The Cornell Men’s Hockey Team “Pink the Rink” game is Friday February 20th at 7pm at Lynah Rink.

Need a Good Laugh?

As It celebrates 20 years of community service, the Cancer Resource Center is staging:

“One Funny Ithaca Story”
A comedic tribute to everything Ithaca stands (and sits) for!

Sunday, March 22 from 2-3:30pm at The Space @ Greenstar, 700 W. Buffalo St.

Emcee: Gary Stewart, CRC board member. With Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca College President Tom Rochon, Cornell Vice President Joel Molina, Jean McPheeters,
Michelle Berry, local leaders, and lots of other folks with funny Ithaca stories and songs.

Tickets: $20 for 20 years of success stories and being there
…..because no one should face cancer alone.

Good-natured, fun-loving people:
To donate &/or to buy a ticket, (because they’ll go fast):

The Cornell Women’s Basketball “Pink Zone” game is Sat. Feb. 21st at 6pm at Bartels Hall.

Doug’s Fish Fry Benefit for CRC Fri. March 27 from 11-6pm at Tractor Supply; 378 Elmira Rd.

The Blind Spots video
“Runnin Around” featuring the lovely Leyla Dietrich.

February Cancer Research Meeting

“Thyroid Cancer: An overview with a personal history.”

Wednesday February 11 from 5:15-6:45pm, Cornell Vet School Hagan Room

The presenter is Lina Bagepalli, a doctoral student in Cornell’s Graduate field of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology.

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.

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

Water Exercise Class – New Session Starting

Who: Open to anyone with cancer
When: Next session begins February 21
Time: 9:45-10:45am
Place: Island Health & Fitness pool
Instructor: Judy Urban
Fee: $30 for the 6 week session/FREE for Island members

Register at Island Health & Fitness front desk or call 277-3861.
Scholarships available for those with financial hardship. Contact Sharon Kaplan at CRCFL.

Science Gibberish to English: Current Topics in Science Research

Check out the new blog being developed by some doctoral students at Cornell. Similar to the monthly seminars, the intent is to explain the science of cancer in clear language.

Office hours at Tompkins County Public Library

The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes and the Tompkins County Public Library are partnering throughout the month of February to provide cancer information and assistance to Tompkins County residents.

Bob Riter, Executive Director of the Cancer Resource Center, will be available at the library from 4-6pm every Thursday (Feb. 5-26) to meet with individuals on a drop-in basis to answer questions and to direct them to helpful resources in the library and on-line.

A table with cancer-related resources will be on display at the library throughout the month.

Sewers/Quilters Needed for Projects

When someone goes through chemotherapy treatment for cancer it can affect them in many ways from the physical to the social to the emotional. At the Cancer Resource Center, we try to support individuals who are experiencing the many side effects of cancer treatment.  One way we do this is by providing head scarves, wigs, and hats for those who experience hair loss, and quilted tote bags to carry their belongings to treatment.

We are recruiting experienced sewers & quilters who would like to make beautiful head scarves and tote bags for our clients.  We have patterns that can be emailed or given in hard copy form. If you are interested in sewing or would like to make a donation of material for this project, please contactFran Spadafora Manzella, Associate Director or 277-0960.

Short Survey for Caregivers

Do you regularly support and assist someone with cancer?  We would like to have your feedback on how CRC can best assist you.  Please click here to complete a brief survey.

​Beth Marsh Cancer Benefit

Oasis Dance Club – 1230 Danby Rd, Ithaca. Live music, basket raffles and 50/50 drawings.

Beth has currently undergone chemo & radiation therapy and will be having a major esophageal surgery with a minimum recovery period of 8 weeks. This single mother of two, who gives so much to our community, is in need of everyone’s support at this time. Thank you!!

Bob, Heather, Jason, Kristina & Brandon at TC3 after speaking with the senior nursing class about cancer from the patient’s perspective.

Mighty Yoga raised almost $400 on New Years Day!
We love Mighty Yoga!

Thank you, Cinemapolis and everyone who joined us. It’s unanimous, movie night was a huge success!

Girl Scout Troop
40268 from Lansing

These wonderful girls donated a game box to help patients pass the time when receiving chemotherapy

Happy Birthday, Bob!!
(we love Bob!)

Thank you to the
IHS Girls Hockey Team
for hosting their
“Pink at the Rink” benefit
See more pictures
by Steve Mandl.

Thank you to our second grade friends from Belle Sherman School

The students from the Sun Room and from the Milky Way Room created beautiful handmade stars, snowflakes and cards that touched the hearts and put a smile on the faces of people getting treatment and recovering from cancer. THOSE KIDS ARE AWESOME!

In December, we were very grateful for the donations that we received from our wonderful community

In memory of:

Catherine V. Cauffield
Judy Brophy
Anna Streit-Laverack
Fran Knight
Paul Steiger
Carole Bisogni

In honor of:

Dick Flaville
Bob Riter

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

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

Six new client support volunteers

In January, we welcomed six new client support volunteers! Paulette Salmon and Janet Ernisse have taken a regular shift at the CRC office. Peter Schrempf, Sarah Paulson, Beth Bell, and Trish Schaap have all begun a weekly shift at Cayuga Medical Center. We are thrilled to have such an amazingly talented group of volunteers—both new and seasoned!

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 Kaplan, Director of Volunteer or 607-277-0960

Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a people-person with good listening skills? CRC is looking for a Reception Volunteer to help at our downtown office on Thursday mornings. The work involves providing direct assistance to individuals calling or visiting CRC for support and information.

Rather volunteer in a hospital setting? We also need people to provide support to cancer patients receiving treatment at Cayuga Medical Center.

Please contact Sharon Kaplan for more info.

Cancer in the News

Living with Cancer: Coming to Terms
(NY Times)

Cancer and Bad Luck (Chicago Tribune)

What I learned as a cancer patient will make me a better doctor (The Guardian)

A problem with how we treat cancer – and how to fix it. (LA Times)

Cancer is not a merciful killer – the research billions are well spent.
(The Guardian)

Websites to Note

Surviving Caregiving (CURE)

Hot Flashes in Men (Harvard Health).

Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies. (NPR). This is a teaser for a PBS show produced by Ken Burns that will appear at the end of March. CRC will co-sponsor the local broadcast on WSKG. Watch for more details next month.

A brief stand up comedy routine by Norm Macdonald about battling cancer.

Stand Up to Cancer

Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can Do (National Association of Dental and Craniofacial Research)

Bob Riter’s articles in the Ithaca Journal last month

Be Kind                ~                New Year’s Wishes for Friends with Cancer

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