New CRCFL Promotional Video

Please take a moment to view this YouTube video created by Ithaca College student Kyle Vorbach.
What a talented young man he is;
it is truly inspirational!

(Apologies for the broken link last month)

Thanks to the Ithaca Journal

The Cancer Resource Center thanks
The Ithaca Journal and Editor Bruce Estesfor their support for Bob Riter’s columns within the pages of this newspaper over many years, and the resulting “best-of” compilation in Bob’s popular new book,
“When Your Life is Touched by Cancer”.

Here’s another great review of Bob’s book from the Oakland Tribune!

Comfort Pillows available – free at CRCFL

Heidi Goldstein pictured with the heart pillows she and her fellow volunteers made for the clients of the Cancer Resource Center.

The pillows are specially designed to offer comfort for women after breast surgery as they can be tucked under the arm, but we find that they offer comfort (both physical and emotional) for everyone dealing with cancer.

PATH Program in Tompkins County for those with Serious Illness

There is a new health care program for Tompkins County’s residents. PATH — Personal Attention to Health — is designed to provide individuals and their families with relief from the symptoms, pain, & stress of a serious illness no matter what the diagnosis. PATH helps individuals navigate the medical, emotional, logistic and spiritual challenges of illness, to find spiritual and emotional balance, and to take advantage of all the resources Tompkins County has available.

As soon as someone is referred to the program, a PATH Advisor – a registered nurse or licensed social worker – will do an in-depth
initial meeting right at the person’s home or residence. Regular follow-up phone calls will ensure
that the identified health care needs are being successfully addressed. To refer or find out more,
give PATH a call at 272-0212. PATH is a program of Hospicare.

Cooking Volunteers Needed

We find that sharing food helps build community, so we provide snacks and meals in our support groups. Do you like to cook? Perhaps you could volunteer your talents once or twice a month!

In particular, we need someone to prepare lunches for Pat’s Group which is our group for people living with cancer as a chronic disease. This group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at noon. We’d love to have a volunteer take responsibility for preparing food for this group of 8-12 people. We buy the ingredients and you could prepare the meal at home.

In addition, we have groups that meet every Tuesday evening at 5:30.
The Colorectal Cancer Group meets the first and third Tuesdays, and the Young Adult Group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays. Both groups would welcome soup and other refreshments.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Bob Riter at

Volunteers Needed: Good Listeners

The Cancer Resource Center seeks compassionate volunteers with good listening skills to provide support to people with cancer. Candidates must be available to volunteer for 3 hours on a weekly basis. Contact Sharon Kaplan or 277-0960) for more information or download a volunteer application.

Medical Marijuana in NYS

The Cancer Resource Center has joined other cancer and health organizations in support of legislation to legalize medical marijuana in New York State.

The Compassionate Care Act is a bill that would provide safe and legal access to medical marijuana for seriously ill New Yorkers.

Compassionate Care NY is leading the initiative to see this become law and they welcome the support of individuals & organizations.

This month’s KUDOS go to:

Cancer Research Meeting – Wednesday March 12 from 5:15-6:45 pm

“Good Cells Gone Bad: How & Why Healthy Cells are Recruited by Cancer Cells.” Presented by Sara Che at the Cornell University Vet School Hagan Room
(Note permanent new time & location)

These monthly meetings are a collaboration between the Cancer Resource Center
and doctoral students involved in cancer research at Cornell.
Research topics are presented in lay language and discussion is encouraged.

Light refreshments are provided. If you’d like a ride from CRC to Cornell, call Bob at 277-0960.

For more information and to see the slides from earlier presentations, visit this page on our website.

The Cornell Women’s Basketball Team raised $761at their “Pink Zone” fundraiser sellling T-shirts, canvas bags and raffle tickets.
The Winter Village Concertraised over $100 last month.

Please watch this movingvideo as Cornell Women’s ice hockey player Vicki Pittensshares her personal story.


Cornell Men’s Hockey Teamraised over $1,500 at the“Pink Out the Rink”fundraiser selling T-shirts, etc.

Special thanks to Cayuga Lake Seido Karate for raising more than $3,600 for the Cancer Resource Center

at its annual Punch- and Kick-a-Thon held Feb. 27 at the dojo on Ridge Road.

Participants and sponsors help us fulfill our belief that no one should face cancer alone.

Great Deals/Great Cause!

Click here to purchase your booklet online today!

Click here to see Amy Wasserman’s website


NEXT MONTH ——————->>>>>

Please join us for this second annual FUNdraising event and enjoy a great
show while supporting CRCFL.

You can also help us spread the word by joining the Facebook event &/or by
hanging a poster or two!

