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Are you a competitive athlete and a cancer survivor?

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Jessica Wood, an Ithaca College graduate student in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, is researching “Mental Toughness in Cancer Survivors with Previous Athletic Experience.” She’s recruiting athletes/cancer survivors for a study that provides insight into mental toughness and cancer. A competitive athlete is defined here as an individual who had two years of



Making friends with your oncologist

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An oncologist once remarked to me that her patients routinely told her about their personal lives – like they were trying to strike up friendships. I can understand this. It’s not that patients expect their oncologists to invite them over for dinner, but there is a desire to make some sort of human connection. I’m



Executive Director – Job Posting

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The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes (CRCFL), a non-profit organization located in Ithaca, New York, is seeking an innovative and experienced Executive Director.  The CRCFL serves over 1000, people a year with a wide variety and range of services.  The Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibilities while focusing upon planning, development,



Thursday Night Comedy

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comedyflops Thursday Night Comedy series at The Dock (415 Old Taughannock Blvd.) Join the FLOPs as we say goodbye to Mrs. Cheese, Gabe Gonzalez as part of our All You Can Eat Improv show! Alternating with stand-up comedy, the FLOPs are partnering with The Dock and Dan Smalls Presents to make Thursday THE night for



CRC Open House

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April Showers Bring May Flowers! Join us at the First Tuesday Open House on May 2 at 5:30 to start your spring. We will be decorating pots with flowers at CRC for you to take home.



Ithaca Festival Parade!

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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 6:30pm Friday, June 2 and marches down Cayuga St. If you would like to join us, please



Connecting cancer scientists and cancer patients

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Most cancer research begins in laboratories where scientists seek to understand why normal cells mutate into cancer cells and then travel, wreaking havoc, elsewhere in the body. These basic scientists are generally more familiar with test tubes than with cancer patients. Nationally, there’s growing interest in building partnerships between scientists and patients. For example, review



VOICES Spring Concert

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 3:30pm – 6:00pm First Presbyterian Church 315 N Cayuga St Ithaca, NY 14850 Click here to order tickets. $12 advance, $15 door, $10 senior, $8 student The event will begin with a silent auction at 3:30pm, with the proceeds going to 10 local charities (including CRCFL). The concert will begin at 4:30pm.



Why do engineers study cancer?

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You probably know that cancer research is routinely done by biologists, but you might be surprised to learn that engineers increasingly contribute to our understanding and treatment of this disease. Here are some examples: Cancer cells migrate through the body to take root in distant organs. These cells have to survive the “flowing river” of



End of Life Communication focus of Research Seminar

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This week’s cancer research seminar, co-sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center and Cornell University, will be presented by Holly Prigerson, Ph.D., of Weill Cornell Medicine where she’s the Director for Research on End-of-Life Care. Her topic is, “Communication as Key to Better End-of-Life Care.” Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 pm, 173 Warren Hall. Everyone is welcome.



Annual Women’s Retreat

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Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 11am – 5pm at La Tourella Resort & August Moon Spa. The Cancer Resource Center invites women who are traveling the path of diagnoses, treatment & survivorship to A Day of Renewal ​Our retreat offers a range of workshops, a delicious lunch, a mini-spa treatment, time for visiting, coloring, card-making, and



Event donors

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Event Volunteers Joey Steinhagen – MC/Host Kitchen Theatre – Venue & Support Sherron Brown – Photographer Heather Ainsworth Photography Sandy Swayze – Arbonne – Make up Sarah Brewer – Model Biography Editor Lisa Finnerty, LiSalon – Hair & Make up Fran Manzella – Event Coordinator Scott Dolphin – Run Way & Food Coordinator Donna Berich & Kate Dubin – Silent



Your doctor can’t read your mind

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In the cancer world, patients often differ on what they want to hear from their doctors. Here are some examples: Some patients want to know – in detail – the various pros and cons of every treatment option, while other patients just want to know what the doctor thinks is best. Some patients want to



Sandra Steingraber speaking tonight at Cornell

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Internationally recognized scientist, poet, and advocate Sandra Steingraber will be presenting on “The environment and cancer: Political engagement by academic scientists.” Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6:00pm*,146 Stocking Hall*, Cornell University *Note that this seminar is at a different time and place than normal for the series. (Stocking Hall is the home of the Cornell Dairy



Fashion Show donors

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Please thank our generous donors with your business! Benjamin Peters Bev & Company Breathe Cornell Store Fibers Boutique Laser & Brewer LuLaRoe Mary Durham Boutique Narrative Space Nelkin Designs One World Market Petrune SewGreen Sundrees Thrive Toko Imports Trader K’s Vintage Industry Willow Woolen Moss



Silent Auction donors

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Please thank our generous donors with your business! Aafke Swart Steenhuis Agava Ahora Si Flamenco Bev & Company Boatyard Grill Breathe Chaya Spector Cindy Getchonis Cinemapolis Cornell Store Damiani Winery Der Rosenmeister Nursery Designs by Renee Disney Dolce Delight Double E Gardens East Hill Flying Club Elemental Energy Within Moscato & Associates Ed Thomas Emmy’s Organics



Nice people abound in the cancer world

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One of the volunteers at the Cancer Resource Center recently said to me, “Every person I meet with cancer is nice.” It’s an interesting observation and one that other volunteers have made as well. I’ve been in the cancer world for more than 20 years and I think it’s generally true. Not because nice people



Bob’s Medical Adventure

I wanted to share some information about my health since it prompted my decision to step aside as CRC’s Executive Director. At heart, I’m a health educator, so it comes naturally for me to talk about these things. What I’m dealing with now is not cancer-related. Instead, it’s a rare condition – much rarer than



Good care is a partnership between patient and doctor

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I spend much of my time helping seriously ill patients navigate the health care system. As a result, I’m constantly talking with patients about their interactions with doctors and other health professionals. Although each encounter is unique, I’m increasingly aware of some universal truths that contribute to good patient-doctor encounters. Not surprisingly, good encounters require



Volunteer for CRC

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 Client Support at Cayuga Medical Center  Provides direct assistance to patients and their families/caregivers in either Radiation Oncology or the Chemotherapy Infusion Lab.  Reception Volunteer Provide direct assistance to individuals calling or visiting the Cancer Resource Center for cancer support and information. Assist with projects and general maintenance of the office.   Please contact Sharon



Eagles Club Chicken BBQ

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Tickets for BBQ and shirts now on sale at CRC! Saturday April 1, 2017 from Noon-4pm* 161 Cecil Malone Dr, Ithaca $10 (includes chicken, salt potatoes, beans & a roll) (*Must pick up chicken dinner by 5pm) 7:00-11pm  The Dean Goble Band Bake sale, cake wheel, baskets to win, 50/50 raffle, and more! Join our



Community Celebration – Big success!

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Thanks to all of YOU, we raised over $6,300.00! A big shout out to everyone who helped make CRC’s Community Celebration a success!! To everyone involved with the Fashion Show, Silent Auction, delicious food, music, our models, volunteers and donors, and everyone who came….. thank you so much for making this event a beautiful and successful