Hello Conquerors!

As the summer draws to a close, it's good to see many of our members are back from their travels and back to TCC. 

Our August birthday dinner was a packed house with so many August birthdays to celebrate. Not only did Chef Ken make this months birthday cake, he also entertained us with a tasty focaccia demo with garlic and onions from our very own TCC garden. While chef’s culinary skills are fun to watch, we also learned the valuable lesson of how to cut onions without crying…make someone else do it! With cooler weather on its way and so many members joining us to celebrate, we may need to move our birthday party to the courtyard for a BBQ and will need a few extra hands for set up and take down so please consider helping out on the logistics committee!

August is also time for our annual TCC Year in Review. The board sponsored a delicious breakfast while members learned about where we have been this last year and what exciting things still lie ahead for the future. As an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, we value transparency and take our responsibility of good stewardship of donor dollars very seriously. We are so glad so many of you were able to join us to learn about how we support all of our TCC programs. Thank you to all of you who signed up to help out on a committee. Your contributions are appreciated! If you were not able to attend our Year in Review meeting, please pick up an evaluation form at the next TCC event. This is YOUR organization and your feedback is important to us!

All of our many programs would not be possible without the amazing support of our community partners. A big thank you this month to Dr. David Jeck and the entire Radiology Limited organization. We were fortunate to have our very own Cancer Conqueror Terie Tutt nominate TCC for the Rad Ltd mini-grant. This generous donation is being directed towards our September mini – retreat, making the event affordable for all of our members to attend. Thank you!

We finished out the month with a stay cool Get Fit field trip to the Roadhouse Cinemas. Members enjoyed a social hour and a relaxing stretch warm up for those big leather recliners. Carole Wymer provided opportunities to win memorabilia prizes and then, the moment we all came for, a private screening of Wonder Woman!

As always, information on all of our events is just a click away on our interactive calendar at www.YouCanConquer.org. We have something for everyone so grab a friend and be sure to join us!

The Tucson Cancer Conquerors Board


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

The last day to pick up tickets for this year's raffle is September 2nd, and the money and unsold tickets will need to be turned in by October 3rd.

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!

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.


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!

• September 5th, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center: Birthday Dinner Celebration - Join us this month for pizza and salad, plus birthday cake of course! We are excited to have, as our guest, Cancer Conqueror Terie Tutt from Radiology Ltd. As a Rad Ltd employee, Terie successfully sponsored our grant application! We are so grateful to her and Dr. David Jeck for the ongoing support they have provided to our TCC members. Come and celebrate September birthdays with us and let’s show our appreciation! Please RSVP to the EVITE so we have enough pizza, etc.

• September 6th, Wednesday, 7:00 AM, Sabino Canyon: Mindful Meandering - Join us at Sabino Canyon for a Mindful Meandering with Dawn. 

• September 9th, Saturday, 8:00 AM, Westward Look Resort: Beyond Cancer: Finding Spirit - The theme of this year's Beyond Cancer event is Finding Spirit and will feature keynote presentations from local experts and celebrities, educational workshops/movement sessions and integrative therapy sessions. The registration fee includes lunch. Click here for more information and registration details.

• September 10th, Sunday, 8:00 AM, Pima Canyon Trail: Second Sunday Hike - Join us at the Iris Dewhirst trail head for a hike in and back out of Pima Canyon.

• September 15th, Friday, 12:00 Noon, La Paloma Country Club: TCC Monthly Luncheon - Join us at La Paloma Country Club, 3660 E Sunrise Drive. Please RSVP to the EVITE that will be sent out soon!

• September 16th, Saturday, 9:30 AM, the TCC Resource Room in the Brandi Fenton Park Visitor's Center: TCC Book Groupies Meeting - Join the TCC Book Groupies right after Coffee Café to discuss this month's book - Your Medical Mind: How To Decide What Is Right For You by Jerome Groopman MD and Pamela Hartzband MD.

• September 20th, Wednesday, 8:00 AM, Tohono Chul Park: Mindful Meandering - Join us at Tohono Chul Park for a Mindful Meandering with Dawn.

• September 23rd to 24th, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon: TCC Mini Retreat - The retreat is full. For those attending final payment is due September 1st and please watch for and respond to emails about the event. See you for a great weekend!  

