CRCFL  ~  February 2020 E-News
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Executive Director Position
The Cancer Resource Center is seeking an innovative and experienced Executive Director to start as early as March 2021. CRC serves over 1,000 people a year with a wide variety of services designed to create and sustain a community of support for people living with and affected by cancer.
For more details or to apply, click here.
Board departures:
CRC is saddened to have the terms ending for several outstanding board members, Jerry Dietz, our board president for the past 2 years, Rosemary Lang, a stalwart CRC supporter, and Shivem Shah, who received his Ph.D. while serving on our board and now pursues a medical degree. CRC supporter Gay Nicholson also stepped down from the board. We wish them well and give our sincerest thanks for their contribution to our caring community!

CRC is excited to welcome its newest members to the board:
Mandolyn Grace McConaha has 11 years of non-profit leadership experience developing and implementing evidence-based programming focused on health and education equity, place-based interventions and systemic change. She currently works as the Operations Manager for Brand Communications in the Division of University Relations at Cornell University managing the in-house creative team. Mandolyn is also an award-winning wedding and lifestyle photographer.  Mandolyn has served as a community  member on CRC's client services committee for the past year and will now chair that committee.

Lee Ginenthal is a retired Ithaca City School District teacher and staff trainer and owner of Der Rosenmeister Nursery. Lee has served as a CRC volunteer for many years, mentoring men with prostate cancer and teaching strength and mobility classes for CRC clients. He also designed and oversaw the creation of the award winning Healing Garden in the backyard of CRC. He has represented CRC at local events speaking about his experiences with prostate cancer, has assisted with our annual walkathons, and has been an active participant with Cornell Partnership class on cancer.

Dr. Peggy Odom-Reed is a senior lecturer in the marketing and management communication area at the School of Hotel Administration, where she teaches courses in management communication. Peggy serves on the SC Johnson College of Business' Leadership Council on Combating Racism and Promoting Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging. She also serves as a board member for the Village at Ithaca that focuses on educational equity for students in Tompkins County.  Peggy understands the importance of community support, and she, along with her husband, Bertrand, and children, Trinity and Emmanuel, are supporters of CRC’s work. As a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Peggy has worked with her local graduate chapter, Omicron Nu Omega Chapter, to partner with CRC, serving as the captain for Team Alpha Kappa Alpha 1908 in CRC’s Walkathon/5K Run for nearly a decade.

Here is the full list of 2021 board members and officers.

What is the Living Well with Cancer Workshop & how can it help me?

LWWC is a monthly educational program on a topic related to cancer &/or general well-being.  All of our workshops are free & open to the public. CRC brings in guest speakers to help educate our community about topics that are important to anyone affected by cancer. Past topics have included Cancer, Covid & Coping, Reiki, Sexuality, Grief & Faith, Chemo Brain: Challenges & Strategies, plus many more.
CRC/CMC Living Well with Cancer Workshop

Meets virtually 5:30-7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (email for the Zoom link.) 

2/16 - 3 Keys for Exceptional Living: This workshop brings to life the most practical teachings that can 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.

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.

Christine will talk about the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor, 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.

Christine Trumble PT, OCS, WCS has 15 years of experience in treating pelvic floor dysfunction.  Owns a practice in Ithaca and Binghamton focusing solely on pelvic floor dysfunction.
To join, request a topic, or if you would be interested in presenting a workshop, please email us at You can find out the topic of the month by checking this page, subscribing to our monthly E-News, or emailing us. Miss a #LLWC? Click here to see past Workshop videos.

Did you know that we have a support group for the Cornell community? It’s open to staff, faculty, students and retirees who have had a cancer diagnosis. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 11:45 – 12:45. We’ll meet again in person when the campus returns to full activity. For the time being, we meet on Zoom. To receive the login information, contact Monica Vakiner ( or Bob Riter (
The value of Nick's #GentleYoga Class as described by a participant:
"I have been attending Nick’s gentle yoga class through CRC for many years. Of all the yoga/exercise classes I have tried, Nick has been the most sensitive to the needs of people who are dealing with cancer. His classes not only give us a gentle routine for physical self care, but also mindful meditative tools to calm the busy mind and nervous system, which tends to work on overdrive in many of us dealing with cancer. I cannot put into words what I receive from the hour of zoom every week connecting with Nick and “my” people."

