Hospital Volunteers

"Pink the Rink" Fundraiser

The Cornell Men’s Hockey team & GOPiNK co-sponsored the event, which raised over $25,000!


Sharon Kaplan, Jyl Dowd, Bob Riter & Kerry Quinn

Monthly Activity Calendar for March

CRCFL Fundraisers:

"One Funny Ithaca Story"

Click to: purchase tickets, make a donation or see a map to the 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.

Doug's Fish Fry Benefit March 27 from 11-6pm at Tractor Supply; 378 Elmira Rd.

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.
(And don't forget that it's Lent!)

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

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, and Joakim 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.  Here are some fun photos from the event.

ColoRectal Awareness Month Events:

1) "ColoRectal Vaccines and immunotherapy" presented by Grad Student Clint Stalnecker at the ColoRectal Support Group at CRCFL on Tue. March 3rd at 5:30pm

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

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

3) Informational tables - click for dates & locations for 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 12-1:30pm, Urgent Care Conference Room,
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 Rm, 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)

Everyone is welcome. 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 277-0960.

Last month, Maria Liberti gave an excellent presentation on cell metabolism and cancer. Here's a brief video that covers some of the same concepts.

"Creative Care for Caregivers" Free Workshop on Thur. March 5 from 6:30-8pm

To purchase tickets, donate or register to skate:

Thank you to our fundraising friends:

Cayuga Lake Seido Karate hosted their Annual Punch & Kick-a-thon Benefit which raised over $2,500! In the last 4 years, they have donated over $11,700 to CRCFL with this event.

The Cornell Women's Basketball Team hosted their Annual "Pink Zone" game.

The Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair raised $1,500 for CRCFL this year.

Short survey for Caregivers

Do you regularly support and assist someone with cancer?  We would like your feedback on how CRC can best assist you. Click here to complete a brief survey.


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! Click here to see a more photos.

& the Ithaca Girls Varsity Soccer Team for raising $200 for us!

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, Director of Volunteer Services or 607-277-0960

2015 Walkathon & 5K Run 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 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!

Lots of Ways to Give to CRCFL

It's easy to donate to us online through:
Network for Good
, Paypal, Amazon Smile or Ebay Giving Works.
We're proud that all donations to CRC remain here in our community.

Activities, Telephone & Online Workshops:    

Looking for an on-line support group?  
CancerCare Connect Education™ offers many educational workshops.
Check out our library by visiting our new on-line catalog
Support Services Guide & CRCFL Brochure

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