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 - 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.


  • The Thrivers Connection Education Series . . . Continues to Thrive
  • The 2017 "Touch a Truck" Event Features Charlie Clemente!
  • 7th Annual Golf Tournament - Over $36,000 Raised!
  • 8th Annual Education Dinner Helped Us Heal with Humor
  • Clays Against Cancer raised $15,000!
  • Saturday

    Thriver Discusses Oncology Esthetics at the June 11 Education Seminar

    Marlene Canabush, LE, from Essential Healing Esthetics, and a fellow Thriver, discussed the importance of general daily skin care including cleansing morning and night, hydration and exercise. She also informed the group as to specific skin issues that can arise during chemotherapy and radiation and some solutions for adverse effects.


    "Spring Into Movement" with Randi Jurus, Yoga Instructor, Movement Specialist

    At the May 14 Thrivers Education seminar, Randi Jurus reminded the group that movement of our bodies is important at any age and at any ability level. She challenged us to bring balance into our lives by examining 4 key factors identified as MISS - Movement, Intake (water protein and produce), Stress (reduction) and Sleep. The importance of breathing from our diaphragm was also noted.


    April Thrivers Education Speaker Barbara McHale, RN, Reviewed the Benefits of Patient Navigation

    A Patient Navigator helps to coordinate patient care, connects patients with available community resources and helps patients understand the healthcare system, including insurance issues, medical care, social support and more. We sincerely appreciated Barbara McHale's perspective, a Patient Navigator at Samaritan Hospital Cancer Treatment Center.


    Lymphedema Update by Sandie Sanderson MSPT, CLT-LANA

    A record number of Thrivers attended this informative review and update of lymphedema on March 12. Remember . . . Lymphedema can occur many years after surgery or radiation. Watch for swelling, a feeling of fullness or heaviness or changes in sensation. Wear a compression garment when flying. Avoid having blood pressure taken on the affected arm. Monitor any cuts or abrasions on skin. Report changes to your healthcare professional.


    February Thrivers Education Focused on Colorectal Cancer Screening & Risk Reduction Strategies

    Cheryl Syta, Nurse Practitioner, Samaritan Hospital Cancer Treatment Center, educated the group on the warning signs of colon cancer and the importance of being aware of any changes in bodily functions. Colon cancer is preventable, screenable and treatable. Colonoscopy is the best method of screening for this disease. Risk reduction strategies include anti-inflammatory eating in order to assist our immune system to inhibit cancer potentials.


    "Tastefully Simply" Tasted Great!

    Bonnie Riddell (pictured on the right), a breast cancer Thriver, hosted a Tastefully Simple fundraiser at her home on Friday, January 16, 2015. Consultant Lori Beston-Genito (pictured left) provided the group with delicious samples of many of the products available. A good time was had by all! Thanks to attendees and to those who could not attend but placed orders online. Over $100 was raised to benefit the Nancy B. Clemente Cancer Fund. Thank you!


    Raffle Winner Donates Winnings!

    On November 29, 2014, Joe Hovan graciously hosted a group of family and friends to Madison Square Garden to watch a NY Rangers game. Much to our surprise, the group held a 50-50 raffle raising $730. The winner was Tommy Warth who turned over his winnings to the Nancy B. Clemente Cancer Fund. Thank you Tommy for your generosity! The Fund will pay it forward by continuing on with our mission to provide educational programs in our community.


    Thrivers Connection Education Series Goes Monthly in 2015!

    Due to its growing success, the Nancy B. Clemente Cancer Fund is expanding it's Thriver Connection Education Series to meet each month.  Join other Thrivers on a wide range of Cancer treatment and wellness related topics. The next meeting is February 12 . . . Join us at Noon at the Massry Center Conference Room, 147 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP to Nancy B. Clemente at 518-858-3738 or

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