Mark Your Calendars!!

The Fifth Annual Lynda Myers
Interior Design Event

is scheduled for Friday, April 25th
from 6-9pm at the Ithaca Country Club.
The speaker is well-known designer Christopher Lowell.This is an event you do NOT want to miss!

In Memory of:

Adrienne Harber
Brenda Lee West
Chris Lampart
Debbie Patak
Dr. Roger Spanswick
Eugene Goodreau
Jane Deathe
Joyce Sirlin Rand
Kelly Austic Nickerson
Margaret Ann Haring
Meg Ambry
Miguel Angel Balsa Marin
Pat Thonney
Raymond G. Stickles, Jr.
Stephanie Herman
William Hemmer
Zachary Hayes

In Honor of:

Diana Sinton
Eileen Kelly
Julia Machlin
Kerry Quinn
Lauren Comly & Todd Cowen
Leon Ginenthal
Nancy & Shawn Toffolo
Sylvia Miller
the great work of the staff & board
the nurses, staff & volunteers

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

How Old is Too Old to Treat Cancer                    Telling the Parents

Cancer in the News

The French Way of Cancer Treatment(Reuters)

Vast Study Casts Doubt on Value of Mammograms (NY Times)

What Now? Four Takeaways from the Newest Mammogram Study (TIME)

Plight of a Young Cancer Survivor (Atlantic)

Grad School, a New Job, and then a Cancer Diagnosis (USA Today)

The Link Between Stress and Cancer
(NY Times – this column is several years old, but it’s excellent)

When Men Get Breast Cancer (NY Times)

Websites to Note

Veterans and Cancer (Part 1)
Veterans and Cancer (Part 2)

OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults
(Las Vegas – Apr. 24-27)

On Becoming a Doctor: Curiosity
(This is a wonderful essay by Faith T. Fitzgerald, MD, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 1999)

ASCO Answer Guides to:
Lung Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Breast Cancer
Prostate Cancer

Bone Marrow Donors Needed

Steven Kolberg, a 27 year old Trumansburg native has been diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia).  His chance for a cure is finding bone marrow donor.  The Kolberg family has joined Be The Match (a transplant organization) to help Steven and other patients in need of marrow or cord blood transplants.  Right now, he can be supported by participating in three ways:

1) Register at a donor drive:
– March 11 from 11-2pm at Cornell, Willard Straight Hall, Room 4
– April 2 from 10-3pm at Ithaca College, Phillips Hall
    – On-line Be The Match (a cheek swab test will be mailed to you)

2) Contribute funds to add potential marrow donors:
Mail to: ‘Be The Match Foundation’  510 Willowgate Dr. Webster, NY 14580

3) Forward this URL to friends & family:

“T-Burg Takes On Pediatric Cancer”

“T-Burg Takes On Pediatric Cancer” is a local organization that focuses on the families of affected children up to the age of 18. After witnessing several of their friends children struggle with cancer, Fred & Tracy Van Derzee were inspired to start raising money for this cause. These funds have gone to the immediate families of cancer patients in order to support the inevitable costs that come with the devastating diagnosis. Gas money for trips to the hospital, lodging, & meals are just an example of the expenses that “T-Burg Takes On Pediatric Cancer” aims to assist with.

The Falls Restaurant in Trumansburg (owned by the Van Derzees) had been collecting donations for the cause since last February and had raised over $2,500. Three weeks ago someone stole the donation jug with all the money in it.

On February 4th at 8am, Chris Allinger on The Wake Q (103.7 Q Country) opened his microphone asking for donations to replace the money that had been stolen. By the time he signed off the air at 10am the community had pledged over $3,400.  “It’s an incredible example of how generous people here can be and I’m so pleased that something so good can come from something so awful,” Chris Allinger said.

People who would like to make a donation or learn more are invited to go on-line to:
“T-Burg Takes On Pediatric Cancer”

Cooking Matters serves families across the country

Hands-On Cooking Courses
Community partners that serve low-income families offer six-week Cooking Matters courses to adults, kids & families. Each course is team-taught by a volunteer chef & nutrition educator & covers meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting & nutrition. Adult & teen participants take home a bag of groceries at the end of each class.

Interactive Grocery Store Tours
Cooking Matters at the Store tours provide families with hands-on education as they shop for food, giving them skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals for their families.

Mobile, Online and Educational Tools
Recipes, videos, toolkits and fun kids’ handouts are available at and in the smartphone app, Cooking Matters.

Some of us will carpool from Ithaca. Please call Bob at 277-0960 if you’d like to join us.

Donate to the Cancer Resource Center

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

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

In January & February we are very grateful for the donations we received from our wonderful community:


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