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,



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),



Cancer: Simple wisdom from our pets

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



Event donors

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



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



Donating hair

We often receive calls from individuals who wish to donate hair that can be made into wigs for people with cancer or other types of hair loss. We’ve pulled together information about some of the best-known organizations that accept donations and some articles that might be of interest. Lather, Rinse, Donate (New York Times) I’ve



Janet and David Pierce

Janet, who has been diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, and David, her husband and caregiver, were kind enough to brave a rainstorm for our conversation on an otherwise quiet Sunday morning. In May 2010, Janet found a mass in her breast. She went to her regular doctor and was sent for a mammogram and



David Lehman and Stacey Lehman-Harwood

David Lehman and his wife and caregiver Stacey Lehman-Harwood have lived in New York City and Ithaca for decades. They have held teaching positions in NYC, and are part of a large community of poets and writers in both locations. In November 2013, David began feeling symptoms of bladder cancer. He consulted a urologist in



Beth Brunelle and Cheryl Jewell

Written by Sarah Brewer I met Beth, who has metastasized ovarian cancer, and her partner and caregiver Cheryl on a sunny June morning near Cornell. Beth started her oral history with her experience with her first cancer diagnosis and treatment. Beth had a history of endometriosis and ovarian cysts. Eventually, a routine check-up with her



Tig Notaro

Saturday, April 30, Tig Notaro will be performing at the State Theater at 8:00 pm. ​In 2013, Tig was nominated for a Grammy Award for her sophomore release, LIVE, which is a stand-up set delivered just days after Tig was diagnosed with invasive bi-lateral breast cancer. She has since announced her cancer to be in remission



Cancer 101

Presentation at the Tompkins County Public Library (free and open to the public) Thur. March 3 from 7-8pm Please join TCPL in welcoming Bob Riter as he outlines the basics of cancer, highlights resources, and answers questions.



Shooting some hoops

Ithaca College Basketball Cancer Prevention Awareness Game Saturday, February 13 beginning at 2pm Ben Light Gymnasium in Hill Center at Ithaca College Free admission, raffles, games, & door prizes! It’s certain to be a fantastic time! It all starts with a 2pm tip-off of the men’s game continuing through the women’s game at 4pm. All



October 2015

ONLY 3 WEEKS until the Walkathon & 5K Run! Sign up today at gvgb.co/WalkRun2015 Register to Walk or Run, start a team, sponsor a participant & more! Helpful links: Your “Dashboard” – if you are already registered & want to edit your page. Event Facebook page  – share with your friends; help spread the word!



September 2015

You have 24 hours (today!) to give where your heart is! Click here to support CRC’s Giving is Gorges campaign, even $1 can help us win prizes: – Most Donors Prize – $500 We hope to win one of 4 prizes (awarded every 6 hours)! – Largest Donor Prize – $500 For the single largest donation –



August 2015

Don’t miss this great line-up! The Ithaca Times just published a nice article about the benefit concert. It’s time to Rock the Walk! Check out our new Walkathon & 5K Run website to sign up or sponsor someone today! Check out our new Walkathon & 5K Run website at gvgb.co/WalkRun2015 It’s time to register for



Spring Campaign 2015

Please help! Our focus is local, but our reputation is national. Now in our 20th year of service, we’ve become one of the most comprehensive and creative cancer resource centers in the country. We don’t charge for our services nor do we receive funds from the American Cancer Society. We depend on our community for



July 2015

Take a look at our roster of groups! New Support Group for Caregivers Beginning July 14th, a new group for Family, Friends, and Caregivers of individuals with cancer will meet at 5:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at CRCFL. Caregivers and others concerned about a loved one with cancer are welcome to join



January 2014

Bob Riter’s Book is on the Way! Bob’s book, When Your Life is Touched by Cancer, a compilation of his popular column in theIthaca Journal, is being released nationally in January. It will be widely available in bookstores and through national online retailers such as Amazon. All proceeds from the sale of the book are



February 2014

Bob Riter’s Book is here! When Your Life is Touched by Cancer, a compilation of his popular columns in the Ithaca Journal, has been released nationally. It will be widely available in bookstores and through national online retailers such as Amazon and is also available at CRCFL for $15 each or two for $25. All



March 2014

New CRCFL Promotional Video Please take a moment to view this YouTube video created by Ithaca College student Kyle Vorbach. What a talented young man he is; it is truly inspirational! (Apologies for the broken link last month) Thanks to the Ithaca Journal The Cancer Resource Center thanks The Ithaca Journal and Editor Bruce Estesfor



April 2014

UPCOMING CRCFL EVENTS & FUND RAISERS: Click to download a registration form. Please enjoy some photos from last years Day of Renewal: The spa awaits you! A happy participant. Peaceful morning yoga. Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Men’s Adventure Day Our 3rd Annual Men’s Adventure Day will take us to watch the Syracuse



May 2014

Improving Cancer Support Services in Tompkins County We’d like your input! We’ve created a brief online survey to obtain feedback from individuals in our area who have been diagnosed with cancer or if they’ve had a loved one with cancer. This information will be used to help us plan new cancer support programs and to refine our



June 2014

The Angel Fund The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes is honored to announce the creation of the Angel Fund in memory of Miguel Ángel Balsa Marín. This fund will be used to provide direct cash assistance to individuals with cancer in our community who have a specific and immediate financial need. We regularly



July 2014

Improving our Accessibility! Thank you Ithaca Sertoma Club, HOLT Architects, and Welliver Construction! Fareed Abdulky (left) and Ron Davenport(right), presenting a $17,000 check from theIthaca Sertoma Club to CRC Board MemberSkip Hewitt (center). The money is being used to renovate our back porch and make our building more wheelchair accessible.  Click here to see photos



August 2014

The Inaugural CRC Golf Open THANK YOU, ED MOSCATO of Moscato & Associates for organizing our first golf tournament which raised close to $10,000! Click here to see pictures of the event (& to print your Team photo!) Many Thanks to the following: Gold Sponsor: CFCU Community Credit Union Lunch Sponsor: Cayuga Medical Center Trophy



September 2014

Join us for our Annual Meeting on Sept. 17! Fran Manzella Appointed Associate Director The Cancer Resource Center is delighted to announce the appointment of Fran Spadafora Manzella as the organization’s new Associate Director. For the past several years, Fran has worked at the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, serving as the Director of



October 2014

Writing Group starts TODAY! Thursdays from October 2 – November 6 from 5:30-7:30pm With the aid of structure, prompts, reading aloud, and having fun, this group will gather with the shared experience of having cancer, and will create whatever comes out of the time shared together. You may be someone who journals, is a published



Special Event Edition!

20th Annual Walkathon & 5K Run another huge success! We had perfect weather, a great turn out, cool new features (the Event Tent & the Meet-Up Spot for Team photos, etc.) and raised lots of money! The total is currently around $145,000 but more money is coming in every day. We will announce the final



November 2014

Water Aerobics is BACK! This class will wake you up and energize you for the day, incorporating cardio, toning, and stretching. The instructor, Judy Urban, is certified in Aqua Fitness with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is full of energy and enthusiasm and will get you smiling while you work out! This



December 2014

Tompkins Trust Company’s “Community Minute Challenge” contest TTC has invited us to participate in the next round of a contest where local nonprofits create 60-second videos that get posted on their Facebook page. The public votes, and the winner gets $1000 and the chance to compete in the final round for an additional $5000! But