Hello Conquerors!

What better way to celebrate the month of October than with our pot luck birthday celebration. Chef Ken Harvey did not disappoint! Chef provided an educational (and oh so tasty) demo creating fresh table side guacamole using peppers from our garden and a secret ingredient… pomegranate seeds! Thank you to Chef Ken and his son Austin as well as Billy Stern, owner of Stern Produce, for donating the delicious healthy produce for our event.

October is Breast Cancer awareness month and to kick off the ACS Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk, radio personality Mrs. Grant from 94.9MIXfm joined the Cancer Conquerors for a get Fit Workout. She was kind enough to stay for breakfast and share her passion for the cause. Thank you Mrs. Grant for volunteering your time and being such an amazing advocate!

TCC showed up in force on a beautiful fall Sunday morning supporting the American Cancer Society in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk. Our president Liz Almli kicked off the morning as our speaker followed by a fun warmup with high energy Zumba Instructor Lupe DeLeon. Lupe was amazing and has offered to come to TCC on a Saturday morning to lead a Zumba class. This is one class you won’t want to miss!

With the holidays fast approaching there are activities for everyone. Check out our TCC interactive calendar on our website and please be sure to RSVP for our annual Holiday lunch at the Tucson Country Club December 2nd. This event is the highlight of our year, recognizing our volunteers, watching our adventures on the big screen, and sharing friendship and holiday cheer.

Watch for our 2017 membership information arriving in your mailbox via email blast later this week. Please join us! This is YOUR organization!

The Tucson Cancer Conquerors Board


TCC Get Social Events

Check out all the great events we have coming up this month and beyond! Click on any event title to go to the TCC Calendar listing for even more information.  

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

• November 1st, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center: Monthly Birthday Dinner - This month's birthday dinner will be a celebration of our November birthdays. Dinner is pizza, salad and of course cake will be for dessert for the birthday gals! Please be sure to RSVP to the EVITE!

• November 5th, Saturday, 9:00 AM, TCC Education Event: Compassion, Empathy and Understanding: Let’s Practice - A big part of our TCC mission is to provide peer support to one another. Join us for a special presentation by Julee Gell LMSW right after Get Fit class to learn how we can better help those who are hurting and going through life changing events. Sign-up at upcoming TCC events or email us at info@tucsoncancerconquerors.org if you plan to attend. This is a free event!

• November 5th, Saturday, 2:30 PM: Member Coordinated Tour of Kitt Peak Observatory - TCC member Ambre Cole is coordinating a night tour of Kitt Peak Observatory for interested TCC members, as well as their friends and family. The group will depart Tucson at 2:30 PM and car pool for the 90 minute drive to Kitt Peak. The tour is 4+ hours and includes a box dinner. The cost $46.00 per person. If you would like to attend, please contact Ambre ASAP at 520-299-8893 or click here to email her.

• November 6th, Sunday, 8:00 AM, U of A Mall: NOCC's Tucson's 1st Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer® - Join the TCC Team at the NOCC Tucson's Run/Walk. Click here register online for this event as part of the TCC Team - just select Join Existing Team and search the list for Tucson Cancer Conquerors!

• November 9th, Wednesday, 8:00 AM, Tohono Chul Park: TCC Mindful Meandering - Join us for a Mindful Meandering with Dawn. This is a slow paced meditative walk.

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.  ~Michael J. Fox

• November 13th, Sunday, 8:00 AM, TCC Second Sunday Hike: Sweetwater Trail - This month's hike will be on the Sweetwater Trail which starts from a trailhead located at the end of West El Camino Del Cerro, (click here for a Google Map to the trailhead). As always, friends and family are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the EVITE or email Deb Heilig if you plan to attend.

• November 19th, Saturday, 8:00 AM, TCC Get Fit at the Garden! - Come join us for Get Fit at the TCC Organic Garden! We'll meet at Brandi Fenton Park, then walk over to the garden for exercise, an al fresco Coffee Café and fun!

• November 21st - Deadline to RSVP and Pay for the 2016 Holiday Luncheon - If you plan to attend the Holiday Luncheon on December 2nd, it is essential that you RSVP and pay in advance for this event no later than November 21, 2016. See the December 2nd event description below for more details.

• November 23rd, 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, covering 2 to 3 miles.

