Welcome to November!

What an unbelievable month it has been for the Tucson Cancer Conquerors!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, TCC was selected by Eegees “Drink Pink for Cure” campaign to receive donations from their sale of frozen pink lemonade...and we were featured on KOLD/Fox11 news highlighting our fitness program and our garden at Felicia’s Farm...and we were selected by 100+ Women Who Care About Tucson to receive their very first charitable gift!

We closed out October with our TCC Members hosting the 100+ Women group for breakfast at Brandi Fenton Park to celebrate their incredibly generous gift! It was wonderful for everyone to get to the chance to know on another. Thank you!

We are so grateful to all of these organizations for their generous support and the opportunity to share the mission of TCC with our community. We are especially proud of our members who, through their compassion and positive energy, continue to offer  a valued resource not only for each other, but also for those in need of support in our community. We thank each and every TCC member for the time and energy they have volunteered to help the Tucson Cancer Conquerors in fulfilling their mission of promoting healthy survivorship.

Also many thanks to Dr. David Jeck, Dr. Dill-Macky, and all the terrific folks at Radiology Limited for the fun and informative educational event on women's imaging they provided exclusively for our TCC members. We are grateful for their support and partnership in promoting women’s health. This was definitely the way to attend a lecture!

More great things are coming, so please read this newsletter, check the Calendar on our website, and invite others to be a part of our activities. Our committees, and you, are busy making great things happen!

Remember goodness multiplies!

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.

November Events

• November 3rd, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Brandi Fenton Park: Monthly Birthday Dinner Join us after the 5:30 exercise class for a pizza and salad dinner, with birthday cake for dessert of course. The cost is $5.00 per person and please RSVP to EVITE if you plan to attend.

• November 7th, Saturday, 8:00 AM to Noon: TCAN Symptom Management for Cancer Survirors - Presented by Tucson Cancer Action Network (TCAN), this is a conversation about how traditional and non-traditional care can be used to prevent or alleviate the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment. TCC will be represented at the event, and you can register online by going to: http://bit.ly/TCAN-Register2015.

• November 15th, Sunday, 7:00 AM: Take A Hike for BAG IT at , Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort  - This is the 12th annual Take A Hike for BAG IT and this year's theme is the 70's! So save the date cool dudes and dudettes, and you can register online by clicking here.

• November 20th, Friday, 12:00 Noon, Mimi's Café at the Tucson Mall: Monthly Luncheon - Watch for the email EVITE and please RSVP so we know you're coming!

Next Month and Beyond...

• December 4th, Friday, 12:00 Noon, La Paloma Country Club: TCC Annual Holiday Luncheon - This year's Holiday Luncheon will be $25.00 per person and the delicious entrée choices are pan roasted free range chicken, pan roasted salmon with rice and vegetables, or garden vegetable risotto. The EVITE has been sent out, so please RSVP if you plan to attend! Your check should be made out to TCC and can be given to Arlene Kutoroff or Pam Chess, or mailed to Arlene at 6510 E 12th Street, 85710. And please be sure to indicate your entrée choice.

• December 5th, Saturday, Westin La Paloma Resort: Arizona Oncology Foundation's Festival of Trees & Lights - The Arizona Oncology Festival of Trees brings designer holiday trees and wreaths just in time for Christmas, and also to celebrate Light with a fantastic collection of Menorah’s. There will be on silent auction just in time to celebrate Hanukkah. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased on the Arizona Oncology Foundation website.

• December 13th, Sunday, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Arizona Inn, 2200 E Elm Street: The Mad Hatter's Tea - An Afternoon in Wonderland, benefiting the American Cancer Society - Join TCC at this great event to support research for a cure. It will be a really fun afternoon with friends and a great way to kick off the holidays! Tickets are $50.00 per person and can be reserved by contacting Zoe Burcham at (520) 323-4217 or emailing her at zoe.burcham@cancer.org.

• January 9th, 2016, Friday, 9:15 AM, Brandi Fenton Park: TCC Education Event - Compassionate Care: Facing Life's Challenges - Our presenter for this event will be Julee Gell, an expert counselor working with people dealing with loss. There will be more details following and a sign-up sheet available in December, but please save the date.

• April 15th - 17th, 2016, Friday through Sunday: TCC Annual Retreat - Please be sure to save the date because 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 $400, and sign up will begin soon! Scholarships are also available and you can contact Arlene Kutoroff or Pam Chess for more information, (requests are kept confidential).


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.

The TCC Fitness Challenge is on!

Be sure to keep your fitness log with you so you can record and be mindful of your nutrition, hydration, and fitness goals. Even if you’ve forgotten a few days, jump back in and stay on track! Start your day with a glass of water and have another before every meal. Be sure to spend time stretching throughout the day and if you sit at a desk get up and move every hour - you are going to need to refill your water bottle anyway…

For optimal health, plan on some sort of  exercise 5 days per week. By recording your pedometer steps each day you can set new and higher goals for the weeks that follow. Keep your goals realistic but always try to  do a little more that you did the week before. By coming to TCC workouts you are almost half way there. The weather is beautiful so join us!

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 exercise 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.


TCC Resource Room

The TCC Resource Room at Brandi Fenton Park is now fully stocked with books and other items for your use! The Resource Room is open during our regularly scheduled Tuesday and Saturday exercise classes, and during the Saturday Coffee Café.

Also be sure to check out some of the great online resources on our website including healthy living resources, other information resources and video resources which includes the recent segment show on KOLD/Fox11.


TCC Garden News

Things are looking good at the farm and we have lots of things sprouting up in our in-ground plot! Master Gardener Dawn will be away during November, but Linda Rupel has graciously offered to coordinate the garden work during her absence.

As always, there is weeding to do and we have also started weekly "U-Picks" on Saturday mornings after the TCC Coffee Café from 9:30 AM to 10:00AM.

In our raised beds there is arugula, mizuna (Asian mustard greens), and bok choy ready to harvest, as well as some lemon basil, a little bit of cilantro, and a few radishes. Linda will be available at the "U-Picks" to help make sure everyone knows what and how to harvest sustainably. 

Please click here to email Linda Rupel if you have any questions this month's garden events, and please click here to email Master Gardener Dawn if you would like to learn how you can help with the TCC Garden.


TCC Mindful Meanderings News

There are no Mindful Meanderings scheduled in November, but please click here to email Dawn for more information or visit the Mindful Meandering Facebook page.

Mindful Quote of the Month

Most of us take for granted that time flies, meaning that it passes too quickly. But in the mindful state, time doesn't really pass at all. There is only a single instant of time that keeps renewing itself over and over with infinite variety. ~Deepak Chopra


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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