Happy New Year Conquerors!

In December we celebrated the season with family and friends at our annual TCC Holiday Luncheon. This special event is a great way for us to recognize and show our appreciation to the many dedicated volunteers and community supporters who are the heart of our organization. All of our many activities would just not be possible without their support. A big Thank You to the Social Committee for putting together this wonderful event.

TCC board members Dr. Liz Almli, Arlene Kutoroff, and Dr. Lana Holstein were out and about in the community as special guests for the Correctional Officer Training Academy conference. They had the opportunity to share the mission of TCC as well as their personal experiences of juggling life when life throws you curve balls. Dr. Lana finished up with some life coaching skills on how to avoid life’s dramas by “staying in the balcony”. Thank you to COTA for inviting us!

Get Fit class stepped things up a bit with guest Zumba instructor Lupe DeLeon. Her positive vibe, edgy moves, and high energy Latin dance music had everyone on the move. We managed to sneak in 60 minutes of cardio…without anyone noticing…or complaining. Lupe and her daughter then joined us for a special holiday edition of our Coffee Café. Thank you to Lupe for volunteering your time and to the board for sponsoring breakfast. 

In 2017 watch for a special section in our newsletter featuring a different community partner each month. The Cancer Conquerors truly appreciate their support and helping us to get the word out about the many programs we have to offer. Please be sure to thank them when you see them out in the community.

We would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of our board members whose terms are up this January: Jojo Gouldin, Annie O’Conner, and Jody Hayden. Though they will no longer be serving on the board, they will remain active in TCC to join us for the fun!

A warm welcome to our newly elected board members: MaryLou Martinez, Dr. Lana Holstein, and Sherry Evans. All of them have been involved in TCC for many years. They are active committee members with so much to offer and are passionate about our mission!

The New Year is always a good time to make a commitment to yourself to live each day like it is your best.  Let us support and empower you to improve your fitness, nutrition, and outlook on life. Be sure to check out our new Membership Program and all its benefits, plus it’s a great way to support TCC. Friends and family are always welcome. Join us!*

The Tucson Cancer Conquerors Board

*Details about TCC Membership can be found in the Other Important Information section at the end of this newsletter.


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.

• January 3rd, 2017, Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Lucky Strike Bowling Alley: Birthday Party - Let’s start the New Year out with a Family Get Fit Bowling field trip and birthday dinner celebration at the Lucky Strike Bowling Alley on Speedway Boulevard just east of Alvernon! The cost will be $20.00 per person which includes the cost of bowling and shoes, PLUS pizza, salad, and birthday cake. If you just want to attend the dinner, or just join us for bowling, the cost is $10.00 per person.

We need to confirm our head count ASAP so please contact Arlene right away at info@tucsoncancerconquerors.org if you plan to attend. Payment in advance is greatly appreciated.

Important Note: There will be no class at the park Tuesday, January 3rd – bowling will be our workout!

• January 4th, 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.

Maybe this New Year, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but looking for potential. ~Ellen Goodman

• January 8th, Sunday, 8:00 AM, Ventana Canyon: TCC Second Sunday Hike - Join us for a hike up Ventana Canyon and as always, family and friends are welcome! Click here for a Google Map to the trailhead or check out the calendar listing for more details.

• January 18th, 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.

• January 20th, Friday, 12:00 Noon, Scordatto’s Pizzeria: TCC Monthly Luncheon - Come join us  for our monthly lunch and get-together at Scordato’s Pizzeria, 4911 North Stone Avenue. Please watch for the EVITE  and be sure to RSVP so we can plan for enough space.

• March 4th, Saturday, PCC West Campus and A Mountain: American Cancer Society Climb to Conquer Cancer - If you are interested in participating in this event as a team, PLEASE contact Arlene at tobybk25@gmail.com so we can get a team set-up.

• 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 be staying at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch!

The cost will be $475 for Members and $525 for Non-Members. Payments are made in installments, with the first installment due on January 15th. This year you can download the Registration Form and pay with your debit or credit card online in the Members Area or with the Square at Coffee Café! And as always, TCC can work with you regarding payments.

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Pam or Arlene, and please email Arlene at tobybk25@gmail.com for  a Registration Form or download a copy on the Retreat page in the Members Area on the web site.



