyle Vorbach
which really captures the essence of ourWalkathon & 5K Run.
And who knows…YOU might even be in it!!


Doug’s Fish Fry Benefit for CRC on Monday, Sept. 8 from 11-6pm

It’s summer! Who wants to slave over a hot stove when you can swing by Tractor Supply at378 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. You’ve been hearing how good their food is, now it’s time to find out for yourself!

CRC has envelopes for pre-ordering or you can call 607-423-5996 between 11-4pm the day of the event. A percentage of the sales comes to us, so spread the word!

Special thanks to Beth Petrolle Marsh of Family Medicine Associates of Ithaca
for organizing this on our behalf <3

BBQ Benefit for MaryAnn Merithew Saturday August 16 from 1-6pm

Danby American Legion
1231 Danby Rd.

(more reasons not to cook!)

Chicken BBQ, raffle, silent auction, live music and more. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12.50 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under.

This fundraiser is being organized by the friends of MaryAnn Merithew to help her pay for the treatment of her breast cancer.

MaryAnn served for many years as a home health aid in Ithaca, and was awarded the Ruth Pettengil Award for “Excellence in the Community” by the Human Services Coalition. In 1996, she become the Service Coordinator for Family and Children’s Home Health Care Program, and later became associated with Caregivers where she still works.

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation or have questions,
please contact the benefit’s organizer, Annette Congdon at 607-345-7725.

20th Annual Walkathon & 5K Run Website is open!

We don’t have a logo yet (so no T-shirt photos or printable registration forms, etc.) but you can get a jump start on your fundraising anyway!

Registration begins at 9am
Race starts at 10am
Zumba 10-10:15am
Walk starts at 10:15am
Pancake breakfast 10:30am

Fighting breast cancer one rep at a time…

The Annual Big Red Bench Press for a Cure student fundraiser brought in over$2,400 this year! Thank you so much for prevailing despite mother nature’s lack of cooperation that day!

Cancer Research Meeting

<– Hannah Watkins, a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell, explaining some of the work that takes place in her lab to a group of CRC visitors.
July’s tours of the Schaffer/Nishimura Labs and the Fischbach/Putnam Labs were terrific. Thanks so much to our tour guides and especially to Alex McGregor for organizing the event. Special thanks as well to Prof. Nozomi Nishimura for giving us an overview of her lab’s work.

We won’t meet in August, but we’re planning a special meeting for September.
At this meeting, the presenters will be individuals who have had cancer. Several of us will describe cancer from the patient’s experience and answer questions from the researchers.

September 10, 5:15 – 6:45. Hagan Room, Cornell Vet School.

Patient Organizer Notebooks Available

Are you going through cancer treatment and finding that you have scheduling information, medical records, and bills scattered around in different places? Thanks to grants from theSocial Service League and the Johnson Community Impact Fund, we’ve created organizing notebooks that can be used to get your “stuff” together. Many of the forms we include were adopted from the terrificOncoLink Patient Binder, (c) University of Pennsylvania.

Please stop by our office to get one
and have it tailored to your needs.

Give a little, get a lot!

There is nothing like the feeling you get when you make someone’s day a little brighter. This is what Cancer Resource Center volunteers experience on a regular basis. Want to join our team? All it takes is compassion, good listening skills, and a 3½ hr. time commitment each week. Contact Sharon Kaplan ( or 277-0960) for more information. You can also visit our volunteer page to fill out a volunteer application.

In May, we are very grateful for the donation that we received from our wonderful community in memory of:

Jackie Smith
Bill Larrabee
Barend Steenhuis
Roger Spanswick

Zac Hayes
Dr. Robert “Bob” Conroy
Monica Rejzer Novakovic
Miguel Balsa – The Angel Fund

We’re proud that all donations remain right here in our community!


Network for Good

It’s easy to donate through the Network for Good website.

Another way to donate – Amazon Smile

Shop through Amazon Smile & CRCFL
will get 0.5% of eligible purchases.

Every little bit helps!

Bob Riter’s articles in the Ithaca Journal last month:

Don’t Give Advice                            When a Friend has Cancer, Just Listen

Cancer in the News

The Wrong Approach to Breast Cancer
(NY Times)

Epidemic of Overtreatment of Prostate Cancer Must Stop (CNN)

Can Doctors Teach the Body to Cure Cancer? (The Atlantic)

Stuart Scott’s ESPY Speech (ESPN)
Scott has been in treatment for cancer of the appendix.

Jim Valvano’s Speech at the ESPY Awards in 1993 (Stuart Scott’s talk caused some of us to remember Jim Valvano’s speech).

Cornell Researchers Address Provocative Question on Breast Cancer

Websites to Note

Why Don’t We All Have Cancer?
(This is a nicely done 14 minute video).

Cancer Journey Pack: Explaining Cancer to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities(UK)

Managing the Side Effects of Cancer and its Treatment  We’ve compiled links on our website that address fatigue, eating problems, neuropathy, hair loss, and more.

Four Ways Young Adults Can Get Covered (with insurance) this Summer

New Books in our Library

A Breast Cancer Alphabet (Madhulika Sikka)

Mom’s Cancer (Brian Fies)

Talking about Death (Virginia Morris)

My Parent has Cancer and it Really Sucks
(Maya Silver & Marc Silver)

The Cancer Chronicles (George Johnson)

Take Note:

Free Live Webinar for Patients with Small Cell Lung Cancer

Know What Your Doctor Knows: Treatment for Small Cell Lung Cancer
National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Aug. 16, 1:00pm.

Please do not park across the street

(Finger Lakes Beverage Center, Kinko’s, Ace Security, etc.). Those are private lots and the owners have requested that we not park there.

There is free parking on Green St., a free municipal parking lot on
W. Buffalo St. (between Meadow & Fulton), or we can help you with change for the meters in front of the building.

Sorry for the inconvenience!


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