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CRC 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



Bladder Cancer

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

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…..

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,



“A Time for You” Caregiver Celebration!

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.



April is Testicular Cancer Month

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

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

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

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



April is Esophageal Cancer Month

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:



World Cancer Day!

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

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



March is #ColorectalCancer Awareness Month

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



Friendly Correspondent Program

Our Friendly Correspondent Program is a support service we offer to individuals with cancer that may be socially isolated, but still want to have some connection and support from our agency. Volunteers and college students send ‘thinking of you’ cards and notes out to these individuals that could benefit from a kind word and encouraging



Knit with Care

Come knit or crochet with a bunch of passionate & fun loving crafters! When: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 3:30-5:00pm Where: Cancer Resource Center (612 W State St., Ithaca) Who: Beginners AND experts welcome! What: Each week we will have knitting, food and a theme Knitting needles, yarn, pattern, & beginner’s booklet provided



No right way through cancer

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