Getting involved with the Cancer Resource Center

Become part of a support group

Several of the Cancer Resource Center support groups welcome one or two researchers-in-training as active members throughout the year.  The trainee does not give medical advice, but does serve as a scientific resource. In turn, the trainee gets sees the human dimensions of cancer in real-time. The expectation is that the trainee becomes a regular member of a specific group for at least one year and attends most of their meetings. For more information, contact Monica Vakiner, Director of Client Services at the Cancer Resource Center.

Participate in the annual Walkathon & 5K Run

Each October, the Cancer Resource Center holds its Walkathon & 5k Run in Ithaca’s Cass Park. Many students and researchers participate and also hold bake sales and other events in support of the organization.

Invite us to speak with your class or organization

We routinely organize panel presentations or patients, survivors, and family members to speak with classes and organizations at Cornell, Ithaca College, TC3 and elsewhere. Contact Bob Riter for more information.


The Cancer Resource Center uses volunteers in a variety of ways – at our office, at Cayuga Medical Center, and for special projects. Check out the opportunities.

Ask us Questions

Are you working on a project that would benefit from patient input? We love brainstorming ways of making the cancer experience easier and furthering cancer treatment and research. Contact Bob Riter or Monica Vakiner.

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