Hello Conquerors!

Time flys when we are having fun! We kicked off July with our monthly Tuesday Birthday dinner at the park. Chef Ken was in rare form as he demo-ed the proper way to select and safely cut a watermelon into a delicious cool summer treat. Thank you chef for sharing your mad culinary skills and for being an amazing supporter of TCC.

The Fitness team is always changing things up and in July we welcomed a guest appearance from Tracy Kivisto, Tucson’s only Oncology Certified Fitness Trainer.  Tracy brought music, new moves, lots of positive energy, and fun to the Get Fit workout! We are so appreciative of the time and expertise that she and all of our guest trainers generously donate to our members.

TCC loves to give back and this month we are collecting items for a unique American Cancer Society auction basket representing all of our healthy survivorship programs. Perhaps your passion is to garden, cook, exercise, read, meditate, or hike…

Drop your items off at Saturday morning coffee café and join us for breakfast while you are there. Not feeling creative? We would love to include gift cards for healthy restaurants, grocery stores, body treatments, bookstores, cooking classes and whatever else soothes the mind, body, and soul! So many of us have benefited from the incredible work of the American Cancer Society and we want to support this terrific cause. Click here to learn more about this event.

And finally… August brings the Annual Meeting and it will be a big one! We would love to share with you where we’ve been and all the great places we are headed. We want everyone to participate in the plans for our future. We value financial transparency and a full fiscal report will be provided to the membership. We wish to thank the Board members that have served with such passion over the past two years. With the support of our members, these energized and committed individuals have served to build a foundation for our group that will carry us into the future. Please Join us!

See you soon!

The Tucson Cancer Conquerors Board


Jim Click "Millions For Tucson" Annual Car Raffle - This great event 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. And you get a chance to win the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 valued at $57,970!

Time is running out for your chance to win this amazing Mustang! We will have raffle tickets available at our August Year-In-Review meeting, so please consider picking up a few. TCC is completely self supporting and your generous donation helps to make programs like our Health and Wellness Retreat affordable for so many!

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


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.

August Events

• August 2nd, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center: Monthly Birthday Dinner - This month's birthday will be a celebration of our August birthdays. Dinner is a pot luck, as well as a birthday cake dessert of course! Please RSVP to the EVITE if you plan to attend.

August 17th, Wednesday, 8:00 AM, Surprise Location: TCC Mindful Meandering - Join us for a special Mindful Morning with Dawn at a surprise location! Contact Dawn at 520-975-4839 or timdawnmesser@gmail.com for information.

August 19th, Friday, 12:00 Noon, Sir Veza’s Taco Garage at the Tucson Mall: TCC Monthly Lunch - Come join us in the Low Rider Lounge at Sir Veza’s Taco Garage at the Tucson Mall, 220 West Wetmore Rd, for our monthly lunch and get-together. Please be sure to RSVP on the EVITE  if you plan to attend.

• August 20th, Saturday, 7:00 AM, Northwest YMCA, Special Event: Cardio Drumming Field Trip - There will be no Get Fit class or Coffee Café at Brandi Fenton Park this Saturday. Instead, 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.

Please be sure to sign up at Coffee Cafe or email us at info@tucsoncancerconquerors.org if you plan to attend.

• August 27th, Saturday 8:00am, TCC Year-In-Review - Join us for an open board meeting to review last year’s many fun committee activities and find out what adventures are yet to come. The board takes good stewardship of donor funds very seriously and  a full financial report will be presented to the membership.  The board will be sponsoring breakfast at this very special Coffee Café. Please join us!

• August 31st, Wednesday, 7:00 AM, Sabino Canyon: TCC Mindful Meandering - Join us for a Mindful Meandering with Dawn. This is a moderate paced meditative walk.


I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet around me like circles on water. ~ Wendell Berry

Next Month and Beyond...Save the dates!

• September 11th, Sunday, 8:00 AM, TCC Second Sunday Hike: Pima Canyon Let's kick off fall with the return of the TCC Second Sunday Hiking Group! We will hike Pima Canyon, a moderate hike with a little altitude gain and, hopefully, some running water in the creek. Friends and family are welcome too! Click here for a Google Map to the trailhead.

