Improving Cancer Support Services in Tompkins County

We’d like your input!

We’ve created a brief online survey to obtain feedback from individuals in our area who have been diagnosed with cancer or if they’ve had a loved one with cancer.

This information will be used to help us plan new cancer support programs and to refine our existing programs.

Your feedback will help us whether or not you’ve ever used the services of the Cancer Resource Center.

All responses are anonymous (unless you want to be contacted).

Please click here to take the survey.

3rd Annual Men’s Adventure Day Sunday May 18

Our 3rd Annual Men’s Adventure Day will see us travelling to watch the Syracuse Chiefs play the Columbus Clippers. Join us and become friends with other men from our area who have had cancer. Thanks to a generous donation from CFCU, the cost to participate is just $10. Tickets to the baseball game, food, and transportation are provided. We’ll have a luxury suite, which provides shade from the sun as well as access to private bathrooms. To register or ask questions, contact Bob Riter or 277-0960. Registration deadline is May 5.

Cancer Research Meeting – Wednesday May 14 from 5:15-6:45pm

Cornell University Vet School Hagan Room

“BRCA 20 Years Later” Presented by Nora Springer, DVM

The BRCA gene was first identified 20 years ago. Learn about BRCA and other lesser known breast-cancer genes. The science, the press, the patents – there’s a lot to discuss!

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 info & to see the slides from earlier presentations, visit this page on our website.

Our Friday Womens Group at noon has something new!

The 3rd Friday of every month we are have a guest speaker that shares something
that is fun or educational for women who have had a cancer diagnosis/treatment.
We want to thank Christine Trumbull PT who did our first “3rd Friday” in April
with a presentation on Pelvic Health and Cancer.

Coming Up:
May 23rd – Mary Mcillvennie will present
“Tapping and Mindfulfullness” techniques to help with anxiety and stress.

June 20th – Nancy Banner of the Holistic Kitchen (‎)
will be here to present healing recipes for cancer, whole foods and healing diets.

Spread the Word!

20th Annual Walkathon & 5K Run

Registration begins at 9am
Race starts at 10am

Zumba 10-10:15am
Walk starts at 10:15am
Pancake breakfast 10:30am

Registration is not open at this time,
watch for more info coming soon!

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Healing Garden Taking Root

Construction on the Healing Garden in our back yard is cranking up now that spring is finally here. The first phase will focus on making the back porch wheelchair accessible. We’re adding a lift, expanding the doorway, and creating smooth walkways that will connect the front sidewalk with the garden.

Once the concrete has cured, we can work on the backyard itself, fill the planters, add a pergola and seating areas, and begin renovating the existing garage into a garden pavilion. Lots of work will take place over the next several months under the leadership of volunteer Lee Ginenthal – Der Rosenmeister of Ithaca.

Donations are needed to complete this amazing project. You can donate online, or send a check to the Cancer Resource Center, noting that it’s for the garden fund.

Updates on 4 fabulous events last month:


That 70’s Show on April 19 was a HUGE success! We can’t thank Gina Smithson, The Purple Valley & all their friends enough for not only raising over $8,000 for CRC, but for throwing a great party while they were at it!!

Photos from That 70’s Show

Lynda Myers Interior Design Event

Christopher Lowell, author, designer, and TV show host, was the keynote presenter at the Fifth Annual Lynda Myers Design Event in support of the Cancer Resource Center, which was held on Friday April 25 at the Ithaca Country Club. More than 150 attendees enjoyed Lowell’s presentation on the “Seven Layers of Design…Now More Than Ever.”

Over $11,000 was raised for CRC!

Click here to see more photos from the fun and highly successful event!

The 2014 Day of Renewal

CRCFL Retreat for women with cancer was held on Sunday, April 27th at La Tourelle Inn & Spa. Several different workshops were offered, including yoga, writing, acting, crafts, and more. Twenty nine women participated in this event, which also included time for talking, eating, relaxing in the spa, and dancing to some fabulous music at the end of the day.

CRC is grateful for the support of Scott Wiggins, Kash Iraggi, and the wonderful staff at La Tourelle Inn & Spa. In addition, we’d like to thank CFCU Community Credit Union for sponsoring the women’s retreat. This event could not happen without all of their generosity.
A heartfelt thank you to the following volunteers who offered their time, energy, and talents: Sara Brown, Irene (Zee) Zahava, Samantha Thompson, Edna Brown, Camilla Schade, Carol James, and Heather Marshall. Finally, a big thanks to Eileen Ahart and her catering staff for providing us with delicious food all day long.

Some photos from the
Day of Renewal

Starbucks “Community Month of Action”

A huge thank you goes out to Starbucks
for the “Community Month of Action” that they did in April for CRC.  Beth Tomlinson organized knitters and donations of all kinds of fun treats and comfort items for
us to give to our CRC Community!

Thank You, Beth and Starbucks!

Thank you to the
Cayuga Lake Triathlon Club

for raising $2,100 in honor of Liz Vance and in memory of her husband, Michael Vance.
Upcoming CRCFL Fundraisers:

“Bench Press for a Cure”

Cornell’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee is hosting its annual Bench Press for a Cure with the Big Red! SAAC is a student run organization aimed at working with the athletic administration to promote athletics around campus and in the community. The event is a great way to support SAAC, Cornell Athletics, and charity all at once!

Who: Cornell’s strongest varsity athletes
What: Fighting breast cancer one rep at a time
Where: Ho Plaza (hopefully!)
When: May 10th, 10-5:30
Check out their Facebook Event here.

Pink tank-tops & “Cornell Big Red” bracelets will be on sale at the event.

2nd Annual Lehman Alternative Community School Climb-a-thon

This is a 50-50 Benefit for CRCFL and the LACS Rock Climbing Trip.

May 15th from Noon – 2pm
at Cornell’s Lindseth Wall

To make a pledge, email, call 592-9860 ordonate directly to CRCFL.

Mark your calendars for the first Annual CRCFL GOLF OPEN

8:00am Registration, 9:00am Shotgun Start. Lunch provided.
Join a Team and Play; $125 per participant or $500 per team, includes team golf cart and lunch.
Click here to download a golf tournament registration form.

In Memory of:

Rita Busch
Miguel Balsa
Margaret Haring

This month’s Kudos go to:

Thank you Eva Capobianco

For raising $320 for CRCFL at her art
exhibit last month. We so appreciated
that she chose us as her beneficiary
AND we loved her art work!

CRC Volunteers who were recognized for volunteering at Cayuga Medical Center.

Bethany Larson who made 1,000 paper cranes for folks to take to honor a person’s memory.

Members of the Cornell Women’s Lacrosse Team for selling t-shirts in support of CRCFL.

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.

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!

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

Some Patients Can Face Boredom                           Cancer and Community

WHCU Radio Interview

Bob Riter discusses his book with Peter Blanchard of WHCU Radio, and announces the donation of 50 copies of the book to Cayuga Medical Center to share with its patients.

Cancer in the News

More hospitals tailor care to teens and young adults (WSJ)

When the cancer you beat comes back(CNN)

Living with Cancer: Bedtime Issues (NYT)

Cancer Care in Crisis: An interview with
Dr. Patricia Ganz about disturbing trends and how the delivery of care must change

Websites to Note

Cancer Stat Fact Sheets (National Cancer Institute).  Quick summaries of
key statistics for many types of cancer.

A Dying Person’s Guide to Dying(HospiceNet)

Cancer and Careers: How to be an Effective Point Person (…in the work place)

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