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We’d like your feedback!

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We like to have feedback so we can improve our services. We have prepared a series of very short surveys, please visit the links below relating to the services that you have used. Feedback on CRC staff and volunteers at Cayuga Medical Center Feedback about our Support Groups Feedback about our Boutique If you prefer



Help needed in the CRCFL office

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Looking for a meaningful volunteer experience? We have one! If you can commit to 3-4 hours per week, are a people-person, and are available weekdays, please consider a Reception Volunteer position with CRC. You’d be answering phones, greeting visitors, assisting staff members with projects, and helping to keep the office organized and clean. Please contact



No right way through cancer

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I often say that there’s no single right way through cancer. What do I mean by that? Some people aggressively treat their cancers with surgery and chemotherapy long past the time that others would have switched to comfort measures. Some people keep their cancer diagnosis a secret from nearly everyone while others make it a



Cancer on your own terms

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I once wrote a column about people who go through cancer with exceptional grace. A few readers said that the column made them angry. The comments were along the lines of, “I’m dealing with a crappy disease and you want me to do that gracefully? Well, phooey on that and phooey on you.” I’m always



Bob Riter received AFP award

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Please join us in celebrating our very own Bob Riter, as he was presented with the Outstanding Professional Achievement in Non-Profit Leadership Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Fri. Nov. 17, 2017. Click here to see a video of Bob receiving his award, and here to see photos of the event. National Philanthropy Day is



Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery party this Saturday!

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Come on over to Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery this Saturday, October 7th for their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff Party. Music by Damdog from 1-4pm. Delicious pink drinks & fun “pinkwear” for sale, with all proceeds going to CRC. In addition to making & selling great wine, this business is a huge supporter ours. Show YOUR support by



Community Fundraisers

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          There are so many great community fundraisers for CRCFL happening, there is something for everyone! #NYGivesDay Please choose CRC for your #NYGivesDay contribution! Like us on Facebook! #NYGivesDay is a 24-hour giving challenge brought to you by the New York Council of Nonprofits and United Way of New York State to celebrate



Easy Living Hats fundraiser

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    Easy Living Hats is teaming up with CRC for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!   For the entire month of October, Olivia Royale will be: – donating 10% of her sales to CRC – donating beautiful wide brim hats for Fall/Winter to The Boutique – offering free photoshoots to women in Easy Living Hats



Art Revives & Thrives Nov. 4

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#CRCArtRevives Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 4:00-6:30pm CRS Barn Studio  – 2622 Triphammer Rd. Suggested donation $25 available online at gvgb.co/artrevives Treat yourself while supporting a good cause! Just minutes from downtown Ithaca you can take in the gorgeous view overlooking Cayuga Lake as you sip beverages, taste light foods, mingle, and then enjoy an afternoon of



Cancer: Simple wisdom from our pets

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We’re delighted to announce the arrival of our latest publication! It illustrates our most common pieces of advice with photos donated from the SPCA of Tompkins County. (The photos were submitted by local residents for consideration for the SPCA’s 2018 calendar). Thanks to financial support from the Eagles Club of Ithaca, printed copies are available



Calling all musicians, singers, jugglers, acrobats, hula hoopers, etc!

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We are looking for performers to entertain & encourage the nearly 1,500 walkers & runners, and their families at various locations around Cass Park’s Waterfront Trail from 10-11am during our Annual Walk/5K Run on Sat, October 21st. We would like folks to perform from 10-11am & then stay for a free pancake breakfast afterwards! If that is something that you



What to say – and not say – to a person with cancer

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Most people find it awkward when first talking with a friend or acquaintance who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Even though nearly everyone is well-intentioned, many say things that hurt or mystify more than they comfort. Based on my own experiences and my conversations with others with cancer, here are some suggestions: What to



Free Tickets to Alegoria

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​Ithaca Flamenco Festival Presents: Victor Bravo on Saturday, September 9th 7pm at the Hanger Theatre Our friends at Ahora Si Flamenco have rescheduled their event, and have again donated 20 free tickets to the upcoming performance so that the CRCFL community could enjoy the show. Please let us know right away if you can use any! We’d hate for them