NOTE - There will be no Get Fit class on Saturday, September 23rd.

Next month and beyond...


• October 14th, Saturday, TCC Gives Back: Ben's Bells - Join us for a field trip to give back by volunteering at Ben's Bells downtown at 40 W Broadway Boulevard! There is a $5 per person donation and we will need payment in advance. There is limited space for this event, so watch for the sign-up at all upcoming TCC events. If you will not be at any TCC events in September, please email info@tucsoncancerconquerors.org to let us know you'd like to attend. Watch for more details about the schedule for that morning in the October newsletter.

• October 22nd, Sunday, Making Strides of Tucson Walk - Be part of the TCC team at the Making Strides Tucson walk at Armory Park! Click here to go to the TCC Team page at MakingStridesWalk.org to register and donate ANY amount if you choose! Thank you!!

• November 5th, Sunday, NOCC Run/Walk - Be part of the TCC team at the second annual NOCC Run/Walk at the UofA Mall. 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, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort: The Holiday High Tea - Yes it's 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!

Invitations will be out in September! Be sure to check in on our Tucson Cancer Conquerors Facebook Page and website (www.YouCanConquer.org) for details. Tickets can be reserved and paid for on-line through the TCC website. We always sell out so you don’t want to miss this!



 TCC Get Active News

Get Fit classes are held at Brandi Fenton Park Tuesday evenings at 5:30 PM and Saturday mornings at 7:00 AM.

Got back pain?

Tight hamstrings are present in most people who suffer from chronic lower back pain. The constant pull of these tight muscles forces the lumbar spine, (lower 5 vertebrae), into a forward bent posture, putting strain on the low back and decreasing the overall mobility of the hip joints. Making things worse is that many of us sit most of the day. That bent leg position further shortens the hamstring muscle really throwing things out of balance when we stand.

Initially, it can be very challenging and uncomfortable to stretch your hamstrings. The seated hamstring stretch is a very safe way to stretch without injuring your lumbar discs. Stretches can also be performed lying on your back, increasing the stretch with a band or towel behind the thigh. Stretches should be performed throughout the day and gently held for 10 to 30 seconds. Come and stretch with us at GetFit!

Click here to read the 5 Stretches To Ease Your Lower-Back Pain article at Prevention.com.

* Numbness, tingling or severe pain should be evaluated by your physician.

Join the TCC Walkers every Saturday Morning!

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 7:00 AM every Saturday! 


Get Fit Class Payments

Don't forget, third quarter Get Fit class fees are now due! And what a great deal - the $50 fee covers THREE months of TWO fun exercise classes every week! 

You can pay your Get Fit class fee by cash, check or credit/debit card at any TCC event, or by credit/debit card through Paypal in the TCC Members Area.


Organic Gardening

While many of the summer veggies have started to fade, our Orient Wonder Yard Long beans have been thriving. While our beans may not have measured a full yard, they've come close!!

Green beans are not only tasty they have lots of health benefits too!


For our warm summer days, how about trying a recipe for a cold green bean salad. Click here for the recipe at FoodNetwork.com.

If you are interested in learning more about the TCC Garden, please contact Dawn at 520-975-4839 or timdawnmesser@gmail.com.



 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:  Coffee Café now starts at 8:00 AM for the summer.

TCC Resource Room

After Coffee Café announcements, we invite you to come down to the comfy TCC Resource Room to enjoy a quiet chat or to browse and check out a book from our lending library. We also offer information about community support services and local events of interest and a Member Resource Directory. The Resource Room is open Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings during Get Fit classes and during Saturday Coffee Café. The TCC Book Groupies meet on the third Saturday morning of each month.

For the October Book Groupies meeting, Ambre Cole will lead the discussion of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.


Help support TCC - purchase a TCC Membership!

Click here to see all the great benefits of membership! 

You can pay for a TCC Membership, (or Get Fit class fee), by cash, check or credit/debit card at any TCC event, or by credit/debit card in the TCC Members AreaPlease note: If you have paid for your quarterly Get Fit classes, your membership is automaticThere is no additional fee.

We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Radiology Limited for their ongoing support of our organization!




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