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An Evening of Remembrance 9/26

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Join us as we remember our loved ones lost to cancer. A program of remembrance, live music, and sharing of memories. We will end the evening by lighting candles in memory of our loved ones. If you would like to share a memory, RSVP to monica@crcfl.net join our Facebook Event to help spread the word.



Powerful Tools for Caregivers begins 9/5

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Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Register now for one of the 6-week sessions beginning September 5th (our very own Fran Spadafora Manzella is co-facilitating at the McGraw House series). 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



Zumbathon! 9/21

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Area Zumba instructors are planning their fall Zumbathon to support those affected by breast cancer. And, again this year, they plan to donate all the proceeds from the event to CRC! Friday, Sept. 21 6:00 – 7:30 Island Health and Fitness We would love if you came to dance with us!



2018 Corporate Sponsors

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Help us thank our first 9 generous Corporate Sponsors by supporting them with your business. Or better yet, join their ranks and become a Corporate Sponsor yourself! Click the image below to find out how.                  



Coalition for Families 8/16

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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

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Get out your measuring cups and put on your apron, it’s time to warm up your competitive baking skills!   Click here to download, and enter today!   Join, like, invite & share our Facebook event!                                        #TheGreatIthacaBakeOff



Kelley Mark (founder of #KnitWithCare) receives award

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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

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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.



24th Annual Walkathon & 5K Run 10/13

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Click here to learn more & to register! Saturday, October 13th Cass Park – 701 Taughannock Blvd. Day of event schedule: 9:00 Registration/Bib 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) Registration Fee:  $40 thru noon on October 11th,



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



Walk with us in the 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 1 and marches down Cayuga St. If you would like to join us, please



Skin Cancers

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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



Bladder Cancer

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Information from the American Cancer Society states that bladder cancer occurs when cells in the bladder start growing uncontrollably and eventually create a tumor or spread to other areas. The most common type of bladder cancer is called urothelial carcinoma, or transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). This cancer begins in the urothelial cells that line the bladder and other



Brain Cancer

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A brain tumor occurs when there is a growth of abnormal cells in the tissues of the brain. The American Brain Tumor Associationreports that nearly 80,000 new cases of primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed this year. Tumors are known for interrupting normal activity like thinking, speaking, moving and breathing. Some are cancerous (malignant),



May the Fourth Be With You…..

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A BunRaiser for CRC in honor of Star Wars Day Show your support for CRC by donating in the name of your favored updo: Leia’s twin side buns or Rey’s triple back buns.   You can donate online or with coins, cash, or check in person via the admin offices in the Vet Research Tower at Cornell (T2‐006, T4‐018,



Picnic at Havana Glen State Park 8/9

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Outside speakers will present various health-related topics including wellness and complementary medicine. For people dealing with any stage of cancer & their caregivers. Light refreshments provided. CRC/CMC Living Well With Cancer Workshop: Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm at CRCFL. CMC/CRC Living Well with Cancer Workshop: Meets the 2nd Thursday of the



“A Time for You” Caregiver Celebration!

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Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 1-4:00pm Tompkins County Office for the Aging 214 W. Martin Luther King Jr./State St., Ithaca Come join us for a celebration of all Caregivers- family members, friends, and all loved ones! Music, poetry, chair massages, mindfulness/yoga and other wellness topics and activities, and info tables! Light refreshments will be served.



Cancer Research Seminar (CRC/Cornell Collaboration)

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Meets Wednesdays from 5:15-6:30pm* Cornell University in Warren Hall, Room 101 Click here for some background. Join with Cornell doctoral students engaged in cancer research and those directly touched by cancer for a discussion about the science of cancer (presented in lay language). Open to the public. Light refreshments provided. *Follows academic calendar; For more information and/or to



April is Testicular Cancer Month

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Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-34.  The National Cancer Institute provides the following information about testicular cancer: Testicular cancer occurs when healthy cells in the testicles change and grow out of control, creating a tumor.  Most types of testicular cancer develop from germ cell tumors, or tumors that develop in the sperm-producing



April is Head & Neck Cancer Month

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The following information about head & neck cancers is taken from the National Cancer Institute.   Head & neck cancers account for approximately 4% of cancer diagnosis.  Head & neck cancers are more often diagnosed in men, and in adults over the age of 50. Cancers known collectively as head & neck usually begin in the cells that line the



