Tompkins Trust Company’s “Community Minute Challenge” contest

TTC has invited us to participate in the next round of a contest where local nonprofits create 60-second videos that get posted on their Facebook page. The public votes, and the winner gets $1000 and the chance to compete in the final round for an additional $5000!

But we need YOUR help! Please go theTTC’s Facebook page to vote EVERY DAY through
Dec. 15 for our “Community Minute Challenge” video (put a reminder in your calendar!)

We will use the Community Minute Grant to provide emergency cash assistance to our friends and neighbors with cancer in our community.

The Season to Give

It’s easy to donate to the Cancer Resource Center throughNetwork for Good, Paypal, Amazon Smile or Ebay Giving Works.

We’re proud that all donations to CRC remain here in our community.

This Saturday!!

The IAGF shopping website is open! From now until the fair shoppers may preview the gifts available & even save them to a wish list. The shopping site will be live from Dec. 7 to Dec. 31
(there will be a tab on the IAGF website).

Some great ways to support us
AND get some of your holiday shopping done!

Pins handmade by
Amy Wasserman
$15 each ~ 2 for $25.

Walkathon Tshirt $10 each

 Tumblers handmade
by Renata Wadsworth
$20 each

Have you read Bob’s book?

You can help promote the book by rating it or writing a quick review onAmazon. We’d love to have it be as popular throughout the country as it is in Upstate NY. Remember that all royalties from the sale of the book come directly to the Cancer Resource Center.

AND it makes a great holiday gift for only $10 (available at CRCFL).

Welcome Fran!

A couple of months ago, we announced that Fran Spadafora Manzella
would soon join the Cancer Resource Center as our associate director.
We’re delighted to say that Fran began work here on December 1.
Please stop by and welcome her or drop her a line at
We’re so happy that she’s here!

Thank you to:
* Susie & Tom Challen
and theCayuga Ridge Estate Winery
for hosting their annual event which raised over $1200 (an all time high!)

* CFCU‘s “Blue Jeans Friday” fundraiser raised almost $500.

We are so grateful to Bob Partlett for donating this quilt in memory of his wife, Linda.

We would also like to thankAlanna Fontanella & Ruth White for helping to sell tickets and thank everyone who bought some.

With all of your help,
we raised over $600!

Carole Fisher
for winning the Quilt Raffle!

December Cancer Research Meeting

Wed., December 10 from 5:15-6:45pm, Cornell Vet School Hagan Room

We’re going to have a special program at our December meeting. Here’s a blurb about the presentation:

IBM has partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering to create a new cognitive computing advisor for oncologists called Watson Oncology Advisor. IBM Watson is defining the field of cognitive computing through its ability to understand natural language, its machine learning models, and its ability to process large volumes of data. These technologies are now being leveraged to help address some of the challenges facing oncologists today.  Memorial Sloan Kettering is providing their expertise to teach Watson about the best cancer treatment options, which will then be able to help those who may not have access to a specialty center like Memorial Sloan Kettering.  Anita Govindjee, Solution Architect from IBM’s Watson Group, will do a live demonstration of IBM’s Watson Oncology Advisor (in beta today) and will answer questions both about the Oncology Advisor and the Watson cognitive computing technology.  More information about the collaboration between IBM & Memorial Sloan Kettering can be found in this three-minute video.
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 Bob at 277-0960.

New Breast Cancer Group in Schuyler County

Would you like to connect with other women in Schuyler County who have or have had breast cancer? A new group may form if there is sufficient interest. It’s also possible that women might connect on an informal basis. If you’re interested in discussing the possibilities with other women in Schuyler, let Bob Riter know and he’ll put you in touch with Antoinette Di Ciaccio who is organizing this effort.

In November, we are very grateful for the donations that we received from our wonderful community

In memory of:

Carole Ayres Bisogni
Richard “Dick” Putnam
Darlene Andrew
Sam Glass
Ivar Jonson
Edwin Wright

Cancer in the News

Retesting Breast Cancer Axioms
(NY Times)

Campuses Play Host to Tanning Beds, Despite Skin Cancer Risk (NPR)

Colon Cancer’s New Face: Getting Younger(NBC)

What’s It Like Having Prostate Cancer? Plus All of the Grizzly Bits Explained (By My Dad)(Huffington Post UK)

Radiologists are Reducing the Pain of Uncertainty (NY Times)

Websites to Note

Why are some cancers described as large cell and some as small cell? (Mayo Clinic)

My MEN1 Story. This is a blog by a young woman from Cortland who has Multiple Endocrine Neosplasia Type 1 and Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer.

A History of Prostate Cancer Treatment

25 Tips for Cancer Caregivers
(UC San Diego)

Living and Thriving in Not Knowing: Zen Buddhism and Cancer
(Rev. Wendy Egyoku Nakao. UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology).

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

Should People with Alzheimers be Treated for Cancer?

The Most Aggressive Treatment is not Always the Best

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