Welcome to October!

This month, something special is happening all around Tucson! After researching the Cancer Conquerors through our website, the Eegee's Corporation contacted us and asked the Tucson Cancer Conquerors to be their highlighted organization for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In recognition of TCC as a local support organization in the service of cancer survivors, they have generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from their October sales of Pink Lemonade Eegees and the amount collected in their coin canisters to TCC. We are honored and grateful for their selection of our group. They are doing a lot of promotion, so you will see our name and logo out and about. Please post and tell your friends to enjoy a Pink Lemonade Eegees to support our group! A huge thank you to Eegees for recognizing TCC and our members!

But wait… there's more!  Sixty members attended September’s Friday luncheon at Loew's Ventana Canyon Resort with Chef Ken. The Chef and his wonderful staff treated us to informative cooking demos, a delicious healthy lunch, and a fascinating Back of the House Tour.

As if that wasn’t enough, the next morning Chef Ken showed up at Felicia’s Farm at the crack of dawn with his son Austin and his crew to set up for our Farm to Table Event. The Cancer Conquerors walked – with their chopping knives - from Brandi Fenton Park to the farm where they were greeted by Chef Ken with fresh watermelon juice and an educational tour of our garden. After harvesting produce from the garden, Chef Ken entertained us with his culinary skills which he patiently tried to pass on to our members. We chopped veggies and herbs, cracked eggs and created our very own frittatas with Chef's help. Everyone had a wonderful time and a delicious, healthy breakfast! We cannot thank Chef Ken enough for the generous gift of his time, talents, and support.  A huge thanks to Liz Almli, Dawn Messer, and the Garden Committee for making this all happen.

The Cancer Conquerors were also proud to support the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) Teal Tea by hosting an information table and attending this wonderful annual event. Our partnership with NOCC is something we appreciate, and we thank them for their dedicated work.

See you at Exercise Class, Coffee Café, Lunch, Dinner, Social Hour, and the Garden!

With gratitude,

The Tucson Cancer Conquerors Board



Upcoming TCC Events

Please be sure to put these events on your calendar and check the Calendar on our website frequently for updates.

October Events

• October 3rd, Saturday morning, Brandi Fenton Park: RadFit The RadFit folks from Radiology Ltd will join us for morning exercise class and Coffee Café to preview the educational / social event happening later in October. Plus, those participating in the fourth quarter Fitness Challenge can pick up their Pedometer.

• October 6th, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Brandi Fenton Park: Monthly Birthday Dinner Join us after the 5:30 exercise class for a potluck dinner and of course birthday cake. Watch for the EVITE and please RSVP if you plan to attend.

• October 16th, Friday, 12:00 Noon, La Paloma Country Club: Monthly Luncheon - This month we will be at La Paloma again with four entrée choices. Watch for the email EVITE or check the website Calendar for more information as it becomes available.

• October 18th, Sunday, 7:00 AM, Kino Sports Complex: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk - Join the Tucson Cancer Conquerors team at this year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk! The walk will be held at the Kino Sports Complex starting at 7:00 AM, and you can register to walk with our team on the event website by clicking here. There is no cost to participate, but donations are appreciated and you can make those on the event website too.

• October 26th, Monday, 5:30 PM, Radiology Ltd, 677 North Wilmot Road: Special Educational Event - Radiology Ltd has generously partnered with TCC to sponsor a social hour and to present an educational event on 3D Mammography.

Next Month and Beyond...

• December 4th, Friday, 12:00 Noon, La Paloma Country Club: TCC Annual Holiday Luncheon - More details to come, but be sure to save the date.

• April 15th - 17th, 2016, Friday through Sunday: TCC Annual Retreat - We will be going to Laughlin, Nevada and we have some really fun plans in the works! Right now it looks like the cost will be no more than $525, and we hope to be able to reduce that a little as we finalize things. More details to come, but please be sure to save the date.


TCC Exercise Class News

Exercises classes are held at Brandi Fenton Park Tuesdays evenings at 5:30 PM and starting October 3rd, Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM, and the 12 week Fitness Challenge is on!

