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We are proud to announce the awarding of 6 thyroid cancer research grants, including three new thyroid cancer research grants and three 2011 continuation grants, all funded by the patients and families who contribute to ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association. This is the ninth consecutive year in which ThyCa has awarded research grants.
One of the new grants is named the Ric Blake Memorial Thyroid Cancer Research Grant, named for ThyCa Co-Founder Ric Blake in honor of his dedication and commitment to ThyCa and to our goal of better futures for everyone with thyroid cancer, everywhere in the world.
The three new research grants are awarded to:
The three 2011 continuation grants are awarded to:
Researchers and institutions worldwide are eligible for ThyCa grants. The winning grant proposals were selected by an independent expert panel of the American Thyroid Association (ATA), the professional association of research and clinical thyroidologists. Our thanks to the ATA for your ongoing support and collaboration.
Generous financial support from thousands of contributors make possible ThyCa’s annual research grants. Thank you very much to everyone for their support. No contribution is too large or too small.
Together, we make a difference in our future, and are helping advance understanding and research for better management of our cancer as well as cures, toward our dream of a future free of thyroid cancer.
Volunteers are planning innovative and varied ways to mark Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month throughout September. ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., established this annual observance 12 years ago to promote:
A few samples of this year’s activities.
Want to help? Ask us for free materials (or download flyers from our web site), plus tips for spreading the word, and how you and your business, agency, or organization can partner with ThyCa in Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Let us know what you’re doing to heighten awareness. Share your ideas with others.
Visit the Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month page for news, announcements, free handouts and tips, and the opportunity to partner with ThyCa in this important event: www.thyca.org/awareness.htm .
Thank you for helping others!
Have you visited Chicago, to see the sights, and try new foods? How about going to learn all you can about thyroid cancer?
Well, from October 19-21, 2012, you can. You can go to the 15th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors Conference at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa and you'll do just that!
You won't believe how enlightened this weekend will make you feel. You will meet wonderful and friendly people, learn from the experts who deal with thyroid cancer every day, have the opportunity to ask your questions of the experts, and probably make a lot of new friends.
I have learned so much while attending five conferences already, and I’ve made friends in ThyCa whom I truly look forward to seeing, even if just once a year! They have become a second family to me.
We all know how some physicians may speak in "medicalese"— well, not these doctors! They speak to us in terms that we can understand, and they respond to our questions in a warm, caring way.
If you or someone you care about has been touched by thyroid cancer, you really should make sure to attend a Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference. ThyCa is always there to help and give all the support and information you need to help make the journey with thyroid cancer easier to survive.
Come and see what it's all about! Hope to see you there!
15th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference
On October 19 – 21, 2012, you’re invited to meet and learn from 32 distinguished physicians, plus numerous other specialists and hundreds of other thyroid cancer survivors like you. You’ll be able to choose from more than 100 sessions and topics, with varied choices and speakers in 6 different rooms at each time period during the day.
The 15th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference will bring together thyroid cancer survivors, caregivers, and health care professionals and other specialists at the beautiful Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois, located near Chicago as well as near O’Hare Airport and several major highways.
More than 40 leading medical professionals will speak during the weekend. Some will lead more than one sessions. It’s a tremendous opportunity to get answers to your question and learn the latest about treatment, followup, and research, including clinical trials.
Early-bird registration is open, both online and by mail. You’re welcome to attend for one, two, or all three days. There are discounts for guests and ThyCa members. Scholarships are available on request to cover the registration fee. Hotel rooms are available for $99 for single, double, triple, or quad. Conference details are on the web site.
Our speakers are coming from major centers in the United States and Mexico, and include nine members of ThyCa’s Medical Advisory Council:
More About the Conference
Conference Registration is now open! Register early and get the early-bird discount! You can register either online, or by mail, for one, two, or all three days. Go to www.thyca.org, and select the Conference web page, to register.
The web site has added details about the hotel, as well as driving directions and highlights of nearby attractions. The conference web page also has airline discount and car rental discount information and links. Online and call-in hotel room reservations are now open at www.thyca.org on the Conferences web page.
Praise for the Conference, from last year’s attendees:
Looking forward to seeing you at the Conference!
On Saturday, October 20, 2012, you’re invited to join us at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, Illinois for a wonderful evening of connections, camaraderie, and fundraising for Thyroid Cancer Research.
At this year’s event we’re going to honor our dear friend, and long-time contributor and ThyCa Medical Advisor, Dr. Ernie Mazzaferri.
This annual event was initiated 10 years ago by ThyCa volunteer Joni Eskenazi of Mercer Island, Washington.
We all share the dream of research for cures for all thyroid cancer. You may reserve your seat at the 11th Annual Dinner/Auction for Thyroid Cancer Research by using the online form or downloading the mail in form available on our Conferences web page at www.thyca.org/conferences.htm
In September, ThyCa will present two new free webinars on thyroid cancer. You’re invited to watch and listen from your home or office.
