In Loving Memory of Bill Dussor

The Nancy B. Clemente Cancer Fund mourns the passing of our co-founder, website manager, and Nancy's beloved cousin on January 13, 2018 from metastatic colon cancer. Words cannot express our depth of sadness.

You can learn more about Bill's life here and here.

2007 - 2019: Celebrating 12 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.


Celebrating our volunteers from the annual golf tournament

October 2018 Thrivers Connection Education Series

Mary Lavender, Program Development Director of St. Mary's Wound and Hyperbaric Center, was the speaker for the October education lunch. She informed the group as to the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy not only for wound healing issues but for latent symptoms related to radiation treatment for cancer. This St. Mary's satellite center is the only multi-patient hyperbaric chamber in the capital district.



Local Breast Cancer Research Presentation

We are fortunate to have breast cancer research in our community due to a grant from Susan G. Komen Upstate NY. Jason Herschkowitz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences Cancer Research Center, University of Albany presented to the September Thrivers Education group. His research is very specific to studying the effects of long non-coding RNA's as functional biomarkers of DCIS progression. So far the research has determined that these RNA's are "biologically important" and may be involved in Her2+ diagnoses. Specific information such as this is an important piece to the breast cancer research puzzle!



Thrivers Education Series August 9, 2018

Patty Matthews, RDH and Lisa Miccio, LPN returned to speak to the group about "Getting into the Driver's Seat of Your Emotions". Proper nutrition is key to vibrant physical and emotional health. One way is to eliminate foods that are toxic to the adrenal glands and thyroid. These can contribute to a stressed gut: high sugar foods, caffeine, alcohol, processed & refined flour, etc. The use of certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils can also help to strengthen the immune & nervous systems.



Imaging Updates for Diagnosing Breast Cancer & Dense Breast Imaging Concerns

The speaker for the July Thrivers Education Series was Michael Masone, accompanied by Joanne McDaniels, from Capital Imaging Associates, Latham NY. They presented information on the current technology for breast imaging with specifics on how to better evaluate and quantitate dense breasts. Also provided was information on next generation 3D mammography and what to expect when you have a mammogram appointment.



June 14th Thrivers Education Series Summary

Speaker Patricia Matthews, Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach, Aromatherapist, Aromatouch Practitioner and Personal Trainer was accompanied by Lisa Miccio, Cancer Survivor. They shared with the group some important information on becoming connected with essential oils as a pathway to vibrant health. Lemon, lavender and peppermint are a few of the more commonly known oils that are beneficial. Look for essential oils that are "certified pure". Learn more by contacting



Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema & Exercise

The May 10th Thrivers Education Series speaker was Sandie Sanderson, Physical Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Sandie presented her annual lymphedema review and update. She also discussed the benefits of exercise to help prevent lymphedema as well as part of the treatment after diagnosis. Attendees received a set of 2# dumbbell weights to use with their home exercise program.



April Thrivers Education Series Luncheon

Cecilia Thomas: breast cancer thriver, domestic abuse survivor and author. She shared with the group her courageous personal story as a means to help others. Her book: While Waiting For Change - What Happens to You While You're Trying to Change Them and Waiting for Them to Change .



Dental Awareness with Dr. Matthew Clemente

The February Thrivers Education attendees were treated to an informative and entertaining presentation on dental health by Matthew Clemente, a local Doctor of Dental Surgery. He reviewed the basics of tooth anatomy, oral care, and current treatments and procedures. Also discussed was how our oral health is affected by our general health status and fitness, cancer treatment and other medical conditions.