Hello Conquerors!

April was a beautiful month to be outdoors hiking, gardening, and exercising in the park.
Indoors, TCC Members were active in community outreach, sponsoring information tables at the Arizona Oncology Foundation open house and the TMC Survive Well Symposium where TCC Member Dawn Messer led a Mindful Meandering group. Other members took advantage of the many lectures offered that focused on healthy survivorship. We are so fortunate that our community has so many free educational opportunities and resources available!

Our very own Cancer Conqueror Rocky LaRose has volunteered her time and photographic expertise to help us with our new Membership Directory. She will be attending the monthly luncheon May 19th at La Paloma Country Club and the Get Fit workout May 20th to take individual photos of everyone. As our membership grows, this is a great way to get to know one another. We want everyone included so if these dates don’t work for you we will make other arrangements.

If you have not signed up for a TCC membership it’s easy, plus it’s a great way to support TCC! To sign up and see all of the benefits of membership, all you have to do is click here.

The success of our organization would not be possible without the support of our community partners. This month we would like to show our heartfelt appreciation to TCC advisory board member Dr. Marilyn Croghan and Becky O’Hara, Director of Development, for the Arizona Oncology Foundation. They joined us for Get Fit Class and our potluck birthday celebration to share with our group all of the comprehensive services the Foundation has to offer, providing critical support to cancer patients and their families. They have been a wonderful support to our members and our TCC organization. Thank you!

Our TCC annual retreat is coming up fast! The retreat is such a great opportunity to get to know one another better, be adventurous, dine with friends, learn a little something, and RELAX! If you are unable to attend the May retreat, not to worry. Watch for details on our mini-retreat in September… right here in Tucson!

As always, please check out our interactive calendar at www.YouCanConquer.org to see what we're up to next! 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!

• May 2nd, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center - Birthday Pizza Dinner Celebration - Join us this month for pizza and salad, plus birthday cake of course! Please RSVP to the EVITE so we have enough pizza, etc.

• 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.

Important Note: Saturday, May 6th we will have our regularly scheduled Get Fit exercise class at 8:00, but the resource room will not be open for Coffee Café. We encourge walkers and those attending Get Fit to go out for coffee afterwards.

• May 14th, Sunday 8:00 AM, Starr Pass Trailhead: TCC Second Sunday Hike - Join us for a fun hike on both the Rock Wren and Yetman Trails to the Bowman House ruins. We'll meet at 8:00AM at the Starr Pass trailhead parking lot for the approximately 4.5 mile hike.

• May 19th, Friday, 12:00 Noon, La Paloma Country Club: TCC Monthly Luncheon - Join us at La Paloma Country Club.  Rocky LaRose will be available to take member pictures for our new TCC Members Directory. Come get your picture taken! Please RSVP to the EVITE that will be sent out soon!

• May 20th, Saturday, 7:45 AM, Brandi Fenton Park: TCC Member Photos - Rocky LaRose will be available before Get Fit class to take member pictures for our new TCC Members Directory. Come get your picture taken! 

Next month and beyond...

• June 3rd, Saturday, 7:00 AM: Get Fit Field Trip -  We'll have a Get Fit Field trip to beat the heat at The Mindful Yoga Studio. Check back soon for details! There will be no Coffee Café  at the park.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This will mark the start of our our 7:00 AM Saturday Get Fit class summer schedule.

• June 17th, Saturday, 8:30 AM, the TCC Resource Room in the Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center: TCC Book Groupies Meeting -  Join the TCC Book Groupies the third Saturday of every month, right after Coffee Café to discuss a different book. Look for more information in the Resource Room section below.

• September 23rd to 24th, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon: TCC Mini Retreat -  Join us for a relaxing, educational and fun-filled overnight at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon! Check back here for more details coming soon!


• October 14th, Saturday, TCC Gives Back: Ben's Bells - A field trip to give back by volunteering at Ben's Bells. Watch for more info soon!

• December 1st, Tucson Country Club: TCC Holiday Luncheon - Join TCC to celebrate the holidays at our annual Holiday Luncheon. Watch for more details to come!

• December 10th, Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort: The Holiday High Tea - Yes its Back! The Holiday High Tea is back in the Ventana Room at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. This year proceeds go to benefit the Tucson Cancer Conquerors. Join us with Chef Ken Harvey for Fun, Food, and prizes! SAVE THE DATE and watch for more details to come!


 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Beginning Saturday, June 3rd, Get Fit classes will move to 7:00 AM for the summer, followed by Coffee Café at 8:00 AM.

Life is a balancing act!

Including routine balance training into our workouts is important because everyday life is a balance challenge! Anytime you reach up for something on a shelf, bend down or twist to pick something up, or step on an uneven surface, you are at risk for falls and injuries.

Through a complex system of environmental feedback, cues from the bottom of your feet, and proprioceptive (body position) feedback to your brain, your nervous system senses which muscles to activate or deactivate to maintain your desired position.

Balance training helps your brain to recognize changes in terrain and challenges the nervous systems ability to activate the correct muscles in the correct sequence. By practicing your postural control daily, you will improve your joint stability and your ability to make quick, coordinated movement corrections, increasing the ease of daily tasks and decreasing the chance of injury. Bring some balance to your life and join us for Get Fit class!

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step. ~GetHealthyU.com

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

Our summer garden is really starting to take off. The cucumbers, peppers, squash, and green beans are all starting to flower, and if you look closely at our plots you'll see lots of tiny green tomatoes. Hopefully by the end of May we will be starting to harvest bountiful crops.

Trying to eat more vegetables, but don't have a lot of time to cook? Click here to try this recipe for Quick and Easy Green Beans!



 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Beginning Saturday, June 3rd, Coffee Café will move to 8:00 AM for the summer.

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.

Welcome to the new chair of the Resource Room committee, Lana Holstein and new committee member Jenny Waters! You are always welcome to come in to the Resource Room to browse or for a quiet chat.

The Resource Room committee is also pleased to announce the launch of a new book discussion group, the TCC Book Groupies. The first Book Groupies meeting will be held in the Resource Room on Saturday, June 17, right after Coffee Café, and we’ll discuss A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas (see highlight below).

We look forward to your joining us then or for any of the upcoming discussions, to be held on the third Saturday of every month. 

A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas is the highlighted book for the month of May. The title comes from the Australian Aboriginal tradition of sleeping with dogs for warmth – and a “three dog night” is an especially cold one. In the cold aftermath of her husband’s devastating brain injury, Abigail Thomas needed the warmth, comfort, and companionship of her three dogs, along with the help of family and friends, to begin to “put a life together” for them both.  Her memoir is an honest, unflinching, and moving account of how she came to love her husband as he had become, to “love who I am when I’m with him,” and to regain her love of life.


Help Support TCC


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


The Jim Click Raffle is a great event that's 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! 

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.


Donna Capin | Marlyne Freedman | Joanne Gouldin

Soozie Hazen | Pam Shaw



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