Sweetwater String Band: A Bluegrass Benefit Concert

for the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County

presented by the Mendocino Stories & Events

Saturday, March 28th 2015, 7PM at the Hill House Inn



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Come out to celebrate the Cancer Resource Centers’ 20th Anniversary for their first event of 2015 with Mendocino Stories & Events.  This exciting evening will bring a great lineup of bluegrass music and is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at the Hill House Inn. Music starts at 7PM.


Returning to the stage at Hill House as headliners, Sweetwater String Band, brings its string sound that is, well, sweet. Straight from the desert and big mountains of the eastern Sierras, they blend rock ‘n’ roll, improvised jams, and straight up bluegrass into a sound that has become all their own. You can listen to some music on their website and on Youtube by clicking here and here.


Opening the evening at 7:00 pm are Gwyneth Moreland with Morgan Daniel. Both of these local favorites are accomplished singer/songwriters. This brother/sister duo is rich in harmonies, always pleasing their audiences with the depth of their lyrics and soulful vocals.


Following Gwyneth and Morgan, local bluegrass band, Lafe Crick, will step up. They are a seasoned group of musicians doing contemporary and traditional bluegrass. Members of the band are: Ryan Kroll on mandolin, guitar, and lead vocals; Peter Temple on bass; Lee Rider on Dobro and guitar. What a treat for us!


Doors open at 6PM for casual dining with full bar. General admission for the show is $20. Limited table seating is available: tables can be reserved through the Cancer Resource Centers by calling 937-3833 or ordering online by clicking here. You can also buy General Admission tickets at the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah or at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg.


About the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County

Founded in 1995, the Cancer Resource Centers (CRC) is a nationally recognized grassroots organization that holds steadfast to their vision that no one will face cancer alone in Mendocino County. The first freestanding cancer resource center from Marin County to the CA-Oregon border, CRC provides services free of charge from the over 300 Mendocino County residents a year who visit the non-profit organization’s two offices, located in Mendocino and Ukiah. 2015 marks CRC’s 20th Anniversary and this bluegrass benefit concert is the first of many planned community celebrations to be held throughout the year.



Colorectal Cancer Awareness & Prevention




March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.


Colorectal cancer is a highly preventable and treatable disease. Being aware of the risk factors and symptoms and following screening guidelines is key.


Symptoms of colorectal cancer:


Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It is often referred to as colon cancer. Symptoms of colorectal cancer often are not apparent in its early stages. In fact, the most common symptom is NO symptom, which is why screening beginning at the age of 50 is key to early detection. When symptoms DO arise, the most common involve changes in bowel habits.


Although several of the following symptoms may be characteristic of problems other than colorectal cancer, contact your health care provider if you experience any of the following:

  • A distinct change in bowel habits
  • Feeling like your bowel is not emptying completely
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Blood in stool
  • Narrower than usual stools
  • Gas pain, cramps, bloating
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea or vomiting


Risk factors for colorectal cancer: 

  • Being age 50 and older
  • Colorectal polyps
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Personal history of cancer
  • A long history of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease)
  • Diet – studies suggest that diets high in fat (especially animal fat) and low in calcium, folate, and fiber may increase the risk. Other studies suggest that people who eat a diet low in fruits and vegetables may have a higher risk.
  • Tobacco use
  • Being overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle / lack of exercise
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • High consumption of processed or red meat
  • Genetic alterations – If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, ask your healthcare provider about genetic testing.


Screening Guidelines:


The U.S. Preventative Task Force recommends the following screening guidelines to detect polyps and cancer before any symptoms arise. Talk with your health care provider about what type of screening is best for you.


  • Ages 50-75: Screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy. (The risks and benefits of each screening method varies.)
  • Ages 76-85: No routine screening for colorectal cancer in adults in this age group. (There may be considerations that support colorectal cancer screening for an individual.)
  • Ages 86 and older: No screening for colorectal cancer.


What you can do:

  • Include high-fiber foods in every meal. Fill most of your plate with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Be active. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Get regular colon cancer screenings.


(Source: National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov)


*This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns that you may have.


Insurance and screening:


Affordable Care Act (ACA) – Coverage of colorectal cancer screening tests is required by Affordable Care Act. Health plans started on or after September 23, 2010, are required to cover colonoscopies and other colorectal cancer screening tests. Plans started before September 23, 2010 may still have coverage requirements from state laws, which vary, and other federal laws. Contact your health insurance company to find out about coverage.


Medicare – covers an initial preventive physical exam for all new Medicare beneficiaries that must occur within one year of enrollment. If you’ve had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months, a yearly “wellness” visit is covered without any cost. Your health care provider should discuss with you a screening schedule (like a checklist) for preventive services you should have, including colon cancer screening.


