Hello Conquerors!

May was a beautiful month filled with activities and fun! 

The Cancer Conquerors hit the road for a field trip to Boxing Inc. where they donned hand wraps and packed the gym for some high intensity bag and foot work. One of our members commented that she wasn’t sure she could do it, but the boxing experience turned out to be “really fun but sweaty…”  We call that exercise and are so proud that not a single Conqueror threw in the towel at the workout! Coming to GetFit class really does make a difference. 

After the workout we enjoyed taking a break for breakfast together at the Cartel Coffee Lab. We want to thank Ray and Brianna from Boxing Inc. and Lauren and Kim at the Cartel Coffee lab for such a fun morning. We also want to thank Dr. Scott Sheftel for his donation to cover the cost of this event. 

With record attendance for our monthly luncheon we filled the dining room at La Paloma Country Club with members and many first time guests. We want to welcome all the new faces and are so glad you found us. We certainly hope we see you all again at some of our many activities.

At our monthly birthday dinner we were honored to have as our featured guest Jean Baruch RN PHD, founder of Beads of Courage for children. Our group was so inspired by her program that we are hosting an event at our Coffee Café to create bracelets for the critically ill children in her program. We look forward sharing this amazing experience with our members and giving back to our Tucson community.

With the end of our fiscal year in July comes the rotation of board member terms. Board members commit to 2 years of service and rotate in staggered terms to provide for continuity and stability of our organization. Officers Mary Specio-Boyer, President, and Liz Almli, Treasurer, will be completing their terms July 1. We would like to thank them for their service to our organization!

As the outgoing President, Mary will transition to the Executive Director role. She has committed many hours over her tenure as President creating a sustainable Non-Profit infrastructure, building an inclusive and participatory culture with all our members, and assuring accountability in our process and records. It has been a highlight in her life and she looks forward to continuing her service to TCC.

After careful review of applications, the board recommended and voted that Liz Almli assume the office of the President for the next board term. She is passionate about the members, excited for the future of TCC, and honored to serve in this position.

We would also like to welcome Debbie Davis to the board as our new Treasurer. She has been an invaluable asset to our organization in her active role as Advisory Board Member. Her resume as a CPA is impressive and she has extensive experience on the boards of non-profits. She will be a wonderful addition to our governing Board. Detailed information on board member responsibilities and term rotations will be presented at our Year End Review meeting in August. We hope that you will attend.

We encourage everyone to get involved in our many TCC committee opportunities. Committee work is a great way to learn more about the Board process and be involved with the group. The Board values this experience as a jumping off point for those interested in serving on the Board in the future.

Have a wonderful June, and we will see you at the Beads of Courage event this month, as well as the many other Get Fit, Get Social and Get Support activities!

Hope to see you all soon,

The Tucson Cancer Conquerors Board

PS - Please join us Friday June 10th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for a very special event at Kendra Scott Jewelry at La Encantada. During this three hour period, they will donate 20% of all sales to Tucson Cancer Conquerors!


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.

June Events

• 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 7, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center: Monthly Birthday Dinner - This month's birthday dinner is a pot luck, so please bring a dish to share. The Garden committee members will be bringing dishes with fresh produce from our garden that you won’t want to miss! TCC will furnish the birthday cake dessert of course! Please RSVP to the EVITE if you plan to attend.

• June 10th, Friday, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Kendra Scott Jewelry at La Encantada - Enjoy a fun shopping event plus Kendra Scott will generously donate 20% of their sales during the event to Tucson Cancer Conquerors. So come and bring along your friends and family too! 

• 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. There is a $10 donation to cover the cost of the beads. Please sign up at Coffee Café if you plan to attend.

• June 17th, Friday, 12:00 Noon, Mimi's Cafe at the Tucson Mall: TCC Monthly Lunch - Join us at Mimi's Cafe at the Tucson Mall, 4400 North Oracle, for our monthly lunch and get-together. Watch for the EVITE and please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Special Notes

• Mindful Meanderings will be on summer hiatus for the months of June and July.

• Second Sunday Hikes will be on summer hiatus for the months of June, July and August.

Next Month and Beyond...Save the dates!

• July 23, Saturday, 7:00 AM, Special Event: Eegee's Field Trip - We'll have our regular GetFit class at 7:00 AM at Brandi Fenton Park. Then at 8:00 AM, instead of Coffee Café, we will head to the eegee's headquarters right here in Tucson. We'll get a behind the scenes tour and, of course, snacks and cool treats! We will also have the opportunity to thank the eegee’s folks in person for their amazing generosity to our organization. Please sign up at Coffee Café if you plan to attend.

• August 20, Saturday, 7:00 AM, Northwest YMCA, Special Event: Cardio Drumming Field Trip - Beat the heat and join us for some fitness fun that combines drumming, music, rhythm and movement. Beat away life’s stress with people who get it! Afterward we'll enjoy an offsite Coffee Café.

• September 12, Monday, 5:30 PM, GetSocial Event: Back in Action Happy Hour - Now that summer's over, let's get back in action by having a TCC Happy Hour! We will share more details as they become available, but be sure to save the date.

• September 24, Saturday, 9:00 AM, Brandi Fenton Park: TCC Educational Event  - Following our GetFit exercise class 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.

• December 2, Friday, 12:00 Noon, GetSocial Annual Holiday Party - Come join us to celebrate the holiday season and each other! We will share more details as they become available, but be sure to save the date.


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 we are now starting at 7:00 AM

Join us for the instructor led class or just take a walk with other members looking for a little less strenuous activity.

For optimal health its recommended everyone gets at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. So…if you come to the Get Fit workout twice a week, all you need is another 30 minutes on your own!


TCC Garden News

Our garden is growing by leaps and bounds. Our cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen and soon we will be buried in squash!

Zucchini are one of the very low calorie vegetables, providing only 17 calories per 100 grams, and they are loaded with antioxidant properties.

Click here for a recipe for a delicious Easy Orzo Salad with Zucchini and Feta.

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 The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz.  “Filled with humor, compassion, beautiful photography, over 150 recipes and a wealth of useful information, The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen brings the healing power of delicious, nutritious foods to those whose hearts and bodies crave nourishment.”


Other Important Information

JIM CLICK "MILLIONS FOR TUCSON" ANNUAL CAR RAFFLE - We are once again participating in this great event 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!

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

TCC MERCHANDISE - TCC merchandise is available for purchase at the Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center after any Tuesday evening class or Saturday morning during Coffee Café. See Jody Hayden or Linda Rupel for more information.


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 donations last month

General Donations

Scott Sheftel and Liz Almli (You Got This Foundation)

Fred and Phyllis Geres

David Cutler CPA

In Honor of Sheva Chess

Annie O’Connor



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