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4/7 – 4/13 is National Volunteer Week

CRC volunteers are the foundation of our organization. They provide support to clients and staff in countless ways: visiting with patients at CMC, providing rides to doctor appointments, helping staff in the office, organizing events, and so much more! We truly couldn’t do our work without their support. Learn more about our many volunteer opportunities



10/5 The 25th Annual Walkathon & 5K Run

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities!! Click here to download a Corporate Sponsorship form, or call Jyl Dowd at 607-277-0960 Cass Park, Ithaca Day of event schedule: 8:30-9:45 Registration/Bib & shirt pick up/Donation drop off 9:45 Zumba Warm-up 10:00 Walk & 5K Run begin 10:30 Pancake breakfast (free) 11:15 Announce race winners & prizes (approximate time) Quilt raffle



5/21 #MobileMammography

It’s our life saving mission and we’re bringing it to you! #mobilmammography Dates: 5/21, 7/23, 9/24, 11/26 11am – 5pm Ithaca Free Clinic 521 W. Seneca St.,  Ithaca, NY We will be providing digital screening mammograms with 3D technology for women 35 years and older: To schedule an appointment, and preregister, please call: Lourdes Hospital Central



Walk with us in the Ithaca Festival Parade!

The Cancer Resource Center will be marching in the Ithaca Festival Parade! We are looking for a group of cancer survivors & friends to walk with us as we show pride in ourselves & our community. The parade starts at 6:00pm Thursday,  May 30 and marches down Cayuga St. Please contact Lee Ginenthal to join us!



4/17 Jason Spector, MD, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Reconstructive Surgery for Cancer Patients

Wednesday’s from 5:15 – 6:30pm, Cornell campus in Vet School Classroom 6 (Free parking across the street after 5pm). These seminars are an on-going collaboration between CRC & cancer researchers at Cornell. The presentations are in lay language and questions are encouraged. April Schedule 4/17 Jason Spector, MD, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Reconstructive Surgery for Cancer Patients



4/25 “Effective Communication for Cancer Patients”

CRC/CMC Living Well With Cancer Workshops: Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm at CRCFL (unless otherwise noted.) Outside speakers will present various health-related topics including wellness and complementary medicine. For people dealing with any stage of cancer & their caregivers. Please join us! Invite your friends, family and neighbors. Light refreshments provided.



CRCFL 25th Anniversary Survey

We are planning events to celebrate CRC’s 25th anniversary of serving the community. We are looking for your ideas on what you would like our year of celebration to include. Please answer 2 simple questions. Thanks in advance for your feedback!  #CRCFL25YearAnniversary



Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancers

  Gall Bladder Cancer Good Sources of Information National Cancer Institute: Gall Bladder Cancer Medline Plus: Gall Bladder Cancer American Cancer Society: Gall Bladder Cancer MacMillan Cancer Support (Great Britain): Gall Bladder Cancer Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma) Good Sources of Information National Cancer Institute: Bile Duct Cancer Medline Plus: Bile Duct Cancer MacMillan Cancer Support (Great Britain): Bile Duct Cancer American Cancer



Upcoming CRC Fundraisers!

Dear Friends of CRC, 100% of the proceeds for all of these upcoming fundraisers go to CRC  (except the last one 🙂   So please help us spread the word! Some ways you can help are: you can forward this email, hang the poster, share  the poster on Facebook, sign up/share the Facebook event pages, etc….and most of all, join us, and



Cornell and the Campus-to-Campus Bus

In Recognition and Appreciation of Cornell & the Campus-to-Campus Bus Cornell is such a big presence in our community that it’s easy to overlook how often it contributes to the well-being of those who live here. For the past several years, Cornell has quietly assisted thousands of area residents with cancer by providing free transportation to &



3/31 – 5th Annual One Funny Ithaca Story: “Houses of Worship” Edition

March 31, 2019 from 2 – 3:30pm First Congregational Church – 309 Highland Rd., Ithaca. Tickets can be purchased at gvgb.co/funnyithaca19 for $25/each. Thousands of area residents have connections with a local house of worship, and appreciate the important leadership and missions that are part of daily life. This work often includes support for local cancer patients and



New Cornell Cancer Support Group

The Cancer Resource Center and Cornell Work/Life are beginning a monthly support group for members of the Cornell community who have or have had cancer.   Faculty, staff, students, and retirees who have been diagnosed with cancer are welcome. It’s an opportunity to meet one another, create a community of support, and learn about the resources available on campus and



Powerful Tools for Caregivers begins 3/21

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Register now for one of the 6-week sessions beginning March 21. The classes will help you develop tools and coping skills to assist you in managing the many challenges associated with care-giving, connect with resources, communicate more effectively, and learn to take care of yourself while caring for your loved one. For more information or



Cancer Research Seminar (CRC/CU Collaboration)

Website We’re happy to unveil our new Website  & Facebook page! There are sections targeted to community members and students, and one that encourages the development of partnerships in other communities. There’s also a twitter feed that highlights news that we think will be of interest to cancer researchers and the patient community. We”ll continue to add new content. In particular, we want