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

Over the last decade Americans have become increasingly sedentary, spending 93% of our lifetimes indoors and 73% of each waking day sitting – breakfast table to car, to desk job, back to car, to dinner table, to couch, and finally, to bed. Research shows that these long periods of physical inactivity increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

Your body was made to move so when it doesn’t get regular physical activity muscles and joints become stiff and sore, and mentally you feel moody, sluggish, and tired. It’s important to get up every hour, whether it’s setting a reminder alarm at work to get up and stretch, pacing while you chat on the phone, or getting up every TV commercial to move around. 

Actually putting exercise on your calendar each day is important or it just won’t happen. So often we tell ourselves, “I feel so tired I can’t possibly exercise today”. What we need to tell ourselves is “I feel so tired I NEED to exercise today!” TCC has so many options to Get Active:  two fun Get fit classes per week, group hikes, walks, organic gardening, and fitness field trips. The New Year is just around the corner. Time to take action. Join us! 

Concerned about physical limitations? Anyone can do our Get Fit Classes. Liz, Carole, and Vianca will help you with safe modifications for all of our workouts.

Our walking group continues to grow! 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! Your quarterly $50 Get Fit fee covers your 2017 Membership* AND 2 fun exercise 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 or Deb Heilig to take advantage of this option to pay for class. You can also use a credit or debit card to pay for Get Fit classes 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 Arlene Kutoroff or Deb Davis.

*Details about how to pay for an annual TCC Membership can be found in the Other Important Information section at the end of this newsletter.


Organic Gardening

A few frosty nights finally put an end to our eggplant, peppers, and basil, but our winter veggies are thriving. We're harvesting lots of leafy greens, broccoli raab, and radishes.  Did you know that radishes are in same cancer-fighting cruciferous family as broccoli and cabbage? Radishes are low in calories, high in fiber and antioxidants, and can be enjoyed raw, pickled, sautéed, or roasted! We also have cilantro, parsley, dill, and chives growing. 

So stop on by the garden on Saturdays after Coffee Cafe and we'll send you home with some sprigs of fresh herbs to liven up your home cooked meals. Most weeks we are also at the garden on Tuesdays from 4:15 to 5:15 PM. If you're interested in helping out with the garden or have any gardening questions, 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.

The Juicing Bible, Second Edition
Book Review by Sue Gilles

If your New Year’s Resolutions include healthy eating, you might wish to consult this book. But be prepared to be overwhelmed with information; true to its title, it is very comprehensive!

The author is a recognized culinary herbalist and professional home economist who describes the major body systems, many common health concerns, and how natural foods and herbs are necessary for maximal health. She explains that the value of juicing is that it provides an easy, digestible, and tasty way to make sure you get your “daily 8” - 5 servings of fresh vegetables and 3 of fresh fruit - for optimal health.

Separate sections on healthy vegetables, fruits and herbs include their uses, selection, storage and handling. The book is attractive, well organized, with appetizing pictures and very clear instructions.

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 click here to send an email to let us know.


Other Important Information

How to Pay for a $50 Annual TCC Membership

Please note: If you have already paid for your quarterly Get Fit classes, your membership is automaticThere is no additional fee.

• If you are a registered user in the TCC Members Area, simply log in and click on the Pay for Membership tab or button. This will take you to a page where you can make the payment using your debit or credit card processed through Paypal.

• If you're not a registered user, just click here to become one. It's a quick and easy process!

• You can also pay by going to the Support TCC page on the TCC web site. Click on the Paypal Donate Now button to make the payment using your debit or credit card through Paypal, and please be sure use the note section to let us know the payment is for your annual membership

Benefits of TCC Annual Membership

Fitness Activities
ONE 3 month session of twice weekly Get Fit classes | Get Active field trips | Saturday walking group | Mindful Meanderings | Second Sunday Hikes

Participation in our organic garden under the direction of our master gardener | Fresh organic produce that U-Pick and take home | Garden related cooking activities with our Executive Chef | Nutrition education

Social Activities
Coffee Café on Saturday mornings | $50 discount off of Retreat fees | Educational lectures and workshops | Specially selected TCC LOGO items | Priority sign up for all events with limited space | Member pricing for TCC special events | Birthday pizza dinners (non-members $5 cost) | Access to the Members Area of the TCC web site

All Conquerors actively undergoing treatment are always our guests! If you would like to register for membership but the cost presents a hardship, please email us at info@tucsoncancerconquerors.org.


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 Pam Chess if you have questions. 


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

Walter & Marion Monsour | JoAnn Reisner | Heidi Roberto



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