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December 2016, Cancer Connection event coordinator, Chantal DuPuis, sent a letter to the editor thanking Cranston's Tree Farm for their ongoing support as well as all the volunteers who helped create ornaments to be sold.

 

November 2016, Kristen Elechko sent a letter to the Daily Hampshire Gazette on behalf of our staff in support of the Lone Wolf Restaurant. Kristen Elechko : Will continue to use Lone Wolf catering.

 

May 23, 2016, Sally O'Shea was honored by the Cancer Center of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“The One Hundred,” is an annual event recognizing the work of 100 individuals from around the world who change the way we view cancer. Sally's handmade stars have provided comfort to Cancer Connection participants for many years. From the Gazette article, "In the last four years O’Shea has used her sewing skills and life-long passion for fabric to produce and distribute more than 7,000 small star-shaped sacks of colorful fabric with a wide variety of designs filled with millet. They are multi-purpose. You can hold, juggle or play catch with them. You can also use them to meditate, soothe anxiety, project fantasies and sequester sorrow."

 

May 6, 2016, MassLive previewed the 2016 Western Mass. Mother's Day Half Marathon in Whately to benefit Cancer Connection. The race was held on May 8th of that year.

 

March 8, 2016, The Daily Hampshire Gazette came to the courthouse to talk with Monte during the 10th Annual campout Northampton fundraiser featuring Monte Belmonte seeks $100,000. Radio personality Monte Belmonte is camping out on the Old Courthouse lawn to raise money for the Cancer Connection.

 

January 2016, PreView Massachusetts Magazine selected four torsos to include in a full page preview of the upcoming 1 in 8 Torso Exhibit. The torsos and many more were on exhibit in the Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library through the month of January 2016.

 

December 28, 2015, The Valley Advocate previewed the upcoming 1 in 8 Torso exhibit to be held at the Forbes Library (photo included). The exhibit ran at the Hosmer Gallery January 4 - 29, 2016.

 

October 20, 2015, WWLP followed up on a story earlier that week about a woman whose insurance wouldn't pay for a wig. WWLP brought their camera to the Cancer Connection Thrift Shop and interviewed Assistant Manager, Christine Quinn, about the Thrift Shop's free wig program.

 

September 30, 2015, Big Y turns Pink to support local cancer support programs, including Cancer Connection.

 

May 11, 2015, The Greenfield Recorder published photos from the WMASS Mother's Day Half Marathon in Monday's newspaper.

 

May 7, 2015, Staff writer, Tom Relihan at the Greenfield Recorder article lists some of the reasons Mother's Day inspires people to run in the WMASS Mother's Day Half Marathon. "If there was one thing that could get you running as a child, it was probably the sound of your mother’s voice, whether it was running toward her to eat the bowl of macaroni and cheese she’d prepared for lunch or to comfort a scraped knee. Or, running as far away from her as you could possibly get after that antique vase hit the floor."

 

March 20, 2015, John Bos reflects on the value of uncertainty in "My Turn" column appearing in the Greenfield Recorder.

 

March 5, 2015, Monte breaks into song after he surpasses his 50K goal for Camp out IX. Watch Monte's dramatic rendition of Sweet Caroline at the Hampshire County Courthouse.Videotaped on the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse in Northampton, MA. The 9th Annual Cancer Connection Campout was held from Weds, March 4 - Thurs, March 5, 2015. The video also features Bill Newman of the "Bill Newman Show."

 

March 3, 2015, The Daily Hampshire Gazette sent a photographer to the Hampshire County courthouse to see the Snow abodes on courthouse lawn in Northampton help raise money for Cancer Connection during annual fundraiser by Monte Belmonte

 

February 27, 2015, Ashley Kohl, host of WWLP TV show, Mass Appeal, interviews Monte Belmonte (WRSI 93.9 FM) and Betsy Neisner (Executive Director, Cancer Connection) to promote Monte's camp out for Cancer Connection IX. "It’s a ridiculous publicity stunt, aiming to surpass last year’s fundraising goal of over $50,000 for The Cancer Connection in Northampton. Monte Belmonte won’t leave the campsite until he reaches the goal. He needs your help! He and Betsy Neisner Executive Director, Cancer Connection joined us with more..."

 

December 15, 2014, Dan Haggerty reflects on his internship with Beetle Press. We're honored to hear that Dan was "most proud of writing an article about the Cancer Connection that was published in the Health section of the Daily Hampshire Gazette." (see December 9, 2014 post) Good luck with your future career explorations!

 

December 9, 2014, Cancer Connection volunteers, Paul Waterman and Sarah Malzone, discuss Cancer Connection's Befriending Volunteer program where volunteers are trained to offer an empathetic ear with non-judgmental support, consultation and assistance to individuals and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

 

November 3, 2014, Where men help men face the ‘Big C’ in Northampton writer John Bos describes The Men Living with Cancer support group which has been held weekly at Cancer Connection since 2002.

 

October 15, 2014, John Bos My Turn column in the Greenfield Recorder: In his column, "Our cancer connection" Mr. Bos writes about Cancer Connection's long-running weekly men's support group.

 

July 30, 2014, 7 year old Haydenville musician proves you’re never too young for good deeds: Sayla Russell-Blake is playing her violin on Main Street Northampton through out the summer as a way to raise money for the Cancer Connection. She recently lost her father to the disease and wanted to do something to help.

 

June 11, 2014, Betsy G. Neisner: Gives thanks for support of Sailing For Success Betsy Neisner's letter to the Editor thanks Joanne Roy and "Sailing for Success" for their support of our Melanoma Support Group. Their “Irish Night” fundraisers for “Sailing for Success” are ending after 12 years.

 

May 28, 2014, Nanci Newton, LMT recognized as one of the 100 individuals and organizations in 2014 that have played an active and important role in the fight against cancer. Nanci, who owns The Healing Zone in Hadley, provides oncology massage to Cancer Connection participants. Listen to the audio tribute to Nanci here.

 

May 25, 2014, Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence offers free services for clients with cancer. Our friends at the Tranquility Day Spa in Florence wanted to do more for people with cancer. They are now offering free services for clients with cancer. They can make a 30-minute appointment for the first Monday of every month, starting June 2, for a service ranging from facial treatments, to manicures to wig styling.

 

May 13, 2014, 5 things not to miss at the Paradise City Arts Festival Writer Keith O'Connor includes the Silent Auction to benefit Cancer Connection as one of the top 5 things NOT to miss if you go to the Paradise City Arts Festival - We agree!\

 

March 9, 2014, Florence Savings Bank customers vote to award $75,000 to host of nonprofits throughout region. Cancer Connection will use its $3,555 to train 35 people who have been waiting for more than a year to learn how to volunteer to counsel patients diagnosed with cancer.

 

February, 12, 2014, Panel to discuss ethical challenges cancer patients, caregivers, hospitals face. Betsy Neisner discusses the Oncology and Ethics Roundtable event held at Mount Holyoke College.

 

December 13, 2013, Valley Gives Day 2013 hits its target. Executive Director, Betsy Neisner, discusses the use of a matching grant challenge by Cancer Connection to raise funds during Valley Gives Day. Cancer Connection plans to use funds raised to launch a new support group about healthy living for cancer survivors and reduce wait lists.

 

December 12, 2013, Cancer Connection Thrift Store opens in Northampton. Daily Hampshire Gazette reporter Laurie Loisel was on hand for the ribbon cutting and covered opening day at the new store.

 

November 26, 2013 Crafts for a Cure Maryellen Cranston began Crafts for Cure, along with artist/ornament designer Jennie Markens, last Christmas. Cranston had just passed the three-year anniversary since her own cancer diagnosis and wanted to celebrate her good outcome by giving back to others.

 

October 24, 2013, Cancer Connection gearing up to open a new Thrift Shop. Staff and volunteers discuss why we're opening a Thrift Shop.

