Writing Group starts TODAY!

Thursdays from October 2 – November 6 from 5:30-7:30pm

With the aid of structure, prompts, reading aloud, and having fun, this group will gather with the shared experience of having cancer, and will create whatever comes out of the time shared together.

You may be someone who journals, is a published author, has never written, or who simply loves poetry — the only requirement is feeling a pull to participate, being willing to write & share.

We will write because our experiences take on shape and meaning when we put pen to paper, when we follow what is presented, and when we read aloud to others who are listening.  This will not be a therapeutic group that writes, but rather a gathering to write and tell stories that may turn into something performed.

The group leader will structure the time and exercises, and help participants begin to craft those pieces into performative work if they’d like.

The class will be led by Kira Lallas, LCSW, who supports families who have a child with a life-threatening illness.  She earned a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in writing and performing solo autobiographical work.

There is no charge, but preregistration is required (277-0960 or info@crcfl.net).

Quilt raffle in memory of Linda Parlett

This beautiful quilt was pieced by Linda Bentley Parlett and donated to the Cancer Resource Center in her memory by her husband, Bob Parlett. We also acknowledge and thank Jean Lathropwho did the quilting, and Cindy Parlett who completed the work.

The quilt is currently on display at CRC and will also be displayed around town & at the Walk. Beginning next week: 1 ticket for $1.00; 6 tickets for $5.00.

The drawing will take place at noon on Nov. 21 at CRCFL.

Only 3 weeks until the 20th Annual Walkathon & 5K Run

                                                                                               Logo by Iron Design

Saturday Oct. 25 at Cass Park – 10am (registration begins at 9am)


Register now so you can start forming a team and get your fundraising started!
We have prizes for the top 5 fundraising individuals and the top 5 fundraising teams.
Bring your kids, dogs, friends & family and join us for the pancake breakfast afterwards!

New this year: “Meet up spot” (by the playground)

Wondering how to find your teammates, friends & family in the crowd? Tell them to gather at the “Meet-up spot” banner.

Bonus: we’ll take Team photos to post on our website & Facebook which you are free to download!

Click to see course map

This Year’s Presenting Corporate Sponsor:

~   Cayuga Medical Center   ~
To join these local businesses, learn about or sign
up to become a Corporate Sponsor for the event;
click here or sign up online.

Gold Corporate Sponsor
CSP Management
Northside Wine & Spirits
Aigen Financial
Tompkins Weekly
Ithaca Times
Ithaca Journal
Cayuga Radio Group
Millennium Pharmaceuticals

Silver Corporate Sponsors
The Strebel Fund
Inn on Columbia
Dan Smalls Presents
Family Medicine Assoc.
OB-GYN Associates
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Bronze Corporate Sponsors
The Frame Shop
Finger Lakes Technologies
Felicia’s Atomic Lounge
Tompkins Trust Co.
Bangs Ambulance
Ehrhardt Propane
Just a Taste
Trumansburg Family Health
Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital
Arnold Printing
Barney, Grossman, Dubow, Marcus, Orkin & Tesi, LLP

Win Prizes, Prizes, and More Prizes!

The top 5 Individual fundraisers win a $50 gift certificate to the movies (and on a side note: we are looking into future collaborations with our friends at Cinemapolis …..think “CRC movie night!”)

Raise over $500 and win a hand crafted tumbler created by Renata Wadsworth. Available for pick up beginning Oct. 24 at CRCFL. For individual fundraisers only, does not apply to Teams (sorry).

The top 5 Team Fundraisers win a pizza party. Fun!

Be the fastest runner in your age group/gender in the 5K and win a $5 gift certificate from our friends at Smart Yogurt, home of our favorite tasty treat.

$50 Gift Certificate
from Cinemapolis

Tumbler by
Renata Wadsworth

$5 Gift Certificate
from Smart Yogurt

Thank you to the performers on the course entertaining us all

The T-shirts are in! Be sure to get yours before they run out!

Mike Talarski of the IBEW Local 241, presenting Bob Riter with a check in support of CRC’s Walkathon/5K Run.

Got any place to put up a yard sign? Stop by CRC & help yourself from the supply on front porch. Thank you!

