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Hello Conquerors!

Springtime is here and what better way to celebrate the season than with good friends at the Tucson Cancer Conqueror organic garden at Felicia’s farm. The TCC Get Fit class enjoyed the crisp morning air with a walk from the Brandi Fenton Park to the farm where Chef Ken Harvey was preparing a delicious healthy breakfast of fresh-made gazpacho. Chef Ken’s garden demos are always entertaining, educational, and delicious. Thank you Chef Ken for sharing your morning and your expertise with us!
Chef Ken1
After breakfast the TCC members got to work visiting, harvesting, weeding, and planting our summer crop. The goats enjoyed our weeds while the TCC kids learned how to safely feed the horses apple treats. The farm is a peaceful, beautiful place to be and we can always use help, especially as our garden grows. Please consider signing up to have fun with the garden committee.
Garden Event
We are so fortunate to call Brandi Fenton Park our home, and the Butterfly Memorial Garden holds special meaning for us as we celebrate the lives of our sisters who have passed on. This month we were honored to host the family and friends of Ramona Hendricks for the unveiling of her memorial tile and a special TCC Coffee Café’ reception afterward. Ramona’s mother, Virginia Morris, is now a lifetime honorary member of TCC, and we hope to share many of our activities and adventures with her.
Ramona Tile
Our outreach and programs would not be possible without our community partners. A big part of what we do at TCC involves working cooperatively with other cancer care organizations to reach out to those who need our support, and this month we participated in the Arizona Oncology Foundation Open House. The Foundation offers many free services to cancer patients and their families and has been a big source of comfort to many of our TCC members. Thank you to Becky O’Hara and the Arizona Oncology Foundation.
AZ Oncology
The TCC Calendar will have details of all our upcoming events, and of course the newsletter will remain a great resource for information too. You can also find information about TCC membership on our website - being a TCC member is not only a great way to support our organization, members also receive great discounts on activities and TCC logo wear!

2018 is a great year to take control of your health. Guests are always welcome to join us for any of our activities. Bring a buddy and we’ll see you soon!

The Tucson Cancer Conquerors Board of Directors

Fitness Update

Get Fit Class:
5:30 PM Tuesday | 8:00 AM Saturday
River Park Walkers:
8:00 AM Saturday

Note: The days are warming up quickly! Starting Saturday, June 2nd, Get Fit Class and River Park Walkers will move to 7:00 AM to beat the heat!
Not sure if exercise is right for you? A recent study found that a high level of cardiovascular physical fitness in women is associated with close to a 90% reduction in dementia risk in later life!
Time to grab a buddy and get your chemo-brain to class! Click here to read the full article on the Medscape website.

Garden Update

As our baby seedlings get stronger, they could use some protection from the critters who like to snack on their tender shoots.
Did you know that essential oils in some plants act as nature’s bug repellent? In our organic garden we never use pesticides, so we planted Marigolds instead.Their scent repels aphids, mosquitos, and even rabbits!
Click here to see how you can use plants to make your own natural bug repellent!

This Month's Events

Click on any event below for more detailed information on the TCC Calendar. Also PLEASE be sure to RSVP to the EVITES so we know you are coming
May 1, Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Brandi Fenton Park: Birthday Dinner - We'll celebrate this month's birthdays with pizza and salad, plus birthday cake of course! Fellow survivor Ebony Daniels will be our special guest. She will be sharing her passion for helping those dealing with the financial challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

May 2, Wednesday, 8:00 AM, Tohono Chul Park: Mindful Meandering
- This is our last Mindful Meandering before we go on summer hiatus.

May 6, Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 PM, Sheraton Tucson: American Cancer Society’s Western Talent Show - Discount tickets are available for cancer survivors - click here for information.

May 18, Friday, 12:00 Noon: Monthly Luncheon - This month we'll be at Scordato's Pizzeria at 4911 North Stone Avenue.

May 19, Saturday, 9:00 AM, Brandi Fenton Park: Educational Event, Keep Your Joints Happy! - Join us for a breakfast snack and presentation by Patrick Sims, MS | CPC, CPT, RYT-200.

Next Month and Beyond

Be sure to save-the-date for these great upcoming events!
June 2, Saturday, Brandi Fenton Park: Book Groupies
- Join us right after Coffee Café for a discussion of Euphoria by Lily King.

August 18, Saturday, 8:00 AM, Brandi Fenton Park: Annual Year-In-Review Meeting

September 4, Tuesday, 5:30 PM, Roadhouse Cinema: Movie Night

September 28-30, Friday to Sunday, Tubac Resort: Annual Retreat - Details are in the Members Area.
<<< Important Note >>>
The Retreat is full , but we are also developing a wait-list in case of cancellations. Click here to email Arlene if you would like to be added to that list.

Thank you to our donors for their generous support!

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

Check the TCC Calendar for info on all the events and activities!