Sharon Kaplan, Jyl Dowd, Bob Riter & Kerry Quinn

Grant for bathroom wheelchair accessibility

Cairo Archer, Alison Twang, Kara Johnson & Troy Sutfin-Youth & Philanthropy Program of United Way.

We hear it's a tradition!

...if it's not, it should be! Sharon Kaplan adding a 2014 penny in the corner of the new concrete work.

Ithaca Boy Scout Troop 2

Scraping and painting our front porch.

"Live Like Liz"

Bob accepting a donation from this wonderful organization that promotes ovarian cancer awareness & education.

ED MOSCATO of Moscato & Associates
for putting together our first

internally organized golf tournament:
The Inaugural CRC Golf Open

raised  close to $10,000!
Click here to see pictures of the event (& to print your Team photo!)

Many Thanks to the following:

Gold Sponsor: CFCU Community Credit Union

Lunch Sponsor: Cayuga Medical Center

Trophy Sponsors: Moscato & Associates and JDL Search Partners

Tee/Green Sign Sponsors: Moscato & Associates, Bangs Ambulance,
Just A Taste Wine & Tapas Bar, Eugene & Mercedes Peroni, PW Wood & Son, Mathnasium, Kyu & Eileen Whang, Lansing Market, Retirement Essentials,
Cornell Business and Technology Park and Office Equipment Source

Volunteers: Bob Riter, Peter Tringali & Martin Kaplan

Amazing Host: The Ithaca Country Club

Fearless Leader: Ed Moscato

And especially to the 12 Teams who made the event so much fun!

Fighting breast cancer, one rep at a time...

The Annual Big Red Bench Press for a Cure student fundraiser brought in over $2,400 this year! Thank you so much for prevailing despite mother nature's lack of cooperation that day!

Come see our renovated porch!

We're delighted that we've completed the reconstruction of our back porch to greatly improve our wheelchair accessibility. Special thanks to HOLT Architects and Welliver Construction for becoming involved in this project. They're well-known firms that typically work on much larger construction projects, but they helped us in the spirit of community service. Architect Andrew Gill of HOLT solved the design issues and made it all work. The Sertoma Club of Ithaca donated $17,000 to purchase the building materials. Earlier contributions from the Triad Foundation and the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County were instrumental in beginning our accessibility initiative. This was truly a community project. Click here for more pictures.



Doug's Fish Fry Benefit for CRC on Monday, Sept. 8 from 11am-6pm

It's summer! Who wants to slave over a hot stove
when you can swing by Tractor Supply, 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. You've been hearing how good their food is, now it's time to find out!

CRC has envelopes for pre-ordering or you can call 607-423-5996 between 11-4pm 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 this on our behalf!

BBQ Benefit for MaryAnn Merithew Saturday August 16 from 1-6pm at the Danby American Legion 1231 Danby Rd. (more reasons not to cook!)

Chicken BBQ, raffle, silent auction, live music and more. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12.50 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under.

This fundraiser is being organized by the friends of MaryAnn Merithew to help her pay for the treatment of her breast cancer.

MaryAnn served for many years as a home health aid in Ithaca, and was awarded the Ruth Pettengil Award for "Excellence in the Community" by the Human Services Coalition. In 1996, she become the Service Coordinator for Family and Children's Home Health Care Program, and later became associated with Caregivers where she still works.

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation or have questions,
please contact the benefit's organizer, Annette Congdon at 607-345-7725.

Please join us for our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition

Wednesday, September 17, from 5:00 - 6:30,
at the Cancer Resource Center. (The program will begin at 5:30).

We're holding the event here to show off the new healing garden!
Watch for more details. The program is free and open to the public.
RSVPs to or 277-0960.

Spread the Word!
20th Annual Walkathon/5K Run

Registration is open! We don't have a logo yet (so no T-shirt photos or printable registration forms, etc.) but you can get a jump start on your fundraising anyway!

Cancer Research Meeting - September 10th from 5:15-6:45pm
Hagan Room, Cornell Vet School

We won't meet in August, but we're planning a special meeting for September.
At this meeting, the presenters will be individuals who have had cancer. Several of us will describe cancer from the patient's experience and answer questions from the researchers.

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.

Prostate Cancer Retreat on Keuka Lake! On August 23 & 24

The East Coast's only summer retreat specifically for men with prostate cancer. Click to learn more.

Are you a Star?

Kyle Vorbach put together another fantastic video!
This time the topic was the Annual Walkathon & 5K Run. He interviewed folks & taped key moments of last year's event that really captures the essence of the event. Check it out, YOU might be in it!

Are you going through cancer treatment
and finding that you have scheduling information,
medical records & bills scattered all over ?

Thanks to grants from the Social Service League
and the Johnson Community Impact Fund, we've created
organizing notebooks that can be used to get your "stuff" together.

Please stop by our office to get one & have it tailored to your needs.

The Angel Fund

The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes is honored
to announce the creation of the Angel Fund in memory of
Miguel Ángel Balsa Marín

This fund will be used to provide direct cash assistance to individuals with cancer in our community who have a specific and immediate financial need. We regularly learn of situations in which a relatively small amount of money can make a significant difference in a person's life. We always try to identify other resources that might exist in our community or elsewhere, but there are times that no such program exists. This is when we've wanted the help of an angel.

This angel - our Angel Fund - is now being created in memory of the late Miguel Balsa by his family and many friends. Miguel was a beloved young man, scholar and teacher who died from colon cancer in December 2013. He had been involved with the Cancer Resource Center for some time, and he possessed a special kindness that allowed him to connect with others going through treatment. When we realized that Miguel's middle name was Ángel, we knew that the Angel Fund was meant to be.

Click here to read a lovely tribute to Miguel, written by his husband, Gerard Aching, and to learn how you can contribute.


(Finger Lakes Beverage Center, Kinko's, Ace Security, etc.).
Those are private lots and the owners have requested that we not park there.

There is free parking on Green St., a free municipal parking lot on
W. Buffalo St. (between Meadow & Fulton), or we can help you with
change for the meters in front of the building. 
Sorry for the inconvenience!

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
Calendar of events, support groups & more for August
Support Services Guide & CRCFL Brochure

Inspirational video by Ithaca College student Kyle Vorbach.

~ CRCFL Photo Albums


Bob Riter's Recent Newspaper Columns

Bob's book now available!

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