Men’s Adventure Day

Our annual Men’s Adventure Day will take place Sunday afternoon, May 19, 2015. We’re going to a Binghamton Metsbaseball game! It’s a beautiful stadium and we’ll be in a luxury box.

This is a terrific opportunity to meet other men from our community who now have
or have had cancer in the past.

We’ll meet in Ithaca at 11:15 am and take a bus to the stadium. 
We should be back in Ithaca at about 5:00 pm.

Thanks to generous support from CFCU and Ithaca Airline Limousine, the cost is only $10
per participant. (Scholarships are also available). To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Bob Riter at or 277-0960.

CRC Volunteers to Receive Award

We are thrilled to announce that the
Cancer Resource Center Client Support Volunteers will receive a James J. Byrnes Award for Excellence. This award was established by Tompkins Trust Company to recognize local individuals and groups who perform philanthropic community service. The criteria for selection are:

* Make a significant contribution towards improving the quality of life for others either as a major component of a non-profit organization or through individual philanthropic efforts.

* Generously volunteer time and effort, on an ongoing basis, to activities which help others in Tompkins County.

The next time you see a CRC volunteer,
please congratulate him/her on this accomplishment!

Group Updates (held at CRCFL 612 W. State St.)

New Women’s Evening Group
We will meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7pm.  Light refreshments provided.
For women with any type of cancer, at any stage of treatment or recovery.

Third Tuesday Gathering
Will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7pm. Light refreshments provided. For people with any type of cancer, at any stage of their treatment. Caregivers/friends are
invited to share community, resources, stories, and even a little laughter.

Colorectal Group
Will meet on the 1st Tuesday of each quarter (Jan., April, July & Oct.) from 5:30-7pm.
For people with any type of colorectal cancer.

Check out our website for a complete listing of our support groups.

Monthly Cancer Research Meeting

Amy Lyndaker and Tim Pierpont of the Weiss Lab at Cornell will present, “Cancer Stem Cells.” (Cancer stem cells are a hot topic in cancer research these days!)

Wednesday May 13 from 5:15-6:45pm, Cornell Vet School Hagan Room

These monthly seminars present up-to-date cancer research in lay language. Everyone is welcome. Researchers, students, clients, and members of the public are welcome.

Aafke Steenhuis, a talented quilter who’s active with CRC, quilted some cancer cells. See if you can identify them!

Happy Birthday, Jyl!

Women’s Retreat a Relaxing Success!

On a recent gorgeous and sunny April day, 34 women participated
in a Day of Renewal at La Tourelle Resort & August Moon Spa.
Thank you to all who attended this nurturing event. There was
much laughter, creativity, connection, and relaxation.

A HUGE thank you to Scott Wiggins and Kash Iraggi for graciously hosting the retreat.
Additional thanks go out to:

1) our fabulously talented workshop instructors: Jilly Mayer, Kash Iraggi, Rachel
Corcoran, Camilla Schade, Beth Jolles, Karina Walsh, Aloja Airewele, and Gina Newlin
2) our super-helpful volunteers: Rosemary Li & Samantha Thompson
3) the friendliest catering staff ever: Eileen Ahart and her crew
4) our generous sponsor: CFCU Community Credit Union.

“Flair on Ice” raises $1000!

A huge thank you to Jaclyn Saksa
(pictured at right) and members of the
Ithaca College Figure Skating Group,
Cornell Figure Skating, Cornell Synchro
team & other local skaters for their terrific event.

Not only were all of the spectators treated to a magnificent show, but the event raised $1000 for the Cancer Resource Center.


Kickball Tournament

Thank you Matt Connolly & Alyssa Steinweis for raising $150 and to  Firehouse Subsfor donating the grub.

Spaghetti Benefit for Bethraised $14,342.50 for Beth Brunelle & Cheryl Jewell,
an enormous round of applause to everyone!

Thank you,
Laser & Brewer
for donating the proceeds from your
“Week of Giving” campaign.

Thank you, Doug’s Fish Fry
& Beth Marsh
for another successful (& delicious) $460 fundraiser.

The Second Annual CRC President’s Cup Golf Tournament

For more info, to register or become a corporate sponsor for the
Golf Tournament:


21st Annual Walkathon & 5K

Sat. Oct. 24 10am

Cass Park

Caregiver Corner

For caregivers, relatives, friends, or anyone
interested in supporting someone with cancer:

We have a new page on our website that features
highlights (articles, books & new ideas on care-giving, etc.)and a resource section (which includes local & national programs, services, websites, and other helpful sources of information for caregivers.) Please check it out!

Resources for Parents with Cancer

The Cancer Resource Center (CRC) assists parents with cancer who are often concerned about how they can talk to their children about their diagnosis. Some are worried about using the right words, others about setting the appropriate tone or how much information to give related to the ages of their children. CRC staff can talk with parents one on one about these issues and we have resources available on our website.

Cancer in the News

Can cancer be stopped?: One of the world’s most decorated doctors on the remarkable progress made and the daunting road ahead (NY Daily News)

Managing the stress of cancer
(Boston Globe)

What dense breasts mean for cancer risk(Atlantic)

Why survival rate is not the best way to judge cancer screening (NYT)

Big bills: a hidden side effect of cancer(NPR)

How exercise may aid cancer treatment(NYT)

The case against early cancer detection(FiveThirtyEight). I don’t think the title is quite right, but it’s a good and thought-provoking article.

Websites to Note

Yes, I survived cancer, but that doesn’t define me. (A TED Talk by Debra Jarvis)

Food guide if you have bowel problems(MacMillan Cancer Support)

The State of the Cancer Nation (NPR). How do the 50 states compare in health behaviors that affect cancer risk?

No one deserves to die (Lung Cancer Alliance). Check out the photos and message on their homepage.

Camp Good Days is located on Keuka Lake and offers week-long camping experiences throughout the summer for:

•Children with cancer
•Children who have a parent or sibling with cancer
•Children who have lost a parent or sibling with cancer
•Young Adults with cancer
•Women and men with cancer

Camp Kesem, a national organization that provides camps for children who have a parent  with cancer, now has a chapter at Cornell. They’ll have a camp at Camp Caspar Gregory (near Aurora) from Aug. 9-14.

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

Karen M. Middleton, Robert F. Dannic, Kathy Olson and Helen Miles

Bob Riter’s articles in the Ithaca Journal last month

Advice for the college student who has a parent with cancer

Send a card: A small gesture that makes a difference

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, Goodshop, Ebay Giving Works.

Take Note


Happy Spring from the staff at the Cancer Resource Center!


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