CRCFL  ~  April 2020 E-News
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Just wanted you to know that
all of us at CRC are thinking of you.
If you need anything, please let us know.
Email is the best way to reach us.

Are you navigating COVID-19 precautions while going through a cancer experience? 

CRC continues to be here for our community. We are continuing support groups online and providing 1-on-1 support by phone & email. We also have volunteers and peer cancer survivors available to connect with you. For info or to access any of these services click here, email us at or leave a message at 607-277-0960.

While we have postponed all in-person events through the end of April, we look forward to rescheduling them once COVID-19 has been mitigated and it is safe to gather again. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram and we’d love it if you would invite friends and family to “like” us, too! We will be posting virtual events and information regularly & would love to stay connected!

And finally, we thank you for your ongoing support. Here are some ways you can help CRC and our community during these challenging times:

  • Refer friends and family with cancer to us for help with financial advocacy, emotional support, and information about cancer. Share our email:

  • Let us know if someone needs extra support during this time and our volunteers can send an e-card or make a phone call to provide support.

  • Give to our Go Fund Me campaign and share the link with others. Your donation of any amount helps us continue providing free services to you, your friends, and family, and anyone who may be facing cancer.

  • Do your normal shopping at AmazonSmile and they will donate a % to CRC.

  • When giving through United Way, choose CRC as the designated recipient.

  • Choose CRC during this year’s “Giving is Gorges” campaign on May 20th.

  • Plan to attend our future events! One Funny Ithaca, the annual CRC dinner at the Texas Roadhouse, and of course, our Walkathon on October 3rd!

As we continue to serve our community, we deeply appreciate your support.

  Marilee Murphy,
  Executive Director, Cancer Resource Center
All of us need support now more than ever
Support Groups, workshops, etc. will be meeting via Zoom (a free, interactive online platform) until further notice. Please join us by Computer, Smartphone or Tablet. Click here to learn how it works!
Exploring Therapeutic Experiences with the Ithaca Equestrian Center
CRC staff visited the Ithaca Equestrian Center (IEC), a boarding stable and riding instruction center located in the Ithaca area. Thanks to the generosity of owners Russ and Paula Wedemeyer, they and CRC will be initiating a pilot project to explore therapeutic experiences for cancer survivors at their gorgeous farm. Watch for information on an IEC open house to learn more about this exciting opportunity once COVID-19 settles!  Learn more about IEC.
Breast Cancer Guide
CRC is pleased to introduce our newly revised Breast Cancer Guide (downloadable), a particularly helpful resource for those navigating a new breast cancer diagnosis. Email if you would like a copy mailed to you.

Thank you to CRC Board members, Hannah Potts, NP and Dr. Robert Weiss, Cornell cancer researcher, for their valuable input on the guide, and Rocio Zepp, Client Services Assistant, for the beautiful cover art.
CRC/CMC Living Well with Cancer Workshop #LWWC
Meets 5:30-7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at CRC
Check out our Facebook Live videos!
4/21  "Chemo Brain: Challenges & Strategies" Jessica Morley
5/19  "Grief & Faith: A Surprising Path Towards Hope" Kathleen Rourke
5/27 #MobileMammography at the Free Clinic 
 Sponsor of the Month: Specialty Trophy & Awards
              April Focus: Volunteer Appreciation Month
            Learn more about both by clicking here!


CRC has been ordering our volunteer name tags & recognition plaques from
Specialty Trophy for the past 6 years. Just like us, they are a small operation with a BIG heart and excellent customer service. Please support them and all of our amazing local businesses as we all struggle through this difficult time.

"Gotta Question?" #CRCQuestionOfTheMonth
 Question: "I'd love to help support people going through cancer, but
I've never had it myself? Can I still volunteer? What's involved?"
(Click here for our response) To submit a question, email us. 
NOTE: Volunteer activity at CMC and CRC has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. You can still submit an application and Sharon will follow up with you.
Cancer Research Seminar Switches to Virtual Classroom
The spring class will meet virtually using the Zoom platform on Wednesday's from 5:15 - 6:30pm. Click here for the tentative guest speaker schedule.

These seminars are an on-going collaboration between CRC & cancer researchers at Cornell. The presentations are in lay language and questions are encouraged. Everyone is welcome! Click here for more info &/or to be added to the distribution list for weekly reminders.
Important notice from C2C Cornell University Transportation Services
"It is with regret that we must suspend the Campus-to-Campus coach service as of 3/25, until further notice. Info at"
Volunteer Spotlight: Rebecca McTavish is a newly appointed receptionist at CRC. She recently moved to Ithaca from Australia while her husband completes his PhD program at Cornell. She completed a Bachelor of Music specializing in the Classical Trombone mid 2016, and has years of experience in administration and customer service. It is easy to say that she has a ‘stable’ obsession with popcorn, and loves to contribute to the community in any way she can. She has found the staff and volunteers of this non-profit organization very dedicated and welcoming, and will regularly be in the office Wednesday mornings. Click here to see more spotlights!
Wishing a very Happy Birthday to our fabulous volunteer, Patti Meyers!

Our amazing community:

Thank you Beth Bement for donating non-medical cloth face masks for the CRC community! Email if you need a mask.
Thank you Agnes & Meloney McMurry for delivering 45+ boxes of Girl Scout Cookies from Ithaca Girl Scout Troop 60333! We look forward to sharing them!
Board member, Jason Hungerford represented CRC as part of a panel of cancer survivors speaking to a class of students from the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. The class is great as they merge concepts of the hospitality industry with the medical profession and architectural design and business. They talked about their personal cancer stories as well as the importance of the space design in how it benefits their treatment and recovery and overall wellness. And yes, he's wearing his latest new shirt from Stitch Fix!
We had a code-red emergency when our beloved popcorn popper stopped working. Huge thanks to Randy and Ron from Reliable Care for coming to the rescue... just in time for our volunteer meeting. Some things just can't wait!
Happy Birthday, Monica! Thank you for raising over $400 for CRC.
It's not to late to donate in her honor!

Helping People AND the Environment:
Astral Power Brings Solar Energy to CRC.
Read about it in Newswire!
Tompkins Trust Company/Insurance Agencies/Financial Advisors,  
CSP ManagementBlue Argo,  Regional AccessIthaca Medical Group
Cayuga Lake Seido KarateTreman CenterCargill
Cargill has been in business for 150 years and today, they apply their expertise to serve customers and communities in 70 countries/regions.   The Cayuga Salt mine in Lansing, NY, provides customers with deicing technology and road salt that saves lives, enhances commerce and reduces environmental impact. Cargill acquired the mine in 1970 and annually produces approximately 2 million tons of road salt that is shipped to more than 1,500 locations throughout New York and the northeast United States.  Go to their website at for more information.
Last month, we were very grateful for the donations received in honor of :
Lee Ginenthal's birthday, and Arlene Muzyka  
And in memory of: Pam Gillespie, Julie Hoaglin, and Joseph Petrillose
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Please consider a donation of any size!
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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We're proud that all donations to CRCFL remain in our community.
Do you have a holiday or other life celebration coming up,
but already have enough "stuff"? Help out a good cause instead! 
Suggest that people make a contribution to CRC in honor of your birthday, anniversary, wedding, graduation, or in memory of a loved one. We'll thank them & let you know that they donated in your honor.  And they'll even get a tax deduction. Everyone wins!

Cancer Resource Center Staff

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