Cancer Survivor #Dragonboat Team

The Ithaca Dragon Boat Team is recruiting for an All Cancer Survivors Team for the Ithaca Dragon Boat Festival race Sat., July 13, at Taughannock Falls. Join us on Thursday, January 31 from 5-7pm at CRC to find out more! Meet Dragon Boat Club member Paula Loskamp, a Breast Cancer Survivor since 2009. Paula is looking



Volunteers Needed! #VolunteersRock

VOLUNTEER with CRC………..it’s a win-win for everyone! YOU – improve your mental & physical health CLIENTS – know they don’t have to face cancer alone Volunteering is not just about making a difference in the lives of others, but also helps you feel good about doing good. Contact Sharon Kaplan, Director of Volunteers at sharon@crcfl.net,



CRC Lending Library

We have reference books you can use here at the center, an extensive lending library, and a limited number of cd’s. Categories of books and cd’s for lending include: cancer in general, breast and other cancers, complementary/alternative medicines, side effects, nutrition, caregiving, mind and body, biographical, social/environmental/political, exercise and relaxation, end of life, humor and



My Cancer

It came without a warning. It rang through my mind like a giant gong Announcing the entrance of a mighty royal person Or the beginning of an era. It shattered the comforting tranquility That clothed my aging body, Already aching from the daily tasks Of staying alive. It startled me. I was first angered by



Estate Planning at Cornell Law School

Cornell Law School is pleased to announce the return of our Estate Planning Practicum in the Spring of 2019.  As in the past, the course will assist those who do not have access to an estate planning attorney and will provide clients with a basic estate plan that includes a last will and testament, a living will,



CRCFL Groups

The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes offers many support groups, educational groups and wellness groups year round. We also collaborate with other organizations to offer a variety of services (examples; the Cayuga Medical Center, Island Fitness, Cornell University, and more.)          



Thank you to our fabulous entertainers!

We get so many compliments about the entertainment on the course, we just can’t thank them enough!   Click here to see some pictures of them in action!   Absolute A Cappella Anna Banana BadHand Ben Hogben Cornell Ukulele Club Crossroads the Clown Cornell Gymnastics Team HBOMB Karaoke Nurse IC Dance Team IC Gymnastics Team



Advocacy Center Partnership

October is both Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. CRC, and the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County are partnering so you don’t have to choose between these important issues that impact the health of our community.  Share this to spread awareness. #BCAM #DVAM #HealthyTompkins



Pink Badges for Breast Cancer Awareness

​October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the officers from the University Police Department will be wearing pink badge pins as part of their uniform to raise awareness. Last year, the department began participating in “No Shave November” to help raise awareness for cancer by growing out their facial hair during the month of November.



Biden Community Cancer Summit in Ithaca

The Cancer Resource Center and cancer researchers from Cornell University joined forces on Friday, September 21, 2018 to host a Biden Cancer Community Summit in Ithaca. Three sessions were held throughout the day, each bringing Cornell researchers into the community to share their knowledge with individuals personally affected by cancer and the general public. Faculty



Coalition for Families 8/16

Please join us for our monthly meeting of Coalition for Families! Guest Speakers Fran Manzella & Monica Vakiner presenting: “Supporting Families Affected by Cancer” Come learn about “CRC Cares about Kids”, resources available to help families and helpful things to say and do Thursday, August 16th, 2018 Meeting time: 8:30-9:30am Networking time: 9:30am-10:00am Tompkins County Cooperative Extension –



The Great Ithaca Bake-Off 9/15

Get out your measuring cups and put on your apron, it’s time to warm up your competitive baking skills! In conjunction with Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport’s Airport Day, Ithaca Sunrise Rotary is hosting our first Great Ithaca Bake-Off! Local professional bakers will bring samples of their treats–cakes, cookies/brownies, pies–and will be judged by a panel



Kelley Mark (founder of #KnitWithCare) receives award

Interview by the  Maribel Garcia Community Spirit Fund Get to know 2018 MGCSF Awardee Kelley Mark! Kelley sat down with us to answer some questions about her background, her future goals, and why she created Knit With Care. And don’t miss the adorable rainbow teddy bear she made for a member of the group! MGCSF: Please tell us about



National Cancer Survivors Day – June 3

A survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. National Cancer Survivors Day® is an opportunity for your community to demonstrate that it has an active, productive cancer survivor population and to bring awareness to the challenges they face during and after treatment.



Some examples of how your money was used in 2017:

We provided information and general support to over 3,500 individuals. We reserved 452 rides to and from NYC through Cornell’s Campus to Campus bus. We provided financial advocacy and assistance to 194 individuals. We facilitated nine support groups that met 141 times. Volunteers and staff provided roughly 2,800 hours of support to cancer patients at



Skin Cancers

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. By age 70, one in five people are expected to develop skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. All skin cancers start in the cells of the skin. It occurs when there are mutations in the DNA of