CRCFL  ~  April 2021 E-News
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After conducting a national search, Kim Pugliese was selected from a competitive pool of candidates. Kim succeeds Marilee Murphy, and the Board would like to thank Marilee for her significant contribution. Over the past two years, Marilee’s leadership has strengthened CRC’s operations and delivery of its services and programs.

Pugliese brings experience as a development and human resources professional, and most recently served as Director of Strategic Human Resources for Challenge Industries. Her skills and experience, combined with the outstanding staff and board of CRC, will ensure that anyone affected by or living with cancer will continue to receive extraordinary support and services.

 “I have known Kim for years and could not be more thrilled to hand over the reins and for her to lead CRC into its next chapter,” said Marilee Murphy, CRC’s outgoing Executive Director. “I am confident that the organization and community will be in excellent hands given the qualities she brings to her work and leadership.”

 “I am grateful to be offered this opportunity to join an agency that is so important to our community.”  Pugliese said. “I know firsthand the difference hope and support mean to someone touched by cancer. I am honored to be able to work with such a truly inspiring team of staff and volunteers and dedicated board. My hope is to continue to build on the strong foundation Marilee created in order to grow the agency’s outreach so no one within reach suffers alone.”

Pugliese has a diverse background of experience, education, and leadership. As Director of Development & Marketing at Challenge Industries, she created new systems to track annual giving, implemented a strategic communications and major gifts program to rebuild relationships with donors and key community partners, as well as reimagined the annual awards event as a major public-facing initiative. Taking on the role of Director of Strategic HR and Compliance three months before the pandemic, she led an HR/QA team virtually to strengthen, transition and streamline operational processes; created opportunities to keep staff engaged during an unprecedented crisis while working to develop People Programs to promote professional development and a positive workplace culture; and catalyzed cross-program collaboration to ensure program and revenue growth.

We celebrate Marilee and her many achievements while at
CRC, and we look forward to welcoming Kim and working together to ensure a strong and hopeful future for the organization and the community we serve,”
 Board President Jason Hungerford said.

CRC Welcomes Jen Gabriel to its Board of Directors
Jen Gabriel grew up in the Ithaca area and is a graduate of Ithaca High School. She came back "home" after 16 years of living in Boston, MA, Boulder, CO, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The chance to be closer to loved ones -- and the desire to trade traffic jams for country life -- finally won out.  

Jen has had several close friends and family members diagnosed with cancer and she understands the value of CRC's services. Jen’s best friend from childhood, Emily Virkler, was diagnosed with cancer and Emily’s experience of living 10 years with brain cancer opened Jen’s eyes to the life-enhancing support that the Cancer Resource Center provides to all who need it. Jen became involved with CRC as a way to give back and she’s participated in nearly every walk -- first with Emily, and later as a part of “Emily’s Crew,” a group of family and friends who carry forward Emily’s love, laughter and appreciation for CRC. Jen is also proud to have assisted CRC and Emily's family to create the Emily Virkler Boutique, which provides free wigs, head coverings and prosthetics to those in our community who can benefit.

Jen brings many skills and experience to CRC's board. She is a seasoned fundraiser and has worked in leadership roles in nonprofits, including at a therapeutic recreation organization, a 160-bed homeless shelter, and an urban children’s hospital. Upon returning to the area, she worked as a gift officer and a program director in the advancement office at Ithaca College. Since 2018, Jen has served as Director of Development & Community Relations for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services.  In her free time, Jen enjoys swimming, kayaking and hiking the gorges and glens that define this region.


Stepping Further – 5K Step Challenge
By registering for Stepping Further – 5K Step Challenge, we are all, collectively, moving a step further together. Learn all about it here! 
$10 registration closes on April 10th.
Organized by 
The Women in Healthcare Leadership Team.

CRC/CMC Living Well with Cancer Workshop
Meets virtually 5:30-7pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (email for the Zoom link.) 
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.)
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.

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week April 4-10

Over the past 30 years, the incidence of cancer in young adults has increased more than any other age group. Young adults are also diagnosed with different types of cancers, more than any other age group. This week aims to highlight issues surrounding cancer in people ages 15-40 age groups. 

We understand that the challenges faced by young adults are
different from those faced by other age groups, and can benefit from discussion & support from their peers. Beth’s group supports people under the age of 50 with cancer. It meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7pm (partners welcome.)  #YoungAdultCancer #yacancer #ayacsm #ayacancer

A Smart Platform for Your Cancer Care

On a good day, dealing with cancer is complicated. On a bad day, it can feel impossible. For every day, Jasper is here to help. Organize your schedule, lists, and needs—all in one place. 
Lourdes #MobileMammography is back with many options for dates, times, & locations! 

