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TWO THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!!!
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month is sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., along with year-round awareness activities and campaigns.
Help spread the word about thyroid cancer, neck checks for early detection, and the free support and education available through ThyCa.
Ways you can help:
Let's stand together and tell the world about thyroid cancer. You may not hear about Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month or thyroid cancer in the news. More people ought to know about thyroid cancer because its numbers are increasing. More people would get early treatment, when thyroid cancer is easiest to treat, if everyone knew what to look for and request a "neck check" when they see their doctors.
Let's help more people by "spreading the word."
This event is something you really don't want to miss! You'll have a great time and gain so much information about thyroid cancer from the specialists that you will be amazed.
The speakers are very approachable and understanding. The ThyCa volunteers will assist you and make you feel very comfortable. You may even make some new friends.
When you actually meet those involved with ThyCa you will never feel "alone" with thyroid cancer again. You will feel you have an extended family that will take care of you and help you through "it."
Visit www.thyca.org often for conference details and updates.
Hope to see you there!
On October 16-18, 2009, you are cordially invited to attend the 12th Annual International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference at the Sheraton Ferncroft Hotel near Boston, Massachusetts, at 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, Massachusetts.
We are honored to announce that more than 25 distinguished medical professionals will be participating, sharing their expertise and the latest advances in treatment and research on all types of thyroid cancer and situations ranging from newly diagnosed to those with complex circumstances and seeking or in clinical trials.
We are excited to announce that as of late August, we have already confirmed more than 25 medical specialists from leading medical centers.
The conference will offer more than 100 session choices, with 6 different sessions in different rooms at each time slot during the day.
In addition to the physician speakers, we plan also to have more than 30 additional speakers and roundtable leaders who will include other health care professionals, specialists in coping skills and complementary approaches to well-being such as Reiki and recreation therapy, survivors of each type of thyroid cancer, as well as caregivers.
The conference is open to the public, and registration begins at 8 a.m. each day with walk-ins welcome. Cost for the complete conference is $50, with discounts available to ThyCa members and scholarships available upon request.
You may register either in advance or onsite at the conference. Advance registration saves your time and the time of our volunteers. Walk-in attendees are always welcome. Additional information on the conference is available at http://www.thyca.org/confpressroom.htm.
Please check www.thyca.org in the conferences section for details and updates. Tell your nurse friends to come to learn more about thyroid cancer, and also get continuing education credits!
We’re excited about the tremendous program being planned, and hope to see you at the conference.
We’re excited to report that as of mid-August, people have registered from 23 states, Puerto Rico, and 3 provinces in Canada.
Registration for the 12th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference is open on our web site.
You may register either by mail or on-line. Cost of registration is $50 full fee ($45 if early-bird registered in advance by September 16); $35 Annual ThyCa Member; $30 Lifetime ThyCa Member; $25 Guest (family member or caregiver); $25 for One-Day Attendance. Early-bird Discount will be given to those who register on line by September 16th or by mail that is postmarked by September 16, 2009. After September 16th the cost goes up by $5 for each registration category. Scholarships are available for anyone who can’t afford the registration fee.
Visit our website for the registration form options.
This year's conference will be held at the Sheraton Ferncroft Hotel in Danvers, Massachusetts which is located about 20 miles north of Boston. We’re proud to have arranged special room rates of $99 plus tax for single, double, triple, or quad rooms at this wonderful hotel, which is in a great location with free parking, and features numerous amenities. You’ll find the hotel details and room reservation information on www.thyca.org or by calling 877-588-7904.
On Saturday, October 17, 2009, at the Sheraton Ferncroft Hotel in Danvers, Massachusetts, we will hold the 8th Annual Saturday Evening Dinner/Auction to raise much needed funds for thyroid cancer research.
You can purchase tickets on line or by mail. The cost is $50 per ticket.
This event raises funds for Thyroid Cancer Research and is also a lot of fun. Help ThyCa raise funds so we all can continue funding thyroid cancer research—now 7 straight years, and totaling more than $550,000. The web site has the reservation form.
We are pleased to report that ThyCa representative Gary Bloom participated at the World Thyroid Congress in August in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
This meeting brought thyroid cancer experts together from around the globe to share the latest information about thyroid cancer treatment and research.
Gary Bloom of ThyCa was a speaker on a panel focusing on the benefits of patient support organizations, as well as a discussion session with thyroid organization representatives from around the world. We greatly appreciated the opportunities to spread the word among the professional medical community, about ThyCa’s numerous free services and resources, available worldwide.
Our special thanks to Sherryl Pascal, Mrs. New Jersey Globe 2009. Sherryl has been very active outreach as well as in fundraising for thyroid cancer research. We’d like to share her latest creative fundraising effort with you.
This spring Sherryl’s dog gave birth to 3 puppies. She calls the young pups her ThyCa puppies since she has already sold them as a fundraiser. All the collected proceeds will go to Thyroid Cancer Research.
Last year Sherryl announced that she’d raised $10,000.00 for Thyroid Cancer Research. She did this through a series of different fundraisers, a number of which had to do with her celebrity status, while others were simply about her creativity and initiative.
She was a very memorable presence at last fall’s Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference in St. Louis, and we’re pleased that she will be joining us again at this year’s conference. .
It’s quick and easy to sign up to receive our free online newsletter, plus announcements of ThyCa events and activities. It’s a great way to stay connected to the thyroid cancer community, and to stay up to date on changes in treatments and testing methods, especially if you’re a long-term survivor.
Just fill out our Guestbook form.
To protect each person’s privacy, the mailing list is for the sole use of ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc., and its affiliates. ThyCa does not ever sell, share, or give away any contact information.
We’re proud to announce that 90 Low-Iodine recipes are now available in French, together with tips and suggestions for the low-iodine diet. You can download them free of charge.