Our snazzy porch banner –>

October Cancer Research Meeting

Wednesday, October 8, 5:15-6:45 Hagan Room, Cornell Vet School

We collaborate with Cornell University in holding monthly seminars in which cancer research is presented in lay language. Most months, a doctoral student reviews a developing area of cancer research.

This month’s topic: “Blood Cancer: The Dark Side of Immune System.” Presented by Alberto Purwada of the Singh Research Group in Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Everyone is welcome. We’ve found these meetings to be lively and fun. 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.

Bob Riter will be speaking about breast cancer
at Cornell’s Balch Hall
Unit 2 Lounge
Sun, Oct. 19 at 3PM

The donated Insomnia Cookies at the Annual Celebration were DELICIOUS!

Thank you to Beth Marshfrom Family Medicine &Doug’s Fish Fry for raising $400 at their delicious dinner last month!

AND they deliver!!!!!!!!!!!

20th Anniversary Annual Celebration a Success

Our 2014 Annual Celebration was held on Sept. 17 at the Cancer Resource Center. We thanked our wonderful volunteers, showed off the renovations taking place in and around the backyard, and the highlight was a surprise honoring of Brian Wilbur as our volunteer of the year.

Photo’s by Bob Riter & Edna Brown
Photo’s by Gary Hodges

The Best Part of My Week – By Gret Atkin

I volunteer at the Cancer Resource Center on State Street. It is the best part of my week. I get to greet people when they come in to get answers to questions, get books from the center’s library, get wigs and hats as hair is lost — even just for a cup of coffee and chance to chat with other people who have cancer.

I also get to answer the phone and route calls to staff (there are only 4 people who keep this amazing place in the forefront), provide information about community resources — and even just listen. I can’t tell you how rewarding it is.

If you like interacting with people I think you would also love having your cup filled to overflowing once a week. The commitment is 3-1/2 hours a week. The time of different shifts vary, depending on the rest of our (volunteers’) days. You don’t need to be a cancer survivor to help. For me, it’s like a family. Call Sharon Kaplan (director of volunteers) 277-0960 to find out more.

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 Monday or Wednesday afternoons. The work involves providing direct assistance to individuals calling or visiting CRC for support and information.
Please contact Sharon Kaplan or 607-277-0960 for more info.

In September, we are very grateful for the donations that we received from our wonderful community

In honor of:

Richard Smalls
Maureen Harrington
Mary McIlvennie, the rock in my life.
Liz Engel
Clara Hatcher & Ari Baruth

In memory of:

Marcello Gonzalez
Dr. Robert Conroy

Annual Report Now Available

Please take a look at our just printed annual report. In recognition of our 20th anniversary, we focus on the founding of Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance and how we have evolved since then. Special thanks to Leigh Dezelan for the terrific design and to Nancy Lazarus who wrote the history.

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

Writing About Cancer     Head and Neck Cancers are Expecially Difficult

Cancer in the News

Unmasked: Cancer Survivors Face the Symbol of their Torture   (NPR)

We Have Stage 4 Cancer: Does that Make Us Terminal? (Huffington Post)

The DCIS Dilemma (CURE Magazine)

Some Cancer Experts See Over Diagnosis, Question Emphasis on Early Detection
(Wall St. Journal)

Training Dogs to Sniff Out Cancer (NYT)

Cornell Cancer Researchers Listen to Patients’ Stories (Cornell Chronicle)

Websites to Note

We’re highlighting several organizations from Great Britain this month:

Relationships and Communication for People affected by Cancer
(MacMillan Cancer Support)

Shine Cancer Support
(for young adults with cancer)

Cancer Questions and Answers
Cancer Research UK)

Eating Well When You have Cancer
(Royal Marsden Hospital)

Top Health Websites Recommended
by the Medical Library Association



New Books in our Library

The Whole Life Prostate Book, H. Ballentine Carter

Memoirs of a Debulked Woman, Susan Gubar

Be a Survivor: Lung Cancer, Vladimir Lange

Everyone’s Guide to Cancer Survivorship, Rosenbaum, Spiegel, Fobair and Gautier

The Patient’s Guide to Medical Tests, Segen and Wade


Shop through Amazon Smile& CRCFL will get 0.5% of eligible purchases.

<– We’re proud –> that all donations remain right here in our community!

Every little bit helps!

It’s easy to donate through theNetwork for Good website.

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