• December 2nd, Friday, 12:00 Noon, Get Social Annual Holiday Luncheon - Come join us to celebrate the holiday season and each other!

This year we will be celebrating at Tucson Country Club at 2950 N Camino Principal, and the cost is $25 per person. It is essential that you RSVP and pay in advance for this event no later than November 21, 2016.

• You can RSVP to the Evite that was sent out OR email info@tucsoncancerconquerors.org.

• You can either pay at any TCC activity OR mail check payable to TCC to Arlene Kutoroff at 6510 E. 12th Street, 85710.

• You must also select your meal choice at the time you pay. This year's choices are: Grilled Salmon, Grilled Mushroom Napoleon or Strawberry Orange Salad with Chicken.

• May 5 - 7, 2017, TCC Annual Retreat - Mark your calendars, the 2017 TCC Annual Retreat will be in Phoenix over Cinco de Mayo weekend! Cost details will be available very soon. We will be staying at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Please be sure to save the date!



TCC Get Active News

Get Fit classes are held at Brandi Fenton Park Tuesday evenings at 5:30 PM and Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM.

Get Fit Class

Want to burn more calories while…. doing nothing???

Your basal metabolic rate, or BMR, is a measure of how many calories you'd burn if you just stayed in bed all day.  One of the most effective ways to raise your BMR is to increase your muscle mass with strength training at Get Fit class! Muscle tissue is the most metabolically active tissue in your body burning 3 times as many calories as fat. As a result, gaining muscle tissue helps you pack more metabolically active lean mass onto your frame, increasing your calorie burn, even when you're resting. Lets do this!

We want to encourage you to Get Fit,  so effective today we are inviting everyone to attend Get Fit classes every Tuesday and Saturday for one quarterly class fee of $50. Concerned about physical limitations? Liz, Carole, and Vianca will help you with safe modifications for all of our workouts. It’s time to get off the couch and get healthy!!!!

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise. ~Gene Tunney

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 the walkers at 8:00 AM every Saturday!

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


Get Fit Class Payments

Great news! Effective immediately, the quarterly $50 Get Fit fee will now cover 2 classes per week - we really want you to exercise!

We can now process a credit or debit card payment at any TCC event with our Square! Please see Arlene Kutoroff, Joanne Gouldin or Deb Heilig to take advantage of this option to pay for class. 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 to Tucson Cancer Conquerors). Check or cash payments can be given to either Annie O'Connor or Joanne Gouldin.


Organic Gardening

Our 4 raised-beds have been planted with lots of wonderful cancer-fighting winter vegetables. With our record-breaking hot weather this fall, things got off to a slow start, but things are finally starting to take off.  In the coming month, we should begin harvesting lots of leafy green veggies, such as kale, mizuna, swiss chard, and of course lettuce!

Throughout the fall you have two opportunities every week to come help tend to the TCC organic garden - Tuesdays at 4:15 PM and Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM. For more information, please contact Dawn at 520-975-4839 or timdawnmesser@gmail.com.


TCC Get Support

 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.

This month's book recommendation is A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life by John Kralik.

Experiencing the downward spiral of both his personal and professional life, the author finds it very difficult to appreciate all that he does have.  Trying to climb out of the doldrums, he sets himself a goal of writing daily thank-you notes for gifts or kindnesses he'd received from friends, family, coworkers, and others along the way who had done him a good turn. Thank you note by thank you note, the author experiences an up-swing in his own life because of his renewed perspective of gratitude and appreciation.

John Kralik’s personal story shows the transforming power of saying thank you.  The book contains good messages to consider, especially as we approach the season of giving thanks for what we have, where we are, and who we know and love.

Saturday 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.

CureToday Partnership

Tucson Cancer Conquerors is proud to be an Advocate Partner with CURE Magazine! You can now find information about TCC in the Advocates section of the CureToday website, as well as lots of great articles about new research, new treatments, and other Advocacy Partner content. Please be sure to check it out all the information at www.CureToday.com.

Caring Baskets

We always look for creative ways to offer support to our members who are encountering major life changes or challenges. TCC provides 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 - Our new logo wear has arrived! Lots of styles and sizes. Stop by the resource room during any Tuesday Birthday Dinner and Saturday Coffee Cafe’ to get your gear.


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

 Kathyrn Ross | Dr. Neal Marks | Armando Lugo
Billy Stern, Stern Produce | Tucson Village Farm



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