2007 - 2017: Celebrating 10 Years 

of the Nancy B. Clemente Cancer Fund!

With Courage We Thrive...Are you a Thriver? You have survived your cancer. Are you truly thriving? Are you flourishing despite cancer? THRIVE by seeking health and wellness in all aspects of your life.


  • 6th Annual Golf Tournament - Over $34,500 Raised!
  • 8th Annual Education Dinner Helped Us Heal with Humor and Raised Over $500
  • The Thrivers Connection Education Series . . . Continues to Thrive
  • A New Event is Coming on October 7 . . . Clays Against Cancer!
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    May 2017 Thrivers Education Series: A Presentation of Hope

    Anne Lawton, RN and community liaison for the cancer treatment center at St. Peter's Hospital gave a power point presentation about the importance of hope during difficult times. Her presentation included beautiful photos that she took in various places she has traveled. In these photos the word "hope" is spelled out using materials from nature.



    Breathing and Movement: Essential to Our Health

    Efficient breathing patterns can be compromised when we are stressed or when our bodies are challenged by disease. Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor, Kiva Block Sprissler, lead the March 2017 Thrivers Education Series in two breathing exercises that can be done at home. The benefits of Yoga for cancer patients was presented. She also shared information on "The Scientific Benefits of Breathing For Greater Health & Happiness" by Emma Seppala, PhD. www.emmaseppala.com



    January 2017 A New Year Approach to Courage!

    Carole Heaney, RN, MS, Integrative Health Coach, helped us discover our courage by unleashing our creativity. These two concepts are closely related. When finding the synergy of each we bring joy and healing into our lives.



    Navigating the World of Health Insurance

    A cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment can be stressful enough for patients and family members. Health insurance and financial issues can only add to that stress. At the December Thrivers Education Barbara McHale (pictured) and Sherri Gadomski, Nurse Navigators along with Jackie Dorn, Social Worker, shared information and community resources to help alleviate these concerns.



    November Topic: Fat Is All That!

    Dr. Jerome Chao, Plastic Surgeon, discussed the use of autologous fat for breast cancer reconstruction and beyond! He was accompanied by his surgical P.A., Rebecca Harrica. Thrivers learned how fat grafting can be used for cancer reconstruction, reconstruction revisions, radiation skin changes as well cosmetic surgery.



    Coming Into Relationship With Your Body

    October Thrivers Education Series speaker, Judy Rosch, shared information gathered from her varied background as a RN, Reiki Master, Brennan Healing Practitioner and a student of Deepak Chopra. When experiencing any illness, including cancer, a person may feel that their body has betrayed them. There are ways to come into relationship with your body as well as mind and spirit. Meditation is one technique to help in this process. Any new method for restoring a healthy relationship takes practice!



    September Thrivers Discussed Self Care Assessment Tool

    Jackie Dorn, social worker at St. Mary’s Cancer Treatment Center and Samaritan Radiation Oncology, discussed the topic of "Self Care” with the September Thrivers group. Utilizing a worksheet called the Self Care Assessment Tool, a person can identify and evaluate their level of true caring for self versus caring for others and how this can affect health issues. Goals for self improvement can be made based on these findings as a way to maximize a healthy life.


    Intimacy Issues During & After Cancer Treatment 

    This topic is often difficult for patients to discuss with their healthcare providers. There are many oncology surgeries and treatments that can cause problems with intimacy and sexuality, both emotionally and physically. At the July Thrivers Series Vickie Yattaw, RN, Oncology Education & Support Services Manager at the C.R. Wood Cancer Center of Glens Falls Hospital, encouraged group members to start a dialogue of their concerns even if your provider hasn’t asked you first. She also gave many helpful hints on products and techniques that may alleviate uncomfortable side effects.