CRCFL  ~  Nov. 2020 E-News
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths. Over 1 million adults in NYS are cancer survivors and 1 in 10 cancer survivors in NYS are current smokers. Among younger adults (age 18-44), cancer survivors smoke cigarettes at a higher rate (32%) than adults who have not been diagnosed with cancer (14%).

Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is a naturally occurring odorless, colorless radioactive gas that results most often from the decay of rock and soil. Indoor radon can also come from coal combustion, gas appliances, and private well water. Radon moves up from the ground into homes, where it can accumulate and cause exposure to its cancer-causing potential. The type of foundation and the energy efficiency in your home is a factor with less energy-efficient homes and better-ventilated foundations both allowing radon gas to escape. Because of this, two homes next door to each other could have different levels of radon in the indoor air. The only way to know if your home contains radon is to have it tested, which can be done using a kit from a hardware store or having a radon professional perform the test. 

The risk of lung cancer for a smoker with radon exposure can be 10 times higher than a non-smoker with radon exposure. For lung cancer screening, it is important to let your healthcare provider know if you develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, new or worsening cough, chest tightness or pain, hoarse voice, or difficulty swallowing.

NYS offers help to quit smoking through their Quitline
FREE Coaching, Tips & Tools available by contacting 866-697-8487 or Services free & confidential. The Quitline also provides free starter kits of nicotine replacement therapy to eligible New Yorkers.

CRC Cares About Families
Last month we had a wonderful family day at The Treman Center with Sheryl D. Sinkow Photography, made possible by the generous support of the Saryn Emily Overby Koretzky Memorial Fund. (more pix)

Ithaca Equestrian Center
5 participants completed a 2 day Equine Therapy Program. A truly successful and wonderful experience thanks to Paula and Russ Wedemeyer, Barbie Lister, and Nancy Whitebird. Thanks to all! (more pix)

Artists Wanted! Are you a professional or amateur artist?
If you would like to donate some art for greeting cards that
we send to clients, we'd love to feature your work!
Please email a high resolution scan of your work to Sharon Kaplan.
If it’s chosen for print, Sharon will contact you for more info.

Yoga with Nick Boyar continues virtually 10-11am on Tuesday mornings
Email for the zoom link. Free for anyone in the community affected by cancer, including caregivers and long-term survivors.

CRC Thanksgiving Hours: Open 9am-5pm Monday 11/23 & Tuesday11/24. Closed Wednesday 11/25 through Friday 11/27. Happy Holidays!

Do you have cancer that you will be living with for the rest of your life?
CRC has a group called Pat's Group that is held virtually on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at noon for those who are Living with Cancer as a Chronic Disease. Partners are welcome to attend. Learn how to live and make the most out of your life. 
If you would like to join us, please email for the link.

CRC/CMC Living Well with Cancer Workshop
Meets virtually 5:30-7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (email for the Zoom link.) 
11/17 - Virtual Game Night  CRC & our PCAT students are hosting Game Night to take our minds off the news, holiday preparations and to have some fun! We'll be playing Jeopardy & Codenames (if you're not familiar with the games, no worries! We'll teach you how to play.) Email for the Zoom link. Click here to see past Workshops.
11/25 #MobileMammography at the Ithaca Free Clinic 
Here is our Activities Calendar & a list of our groups.
"Gotta Question?" #CRCQuestionOfTheMonth
 Question: "My oncologist recommended that I have a dental exam prior to starting chemotherapy/radiation.  Why do I need to go prior to starting treatment?" (Click here for our response!) To submit a question, please email us.
Diet & Health: "Healthy and Easy Thanksgiving Side" 
By Maya Zhou, Cornell Nutritional Sciences Major

Boutique items 
Thanks to the tremendous support from our community we are able to offer a variety items to survivors & caregivers. Thank you to:
  • Beth Bement
  • The Varna United Methodist Church Pew Knitters
    - a small group doing big things     
  • Tracy Saulsgiver "knits in memory of her sister who passed away with cancer" 
  • Aafke Steenhuis and the Tompkins County Quilters Guild
Contact CRC if you are in need of knitted hats, shawls, turbans & blankets to make arrangements for pick-up from our office at your convenience.
Cancer Research Seminar - Special program this month!
Dr. Robert Weinberg will present Cornell’s annual Distinguished Lecture in Cancer Biology “Mechanisms of Malignant Progression.” Monday, Nov. 9 at noon. You’re also invited to attend a pre-lecture designed for non-scientists at 11:00am. Anabella Galang will discuss Dr. Weinberg’s work in lay language. Here is the link to attend both presentations. (Everyone is welcome). Please note the special day and time.

Watch our Facebook page, our Twitter feed, and our Cornell Cancer Partnership website for details, and/or email Bob Riter to be placed on our email list. #CancerResearchSeminar #CornellCancerPartnership
Wishing a very Happy Birthday to these fabulous volunteers:
Siobhan McClory, Marcie Wyant, Donna Dauria,
Aafke Steenhuis, and Rebecca McTavish

#VolunteerSpotlight on Jessica Parsons
Jess is an active member of her community who likes to make connections. She enjoys being around people and animals and has previously volunteered with several organizations. One of her goals includes learning American Sign Language so she can make more connections with people of different languages and cultures. She likes to be positive and spread joy. Jess enjoys writing poetry, which led her to bring her creative writing skills to CRC. She joined CRC as a volunteer so others know they are important and not alone. Her connection with people who are facing cancer motivates her to encourage others to continue their journey with a smile.

Fundraising Opportunities
Texas Roadhouse
Gift Card Fundraiser Ends 11/23!
Support CRC and enjoy some delicious food. Vegetarian options!
Click here to order today.

Please help us spread the word. Join & share our Facebook Event page.
Click on AmazonSmile or
Giving Tuesday image to give!

Support our Can & Bottle Drive! Just drop 'em off at the K&H Redemption Center (900  W. State St.) and mention our name!

Our amazing community

raffle winner

(Click on Jerry & Marilee
to watch drawing)
Thank you to these
Annual Oct. Fundraisers:

~ Easy Living Hats
~ Red's Place "Red's Goes Pink"
~ Triphammer Marketplace Farmers Market 
"Carve Out Cancer"
Thank you to Officer Meskill and the
Ithaca Police Department for raising $250
through your annual Pink Badge Campaign.

We appreciate all that you do for our community and for us!
CRC board member Sue Dale-Hall was the keynote
speaker at the Women's Fund Celebration, Community
Foundation. Sue is the CEO for the Child Development Council and her leadership in our community for kids and families for many years and especially through the COVID19 crisis has been phenomenal. Thank you Sue - CRC loves you!
Check out Bert Scholl's "But Seriously - The Cancer Podcast"
starring many of our CRC community! 
Tompkins Weekly column: "Jyl Dowd: Radiantly unconventional & devoted" by Marjory Olds
by our friends at CMC (try to spot some CRCers!)

Last month, we were very grateful for the donations received In honor of: 
Jyl Dowd, Patricia Baxter, Alice Johnson, and Mary Jane Whitstock
And in memory of: Dalva Hedlund, Nancy Istock, Emily Virkler, Oliver Habicht, Elizabeth Otis, and Felician Foltman
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We are celebrating our 25th year of providing
services to people living with and affected by cancer. Please assist us in creating an inclusive, welcoming community of support, ensuring that one faces cancer alone.  



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Do you have a holiday or other life celebration coming up,
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Cancer Resource Center Staff

Rocio Zepp, Jyl Dowd, Marilee Murphy, Sharon Kaplan, & Monica Vakiner
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