My story began last July when I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Papillary Thyroid Cancer just one month after my wedding in June 2011.
Earlier, during an annual office visit with my primary care physician, the doctor found 2 nodules along my throat and referred me to an endocrinologist. At the time, the nodules were too tiny to biopsy, so I was scheduled for a follow-up ultrasound a month after my wedding.
The ultrasound showed that my nodules had grown and I should go for a biopsy. The biopsy results revealed Papillary Thyroid Cancer in its early stages. I had a total thyroidectomy and partial lymph node dissection (4 were removed) in late August, and then, in early November, a treatment dose of radioactive iodine.
I will have my one year testing in November 2012 and hope to continue a healthy lifestyle, including lifetime monitoring of my thyroid cancer. I ran my first Half Marathon in New York City in March 2012. In honor of Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, I will be running in the Hamptons Half Marathon in September 2012 with the American Cancer Society. My cancer diagnosis has caused me to change my life for the better, and it has motivated me to be the healthiest I can be.
I am so grateful for my family and friends who have stayed by my side through this entire ordeal, and for ThyCa and all the services it made available to me.
Patients, caregivers, and health care professionals in 96 countries are now receiving ThyCa’s free education, support services, and mailed materials. Our web site has information and downloadable materials in English, Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish.
Free Newsletter and Guestbook
We invite you to join our worldwide network. We want to help you stay connected and informed. Our mission is to be there for every person affected by thyroid cancer.
By signing up in ThyCa’s free Guestbook, you’ll receive the latest news about thyroid cancer, new free publications, events, and more.
If you haven’t already signed up, we invite you to sign up today: www.thyca.org/guestbook.htm
Every Day: Free Webinars
Listen, and learn from experts, anywhere you are in the world. Six important topics. The speakers are ThyCa medical advisors.
All 6 webinars are available, free, anytime at www.thyca.org/news/webinars.htm
New webinars scheduled, too! Visit the Webinar page for details and updates.
Every Week: Meet and Learn
You’re invited to free Thyroid Cancer Support Group Meetings in dozens of locations. The web pages with details for all the groups are here: www.thyca.org/sg/local.htm. If you don’t see a group listed near you, find out how ThyCa can help you start a new ThyCa Support Group. Just e-mail to us at email@example.com.
Free Events with Experts in California, Delaware, Illinois, Quebec, and for People Worldwide
For details, updates, and more coming events, visit our Calendar of Events: www.thyca.org/calendar.htm.
If you have or know someone who deals with hypoparathyroidism, below are two web sites with helpful information about hypoparathyroidism.
Hypoparathyroidism is a deficiency of parathyroid hormone (PTH) in the body resulting in low levels of calcium in the blood. Some thyroid cancer patients experience hypoparathyroidism due to the accidental removal of or damage to the parathyroid glands during thyroid surgery.
Chilled Peach Soup
4 fresh peaches
Boil 3 quarts of water. Score peaches with a knife. Blanch peaches for 1 minute. Drop peaches into ice water. Peel and cube peaches. Add all ingredients into blender; blend until smooth. Add water to create the desired consistency (approx 2 cups). Refrigerate at least an hour before serving.
Makes 6 servings.
Both options are great ways to enjoy the summer fruit regardless of the time of year.
Some Tips –
Thank you, Lily, for contributing this recipe and tips. We will include them in the next edition of ThyCa’s FREE Downloadable Low-Iodine Cookbook.
Free and Downloadable
Download the 7th edition of the Low-Iodine Cookbook in English for free, with more than 340 favorite recipes from more than 150 generous volunteers.
The Cookbook is also available in:
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 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.
To contribute your favorite recipe or tip, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us sustain, strengthen, and extend our services. We invite you to become a member of 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. Members receive our Membership Messenger newsletter.
Membership is open to everyone worldwide. You may become a 1-year ThyCa member ($25), 2-year member ($45), or lifetime member ($225). For our online Membership Form and our mailed Membership Form, visit our Membership page.
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, in the time you give and in financial contributions, is what makes it possible to sustain, strengthen, and expand our services and outreach.
It only takes a minute to volunteer your time by e-mailing to email@example.com or to make a donation online in support of ThyCa's work (or you are welcome to donate by mail to ThyCa, P.O. Box 964, Chesterfield, MO 63006-0964), so click here to give.
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Thank you to our writing, editing, and proofreading team for this issue: Stacey C., Leah Guljord, Pat Paillard, Barb Statas, Lily W., Cherry Wunderlich, and Gary Bloom.
The information in this newsletter is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended, nor should it be interpreted, as medical advice or directions of any kind. Readers are advised to consult their own medical doctor(s) for all matters involving their health and medical care.
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