CRCFL  ~  August 2020 E-News
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A Message from Marilee

On behalf of all of us at CRC, we thank this wonderful community for its support for our first ever Virtual Walk/Run event over July 4th weekend. Our goal was exceeded and close to $130,000 was raised thanks to many business supporters, our presenting sponsor Cayuga Medical Center, all the participants, and many, many donors. Our Board of Directors and staff played also brought their deep commitment to CRC continuing its services free of charge for anyone affected by or living with cancer. Many entertainers contributed performances and if you missed them, you can find them here. We are profoundly grateful to you all.  We missed seeing you in person and we do hope to be back at Cass Park next year.

CRC continues to be here to provide our services, even though things are still a little different than usual due to COVID19. The virtual wellness classes we recently started have had very strong participation and we are so pleased about that!  Strong interest and participation motivates us and funders to continue finding ways to offer them. We love our new collaboration with Lifelong as well with the Women Thriving Through Exercise class, which has been well received. The second 8-week series starts in September!

Our staff and Board of Directors have gotten to work to confront the issues of bringing equity and racial justice within CRC and our community. We had a powerful discussion facilitated by Cal Walker to begin a process of self-reflection, to challenge ourselves in regard to structural racism, and to better meet the needs of black and minority community members. I have signed the commitment document recently created by the Executive Exchange, an organization representing our community’s non-profit leaders and I look forward to sharing more about this. Another step includes all staff members reading the book “White Fragility” and holding a discussion group later this summer. 

This e-news focuses on some resources/services for breast cancer survivors. We acknowledge that black women are disproportionately affected. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among black women, and they are 40 percent more likely than any other group to die from the disease. A study from the American Cancer Society showed that lack of insurance is linked to higher breast cancer death rates in black women. Black women tend to be diagnosed later, when cancer may have spread, and can have more aggressive types of breast cancer at a younger age. 

Click here for information on national breast cancer organizations for communities of color.  #blackbreastsmatter
CRC continues its support for those in our community facing breast cancer. Free wigs, mastectomy bras, and other items provided through our Boutique. Check out our new Personal Care Guide which includes tips for wig care, choosing wigs, and other personal care issues.
Breast Cancer Guide: Common Questions After Diagnosis 
CRC’s updated resource guide for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer: Breast Cancer: Common Questions After Diagnosis

New Guidelines: for Management of Hereditary Breast Cancer
from The American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society for Radiation Oncology, & Society of Surgical Oncology

Click here to learn about our popular virtual 
Support Groups and our Closed Facebook Groups. There is something for everyone!

CRC's Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 9-5pm (other times by appointment.) The office is closed on Mondays until further notice.
 "Gotta Question?" #CRCQuestionOfTheMonth
 Question: "Cancer is a new world for me.  What are some of the basic cancer terms I should know?" (Click here for our response!)
To submit a question, please email

Saturday, October 3rd from 9:30-11:30  #CRCCaresAboutFamilies

Are you a family with young children or teens in the household with a parent or close family member affected by cancer? We invite you to join us for a free family portrait session with photographer Sheryl Sinkow at the Treman Center (a large event facility with lovely indoor & outdoor spaces.)
Prizes, refreshments and book gifts for teens & young children will be available!
All free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Emily Saryn Overby Koretzky Memorial Fund. Social distancing & face masks required. 
RSVP to to schedule your family photography time slot.

Yoga with Nick Boyar!  
Drop-in to Nick’s yoga class: Tuesdays 10-11am. 
Contact to receive the zoom link to join.

Session 2: Women Thriving Through Exercise starting in September. Click here for more info.

CRC/CMC Living Well with Cancer Workshop
Meets virtually 5:30-7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month
(email for the Zoom link.) 
8/18 - “Sex, Pleasure, & Intimacy After Cancer”
Lori Davis MSN, FNP-C, NCMP Nurse Practitioner
(Miss a #LLWC? Click here to see past Workshop videos.)

Cancer Research Seminar
We are beginning a series of Zoom seminars in August. Some seminars will be presentations on broad topics in cancer research, and others will provide opportunities for students and community members to share experiences and sometimes discuss thoughtful articles related to cancer. The first seminar is on Aug. 12 from 4:30 - 5:30. Brittany Schutrum and Stephie Lux will talk about the tumor microenvironment - what's around the tumor. Watch our Facebook page, our Twitter feed, and our Cornell Cancer Partnership website for final details, and/or email Bob Riter to be placed on our email list. #CancerResearchSeminar #CornellCancerPartnership

CRC Interns in the News

Katie Paccione interned at CRC several years ago, while attending Ithaca College. Even back then, she was Superwoman, helping us with an endless number of projects and generally making our work so much easier. She is an inspiration to all of us, as evidenced here.

Brian Lee first started volunteering for CRC in June of 2018, the summer before his Junior year at Cornell. Early on, it became evident that he had a passion for working with cancer patients. He found his interactions so rewarding that he jumped at any opportunity to take a volunteer shift at the hospital. Brian’s understanding of cancer from a scientific perspective fed his compassion toward the patients he encountered. Read more about Brian’s work and mentor here.

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to these fabulous volunteers: 
Kathryn Tunison, Skip Hewitt, Barbara Brenner, & Christine Wilbur

Our amazing community:

Tribute to Claudia Ayers
CRC is forever grateful to our #1 fundraiser for the 2020 Virtual Walk & Run. We are saddened to share the news that Claudia passed away on July 2nd, one day before the event. She has been a strong participant with the CRC community and we will miss her greatly!  Everyone who knew Claudia remembers her gentle kindness towards everyone she encountered. 

Last month, we were very grateful for the donations received in honor of:   Carolyn Quigley & Gary Stevens
And in memory of: Claudia Ayers, Dolores Pinnisi, Molly Montgomery, Chalida Svastisalee, Norma Helsper, and Ron Kittredge
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Rocio Zepp, Jyl Dowd, Marilee Murphy, Sharon Kaplan, & Monica Vakiner
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