Hello Conquerors!

Spring has sprung! The weather and wildflowers are beautiful so don’t miss the opportunity to Mindfully Meander with Dawn through our desert flowers and explore our Sonoran canyons on a second Sunday hike with Deb. It’s the perfect time to tend our organic garden at Felicia’s Farm and let’s not forget that exercising at the under the trees at the park sure beats being inside a gym! 

March is the annual American Cancer Society’s Climb to Conquer Cancer walk up A Mountain. TCC members walked with Phyllis Geres in memory of her daughter and TCC member Laura Pippins. Thank you Phyllis for continuing to be such an important supporter to our TCC members! 

The Cancer Conquerors also had the honor of being recognized at a Saturday night Tucson Roadrunner Hockey Game. The game was so much fun, with friends and family all attending to support us being invited down onto the ice!

Our many programs and adventures would not be possible without the support of our community partners. This month we would like to show our heartfelt appreciation to Certified Personal Trainer and Northwest YMCA Group Wellness Coordinator, Pandora Larsen.  Pandora has been gracious enough to volunteer her time as a guest Get Fit class instructor, sharing her passion for health and fitness with our TCC members. In April she will transition to a new position, taking on the role of Lifestyle Director for the Highlands at Dove Mountain, overseeing all educational programs related to exercise and wellness. She is looking forward to her new venture and the opportunity to enrich the lives of the residents in the Dove Mountain community. She will also continue to support the TCC fitness program. Thank you Pandora! 

Don’t forget to please check out our interactive calendar at www.YouCanConquer.org - April is loaded with fun activities and plenty of opportunities to Get Active, Get Social, and Get Support! Join us!

The Tucson Cancer Conquerors Board


TCC Get Social Events

Click on any event below for more detailed information on the 
TCC Calendar. And be sure to RSVP to the EVITES so we know you are coming!

• April 4th, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center: Birthday Pizza Dinner Celebration - Bring your favorite dish and let’s celebrate April birthdays with cake of course! And guess who's coming to dinner - Dr. Marilyn Croghan and Becky O’Hara from Arizona Oncology Foundation will join us to tell us about all the services available to cancer patients. Please RSVP to the EVITE!

• April 7th, Friday, 6:30 PM, St Phillip's Plaza: Arizona Oncology Cheers to Health, Healing & Survivorship - Support those affected by cancer at this lively event featuring wine tastings, custom wine glass keepsake, tastings from local restaurants, and live music.

• April 9th, Sunday 8:00 AM, Douglas Springs Trailhead: TCC Second Sunday Hike - Join us for a morning hike to the Steel Tank in Saguaro National Park East. We'll leave from the Douglas Springs Trailhead at east end of Speedway Boulevard for the five mile hike.

Pima County’s scenic trails are a great way to spend the day. Before you start, plan ahead, be safe and enjoy the great outdoors. Click here for more information from the Pima County Sheriff's Department about how to be prepared!

• April 12th, Wednesday, 8:00 AM, Tohono Chul Park: TCC Mindful Meandering - This is a slow paced meditative walk.

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

• April 21st, Friday, 12:00 Noon, Scordato’s Pizzeria: TCC Monthly Luncheon - Join us at Scordato’s Pizzeria at 4911 North Stone Avenue. Please RSVP to the EVITE that will be sent out soon!

• April 22nd, Saturday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Westin La Paloma Resort: TMC Survive Well: Living with Cancer Symposium - We hope members will attend for as much of the day as possible. TCC will also have a display table at this event.

• April 26th, Wednesday, 8:00 AM, Sabino Canyon: TCC Mindful Meandering - This is a moderate paced meditative walk covering 2 to 3 miles, usually lasting an hour and a half.

Next month and beyond...

• May 5th to 7th, 2017, TCC Annual Retreat at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Phoenix - Sign-up for this year's retreat is now closed, but for those who are attending, please watch for emails coming soon regarding plans, packing list etc. 


 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.

