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ThyCa NEWS NOTES - April 2007

04/2007

IN THIS ISSUE


MORE SPRING WORKSHOPS IN APRIL AND MAY
FREE
Learn from Experts
Meet Other Survivors and Caregivers

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.

  • Saturday, April 21, 2007
    New Jersey Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Workshop
    Voorhees, New Jersey
  • Saturday, April 21, 2007
    Texas Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Workshop
    Dallas, Texas
  • Saturday, April 28, 2007
    Midwest Thyroid Cancer Survivors' 3rd Annual Workshop
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Saturday, May 12, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic Thyroid Cancer Survivors' 6th Annual Workshop
    Baltimore, Maryland

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.

Hope to see you at a workshop!

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FREE FORUM IN SEATTLE
Thyroid Disease and You
Friday, April 13, 2007
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Room 620, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle.

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.

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THANK YOU, TIM! PEDIATRIC BACKPACKS REACH YOUNG PEOPLE IN US AND ENGLAND

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 thyca@thyca.org.

Thank you, Tim!

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NEWEST SUPPORT GROUP BEGINS MEETING IN NASHVILLE

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.

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.

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FROM THE MAILBOX

“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.”

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WHAT’S NEW ON THE WEB SITE?

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.

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THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS!

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 Low-Iodine Cookbook.
Help support early detection, treatment, and lifelong monitoring of thyroid cancer, and help others find our free support services and special events. For materials and information, e-mail thyca@thyca.org, call 1-877-588-7904, or fax to 1-630-604-6078.

RALLY FOR RESEARCH 2007

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.

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COMING EVENTS

- Every Month: Free meetings of local support groups. More than 70 groups throughout the United States, and in Costa Rica and Philippines.

  • Spring 2007: Free one-day Regional Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Workshops.
  • September 2007: Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Plus year-round awareness campaigns and free materials
  • October 19-21, 2007: The 10th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference, San Francisco, California
  • October 20, 2007: The 6th Annual Dinner/Auction to Support Thyroid Cancer Research, San Francisco, California.

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ThyCa NEWS NOTES
Copyright (c) 2007 ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. We encourage you to send these News Notes to your family and friends. For permission to reprint in another electronic or print publication, please contact us.

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 thyca@thyca.org, call 1-877-588-7904, or visit www.thyca.org.


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