CRCFL~September 2020 E-News
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CRC Launches New Website
We gave our website a new "look" thanks to the help of Jackie Cote at Flourish Design Studio - who went above and beyond! Content and resources can now be found more easily on the site. Don't miss our beautiful new calendar to keep you up-to-date on all that is happening at CRC! 

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men, but it can often be treated successfully. Check out the helpful information from the American Cancer Society about risk factors and reducing risk.

CRC offers a monthly Prostate Cancer Group which meets virtually on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30-7pm for support, education programs, and discussions related to prostate cancer. Open to men & their caregivers. (Men with prostate cancer are encouraged to attend the Friday Men's Virtual Breakfast Club as well.) Click here to learn how to join us!

Did you know that African American men are at an increased risk for developing prostate cancer over white men and other men of color? One in six African American men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. Overall, African American men are 1.8 times more likely to be diagnosed with—and 2.2 times more likely to die from—prostate cancer than white men. Click here for more information and resources.

Cancer patients often ask about diet and nutrition approaches for reducing risk and supporting survivorship. This Guide from the University of California, San Francisco, is one of the best guidebooks we have found. While it was developed for those living with prostate cancer, the general approach can be considered appropriate for all cancers.

The new American Urological Association (AUA) guideline provides direction for the use of hormonal therapy (or androgen-deprivation therapy, ADT) for men with multiple categories of advanced and metastatic prostate cancer.

Free Virtual Wellness Programming Continues at CRC 
Anyone affected by cancer (including long-term survivors & caregivers) are encouraged to join us. For more information on any of the classes, click here

- The second session of Women Thriving Through Exercise only has a few spaces left (starts September 15th) Email to register. 

Gentle Yoga with Nick Boyar continues each week on a drop-in basis on Tuesdays from 10-11am. Email for the zoom link to join the class. Class supported by the generosity of the Yaman Foundation and individual donors.

- Unconventional Training and Strengthening Class with Lee Ginenthal returns starting 9/15 on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm. Thank you to CRC volunteer and cancer survivor Lee Ginenthal for offering a virtual, gentle training class that increases strength, mobility, flexibility and aerobic capacity at the same time.
Email to get on the wait list or to be notified for the next series. Class supported by the generosity of the Yaman Foundation.

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.slot. 

SAVE THE DATE: This exciting Soup-er Supper Fundraiser is in the final planning stages (order form & prize announcement will be out by 10/1). Mark your calendars, and watch for updates here and on all of our social media platforms!

CRC & the Ithaca Equestrian Center wraps up its Equine Therapy Pilot Project. As one participant stated, “It was life changing.” (Click here for more photos.)

Thank you to Russ and Paula Wedemeyer for making this incredible opportunity available. Thank you to Cornell student Lauren Harper, and CRC volunteer Nancy Whitebird for helping to make this program a success.

CRC/CMC Living Well with Cancer Workshop
Meets virtually 5:30-7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 
Click here to learn how to join us! 9/15 - "Grief: A Path toward Hope"  Presented by Kathleen Rourke, Hospice Chaplain.
Miss a #LLWC? Click here to see some of our past Workshop videos.
9/23 #MobileMammography at the Free Clinic 
Click here to learn about our popular virtual 
Support Groups & 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.
"I‘m confused about the need to get a PSA test for prostate cancer. What are the latest recommendations?" (Click here for our response!) To submit a question, please email us.
Cancer Research Seminar
Our next seminar is on Sept. 9 from 4:30-5:30pm. Regan Stephenson and Annabella Maria Galang will present: “Cancer Immunotherapy: Past, Present and Future.” 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 

Volunteer Program Update
Much like other non-profit agencies, CRC has had to adapt to the “new normal”. While our Hospital and Reception Support volunteers have been suspended, we continue to engage volunteers in productive and meaningful ways. Here is a peek at what’s been happening:

  1. Friendly Calls and Cards - volunteers check in via phone with clients on a weekly basis, or write to clients on a monthly basis, sending beautiful cards and “thinking of you” messages.

  2. Cayuga Medical Center COVID screening - CRC volunteers who have been cleared by the hospital take a shift (or more) at a screening table to ensure that staff, patients, and visitors are safe to enter CMC

  3. Donor Stewardship - volunteers make calls and send letters to our donors, thanking them for supporting CRC

  4. Projects - volunteers are able to help remotely with numerous projects, including database work, research, and writing 

  5. Fundraising events - volunteers organize and execute fundraisers, both virtual and community-based

  6. College Students - interns and students are working remotely to provide operational support to staff and unique opportunities for our clients, such as hosting Game Nights

  7. Financial Advocacy - specially-trained volunteers assist clients with financial issues related to their cancer diagnosis 

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Sharon Kaplan, Director of Volunteers, Visit our volunteer page for more information.

Volunteer Spotlight
Karl Paulnack is a long-term survivor of pancreatic cancer and completed a month-long inpatient stay, including a Whipple procedure, at Tompkins Community Hospital (predecessor to Cayuga Medical Center) in 1994. Currently on a final sabbatical from Ithaca College, where he served as dean of the music school since 2013, he feels passionate about giving back to the place that supported him through his cancer journey. Karl is a nationally recognized pianist, educator, author and speaker, and remains active as a performer, presenter, board member and consultant to a number of musical and educational organizations. Karl’s goal is to engage in meaningful personal support with patients undergoing cancer treatment. While the pandemic has certainly changed the look of how volunteers interact with patients, he has embraced his role as COVID screener at the hospital. Karl actively engages with patients heading to and from treatment and finds these personal connections very rewarding. He plans to add “Friendly Caller” to his volunteer activity, extending his support to CRC clients over the phone. Karl lives in Ithaca with Dave, his husband of 28 years, and their dog Mato, 85 pounds of love and mischief in a three-year-old Labrador/Bulldog mix.

 Wishing a very Happy Birthday to these fabulous volunteers: 
Trish Schapp, Dee-dee Slade, and Eric Schissel
One of our Walk/5K photo contest winners: Anabella Maria Galang all the way from FL.
Holy Cow ! We are only $713 short of $130,000! We still have prizes for raising $500 or more!

Last month, we were very grateful for the donations received in honor of:  Brother Michael And in memory of: Beth Jolles, Diann LaPoint, Gayle Gray, Ron Kittredge, William Coon, and Bunny O'Brien/Schassburger
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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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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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