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.


Thank You to Our 2019 Golf Fundraiser Pink Ribbon Sponsors!

Thankful Living: Surviving & Thriving Following Cancer - Back to the New Normal

The Capital District Cancer Care Consortium sponsored its free annual education forum on November 3, 2018. Nancy is pictured here with two of the event speakers, from left to right, Cheryl Syta, ANP and Jacqueline Dorn, LMSW from the Hildegard Medicus Cancer Center, Troy NY. Cheryl spoke to the medical impact of cancer and Jackie presented on the psycho-social impact. Anne Lawton, RN, Community Resource Educator from St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, NY lead a discussion of the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis on patients and family.



Nancy B. Clemente Cancer Fund Concrete Mixer

THANK YOU BONDED CONCRETE, INC. for your support of Nancy's mission of cancer awareness by including the Fund logo on several of your trucks. The newest mixer can be seen around the capital district. Nancy is pictured here with mixer driver Chris Cassidy.



Women's Pelvic Health Concerns

The January 2019 Thrivers Connection Education Series speakers were Cindy Monaghan, RN, MS, FNP and Mary Lavender, Program Director from the Samaritan Hospital Incontinence & Wound Services at the Massry Center, Troy NY. Cindy presented the important topic of Maintaining Bladder Health: Prevention & Treatment of Bladder Control Problems. Many cancer thrivers face these issues related to cancer treatments they have received. Mary review the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy used in wound care and treatment of complications from radiation therapy.



December 2018 Thrivers Education Series

Patty Matthews, RDH, Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach, Personal Trainer and Essential Oil Educator presented her topic "Stress-Less: Natural Ways to Manage our Stress". Reducing stress is vital for maintaining overall health, improving mood, boosting our immune systems and promoting longevity.



The Importance of Self-Care to Our Health and Well-Being

Self-care is not a selfish act! Self-care is self-compassion...caring for ourselves as we would for others. A lack of self-care can have many manifestations in our lives including weight gain, immune suppression, insomnia, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety and illness. Carole Heaney, RN, MS, Holistic Cancer & Integrative Health Coach informed the November Thrivers Education attendees of the importance of self-care and tips to do so.



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.