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IN THIS ISSUE
SPRING WORKSHOPS IN APRIL AND MAY
The Arizona Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Workshop, held in early March, was a big success. Four more spring workshops will be held in April and May, in Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, and Texas.
These educational and supportive events are free. They offer great opportunities for learning the latest about thyroid cancer care and research, and sharing experiences with others coping with this disease.
At each workshop, distinguished physicians and other specialists will speak and answer your questions. In addition, there will be other specialists, survivor/caregiver roundtables, and free materials on the resource tables.
We welcome everyone interested in learning more about thyroid cancer. You may come for all or part of the day. You may register either in advance, on our online form, or on site at the workshop.
For the speakers, program schedules, transportation directions, and other details, visit www.thyca.org/conferences.htm.
Hope to see you at a workshop!
Learn about all thyroid diseases: hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease, thyroid cancer. Free and open to patients and the public. Moderator: Lawrence C. Wood, M.D., with additional physician speakers. Co-Sponsored by Thyroid Foundation of America, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and University of Washington Medical Center. For details and the flyer, visit www.thyca.org/calendar.htm
Our thanks to Tim, a wonderful caring young teen from Maine, whose Pediatric Backpacks have already reached children with thyroid cancer around the United States, and in England.
Tim, who has thyroid cancer, created the " Backpack Project" to put thyroid cancer information and small gifts in the hands of newly diagnosed children and teens. Paula Langley, Miss Oakland County, Michigan, Outstanding Teen, helped Tim with the project.
These free backpacks are available from ThyCa. To request a backpack for a child or teen dealing with thyroid cancer, please call 1-877-588-7904 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's the link for you to read more about the Backpacks for Kids with Thyroid Cancer! www.thyca.org/pediatric/cares.htm
Thank you, Tim!
We are pleased to announce that Lynn Sanders and Julie Tucker, volunteers in Nashville, Tennessee, have started ThyCa’s newest thyroid cancer support group. This new group meets monthly. For the meeting schedule, location, and contact information, visit the new group’s web page: www.thyca.org/sg/tn_nashville.htm
If you live near a ThyCa support group, we invite you to attend. These groups are a wonderful way to meet and share experiences with other thyroid cancer survivors and caregivers in your area. People at all phases of testing, treatment, and follow-up are welcome to attend, along with caregivers and friends. Groups meet throughout the United States, as well as in Costa Rica and Philippines.
For the complete
list of locations, meeting schedules, and facilitator contact information,
as well as information about starting a new support group, visit
“I have recently been diagnosed with papillary cancer. I was able to obtain info from your web site for follow-up treatment I will be receiving. It is scary to hear the "c" word. To know you have others to share and gain knowledge with gives a peace of mind very much appreciated. Thank you for your web site.”
“I want to tell you that your web site help me get through this and answered all my questions. Thank you for all the info you have, because this has been a scary experience.”
“So glad to have found your web site.”
“What a refreshing feeling to know that I’m not here alone, that are others—in the same situation—that care about each other.”
Our web site received more than 280,000 visits in March 2007. Our web site has more than 600 pages. The newest sections include added information about pediatric thyroid cancer, Herman’s Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Journey Story, and more. In development is the Medullary Thyroid Cancer site, to expand on the sections already on the site.
Many thanks to our web site coordinators Betty Solbjor of Massachusetts and Joel Amromin of California, as well as our Publications Committee volunteers and the more than 50 distinguished physicians and the other specialists who give ongoing input and review. We invite you to visit the web site often for the latest updates.
Our thanks to everyone who has requested our free thyroid cancer materials for display at cancer events and community health fairs, and for giving to their families and friends.
Thank you also to theThyCa volunteers handling ThyCa’s exhibits at these medical meeting exhibits in March and April: National Comprehensive Cancer Network in Florida, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, and American Association for Cancer Research in Los Angeles, California.
You can help,
too! Please contact us for free thyroid cancer awareness materials—plastic
wallet cards, awareness brochures, flyers for early detection, and
more. Plus lots of free downloadable publications, including our free
ThyCa’s free support services and awareness programs, and our thyroid cancer research grants, are all made possible through the generosity of our wonderful supporters. We thank you for your support.
Our thyroid cancer Research Grants are open to all institutions and all researchers worldwide. Our research fundraising campaign unites survivors, family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones in an international effort to raise funds to combat thyroid cancer.
To find out more about the Rally for Research and how to support it, visit these pages:
- Every Month: Free meetings of local support groups. More than 70 groups throughout the United States, and in Costa Rica and Philippines.
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID #52-2169434) of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and health care professionals. We are dedicated to support, education, and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, their families and friends, as well as public awareness for early detection, lifetime health monitoring, and thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants. E-mail email@example.com, call 1-877-588-7904, or visit www.thyca.org.