CRC appoints new executive director

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Megan M. Crowe of Endicott has been named the new executive director of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. Crowe – most recently on staff at The Arc of Madison-Cortland – is an experienced administrator and manager in the nonprofit sector. As The Arc’s director of residential services, she supervised a variety of programs with regulatory and budget



#NYGivesDay is 11/28/17

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Please choose CRC for your #NYGivesDay contribution by clicking here! #NYGivesDay is a 24-hour giving challenge brought to you by the New York Council of Nonprofits and United Way of New York State to celebrate the life-changing work of nonprofits across the vast state of New York. Powered by GiveGab, the Nonprofit Giving Platform, #NYGivesDay is a



Pink Ribbon Party Fri., Sept. 22

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TOGETHER WE’RE STRONG!!! TOGETHER WE DANCE!!! Come dance to show your love and support for all those affected by breast cancer. The Ithaca area Zumba Instructors are holding their annual event: Friday, September 22 from 6:30-8:30pm Island Health & Fitness Main Center 310 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca There will be dancing, there will be prizes, and there



The post-treatment blahs

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For many people the months following cancer treatment are more difficult than the treatment itself. During treatment, your “job” is to be in treatment. You’re busy with appointments and you see the same doctors and nurses almost every week. At the same time, friends bring you meals, family members take on extra duties, and you’re



Volunteer with us!

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We have an immediate opening for a Client Support Volunteer at Cayuga Medical Center on Tuesdays 8:30-11:30 am. This work is dynamic, engaging, and very rewarding. You would be responsible for patient comfort in the chemotherapy suite, providing a warm and open presence for patients and their families. If you are interested in joining our team



Practical advice for getting second opinions

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A woman recently diagnosed with cancer stopped by our office to say that she’s heard that it’s important to obtain second opinions from major cancer centers and to assemble a team of experts to provide her treatment. She asked, “How the hell do I do that?” Cancer guidebooks are full of grandiose suggestions like “assemble



AmazonPrime Day 7/10-11

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Amazon’s third-annual Prime Day begins at 9pm on Monday July 10, and runs through Tuesday July 11.  #PrimeDay will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Remember to shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a percentage to CRC.



An Evening of Remembrance Wed., Sept. 27

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Wednesday, September 27 (rain date Oct. 4) 7-8pm at the CRC Garden. Come join us as we remember our loved ones lost to cancer. A program of remembrance, live music, and sharing of memories. The evening will end with lighting of candles in memory of our loved ones. Please RSVP to Monica at monica@crcfl.net if you would like to



Massage & Yoga, oh my!

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Oncology patients, caregivers, family, and friends are encouraged to book a chair massage with a licensed massage therapist from Rasa Spa. Available Tuesdays from 1:30-3pm in the CHOA office. Cost is $1 per minute. Reservations required. Contact Deb Danko 252-3937 to make an appointment. Deb is also looking to start an outdoor yoga class taught by



#MichaelsMilesForMelanoma

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Get warmed up for the Cancer Resource Center’s 23rd Annual Walkathon & 5K Run by signing up for: Michael’s Miles for Melanoma Fun Run/Walk Sat, August 26, 2017 from 9am to noon at Cass Park. This fundraiser is being organized by Michael’s sister, Jessica Burlingame, and we appreciate her efforts to help raise money for CRCFL! For information



Cancer-Related Fatigue

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When people think about the side effects of cancer treatment, they usually think about hair loss (which is common with some types of chemotherapy), and nausea (which is not nearly as common as it used to be). But in my experience, fatigue is the side effect that’s most universal and least appreciated. Fatigue is different



CRC statement regarding health care reform

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Those of us personally affected by cancer see proposed changes in health insurance in very concrete terms. The changes aren’t abstractions that may affect us at some point in time in the future. Instead, the changes are very real and will affect our medical and economic well-being when a new law is implemented. The House



Decision-making with cancer

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Everyone diagnosed with cancer has decisions to make. What type of treatment? Where to have treatment? Should the cancer even be treated? The question isn’t what’s best. Rather, the question is what’s best for you. After working with people making these decisions for the past several years, I’ve found that some general guidelines can be helpful: