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ThyCa NEWS NOTES - September 2013




It’s Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month!

Thank you to everyone who’s helping raise awareness of neck checks for early detection, the thyroid cancer events including the Conference September 27-29th, and the many free support services, publications, and more available worldwide. It’s not too late to participate. Raising awareness is easy – get tools, tips, and free materials at

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Coming Soon! Meet Top Doctors at the Conference Sept. 27-29 

The 16th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference is less than 2 weeks away--September 27-29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Join us and meet the amazing lineup of top thyroid cancer doctors plus other specialists. The preliminary Conference Program Schedule is on the web site — you can choose from more than 100 sessions at another fabulous event. Come for 1, 2, or all 3 days. 

You’re welcome to register onsite, and online advance registration is also still open. Find all the details here:

And help us spread the word during this final run-up to the big event. Thanks!

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Conference Overflow Hotel Has Rooms for $99

If you haven't made your hotel reservations yet for the Conference, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve arranged an overflow hotel, because the Clarion Hotel is now fully booked. Please contact the Wyndham Garden Hotel, (610) 521-2400, across the street from the Clarion, for the $99 conference rate for rooms reserved by September 20th. Reference "ThyCa" when making your reservation.

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Dinner/Auction Will Raise Funds for Research

We’d love to have you join us on Saturday, September 28th at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center in Philadelphia, for a wonderful evening of camaraderie and fundraising for Thyroid Cancer Research. Whether or not you can join us, however, you’re invited to help with financial support. Details and registration info are available at the link. Tickets are also available onsite at the Conference.

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Free Workshop for Media and Medical Writers: Covering Thyroid Cancer

Know anyone in the media or medical writer community in and around Pennsylvania? We’re hosting a free Workshop for Media and Medical Writers on Covering Thyroid Cancer, on September 26th from 4  to 5 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center in Essington (near Philadelphia), as part of the 16th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference. Details are here.

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Giving and Receiving Support

If you've participated in a local or online support group, or were matched up with someone through our Person-to-Person Network (TPPN), you know the value of sharing your experience with and getting support from others "who've been there." We thank all of our wonderful volunteers and e-mail and Inspire group members who make this support possible! 

For details, go to our Support page 

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Seeing Your Doctor Soon? 

Tell them about our free resources for medical professionals and patients. We're happy to send them our free publications in bulk or individual copies. We do our best to let doctors know about this...though nothing beats you personally mentioning ThyCa, our resources and services, to your physician. Thank you. 

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Get Involved with Virtual 5K To Support ThyCa’s Research Funds

Gather friends, colleagues and relatives to stretch your legs, get your heart rates up and raise funds for ThyCa--with a Virtual 5K Research Fundraiser! It’s easy to take part, wherever you are!

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Denver Thyroid Cancer Program September 21st

Do you live in or around the Denver, Colorado area? On Saturday, September 21st, don’t miss Management of Patients with Thyroid Nodules and Thyroid Cancer, a free Patient Education Day with medical professionals from and hosted by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Thyroid Cancer and Neoplasm Staff!  

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Tune In on September 24th

Listen to the free blog talk radio program on thyroid cancer at 3:30 p.m. ET. Join Columbia University Department of Surgery on Columbia Surgery Blog Talk Radio to chat with Dr. Kevin Parrack, Director of the Biopsy Clinic at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia and Dr. Salila Kurra, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine for the Division of Endocrinology. The doctors will take questions on thyroid biopsies and the need for early detection. For details and to send a question, visit the program web site

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Have You Signed Our guestbook?

Join our mailing list for ThyCa updates on services, resources, events and activities? When you sign up, we'll mail you an information packet including our Thyroid Cancer Basics booklet. (Be assured, we don't share this list outside ThyCa.) 

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News from the Rally for Research 

We support thyroid cancer research, and have awarded more than $1.2 million in thyroid cancer research grants to researchers in 5 countries thanks to your support! 

ThyCa's Research Grants are open to institutions and researchers worldwide, with grant recipients selected by an independent expert panel of the American Thyroid Association. 

Read more here, and find out how you can help, on the official Rally for Research page.

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Follow Us on Social Media

We're now over 8,200 strong on the ThyCa Facebook page and over 1,450 on Twitter! 

Our support of each other--whether giving or receiving--is an incredible gift. Thank you for joining us. 

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Every Day

Every day, thousands of people with thyroid cancer, and their families, receive support, education, and hope from ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. Your generous support is what makes it possible to sustain, strengthen, and expand our services and outreach.

It only takes a minute to make a donation online in support of ThyCa's work (or you are welcome to donate by mail to ThyCa, P.O. Box 964, Chesterfield, MO 63006-0964).

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The information in this newsletter is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended, nor should it be interpreted, as medical advice or directions of any kind. Readers are advised to consult their own medical doctor(s) for all matters involving their health and medical care.

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID #52-2169434) of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and health care professionals serving people worldwide and dedicated to education, support, communication, and fundraising for thyroid cancer research. 

ThyCa sponsors the annual International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference, as well as Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide observance each September, plus year-round awareness campaigns, research funding, and thyroid cancer research grants. 

Contact us for free materials and information. E-mail to call toll-free at 1-877-588-7904, fax 1-630-604-6078, write PO Box 1102, Olney, MD 20830-1102, or visit our website.