CRCFL  ~  March 2021 E-News
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Join us for our Spring Fundraiser
March 20-26 to meet the challenge of 7 days of fitness,
daily health practices, and fun wellness activities.

For more information, click here, and for the Daily Guide click here!

Participants will receive a zoom link for daily 7 min workouts & wellness activities, and will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Greenstar. For more info email Follow our Facebook Event Page for updates and more!  

Your support makes it possible for us to continue providing services free of charge to anyone affected by cancer.

Marilee Murphy in Tompkins Weekly - hot off the press!
CRC/CMC Living Well with Cancer Workshop
Meets virtually 5:30-7pm the 3rd Tuesday of each month (email for the Zoom link.) 
3/16 - What is Pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions (PFMD) and who does it affect? Symptoms can include urinary tract and rectal symptoms, and/or sexual dysfunction. PFMD is a common problem in cancer survivors with a negative impact on quality of life. Ovarian, cervical, prostate, colon, rectal and breast are a few examples of cancers that involve treatments that can affect the Pelvic Floor.

The presenter, Christine Trumble PT, OCS, WCS has 15 years of experience in treating pelvic floor dysfunction and owns a practice in Ithaca and Binghamton focusing solely on pelvic floor dysfunction. She will talk about the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor, and why it can negatively affect different systems. She will also include how to identify and address these issues and help you find the appropriate treatments.

4/20 - Demystifying mental health care Presented by  Erin Alexander and Melissa Enns LMSW from Mindwell Center Ithaca This presentation will address common questions and concerns about seeking mental health resources including:
  • How do I find a therapist?
  • What are the different types of mental health care providers, and does it matter which type I see (e.g., psychologist vs. psychiatrist vs. counselor)?
  • An introduction to the different approaches/theoretical orientations that therapists take
  • What to expect in therapy (first appointment and beyond)
  • Advice on how to have a successful therapy experience (ie: finding someone who is a good fit for you, being honest when something bothers you, etc.)

Missed February's #LLWC? Click here! 3 Keys for Exceptional Living
This workshop brought to life the most practical teachings to assist you in transforming the barriers between you and living a life that you find to be fulfilling. Learn how to tend to your emotions, your body and your soul, and to feel all that you experience without fear. Presented by Daniella Hess -Yoga Farm Ithaca
CRC's Colorectal Support Group
Have you been diagnosed with Colon, Rectal or Anal Cancer? Would you like to talk to others who have a similar diagnosis about the unique challenges of these cancers?  We would like to invite you to join the Colorectal Support Group which is held the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7PM.  We are currently meeting on Zoom.  Please email for the zoom link or further info.

What is the Peer to Peer Program?  
A confidential service that connects anyone affected by cancer to another person whose experiences with cancer are similar.  We will match clients in need of guidance and support to a volunteer mentor who has been through a similar experience.  The program is open to both the client with cancer and their caregivers.  

Mentors listen, extend emotional support, and offer practical advice.  They do not provide medical advice. The program is open to all patients and caregivers touched by any type of cancer.  If you are interested in being matched to a Peer, or want to be a Peer Mentor, please email for more information. 

"Gotta Question?" "Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together as “colorectal” cancers. Are they one in the same?" (Click here for our response!) To submit a question, please email
Diet & Health: Carrot Kimbap
By Maya Zhou, Cornell Nutritional Sciences Major

Cancer Research Seminar
Our next seminar is on March 10 from 4:30-5:30pm.

Lu Ling will present "Barbara McClintock and the jumping genes - from corn to cancer."  This is a continuation of our series highlighting cancer researchers that did not receive the attention they deserved because of their race, ethnicity, or gender. (Barbara McClintock received her PhD from Cornell in 1927 and was later awarded a Nobel Prize).

We are also planning a weekend program on May 1-2 with students meeting on campus and community members connecting by Zoom. To be added to the email list for announcements, contact Bob Riter at

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
Barbara Groo lived most of her life in New York City, where she worked in IT on Wall Street. She volunteered at Hospital for Special Surgery from 1986 until 2015, when, in a dramatic change of pace, she moved to Ithaca to be closer to family.  Barbara soon realized she wanted to continue her volunteer work in a hospital setting. She became a Client Support Volunteer in the chemo suite, fulfilling her desire to help cancer patients ease the fear and anxiety of going through treatment. After volunteers were suspended from Cayuga Medical Center due to COVID restrictions, Barbara switched gears and signed up to prepare COVID test kits. While she enjoys helping with whatever is needed, she greatly misses the wonderful patient interaction and looks forward to returning to the chemo suite. The CMC staff miss Barbara's bright energy and the positive vibe she brings to everyone she encounters. Barbara also finds satisfaction in writing cards to some CRC clients once a month. She adds a personal touch by including upbeat vignettes from the NYTimes or the newspaper.
Wishing a very Happy March Birthday to these fabulous volunteers:
Jiwon Kim, Betsy Schlesinger, Sally Grubb, Susan Dale-Hall,
Lee Ginenthal, and Jessica Parsons

Click here to see the cancers featured this month:

  • Colorectal Cancer

  • Kidney Cancer 

  • Multiple Myeloma

Community fundraising events:

Stepping Further – 5K Step Challenge
A fund raiser for CRC ($10 registration fee) organized by The Women in Healthcare Leadership Team.
Like to know more? Click here! 
St Patrick's Day Shopping?
You can help increase AmazonSmile donations to CRC by shopping at or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app. Easy & NO cost to you!
Thank you to everyone who donated to The Angel Fund in honor of 
Miguel Ángel Balsa Marín's birthday on Feb. 20th. Together we raised over $6000 to provide direct cash assistance to individuals with cancer in our community who have a specific and immediate financial need and where a small amount of money can make a significant difference. 

Click here to learn more about Miguel, how you can request help, and what the fund has been used for.

Amy Stoll's "before & after" pictures! A fundraiser in honor of Rich Hoffman.
Let's help Amy reach $2000 for CRC and Sloan Kettering by March 6th! 

Our amazing community:

Several of the CRC Community have been interviewed
on 2 very cool podcasts lately, check 'em out!
But Seriously: The Cancer Podcast (Bert Scholl)
and Shaking Cancer (Greg Fry).
Bob Riter provided an advocate’s perspective on precision oncology at the Feb. AACR forum, AND was honored by the Mayor with the City of Ithaca's proclamation that February 4th is officially named "Bob Riter Day". We can't think of anyone more deserving!

The Cornell University College of Engineering/CIS HR Team
donated 5 comfy fleece lap blankets for The Boutique. They came up with a creative way to “volunteer” virtually in place of a team holiday event. Email to claim one!
Last month, we were very grateful for the donations received in honor of:  Eartha Fountain Odom, Hance Henrie, Jean Berg, Norma Sibley, Rønnaug Indregard, Rosemary Lang, Shiv Shah, and Stephanie Thomas
And in memory of: Bridgett Perry, Cliff Earle, Dave Murphy, Dolly Schaffer, Emily Virkler, Gayle Gray, Jack Engel Young, John Schiavone, Leon Lawrence, Norma Helsper, and Ronald Kittredge
Free items available in The Emily Virkler Memorial Boutique
To make an appointment email to arrange a day to stop by Tue-Fri. (other days & times available upon request.) Staff will let you in and point you in the right direction. After that, it’s all self-serve & contact free. If planning ahead is a problem for you, drop-in’s are welcome on Wednesdays from 10-5pm beginning March 3rd. Please come by and help yourself to the wonderful items free of charge for yourself or a loved one. You can learn about Emily Virkler, and the Emily Virkler Memorial Boutique Fund here.

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