"Gotta Question?" "I wonder why they changed recommended breast cancer screenings from yearly to every 2 years." (Click here for our response!) To submit a question, please email
Diet & Health: Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats By Maya Zhou, Cornell Nutritional Sciences Major

Cornell Community Cancer Partnership
"Social Issues in Community Engagement" seminar offered by Cancer Scientists on two successive Saturdays from 9:30-1:30pm:
5/1: “Breast cancer through different lenses”
5/8: “From diagnosis to treatment - finding the best path.”

Students and community members are encouraged to participate. (Students will meet on campus, and community members and most speakers will connect virtually). Here's the link to an article that describes the last time this weekend seminar was offered.

Community members do not need to officially register or commit to participating in both sessions. To receive the final schedule and for more information, 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

Need Help with Grocery Shopping?

Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP) is a Cornell University student club dedicated to screening people in the Ithaca community, and beyond, for chronic kidney disease. During normal semesters, they hold free clinics where participants have their health evaluated by a volunteering physician (usually a kidney doctor). Unfortunately, they have not been able to hold clinics this semester due to the pandemic. Instead, KDSAP is focusing on how to improve community health through diet. They are excited to help you with your healthy grocery haul! To get assistance with grocery shopping and delivery, please contact Sharon Kaplan or call 277-0960.
#NationalVolunteerWeek April 18-24
Volunteers are the foundation of CRC. They help our small staff make a BIG impact on our community. 
We take this week to say thank you & show our appreciation to our volunteers! #NationalVolunteerMonth #VolunteerMonth #GetInvolved #SocialResponsibility

Check out this wonderful article about our students, Alicia Duran and Aleah Thomas!
Friendly Correspondents
Once a month, Friendly Correspondent volunteers compose heartfelt messages to some of our most vulnerable community members. A few of them create their own unique cards and envelopes. Others include photos, artwork, or cartoons they find in printed material. The response from our clients has been overwhelmingly positive - "I look forward to getting a card every month, it really brightens my day!", "Please pass along my gratitude to the volunteer who sends me such lovely cards". Some of our clients choose to write back to their volunteer card-writer, establishing a regular pen pal relationship. Regardless of whether or not they get a response, our volunteers are thrilled to offer this wonderful service and feel good about making a positive impact on the lives of those facing cancer. Last year, we started soliciting local artwork to create cards, which were then used for this program. It's a win-win-win situation! If you would like to receive monthly cards from a Friendly Correspondent, please email Sharon Kaplan.

Happy April Birthday to our fabulous volunteer Patti Meyers!
Featured this month - Click here for more information on:

Esophageal, Testicular,
and Head & Neck Cancer Awareness

Together vs. Cancer, Cancer Control, 
Minority Health, and World Health Day

A BIG thank you to our amazing community:

CRC's 7 Day Challenge a big success!
Thank you to the presenters: Briana Santos, David Levitsky, Marilee Murphy, Hannah Potts, Nick Boyar, Mary Corsaro, and a special thank you to Lee Ginenthal for leading the 7 minute workout each morning! Thank you to the 61 people who registered &/or donated and helped us raise almost $2500! And congratulations to Brenda Zavaski for winning the Greenstar gift certificate. (You can see some pictures here.)

The Cayuga Medical Associates raised over $660 with their first ever Jeans Day for Charity event!
Amy Stoll raised over $1000 for CRC
in memory of her friend Rich Hoffman.
If you are in the mood for a little givin' & a little shoppin',
here is CRC's Amazon wish list!
Thanks to our volunteer Christine Wilbur, these shirts are inventoried & easily accessible. The 2 styles come in black, white or gray, and run in sizes M to X-L ONLY. We have a huge inventory for anyone who can pick up at CRC (you don't have to have cancer, all are welcome.) Email to arrange pickup.
Congratulations to our wonderful volunteer Jiwon Kim!!
She & her husband have been accepted to Medical School. We are proud of you, you will be missed!

Congratulations to our friends at Easy Living Hats, they reached their GoFundMe goal to expand their operations. We have their hats in maroon, tan and black. Email to schedule a time to
grab yours today!
A big shout-out to Karina Jolles Walsh! She raised $1040 with her birthday Facebook fundraiser in January in honor of her dad, Martin Jolles, and in memory of her mom (and CRC volunteer extraordinaire) Beth Jolles
Last month, we were very grateful for the donations received in honor of:  Colleen Brink, Jane Segelken, Lee Ginenthal, Perry Rupe, Steve Dollaway, and Steve & Russ Hall
And in memory of: Betsy Braman, Christina Aurora Bain, Dave Murphy,
Noel Desch,Todd Hawkins, and Lonnie & Maxine Butler
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Cancer Resource Center Staff

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