CRCFL  ~  May 2021 E-News
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From our new Executive Director
What a wonderful welcome! CRC volunteers, past and present board members, and staff gathered at the Ithaca Equestrian Center on Trumansburg Rd. on April 30th, to pass the Executive Director torch.

Fifty CRC Family members showed up during one of the season's first storms, to honor the accomplishments of the outgoing ED, Marilee Murphy, and welcome me as I begin to lead the organization into the next chapter.

The IEC staff, owners Paula and Russ Wedemeyer, and their daughter Erin made the event interactive, educational and most of all welcoming. I have never seen such a wonderful facility or felt more welcome.  The horses are treated like family and there is a serenity that envelops you as you look out across the pasture and watch them run with their manes flying. It is one of those moments in life where everything feels in balance.

It’s a perfect place for the Equine Therapy program.  A partnership between CRC and IEC. I wish the program existed when I was going through treatments.  I can’t imagine a more peaceful distraction from the anguish of cancer in a more serene location.

CRC is my new home and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated, caring and generous people!

Special thanks to Marilee, Monica, Rocio, Sharon, Jyl, Nancy, Paula, and Russ for putting this amazing event together. Enjoy photos from the event!

CRC/CMC Living Well with Cancer Workshop
Meets virtually 5:30-7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (email for the Zoom link.) 
5/18 "How to bring pure therapeutic essential oils into your daily life
Kash Iraggi from August Moon Spa 
All attendees will be entered into a raffle for $50 of Essential Oils!

6/15- "Hands-On Self-Healing: Acupressure to reduce pain & increase vitality" In this session, Sadie Hays, L.Ac, MSOM will present acupressure points and techniques to use at home for pain, headaches, anxiety and fatigue. She welcomes you to email your questions ahead of the presentation at

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.
Monthly CRC Services Spotlight: Women’s Group
CRC offers support specifically for women! Women with any type of cancer, at any stage of treatment or recovery are welcomed to attend Wednesday's from 1-2:30pm OR Friday's from 12-2pm. Here are some quotes from ​2 group members: "Members in this group are sisters in life and healing" and "The power of a support group is that it's a safe place to vent, cry, celebrate and laugh!"
Lourdes #MobileMammography is back, with many options for dates, times & locations! 

Diet & Health: Blueberry Pancakes
By Maya Zhou, Cornell Nutritional Sciences Major

Do you have Diabetes AND Breast Cancer?
Weill Cornell Medicine is recruiting women with breast cancer and diabetes to participate in a 60-minute virtual focus group to learn about their experiences managing type 2 diabetes during breast cancer treatments.

They would like to recruit broadly from across the state (to increase generalizability of the findings!) Participants will receive $50 to participate! Email Jacklyn Cho Click here for more info.
Cornell Community Cancer Partnership
Our first session of "Social Issues in Community Engagement for Cancer Scientists" was held on Saturday, May 1 and featured terrific presentations by national and local cancer experts.

The second session will be this coming Saturday, May 8, from 9am -1pm. Presentations will include: Click here for more information and a detailed schedule.

Community members are welcome to register for the program on May 8 even if they didn't attend on May 1st. Use this link to register so we can let you in on Zoom. (There's no charge to register and you don't need to stay for the entire session - you can just tune in to the topics that interest you). For questions, contact Bob Riter.

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
#VolunteerSpotlight: Brenda Zavaski is a retired Special Education Teacher/Elementary Principal. She presently serves as a Trustee on the Lansing Central School District Board of Education.  Brenda battled breast cancer in 2016 and was a client of CRC. Recognizing the importance of their support & services, she has been a volunteer since the summer of 2017.

Brenda had worked at the CRC office until the beginning of the pandemic.  Now she makes friendly phone calls to clients from her home as well as making contacts for Peer-to-Peer support.  

Brenda’s husband is also a volunteer at CHOA.  They live in Lansing and enjoy their time at the lake; especially when their three adult children, spouses and grandchildren visit.

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to these fabulous volunteers:
Joan Abrams, Brenda Zavaski, and Jason Hungerford

Featured this month:
Click here for more information on:
Melanoma & Skin,
Bladder, and Brain Cancers
Fun ways to support CRC:
May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

Easy Living Hats for #SkinCancerAwarenessMonth

With over 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is America’s most common cancer. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer!

Easy Living Hats is encouraging the #HatFam to protect their skin this season, starting with the perfect Packable Hat. 

For every Sun Hat sold, we will be donating 10% of that sale to CRC, along with offering 10% off for the month of May!

Shop, Protect, and Giveback this May.  Don’t Forget about Mother’s Day… Show your mama you love and care about her health by gift-ing her a beautiful, locally made Sun Hat that she can wear all year long! 

Shop & Support today at

SAVE THE DATE! #GivingIsGorges2021
Get a headstart, and donate today!(& help us spead the word on Facebook)

Help increase #AmazonSmile donations to CRC by shopping at Easy and NO additional cost to you!



A BIG thank you to our amazing community:

"Stepping Further" Fundraiser for CRC a Success!
Thank you to Anna Rutherford & Riya Patel from Women in Healthcare Leadership for orchestrating this terrific event. Lots of folks got their bodies moving and together raised over $680!
Thank you to everyone who donated to Jyl's Bday Fundraiser in memory of Andy Norberg. Thanks to your GENEROUS support, we raised $2,737!
These shawls were made by 15 graduate students of Cornell’s Graduate Society for Women Engineers Cornell Grad SWE. The students (some expert crocheters & some beginners, teamed up via Zoom to make 20 gorgeous shawls to keep cancer patients warm during chemotherapy tx.
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Cancer Resource Center Staff

Kim Pugliese, Jyl Dowd, Sharon Kaplan, Monica Vakiner, and Rocio Zepp
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