We had a packed house for our September educational event, Get Fit : Measuring Success. Members learned valuable info about fitness and nutrition, then participated in assessments of  their own Flexibility, Endurance and Balance. Many thanks to our special event guests Pandora Larsen CPT from the Northwest YMCA, John Davison PT from ProActive Physical Therapy, the Healthy Skin Dermatology volunteers, and the TCC fitness team – Liz, Carole, and Vianca -for volunteering their time and making this event a success.

Important! For those participating in the Fitness Challenge, wrist Pedometers will be issued at the Coffee Café on October 3rd, and for those who have not already received them, their bag and journal will also be available.

Exercise Class Payments

For those participating in exercise class, payment is now due for October through December classes. The cost is still just $50 for one class per week for the quarter, or $75 for two classes per week.

You can now pay for your classes online with Paypal in the Members Area of our website. Of course, you can also pay with cash or a check payable to Tucson Cancer Conquerors, either of which can be given to Annie O'Connor or Joanne Gouldin. Please click here to email Annie or click here to email Joanne if you have any payment related questions.


TCC Coffee Café

Even if you don't come for exercise class, please join us at the TCC Coffee Café to share a snack, socialize and hear about all our upcoming activities! The TCC Coffee Café happens after every Saturday morning right after exercise class at Brandi Fenton Park.

The Rad Ltd.'s RadFit team will also be joining us on October 3rd for our workout and Coffee Café, and they will preview the upcoming 3-D Mammography educational event they will be presenting for us on October 26th.

TCC Resource Room

The TCC Resource Room at Brandi Fenton Park is now fully stocked with books and other items for your use, and thanks to Pam Andros, beautiful all new window coverings and pillows! The Resource Room is open during our regularly scheduled Tuesday and Saturday exercise classes, and during the Saturday Coffee Café. Come check it out and also check out the online resources on the Get Support page of our website.



TCC Garden News

The September garden event with Chef Ken was great fun, but now it’s time to clear to get ready for our fall crop.

Our two new raised beds have been prepared and planted. We have lots of things sprouting up: radishes, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, lettuce, arugula, swiss chard, kale, and more! We're also going to have one in ground bed for larger plants such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.

We can always use more helping hands, so please click here to email Master Gardener Dawn if you would like to help with the TCC Garden.


TCC Mindful Meanderings News

• Wednesday October 14th, 8:00 AM at Sabino Canyon

• Saturday October 24th, 9:30 AM at Brandi Fenton Park

Please click here to email Dawn for more information about TCC Mindful Meanderings or visit the Mindful Meandering Facebook page.

Mindful Quote of the Month

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson


Other Important Information

TCC MERCHANDISE - TCC merchandise is available for purchase at Brandi Fenton Park after any Tuesday evening or Saturday morning exercise class, or during any Saturday Coffee Café. Please see Annie O'Connor or Joanne Gouldin if would like to purchase an item:

• Tank Tops for $15.00

• Long Sleeve Tee Shirts, (both scoop neck and V-neck), for $22.00

• Hooded Sweatshirts, (size M only), for $36.00.

• Baseball Caps for $12.00, (a cap is included in the exercise class fee or retreat fee)

Important! We will be placing an order soon for more V-neck tee shirts, V-neck long sleeve tee shirts and hoodie jackets. Please sign up at Coffee Café if you would like to order more merchandise.




TCC AMAZONSMILE FUNDRAISING - Whether you shop a little or a lot on Amazon.com, please consider shopping through AmazonSmile with Tucson Cancer Conquerors as your charity of choice! Once you're registered, anytime you shop on Amazon, TCC will receive a donation of 0.5% of everything you purchase. Just go to AmazonSmile, log in or register, then select Tucson Cancer Conquerors as your charity. And pass this information along to your family and friends so they can register too!


TCC GIFT DONATIONS - We now have a way to help you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, memorials or other special occasions! You can make a donation to Tucson Cancer Conquerors in the name of a friend or loved one, and that person will receive a personalized Tucson Cancer Conquerors acknowledgement card letting them know a generous donation was made in their name. Plus you will receive a receipt for tax purposes. Please visit the Make A Donation page on our website, or click here to email Annie O'Connor if you have questions.



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