Join us for our Annual Meeting on Sept. 17!

Fran Manzella Appointed Associate Director

The Cancer Resource Center is delighted to announce the appointment of Fran Spadafora Manzella as the organization’s new Associate Director.

For the past several years, Fran has worked at the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, serving as the Director of the 211 Call Center, the information and referral program serving Tompkins and Cortland Counties. Prior to that, Fran held leadership positions with other well-known non-profit organizations including Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services, and the Center for Crime Victim & Sexual Assault Services (founded as Ithaca Rape Crisis).

Fran holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia Univ. with a minor in business administration.

Bob Riter, CRC’s Executive Director, said that Fran has a “unique combination of people skills and organizational skills that fit perfectly with our organization and its mission.”

Fran will begin work at CRC late this Fall, and will be involved in all phases of the organization.

Join these local businesses…

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to become a
Walkathon & 5K Run
Corporate Sponsor!


Gold Corporate Sponsor
CSP Management

Silver Corporate Sponsors
The Strebel Fund
The Inn on Columbia
Dan Smalls Presents
Family Medicine Assoc.

Bronze Corporate Sponsors
The Frame Shop
Finger Lakes Technologies
Felicia’s Atomic Lounge

To read about the different levels of sponsorship and to download a sign-up sheet,click here.

Please thank our generous local sponsors with your business:

20th Annual Walkathon & 5K Run only 7 weeks away!

Ta Da! Presenting the 2014 event logo, created by our friends at Iron Design.
Thank you, Todd Edmonds & Louis Johnson. We love it!

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.

Last year was a record year both in terms of fund raising & in number of participants.
There was a combined total of 1020 walkers & runners and (thanks to all of you)
we raised over $184,000…
Let’s see if we can beat those records this year!

Our teams so far:

Cancer Sucks
Cornell Health Services
IAC DST Crimson & Cream
IHS Boys Varsity Hockey
Men’s Breakfast Club
Sister Act
Sister Survivors Saving Second Base
SloMother Runners
The BRCA Busters

Schedule of events:

9:00 Registration, bib pick up & donation drop off
10:00 5K Run (timed)
10:05 Zumba Warm-up
10:20 Fun Walk (2 miles)
10:30 Pancake breakfast
11:15 Race winners & prizes

Top 3 Fundraisers:

Aafe Steenhuis
Stephanie Vann
Millicent Clarke-Maynard

Listen to Karen Fries
the radio sharing why she participates in the Walkathon and thinks you should too!

Who will YOU participate
in honor or memory of?

Bring your kids, dogs, friends and family! And don’t forget to stay for the pancake breakfast afterwards!

(Photos from 2013 event)

Live music along the course for your entertainment.
Thanking our generous sponsors.           ——–>

September Cancer Research Meeting to Focus on Cancer from the Patient’s Perspective

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.

At THIS month’s meeting, we’re going to switch roles so that the presenters will be individuals who have had cancer. Several individuals will describe cancer from the patient’s perspective and answer questions from the researchers.

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.

Wednesday, September 10, 5:15-6:45 Hagan Room, Cornell Vet School

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

Writing Group beginning at the Cancer Resource Center

The group will meet Thurdays from Oct. 2-Nov. 6 (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 them 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 in to 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 lead 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

Walkathon Help Wanted:

We need folks to hang posters and put up yard signs around town.
Please email Thank you!

Doug’s Fish Fry Benefit for CRCFL

Monday Sept. 8 from 11am-6pm

It’s summer! Who wants to slave over a hot stove when you can swing by Tractor Supply at378 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!

CRC has 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!

Special thanks to Beth Petrolle Marsh of Family Medicine Associates of Ithaca for organizing the Fish Fry fundraiser on our behalf, as well as forming a Family Medicine Walkathon team!

We’ve named our wheelchair lift the “Joy Ride” in honor ofJoy Inman. She was the first rider and she truly brings joy into this world.

Bob Riter will be the guest speaker at Miriam Hospital’sSurvivor Day Celebration
on Sept. 7 in Providence, RI.

Meet Jason and Beth!

When Jason and Beth were diagnosed with cancer they turned to the Cancer Resource Center for support and community through their treatment and survivorship. They were both active in our other groups, but recognized the need for a group specifically focused on the issues of young adults with cancer.

Jason and Beth formed the Young Adults Group and continue to facilitate it on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 at CRC. Newcomers are always welcome. Beth and Jason are also available to meet individually with young adults dealing with cancer. They can be reached by leaving a message at the Cancer Resource Center at 277-0960 or

Looking for a Ithaca Girls Night Out?

GFour Productions’ “Menopause the Musical” is coming to State Theater Thursday 9/25 & Friday 9/26! Join the hilarious celebration of women/the change AND support of the fight against breast cancer. For each specially-coded “PINK” ticket sold for these shows, GFour will donate $2 to Komen Twin Tiers. Good cause AND good fun!

CRCFL receives grants from Komen Twin Tiers in support of our breast cancer programs.

Give a little, get a lot!

There is nothing like the feeling you get when you make someone’s day a little brighter. This is what Cancer Resource Center volunteers experience on a regular basis. Want to join our team? All it takes is compassion, good listening skills, and a 3½ hr. time commitment each week. Contact Sharon Kaplan ( or 277-0960) for more information. You can also visit our volunteer page to fill out a volunteer application.

We are very grateful for the donations that we received last month from our wonderful community in memory of:

Alicia Mavis Barrett Febo              Jacquelyn Smith
Barend Steenhuis                          Leon Ginenthal
Bill Larrabee                                   Miguel Angel Balsa Marin
Bob Conroy                                     Monica Novakovic
Ferrell Ludlam                                Roger Spanswick
Flora Mazzucco

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.

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

Common Phrases                                   Cancer Caregivers Need a Break

Cancer in the News

Avoiding the Breast Cancer Warrior Trap
(NY Magazine)

Cancer and the Secrets of Your Genes
(NY Times)

44 Ways to Make the Day of Someone with Cancer (Huffington Post)

Cancer Patients with Depression are Being Overlooked (BBC)

Healing Teenage Cancer’s Scars
(NY Times)

An Unstoppable Killer: New Research Suggests that Cancer Can’t Be Eradicated(NPR)

My Cancer Doesn’t Get a Fun Run(Huffington Post). An essay from a woman with vulvar cancer.

Forming Attachments Near and Far
(NY Times)

Cancer Patient’s Dying Wish for Wedding Granted (Green Bay Press Gazette)

Websites to Note

ecancerpatient  “provides information for patients to use while discussing treatment options with their doctor.  Our videos of cancer specialists talking about the most recent advances in care, are designed to empower patients to become more involved in vital treatment decisions.”

Managing Side Effects of Treatment(National Cancer Institute)

Alternative Therapies
(Cancer Research UK)

(Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association)

New Books in our Library

Woman, Cancer, Sex by Anne Katz

Bunnies in my Head by Tricia Tusa

100 Q&A about Vulvar Cancer
by Lara J. Burrows and Debra S. Heller

Cancer in Our Family,
2nd Edition, by Sue P. Heiney and Joan F. Herman.

Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us
by S. Lochlann Jain

Sunset Tai Chi: Relax and Recharge Your Mind, Body and Spirit by Ramel Rones (DVD)


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