Hello Conquerors!

April was a beautiful month with perfect weather for GetFit fun with our fitness team – Liz, Carole, and Vianca - and guest trainer Advisory Board Member Pandora Larsen. They have more fun in store for us this summer with creative field trips to beat the heat!

Our Garden is thriving and the garden committee had the amazing opportunity to cook with Chef Ken Harvey in the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort kitchen, preparing a tasty dish for our birthday pot luck with fresh produce from our garden. Add to that all our fabulous TCC cooks and you do NOT want to miss our pot lucks! Thank you Chef Ken and Loews!

April was also a great time to hit the road on our amazing annual wellness retreat! Thanks to the generous gift from 100+ Women Who Care About Tucson, we were able to reduce the cost of the retreat and accommodate a record number – nearly 50 participants – this year. It continues to be a  member favorite providing respite from life’s daily demands with  guided activities, educational workshops and an opportunity for members to get to know one another better and have some fun! The whole experience brings new meaning to the words, “We’ve got your back!”

Summer is coming and the committees have been busy making plans- they can always use more help! In addition to our field trips to beat the heat, we are adding to our lending library and hosting guest speakers at our educational events. Dermatologist Dr. Scott Scheftel will be joining us at Coffee Café in May to share information on skin health, skin aging and cancer prevention. Make sure you check the calendar because it is getting full!

Also, we will be holding the Annual Report meeting in August because we are just so busy! We look forward to sharing a review of the year, financial data, Board membership information and plans for the future. See you there!

Hope to see you all soon,

The Tucson Cancer Conquerors Board

P.S. - We are once again participating in the Jim Click "Millions For Tucson" Annual Car Raffle and we are asking members to join the Board in helping sell as many tickets as possible! This is a fun and easy way to help us raise money for our programs since TCC receives 100% of proceeds from all raffle tickets we sell. This year Mr. Click is giving away a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 valued at $47,000!

You can pick up raffle tickets any Tuesday or Saturday during a scheduled GetFit class or you can email info@tucsoncancerconquerors.org to have tickets mailed to you. The raffle tickets are one for $25 or five for $100.


Upcoming TCC Events

NEW! Click on any event title to go to the TCC Calendar listing for more information. 

If you have not been receiving EVITES sent for some events, and if you want to receive them, please send your preferred email address to info@tucsoncancerconquerors.org.

May Events

• May 3rd, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center: Monthly Birthday Dinner - This month's birthday dinner will be pizza and salad. A special guest from Beads of Courage will join us to preview our June special event and let us know how TCC can help the kids in their program. Please RSVP to the EVITE if you plan to attend.

• May 8th, Sunday, 8:00 AM: TCC Second Sunday Hike - Join us for a great Sunday morning hike! This month we'll be hiking on the Yetman Trail in the Tucson Mountains. Check the TCC Calendar Event for more information and directions to the trail head.

• May 11th, Wednesday, 8:00 AM, Sabino Canyon: TCC Mindful Meandering - Join us for a Mindful Meandering with Dawn. This is a slow to moderate paced meditative walk. We try to walk to the creek, whenever water is flowing, so our walks are typically about 2 1/2 to 3 miles and take about an hour and a half. 

"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose."  ~Charles Dickens

• May 14th, Saturday, 9:00 AM, Brandi Fenton Park: TCC Educational Event - Following our GetFit workout at 8:00 AM, Dermatologist Scott Sheftel MD will join us at Coffee Café to share tips for healthy skin and show us how to protect ourselves from our beautiful, but intense, Tucson sun. Dr. Sheftel will also be providing raffle prizes from his skin care department and a tasty breakfast, so if you plan to attend please let us know by May 7th by signing up at any of our Brandi Fenton Park activities or  emailing info@tucsoncancerconquerors.org.

• May 20th, Friday, 12:00 Noon, La Paloma Country Club: TCC Monthly Lunch - Join us at La Paloma Country Club for our monthly lunch and get-together. Watch for the EVITE and please RSVP if you plan to attend.

• May 21st, Saturday, 8:00 AM, Boxing Inc: Beat the Heat Field Trip - Join us at the Boxing Inc gym to learn some basic self-defense moves and have some fun. This will take the place of our GetFit class at the park, so the fitness team expects you all to be there…anyone can do this! We'll gather for coffee afterwards next to the gym at Raging SageCheck the TCC Calendar Event for more information and directions.

We are ordering hand wraps for everyone so if you plan to attend, please let us know ASAP by signing up at any of our Brandi Fenton Park activities or emailing info@tucsoncancerconquerors.org.