Pop-Up Pub Downtown

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Thursday, May 3 from 5-6:30pm Ithaca Marriott – 120 S. Aurora St., Ithaca $5 of every “Blue Bomber” signature drink sold at the Pop-Up Pub Downtown will be donated to the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. Please click here to learn more, and to RSVP!   Ithaca College and the Marriott aim to merge



National Minority Cancer Awareness Week April 8-16

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This week we recognize how health disparities affect minority groups and under-served populations. Minority groups are disproportionately affected by cancer. Eliminating health disparities for minorities starts with awareness. Learn more from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention. African Americans have the highest incidence rates of colorectal cancer of any racial or ethnic group, according to the American



2nd Annual CRC Fundraiser Dinner

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Sunday, May 6 from 11:30am through 9:00pm 719-25 S. Meadow St., Ithaca Please join the CRC Family for our 2nd Annual Dinner (which will be held at the Texas Roadhouse from now on!) Present the flyer (you can pick up one at CRC, print this flyer, or show your waiter on your phone), and CRC



April is Esophageal Cancer Month

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Formed in the muscular tube connecting your throat to your stomach, more than 18,000 Americans will develop esophageal cancer and over 15,000 people will die from it. Rates of diagnosis have been slowly rising over the past twenty to thirty years. It is treatable, but not curable. The two main types of esophageal cancer include:



“Monster & Sea – 24 Hour Paddle for Cancer”

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April 14th (8am) thru April 15th (8am) Launching at the Ithaca Farmers Market Local stand-up paddleboarders from the SUP Cayuga team will participate in this exciting fundraiser! The team consists of Paul Wiech, Paul Closs, Ausra Marcinkeviciute, Julie Carmalt, Gina Giambattista, & Vicki Taylor Brous, who will paddle in pairs in a one-hour relay format for 24



National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2018)

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Established in 1974 by President Nixon, National Volunteer Week highlights volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to serving communities and issues they are passionate about. Hosted by Points of Light, this week aims to recognize volunteers and celebrate service. This is an opportunity to appreciate the impacts of service in our communities and inspire



Quilt Raffle

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To purchase tickets for this beautiful handmade quilt: Stop by Call Email info@crcfl.net Order online The quilt will be on display at Handwork for the month of July, stop by & grab your tickets there! All proceeds benefit CRC’s Angel Fund.                                  



A Day of Renewal

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The Cancer Resource Center invites women who are traveling the path of diagnoses, treatment & survivorship to A Day of Renewal Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 11:30am – 5pm at La Tourella Resort & August Moon Spa. Our retreat offers a range of workshops, a delicious lunch, a mini-spa treatment, time for visiting, and a



World Cancer Day!

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February 4th unites the world under a single theme to highlight the ongoing fight against cancer. World Cancer Day aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths each year by raising cancer awareness among the general public and urging governments to take further action against the disease. #WecanIcan  #worldcancerday  



Counseling Support for Families Affected by Cancer

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Children of parents with cancer often experience anxiety, depression and uncertainty related to their parent’s diagnosis. Parents are not always certain about how to talk with their children or how much information to give them.CRC provides support to parents in talking with their child about cancer and connects them with additional resources in the community.  Often



Diet and Health ~ By Maya Zhou

Maya’s Super Summer Recipes  Shrimp Tacos Here are three variations of this light and refreshing dinner option!  It’s very low in calories but high in fiber, keeping you full and satisfied for longer. Preparation time: 15 minutes.  Makes 4 servings. For each of these variations, first thaw half a bag of frozen small, peeled, deveined



March is #ColorectalCancer Awareness Month

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Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the US and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. According to the American Cancer Society, the estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in



4th Annual One Funny Ithaca Story

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As we celebrate 23 years of community service, CRC is once again staging the popular, progressive, environmentally sensitive, and especially enlightened: “One Funny Ithaca Story IV”  Special Edition* A comedic tribute to everything Ithaca stands (and sits) for! (*Well, really, they’re all special!) Sunday, March 11th from 2-3:30pm The Space at Greenstar (700 W. Buffalo St.) Tickets