Laugh away the winter blues! Tickets are going fast!!

Click here to buy a ticket (or donate) to this unique event! Here is a map to event.

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 month of March.
Please click here to read more about Miguel & the fund that was created in his memory.

Click here to purchase tickets, donate or register to skate.

Thank you Cornell Big Red!

The “Pink the Rink” benefit on Feb. 20 in support of the Cancer Resource Center was an unqualified success. The Cornell Men’s Hockey team and GOPiNK co-sponsored the event, which raised over $25,000 in support of women’s support programs at the Cancer Resource Center.

Dozens of individuals and groups were involved in making the event so successful.The video of the hockey team dancing to “Shake it Off” became an instant classic!Members of Cornell’s Chorus sang the national anthem. The Cornell Pep Band not only played at the game, but also raised the most money of any campus group. Click here to see the efforts made by the top fundraising teams – they are still accepting contributions! Even Mayor Svante Myrick ‘09 became involved by proclaiming Feb. 20 as “Pink the Rink Day” in the City of Ithaca.

Sincere thanks to the Hockey Team, led by Captains John McCarron, Cole Bardreau, andJoakim Ryan, who embraced the work of the Cancer Resource Center and whose efforts will make a tangible difference in the lives of women in our community with cancer.

And special recognition to Kristen Barnett who organized the event with professionalism, enthusiasm, and good cheer. She brought together campus groups, community groups, the athletic department and dozens of volunteers to create one of the most successful fundraising events in the history of the Cancer Resource Center.

The Cornell Biomedical Engineering Societys
bake sale raised over $250
to contribute to the
“Pink the Rink” campaign!

A few of the team of amazing student volunteers selling shirts at “Pink the Rink“.

Three cheers for the
Cornell Men’s Hockey Team!

Proclamation from the Mayor!

Doug’s Fish Fry Benefit for CRC Fri. March 27 from 11am-6pm

Who wants to slave over a hot stove when you can swing by Tractor Supply at 378 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! (And don’t forget that it’s Lent!)

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

ColoRectal Awareness Month Events:

1) “ColoRectal Vaccines and immunotherapy” Presented by Grad Student Clint Stalnecker
at the ColoRectal Support Group at CRCFL on Tuesday, March 3, at 5:30pm.

2) Blue Ribbon Ceremony for ColoRectal Awareness
Thursday, Mar. 26, from 5-7pm at CMC Radiation Oncology Lobby
There will be speakers and light refreshments will be served. No RSVP needed.

This is a collaborative event with CRC, CMC, ACS and the
Cancer Services Program for Tompkins & Cortland County.

3) Informational tablesclick here for a list of dates & locations during the month of March.

New “Living Well with Cancer” Support Groups

Cayuga Medical Center (CMC), Schuyler Hospital and the Cancer Resource Center
are co-sponsoring three new support groups. Two groups, will meet in Ithaca and focus on those newly diagnosed with cancer and/or newly in treatment.

Beginning in March (Click here for the flyer):
*2nd Wednesday of each month 4:30-6:00pm, Radiation Oncology Lobby at CMC
*4th Tuesday of each month 12-1:30p, Urgent Care Conference Rm, Ithaca Convenient Care

Another group will meet in Schuyler County and is open to anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis, whether they are newly diagnosed or thriving many years later:
*3rd Thursday of each month, 5-6pm Lower Level Conference Room, Schuyler Hospital.

For more information about any of the groups, contact Deborah Danko, RN, OCN at Cayuga Medical Center, 252-3937, or call the Cancer Resource Center at 277-0960.

March Cancer Research Meeting

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

“Attempting to understand metastasis”
Presenter: Patricia Davidson, Ph.D. (Lammerding Lab)

These monthly seminars present up-to-date cancer reserach in lay langauge.
Everyone is welcome. Researchers, students, clients, and members of the public
all attend on a regular basis.

Ken Burns Series on Cancer on PBS

The Ken Burns Documentary
“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”
will be shown in three parts on PBS,
beginning March 29.

Here’s a 5 minute promo that’s worth watching.

The Cancer Resource Center is a proud sponsor of the show on WSKG.


To Cayuga Lake Seido Karate for organizing thePunch & Kick-a-thon which raised $2,500 last week!

In the last 4 years, they have donated over $11,700 to CRCFL with this event.

Thank you to the Cornell Women’s Basketball Team for hosting the annual
Pink Zone” fundraiser.


Gary Stewart getting
psyched up for the upcoming
“One Funny Ithaca” event!

Thank you all for choosing CRC as your charity at theIthaca Alternatives Gift Fair.
Thanks to all of YOU,
we raised almost $1,500!

Hats n’ Bags!

A HUGE thank you to all of the quilters from The Tompkins County Quilters Guild
and Quilters Corner along with
Aafke Steenhuis, Kathy Carman, Nancy Ostman, Cyndi Slothower, Katy Barnaby & Linda Van Nederynen who made over
60 bags for CRC clients to carry to treatment!…..and a bonus of
handmade cozy hats!

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.

Phone solication warning



We sometimes hear from individuals who have been aggressively solicited for donations by phone by the Breast Cancer Society. This news report sheds light on this organization. They spend next to nothing on serving people with breast cancer. Please donate locally to organizations that you know and are serving your community. If you’re unsure about a particular charity, please call our office and we’d be happy to investigate them for you.

In February, we were very grateful for the donations that we received from our wonderful community in memory of:

Katharine B. Olson
Helen Miles
Marilyn Porter
Paul Steiger
Fred Manzella
Paul Brown
Anna Streit-Laverack
M. Alice Maguire Ryan

2015 Walkathon & 5K Run Planning Committee

We are looking for volunteers with any/all of these strengths:

  • race coordinating
  • team building (help motivate folks to fundraise)
  • publicity

We do most of our planning via email, but start meeting weekly closer to the October event. Contact Sharon

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

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.

Cancer in the News

Oliver Sacks on Learning he has Terminal Cancer (NYT)

David Carr’s Death and the Stigma of Lung Cancer (NYT)

Recent NPR stories on cancer

A Faster Way to Test Many Drugs on Many Cancers (NYT)

Websites to Note

Why Some Cancer Centers Offer Yoga to their Patients  (We offer a weekly yoga class for individuals with cancer. Click here for more information).

Six signs of caregiver burnout (AARP)

From Science Gibberish to English: Current Topics in Cancer Research

Kathy Bates on Living with Lymphedema

Bob Riter’s articles in the Ithaca Journal last month

Caregiving Friends May Need a Break         ~         In Honor of Joy

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