• May 25th, Wednesday, 8:00 AM, Tohono Chul Park: TCC Mindful Meandering - Join us for a group led Mindful Meandering as Dawn won't be able to attend this walk. This is a slow paced meditative walk, usually lasting one hour.

• May 28th, Saturday, 7:00 PM, South Sixth Avenue: TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run/WalkJoin the TCC Team for some fun walking/running in this great event. The cost as a team member is just $20. Check the TCC Calendar Event for more details.

Next Month and Beyond...Save the dates!

• June 4th, Saturday, 7:00 AM, Brandi Fenton Park: GetFit Class - Mark your calendar because this will be the first day of GetFit classes starting at 7:00 AM!

• June 11th, Saturday, 8:00 AM, Special Event: Beads of Courage - Join us after our GetFit workout at Coffee Café to make bead bracelets from the heart with Beads of Courage. The mission of this amazing organization is to transform the treatment experience for children coping with chronic, life threatening illness through arts-in-medicine programs. Each bead is an acknowledgement of their courage throughout their treatment experience. 


TCC GetFit Class News

GetFit class is the TCC exercise program focused on functional fitness - strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Anyone at any fitness level can do this! GetFit classes are held at Brandi Fenton Park Tuesday evenings at 5:30 PM and Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM

For those looking for a little less strenuous activity, we also have an informal group of members who stretch and warm-up with the exercise class, then take a walk around Brandi Fenton Park.

Your fitness team has fun activities headed your way to keep those muscles guessing what’s next. The weather is beautiful now so join us! As we approach summer, watch for our upcoming field trips as we look for creative ways to beat the heat.

Mark your calendar -  Beginning June 4th Saturday GetFit classes will start at 7:00 AM!


TCC Garden News

We have transitioned over most of our plots from winter veggies to summer veggies. We've got beautiful looking small plants of tomatoes, beans, peppers, squash, eggplant, cucumber, and basil; however, most things probably won't be ready for harvest until early June.

We still have swiss chard available for harvesting. Swiss chard is a nutritional powerhouse -- an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber. Did you know swiss chard is in the same family as spinach and beets?  If you're not familiar cooking with swiss chard, here are two great recipes to inspire you.

• Sauteed Swiss Chard with Onions

• Swiss Chard Tart

As the temperatures start to climb, we will need to be moving our gardening times to earlier or later in the day.  If you're interested in helping out in the garden, contact Dawn for exact days and times. You can reach Dawn at 520-975-4839 or timdawnmesser@gmail.com.


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 Coffee Café happens after every Saturday morning right after exercise class at the Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center.

Please consider signing up to bring Coffee Café snacks one Saturday this year. You can always partner with another member to make it easier, and you can be sure we will appreciate whatever snacks you bring! Speak to Jenny Waters for more information.


TCC Resource Room

We invite you to come down the hall to the Resource Room on Saturdays during Coffee Café. After announcements, bring your coffee and snack, and settle into comfy furniture while you leaf through information about community resources, or consider a book to borrow from our lending library.

Our highlighted book of the month is “Mom’s Marijuana”, by Dan Shapiro, which you will find in the Personal Stories section. Dan Shapiro is a clinical psychologist, author, and cancer survivor. In this hilarious, high-spirited, sometimes harrowing memoir, Shapiro invites us into his battle with cancer, his romance with an oncology nurse, his journey through graduate school, and his most important life lessons.


Other Important Information

TCC MERCHANDISE - New TCC merchandise has arrived and is available for purchase at the Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center after any Tuesday evening class or Saturday morning during Coffee Café. 


TCC AMAZONSMILE FUNDRAISING - Remember, when you shop through AmazonSmile with Tucson Cancer Conquerors as your charity of choice, TCC will receive a donation of 0.5% of everything you purchase. Just click here to go to AmazonSmile to log in or register.


TCC GIFT DONATIONSYou can now celebrate special occasions by making a donation to Tucson Cancer Conquerors in the name of a friend or loved one! Your honoree will receive a personalized Tucson Cancer Conquerors acknowledgement card plus you will receive a receipt for tax purposes. If you prefer that your donation remains anonymous, please let us know. Visit the Make A Donation page on our website, or email Annie O'Connor if you have questions. 

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the following supporters for their 2016 donations

General Donations

Canyon Ranch (John Miglionico) | Community Impact Fund | Eegees | Rincon Research Corp | Schwarzmeuller Trust | Tanque Verde Soccer Club | Michael Harwin | Nancy Vornholt | Ginny Spencer | Marlyne Freedman

In Honor of Sheva Chess and Bosh Specio

Pam Chess | Nancy Bullock | Richard Friedman | Claire Scheuren | Liz Almli



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