 

October 7, 2013, Breast cancer: Support groups offer camaraderie, discussions. Members of Cancer Connection's breast cancer support group discuss the many ways the group has helped them through their treatment and beyond.

 

September 20, 2013, Debbie Windoloski, who designed the meditation garden at Cancer Connection, is profiled in the Gazette. The story highlights several community spaces that Debbie has helped beautify including ours. Debbie Windoloski, creator of Hadley school’s butterfly garden, is her own force of nature

 

July 24, 2013 Cancer Support organization, Forest Moon, closes - Cancer Connection will take over some of the work that Forest Moon was been doing in western Massachusetts, including raising money for cancer programs at the Bridge of Flowers race.

 

July 9, 2013 Cancer Connection and the Hampshire Council of Governments inducts 12 into Ex-Smokers Hall of Fame. The event showcased the personal journeys of 12 new members from Hampshire and Franklin counties to becoming smoke-free. By sharing their strategies for success, members of the Ex-Smokers' Hall of Fame hope to provide inspiration and support to current smokers who are trying to quit.

 

May 12, 2013, Cancer forges Amherst teachers’ friendship Amherst Regional Middle School teachers, Karen Coby and Catherine Keppler, discuss why they participate in the WMass Mother's 's Day Half Marathon for Cancer Connection.

 

February 14, 2013, Greenfield Savings Bank announced the winners of five $1,000 donations to Northampton-area nonprofit organizations (including Cancer Connection). The recipients were selected by the public as part of the grand opening celebration of the bank's new Northampton office.

 

December 25, 2012, Ralph Lowen discusses his new project to record living histories. Note - Ralph's program, "I Wish I had Asked" is offered to participants of Cancer Connection. The article states that it is for people with a terminal illness. Anyone at our center can participate in Ralph's program.

 

June 7, 2012, The One Hundred Cancer Connection's Director Betsy Neisner is named as Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.

 

May 4, 2012, Whately half-marathon raises money for cancer program Suzanne Wilson of the Hampshire Gazette spoke with Sue Monahan about the The Western Massachusetts Mother's Day Half-marathon.

 

February 14, 2012, Cancer Drug Shortage All Too Real For Some WBUR, a Boston public radio station, spoke with Betsy Neisner about the ongoing shortage of chemotherapy drugs.

 

January 6, 2012, Betsy Neisner of Cancer Connection focuses attention on drug shortages Hampshire Gazette reporter Suzanne Wilson spoke with Betsy Neisner about her efforts to bring attention to the shortage of chemotherapy drugs.

 

December 5, 2011, Building Campaign Reaches Goal Cancer Connection has met its $125,000 goal for the building campaign for the renovation of our new center at 41 Locust Street in Northampton!

 

July 27, 2011, Patients Battle Drug Shortages for Life Saving Treatments Hampshire Gazette reporter Suzanne Wilson spoke with Betsy Neisner about the shortage of chemotherapy drugs.

 

March 16, 2011, WGGB ABC 40 ran the story Camping Out For a Good Cause WRSI 93.9 FM morning personality Monte Belmonte camps out in downtown Northampton.

 

March 07, 2011, Monte's Campout V On WWLP 22's Mass Appeal, Monte Belmonte of WRSI 93.9 FM radio station and Betsy Neisner speak with Ashley Kohl about the Cancer Connection Campout fundraiser.

 

September 20, 2010, Helping Friends and Family with Cancer read or watch the recent interview with Cancer Connection's Executive Director, Betsy Neisner by Jackie Bruno of WWLP 22.

 

September 2010, 6th Annual Golf Scramble Scott Coen of ABC40/FOX6 spent time on the golf course with Sandra Batura.

 

June 28, 2010, A Vital Connection An editorial printed in The Gazette written by a member of our community.

 

May 4, 2010, Baring All Anna Beth Winograd, Community Relations Director, undergoes public colonoscopy to promote cancer awareness.

 

April 20, 2009,Tiny Trikes Huge Cause Kristin Palpini of the Hampshire Gazette discusses the day of fun at Bill's Challenge IV.