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

The April Thriver's Seminar Emphasized the Power of Faith

Merilee Koss, cancer Thriver, shared her experience of divine healing after receiving her poor cancer prognosis in April 2012. A true testimony of faith and healing! Merilee has also shared her story in her book, Plummet To The Pinnacle. To obtain a copy of her book or to learn more about Merilee's story visit her website: 


Cancer Care from an Administrator’s Perspective

Sabrina Mosseau, Director, St. Mary’s Cancer Center and Samaritan Radiation Oncology, shared her education background and work history, as well as her perspective of healthcare trends specific to cancer care issues during the March 17th Thriver Seminar. She asked for input from attendees regarding their questions about cancer care which prompted an informal group conversation.


February Thriver Seminar Focused on Dense Breast Imaging

Do you know that 66% of pre-menopausal women have dense breasts and 25% maintain this density post-menopause? Michael Masone, RT and Director, Capital Imaging Associates, gave a very informative and thought provoking presentation. He discussed the evolution of breast imaging including current imaging techniques and their availability in the Capital District. He also explained the current New York State law regarding patient notification of dense breasts along with the classification as such. Attendees had many questions regarding their experiences with mammography, ultrasound and breast MRI relative to varied insurance coverages. A hot topic indeed! JoAnne McDaniels from Capital Imaging Associates also attended.


Survivorship Plan Development

During the January Thrivers Seminar, Cheryl Syta, Nurse Practitioner, St Mary’s Cancer Treatment Center, presented a process she has developed at St. Mary’s Cancer Treatment Center to ensure a survivorship plan visit with patients. She informed the group of the national focus of survivorship with cancer diagnoses and asked the group for input related to their thoughts on being a survivor.


Fear of Breast Cancer Recurrence: A Medical Oncologist’s Perspective

A record turnout for the December Thrivers Seminar heard Dr. Shail Maingi review the risk factors for breast cancer, past and current research validity, types of recurrence, the fear and anxiety associated with the possibility of recurrence, the importance of communication between you and your doctor and other healthcare professionals, and how to avoid recurrence. Download the Presentation


November Thrivers Seminar Featured Cancer Surgery Updates

Dr. Liz Germinder, General Surgeon, shared with the group information from a surgeon’s perspective regarding general surgical options, risk factors and complications. She expanded information specific to breast surgeries after a cancer diagnosis.


Non-Toxic Healthy Living Products Were the Focus at the October Thrivers Education Seminar

Nancy discussed the importance of protecting our immune systems by being aware of the products we use on our skin and in our homes. She supplied the group with information regarding the hazards and types of toxic and carcinogenic ingredients that may found in the personal care and household products we use.


Another Great Silpada Jewelry Fundraiser on October 25

A successful fundraiser again this year - $825 Raised! Thank you Silpada reps Joanie Colarusso and Cici Swett. Thank you to all who attended and/or placed orders!

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