Classes meet via Zoom on Tuesdays 10-1 am. If you would like to drop-in to the class, email for the zoom link.
Lourdes Mobile Mammography schedule: 

 "Gotta Question" of the month:
  Question: "How can I help a friend with cancer?"
 (Click here for our response!) To submit a question, please email us.
Diet & Health: Easy Banana Bars By Maya Zhou, Cornell Nutritional Sciences Major

Cancer Research Seminar Spotlight
We are delighted to highlight the Cornell Community Cancer Partnership this month. This collaboration between the Cancer Resource Center and Cornell University began in 2012 and has connected cancer patients, survivors, and loved ones with cancer researchers and students on an on-going basis ever since. There’s no other program like it in the country.

 Here are some of our activities:

We encourage the development of similar programs at other universities by providing online resources, and we’re delighted that so many of our graduates have entered academia and industry with an appreciation for and experience with the patient community.

Our most recent seminars have highlighted the work of cancer researchers who may not have received the recognition they deserved because of their race, gender or ethnicity. We’ve just posted two on our new YouTube Channel.

COVID has prevented us from having in-person get-togethers, but we will resume monthly Zoom presentations within the next month. 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
Wishing a very Happy Birthday to these fabulous volunteers: Melissa Sheldon & Karl Paulnack
Rachel & Nicole raised $2,245
shaving their big heads for cancer! And we truly can't thank them enough. Click here to learn how they did it!

Bridging the Gap between Faith and Healthcare
Last week, CRC and Hospicare held a community discussion with leaders of faith in our community. Churches, synagogues, mosques, and other faith communities often serve as a primary source of support for people going through cancer.  We thank these leaders for participating in the conversation with us and we look forward to ongoing engagement so that no one faces cancer alone.
  • Fred Bassette, Cayuga Medical Center Chaplain
  • Rev. Sabrina Slater, Christ the King Fellowship Presbyterian
  • Hierald Orsoto, Ithaca College Mueller Chapel
  • Bronwyn Mohlke, Ithaca Monthly Meeting
  • Father Augustine Chumo, Immaculate Conception Church
  • Rabbi Rachel Safman, Temple Beth-El
  • Barbara Chase, Ithaca Religious Society of Friends-Quaker
  • Pastor Deborah Allen, St. Paul's United Methodist Church
  • Rev. David Kaden, First Congregational Church of Ithaca United Church of Christ

National Cancer Prevention Month

We’ve teamed up with the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) to encourage everyone to adopt healthier habits to reduce their risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. To help you live healthier, AICR has taken the latest research & made 10 recommendations to reduce your risk for cancer and other chronic illnesses. 

This year, AICR has launched a new online tool that can help you put these Recommendations into action – the Healthy10 Challenge. The challenge is a free, 10-week online program designed to help improve your diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight for lower cancer risk and better overall health. It is engaging, inspirational and accessible for all adults! #TakeTheTen
To learn more & take the Healthy10 Challenge, visit  

Featured this month - Click here for more information on:
  • Gallbladder/Bile Duct Cancer
  • World Cancer Day 
  • National Donor Day
The Emily Virkler Memorial Boutique is
gearing up for its grand opening!

We are so excited about our Grand Opening, that we literally can’t wait to show you! So we’ve decided to host a “soft opening” February 16-19th.

Just 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. We hope to see you in March for our Grand Opening!

You can learn about Emily Virkler, and the Emily Virkler Memorial Boutique Fund here.
Last month, we were very grateful for the donations received in honor of:  
Barbara Brenner, Fay Cokely, Rose Merle, and All lost YA group members
And in memory of:  Claudia Ayers, Dalva Hedlund, Marjorie Rivard Adams,
Emily Virkler, Kathy Cole, Kitty, Penny Turco, Cyndy Tkachuck, Rich Hoffman, Robin Treon, S. Scott Kumpf, and Professor Graves Franklin Ray
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Cancer Resource Center Staff

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