Every month, more than 60 thyroid cancer support groups hold meetings. Support group meetings are open to everyone whose lives have been touched by thyroid cancer.
The meetings offer wonderful opportunities to meet others in person and share experiences, strength, and hope while learning from others with varied situations with their thyroid cancer. Advance registration not required.
We have welcomed many new Support Groups this year, and thank all the wonderful volunteers who have stepped forward to form them. We also congratulate our many ongoing support groups for their ability to positively impact the lives of so many people affected by a thyroid cancer diagnosis.
Go to our Support Groups page for a complete list of groups, contact information, and meeting schedules. Or, if you don’t have internet access, call (toll-free): 877-588-7904
If you’re interested in starting a group in your area, contact email@example.com or 877-588-7904.
Would you, or someone you know, like our free Patient Information Packet? Just send an e-mail with your name and complete mailing address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with “patient packet” in the subject, or call us at 1-877-588-7904 and we’ll be happy to mail the packet.
Our web site has more than 650 pages of content. More than 50 distinguished physicians plus numerous other specialists provide ongoing input and review. We greatly appreciate the wonderful support of these medical specialists.
We update and expand the web site every week. Thank you to our Web team, Betty Solbjor and Joel Amromin; our Publications Committee members; and our Medical Reviewers.
Visit www.thyca.org often for the latest information updates, the schedules of local support group meetings, and news about special events, or to get involved.
And let us know if you have ideas for additional web site content, as well as additional questions to be answered by physicians. E-mail your ideas to email@example.com. This is our web site, and it benefits from everyone's contribution. It's also a great way to start being involved!
The online survey instrument will give you the opportunity to share some details about your thyroid surgery. We’ll soon post details and the survey instrument on www.thyca.org.
A few of our recent e-mails…
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Help us sustain, strengthen, and extend our services. We invite you to join ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.
Your membership dues will support ThyCa's efforts to reach and serve other survivors and their families around the world.
You may join as a one-year member ($25), two-year member ($45), or lifetime member ($225).
For our secure online Membership form and our mailed Membership form, go to www.thyca.org/membership.htm
Contributed by Joanne M.
Chicken with Apricot Sauce
2 chicken breast
Brown filets in olive oil until thoroughly cooked. Remove from pan, leaving oil and drippings in pan. Add onions and cook till limp. Add preserves and ginger and pour warm sauce over chicken. Serve accompanied with Basmati rice.
Thank you, Joanne! We’ll let people know about these recipe tips in the next edition of the FREE Downloadable Low-Iodine Cookbook.
Download the 6th edition of the Low-Iodine Cookbook for free, with more than 250 favorite recipes from more than 100 generous volunteers, here: www.thyca.org/Cookbook.pdf. The Cookbook is also available in Spanish at: http://www.thyca.org/CookbookEsp.pdf and in French at: www.thyca.org/recipes-fr.pdf. Please remember, while you’re welcome to download and print the entire free low-iodine cookbook, you can also print just the pages you need.
This free cookbook is a wonderful help when you’re preparing to receive radioactive iodine for treatment or testing. All the recipes are the favorites of some of our ThyCa volunteers, who are sharing them with everyone, to make the low-iodine diet easy and tasty. The recipes are also great for family meals and for potlucks, any time.
If you’d like to contribute your favorite recipe or tip to the cookbook’s next edition, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One-Page Summary- Low-Iodine Diet Guidelines
Thanks to generous contributions and special fundraising events, ThyCa has awarded new thyroid cancer research grants in support of our goal of cures for all thyroid cancer and a future free of thyroid cancer, for the 7th year in a row.
You can help support the Rally for Research. For details about the Rally for Research, donation opportunities, special events, ThyCa’s past and future Research Grants, visit the Rally for Research page.
We welcome new volunteers at any time. Volunteering for ThyCa is one way to help and support others touched by thyroid cancer, and you feel much better yourself because you know you have helped someone else through something you've been through. Try it; you might like it!
To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page: www.thyca.org/volunteer.htm. You can sign-up to volunteer online using our guestbook.
We believe that no one should have to be alone when facing thyroid cancer.
Our free support services are offered with this as our main goal.
We thank everyone for giving your time and talents to making possible our free services, publications, and events.
We’re grateful to you for reaching out to others worldwide, to help connect them with ThyCa’s many free support services and educational resources.
Visit the website for details. Download the conference flyer and help spread the word.
Every day, thousands of people with thyroid cancer, and their families, receive support, education, and hope from ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.
Your generous support is what makes it possible to sustain, strengthen, and expand our services and outreach.
It only takes a minute to make a secure donation online in support of ThyCa's work (or you are welcome to donate by mail), so click here to give: (www.thyca.org/donations.htm)
If you have questions about thyroid cancer, please send them to email@example.com and we’ll answer your question in an upcoming newsletter as well as adding to our web site content.
If you have a story or anecdote about your thyroid cancer journey that you would like to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to include it in an upcoming newsletter as well as adding to our web site content.
Thank you to our writing, editing, and proofreading team for this issue of the newsletter: Leah Guljord, Joanne M. Pat Paillard , Barbara Statas, Cherry Wunderlich, and Gary Bloom.
Your suggestions for articles are welcome. The deadline for articles and news items is the first day of each month.
Please share News Notes with your family and friends. For permission to reprint in another electronic or print publication, please contact us at email@example.com.
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID #52-2169434) of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and health care professionals.
We are dedicated to support, education, and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, their families and friends, as well as to public awareness for early detection, treatment, and lifetime health monitoring, and to thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants.
Contact us for free awareness materials and information about our free services and special events. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1-877-588-7904, fax 1-630-604-6078, write PO Box 1102, Olney, MD 20830-1102, or visit our website..