In our Get Fit class we often focus on exercises that help to strengthen our CORE, but what exactly is that? There is more to CORE training than just working your Abs. A CORE workout circumferentially targets all of the muscles of your trunk: Abs, Obliques, Back, and Glutes. These muscles provide support to your spine and influence the way you stand, squat and sit.

Daily activities such as sitting at the computer or lifting grocery bags can put significant strain on your body making you prone to injury and low back pain. Having a solid core acts as a natural corset, flattening your belly, supporting your back and spine, and improving your balance and posture.

There are so many modifications for strengthening your core that anyone can do this.  So….the next time your fitness teams helps you to stand taller, stronger, and steadier by including planks and supermans in your workout, be sure to thank them!

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 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!

*Details about how to pay for an annual TCC Membership or Get Fit fee can be found in the Help Support Tucson Cancer Conquerors section at the end of this newsletter.


Organic Gardening

Spring is here and our summer veggies are planted! We have planted 4 varieties of tomatoes, sweet and spicy peppers, a few eggplant, and baby squash, beans, and cucumbers are just starting to pop up. We also have a small herb garden starting with sage, thyme, and parsley.

Did you know that parsley contains the highest concentration of all plants of apigenin, a flavonoid which has shown anti-cancer properties! So don't just use parsley as a garnish, add it to your salads, soups, or sauces.

Click here to heck out this great recipe for Quinoa Tabbouleh that uses lots of parsley!



 TCC Get Support

Coffee Café, the TCC Resource Room and more!

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.

TCC Resource Room

After Coffee Café announcements, we invite you to settle into the comfy furniture in the resource room while you leaf through information about community resources, or consider a book to borrow from our lending library.

This month we wanted to highlight a few of the other resources available to members in the TCC Resource Room.

In a rack on one of the bookcases, we have copies of the periodical Nutrition Action. This magazine was recommended by Michelle Bratton, a nutritionist at Banner Health Cancer Center. Nutrition Action has updated information based on research regarding food products and health.

We also have a subscription to Cure Magazine that provides updated information on cancer treatment, advancements in prevention of cancer recurrence and much more.

And finally, don't forget to check the Bulletin Board in the hallway where you'll find information about community educational lectures, schedules of alternative therapies in the local resource centers and other such resources.


Help Support Tucson Cancer Conquerors!

Make a Donation to TCC on Arizona Gives Day, April 4th

Tucson Cancer Conquerors is proud to be a participant in this year’s Arizona Gives Day. 

Arizona Gives Day is a collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum. It is a statewide, 24-hour, online giving campaign that takes place the first Tuesday of April each year. The program is supported by FirstBank, along with a variety of other sponsor organizations.

Please click here to visit the TCC page on the Arizona Gives web site to make a donation and please share this link with family and friends so they can make a donation too!

Buy A 2017 Jim Click "Millions For Tucson" Raffle Ticket!

This great event is a fun and easy way to help raise money for our programs since TCC receives 100% of proceeds from all raffle tickets we sell. And this year you get a chance to win three great prizes!

• This year's Grand Prize is a 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum valued at $54,500!

• Second prize are TWO round-trip, first class plane tickets anywhere in the world*!

• Third prize is $5,000 cash!

The raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. You can pick up raffle tickets any Tuesday or Saturday during a scheduled Get Fit class or email TCC to have tickets mailed to you.

Your help is greatly appreciated! TCC is completely self-supporting and your generous donation helps to make programs like our Health and Wellness Retreat affordable; pays for our bimonthly pizza dinners and much more!

*Restrictions apply.

Purchase a TCC Membership for just $50 annually! 

Click here to see all the great benefits of being a TCC MemberPlease note: If you have paid for your quarterly Get Fit classes, your membership is automaticThere is no additional fee.

There are several easy ways to pay for your Membership or Get Fit classes...click here to visit the web site to learn all about it!


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


Mary Specio-Boyer

Dr. Kayla Boyer, Speedway Veterinary Hospital



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