• September 12th, Monday, 5:30 PM, GetSocial Event: Back in Action Social Hour - Now that summer's over, let's get back in action by having a TCC Social Hour! $10 includes Food, Friends, and Fun! (Drinks are on you). This is a great time to bring a friend to a TCC event. Please RSVP to the EVITE that will be sent out soon.

• September 24th, Saturday, 9:00 AM, Brandi Fenton Park: TCC Educational EventFollowing 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. Breakfast, goodie bags and raffles prizes – be there!

• October 16th, Sunday, 7:00 AM, Kino Sports Complex: Making Strides Against Cancer Walk - Join the TCC Team at the Making Strides Against Cancer Walk! Click here to sign up and we'll see you there!

• December 2nd, Friday, 12:00 Noon, Get Social 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.

• May 5 - 7, 2017, TCC Annual Retreat - Mark your calendars, the 2017 TCC Annual Retreat will be in Phoenix over Cinco de Mayo weekend! We will share more details as they become available, but please be sure to save the date.


TCC Get Fit News

Yes, GetFit class makes your muscles stronger, but did you know our exercise program is also good for your bones? Like muscle, bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. Bone mass peaks around the 3rd decade of life and after that…it’s all downhill! This bone loss is accelerated by many cancer treatments leading to osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) and making us susceptible to fractures and an unhealthy hunched over posture.

Not only does regular GetFit exercise improve your bone health, it also increases overall muscle strength, coordination, balance, and FUN.

Our walking group is growing and going strong. If you can walk, you can do it. You just need to take that first step and GET MOVING. We have something for everyone so bring a friend and Join us!

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.

Tiptoe if you must, but take the step. ~ Gethealthyu.com

Get Fit class is focused on functional fitness - strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Anyone at any fitness level can do this! Classes are held at Brandi Fenton Park Tuesday evenings at 5:30 PM and Saturday mornings at 7:00 AM.

Exercise Class Payments

The cost for a three month class session is $50 for one class per week, or $75 for two classes per week, and we appreciate payment in the first month of each quarter.

Great news! We can now process a credit or debit card payment at any TCC event with our Square! Please see Joanne Gouldin or Deb Heilig if like to take advantage of this option to pay for class with your credit or debit card. You can also use a credit or debit card to pay online through Paypal in the Members Area of our website, and of course you can still pay with cash or a check payment, (checks payable toTucson Cancer Conquerors). Check or cash payments can be given to either Annie O'Connor or Joanne Gouldin.


TCC Garden News

Despite the heat of July, our garden has continued to provide us with a variety of delicious organic produce. This is a picture of our harvest from July 5th.

Tomatoes and some other veggies do stop producing fruit when temperatures get too high.  Other plants, such as Japanese eggplant (the purple and white veggies in the middle of the photo), flourish. Eggplant, also known as aubergine, is a very low calorie vegetable, high in fiber, and antioxidant phenols, which have been shown to exhibit anti-cancer effects.

Eggplants act as sponges and will soak up the flavors of any sauce they are cooked, making a great addition to marinara sauces and Asian curry dishes. However, care must be taken when cooking as they also soak up oil.

Click here for a no-fry recipe for Baked Eggplant Parmesan.

With the hotter days we have moved our gardening times to earlier or later in the day.  If you're interested in helping out in the garden, please contact 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 books this month are guides to help us give loving and empathetic support to a friend or relative going through a hard time.  We are all "buddies" sometimes:

• How To Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

• When Cancer Strikes a Friend (What to Say, What to Do, and How to Help) by Bonnie E. Draeger

• "Is There Anything I Can Do?" by Sol Gordon

We would also like to give sincere thanks to Rocky LaRose for her generous donation of a great selection of books for the Resource Room! 


TCC Caring Baskets

We are always looking for creative ways to offer support to our members who are encountering major life changes or challenges. TCC is providing personalized items to these members to offer inspiration, nurturing, and support.We hope that this gesture will help members know how special they are to TCC and that we stand ready support them in any way we can during difficult times.

If you know a member who could use a little extra TLC please let us know. If you have any questions, click here to email Annie O’Connor.


Other Important Information

TCC Merchandise - We will be receiving our next order of TCC merchandise very soon. We'll let you know when the new merchandise has arrived and is available for purchase.


TCC Amazon Smile 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

Amy Beason | Alice DeBuhr | Rocky LaRose



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