Fred Manzella's journey with the Cancer Resource Center began when he attended a CRC sponsored event, geared towards cancer survivors in March 2011. From there, he began attending the Men's Breakfast Club gatherings, and as a result of the experience and knowledge he gained from being involved at the CRC, he decided to start volunteering. Put simply, he wanted to dedicate more of his time in support of the organization's mission, "because no one should face cancer alone."
Since becoming a volunteer at our organization in May, Fred has been committed to assisting those going through treatment and putting them at ease. Fred volunteers in both the Radiation Medicine and Oncology Departments at Cayuga Medical Center. He greets patients as they come for their appointments and lends a supportive ear to those who need it. Fred also volunteers for the "one-to-one" program, which provides support services such as transportation, gardening, grocery shopping, etc, for those who need a helping hand while undergoing cancer treatment and recovery. His assistance truly shows how he emanates the mantra of "because no one should face cancer alone."
In his own words, the value of his experience stems from the positivity and meaningful impact on those diagnosed with cancer, their families and the community. Fred has a lot of insight into this subject, being both a retired health care professional and cancer survivor and therefore understands the importance of the assistance the Cancer Resource Center provides.
Fred and his wife, Fran, have lived in Ithaca for 12 years. Outside the CRC, he enjoys outdoor activities, travel, reading, and taking care of their 2 dogs. He is honored to be part of the CRC team, and is also very appreciative for the highly competent team he works with when at Cayuga Medical Center.
For further information about volunteer opportunities, contact Sharon Kaplan, Director of Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 277-0960 ext. 229.