ThyCa NEWS NOTES – October 2011

In This Issue:

ThyCa To Award Three New Thyroid Cancer Research Grants in 2012

We are proud to announce that in 2012, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. will again award three new thyroid cancer research grants, thanks to the generosity of our contributors and supporters.

One of these new grants is named the Ric Blake Memorial Thyroid Cancer Research Grant, in memory and honor of ThyCa’s Co-Founder and longtime volunteer Ric Blake of Londonderry, New Hampshire.

ThyCa has awarded new research grants every year since 2003. These are the first-ever patient-funded thyroid cancer research grants. Thank you very much to everyone who is supporting our research fundraising and our dream of cures for all thyroid cancer.

For more information about the Rally for Research, and how to support it, visit our Rally for Research page.

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Videos of MTC Journey Stories Added to website

Watch the four new videos on the web site. Hear the stories of people coping with Medullary Thyroid Cancer.

  • Video 1 – Sue’s Story
  • Video 2 – Supporting a Loved One with Advanced MTC
  • Video 3 – Jean’s Story
  • Video 4 – Lucy’s Story

We’re pleased to add these free resources. You’ll find these videos on our MTC videos page.

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More Than 90 ThyCa Local Support Groups Serve Survivors and Caregivers

Come to a Local Support Group Meeting in Your Community

These meetings are wonderful places to meet others in person, and share experiences, understanding, and encouragement.

More than 90 ThyCa groups serve communities across the United States and in Canada, Costa Rica, and Philippines.

Find out whether there is a ThyCa Support Group near you..

Don’t see a support group near you? Find out how you can help start a new group. Just

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Countdown to the Conference

By early October, record numbers of people had advance registered from 31 states, DC, 4 provinces of Canada, and Portugal for the 14th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference in Los Angeles, California, from Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2011.

The complete schedule of over 100 sessions and over 70 speakers is on the website. You’ll also find biographies of 50 speakers, plus photos of many speakers, on the web site.

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Physician To Speak at ThyCa Seattle Support Group Meeting

On Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Stephen W. Bayles, M.D., FACS, Surgeon, will discuss thyroid surgery and conduct a Q&A session at the meeting of the ThyCa Seattle, Washington, Support Group. Roselle Kovitz and Peter Crane are the group’s volunteer facilitators. Everyone interested in thyroid cancer is welcome. Meeting details are available at

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What’s New on the Web Site?

  • The Free Downloadable Booklet: Thyroid Cancer Basics
  • Video Thyroid Cancer PSA, on the Raise Awareness Page
  • More events on our Calendar
  • and more

If you’re new to thyroid cancer, a good place to start reading is the Newly Diagnosed section. Our web site has over 650 pages, with the medical content receiving review and input from more than 50 distinguished physicians and other medical professionals.

We update the web site weekly and often several times a week. Visit it often for the latest updates.

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Low-Iodine Recipe of the Month
Contributed by Pat G.

Apple Walnut Cake

3 egg whites
2 Cups sugar
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Cups flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon non-iodized salt
4 Cups diced unpeeled apples
1 Cup coarse chopped walnuts
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit

Prepare a 9 x 13 x 2 inch baking dish with a small amount of oil

In mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour, cinnamon, and salt. Fold in apples and walnuts.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Dust lightly with powdered sugar. Cool on wire rack. Cover and refrigerate. Hope you enjoy!

Pat writes, “This cakes tastes good on day one and great on day two. I frozen half of it in small individual portions and used it as coffeecake for breakfast. It isn’t a pretty cake but it tastes wonderful.”

Editor’s Note: Thank you, Pat, for contributing your recipe. We will include it in the next edition of ThyCa’s FREE Downloadable Low-Iodine Cookbook.

Free and Downloadable

Download the 7th edition of the Low-Iodine Cookbook in English for free, with more than 340 favorite recipes from more than 150 generous volunteers.

The Cookbook is also available in:

  • Spanish and
  • French

Please remember, while you’re welcome to download and print the entire free low-iodine cookbook, you can also print just the pages you need.

This free cookbook is a wonderful help when you’re preparing to receive radioactive iodine for treatment or testing. All the recipes are favorites of some of our ThyCa volunteers, who are sharing them with everyone, to make the low-iodine diet easy and tasty. The recipes are also great for family meals and for potlucks, any time.

If you’d like to contribute your favorite recipe or tip, send it to

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Join Us, Become a Member

Help us sustain, strengthen, and extend our services. We invite you to become a member of ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.

Your membership dues will support ThyCa’s efforts to reach and serve other survivors and their families around the world. Members receive our quarterly Membership Messenger newsletter.

Membership is open to everyone worldwide. You may become a 1-year ThyCa member ($25), 2-year member ($45), or lifetime member ($225). For our online Membership Form and our mailed Membership Form, go to our Membership page.

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Support the Rally for Research

Thanks to generous contributions and special fundraising events, ThyCa has awarded new thyroid cancer research grants every year starting in 2003. These grants support our goal of cures for all thyroid cancer and a future free of thyroid cancer. We have again awarded new research grants in 2011.

You’re invited to help support the Rally for Research. For details about the Rally for Research, donation opportunities, special events, Quarters for a Cure, and information about ThyCa’s past and future Research Grants, visit the Rally for Research page.

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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), so click here to give.

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Copyright (c) 2011 ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.

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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.

Your suggestions for articles are welcome. The deadline for articles and news items is the first day of each month.

Thank you to our writing, editing, and proofreading team for this issue: Dana Fusco, Leah Guljord, Pat Paillard, Barbara Status, Cherry Wunderlich, and Gary Bloom.

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. Contact us for free awareness materials and information about our free services and special events. 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.