MediCal – California is authorized to cover colorectal screening under their MediCal / Partnership HealthPlan program.



To learn more, please contact the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County.


 2015 Cancer Awareness and Prevention Campaign


Presented by the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County in collaboration with the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency.

The Cancer Resource Centers mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Mendocino County faced with cancer.



Coastal Office: 45040 Calpella Street, Mendocino, CA 95460 | (707) 937-3833

Inland Office: 590 South Dora Street, Ukiah, CA 95482 | (707) 467-3828

Health and Human Services Agency | (707) 472-2333







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The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County is a grassroots organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Mendocino County faced with cancer.

The Cancer Resource Centers is completely financed through donations and grants. Our funders and donors make it possible for our services to be provided at no cost from offices located in Mendocino and Ukiah. Giving to the Cancer Resource Centers helps us help others!

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The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County’s Patient Navigation program provides cancer patients, cancer survivors, and the circle of family and friends who support them the information and support they need to understand and manage diagnostic and treatment options, surmount financial and logistic hurdles, and maintain their family and professional life while undergoing treatment. As one of only two stand-alone centers between Marin County and the California-Oregon border, CRCMC’s services are a vital resource for Mendocino County residents. Ask us how we can help you today.
Consultation Planners help our clients prepare for an upcoming medical appointment by working with them to organize and prioritize questions and concerns they may have. Consultation Recorders accompany our clients to the appointment and facilitate the session with the doctor to ensure that the client has all questions and concerns addressed and understands the information that is dispensed.
In cooperation with the Community Foundation’s Foster Fund, CRCMC works with paitents who are undergoing treatment away from their hometown to help them access transportation and lodging services. We understand the financial burden placed on families who need to travel to access critical medical services. Let us help you ease that burden.
We offer a collection of the latest books, audio and video tapes on a variety of subjects related to health and cancer. Books may be checked out for two weeks. Ask our patient navigatiors if they have any titles to recommend!
We offer support groups for men and women through both offices. To learn more about the times and dates, please visit support group listings or events.
The Cancer Resource Centers is completely funded through donations and grants. Our funders and donors make it possible for our services to be provided at no cost from offices located in Mendocino and Ukiah. Make a donation today!
A book in our lending library.

A book in our lending library.

We sponsor a variety of support groups located in Mendocino, Fort Bragg, and Ukiah.Our offices house up-to-date lending libraries on subjects such as diagnosis specific information, stress management, relaxation, nutrition, and personal stories from people facing cancer. We provide referrals to community resources. We offer our clients hats, wigs, breast prosthesis, and bras. Our medical consultation support services include:

  • Assistance in preparing questions for medical appointments
  • Accompaniment to medical appointments
  • Audio recording services and written summarization of the appointment
Around a table in a house in the woods, the first ideas sprang forth to provide our communities with access to cancer-related services. We were women living with cancer who had sought information and resources and found there was no one place to go to locally. With this very real need in mind, we worked hard, formed a board and opened our doors in the summer of 1995 in an alley way in a room off a garage. We became the first non facility- based cancer resource center from Marin County to the California-Oregon border. Today, over eighteen remarkable years later, CRCMC has become a central, depended-upon, absolutely essential part of our rural community, not only for people who have cancer but for the community as a whole. The Centers has grown beyond our wildest imaginings. So too has the spread of cancer; some are healing , some have died. More and more of us are touched. Our hope is that someday our work will not be needed, that prevention will be foremost on the minds of research funders, governments and citizens of the world, and that the Precautionary Principle will be in place globally. Until then we will continue serving. Thank you friends, for allowing us to do just that.

One of our Ukiah volunteers sorts  bras for clients, 2008

One of our Ukiah volunteers sorts
bras for clients, 2008

Volunteers are Vital to our Organization! If you are in any town around the county it may be a good thing to hear that business is booming, but in our business it implies that there is someone is our community who needs help. We always need more volunteers to staff the office. We provide training, you provide time and compassion. Below is a list of jobs for which we need more volunteers to provide a variety of services. For more information, call CRCMC or fill out the Volunteer Form and Confidentiality Form, located here, and mail them in. Remember, many hands make light work. All of these jobs can be done by more than one person. Even if you cannot volunteer on a regular basis, let us know your schedule and we’ll work with you. If you are interested in volunteering for driving, please print out the Drivers Volunteer Enrollment Form and Drivers Confidentiality Form, located here, and mail them to CRCMC, Volunteer Application, P.O. Box 50, Mendocino, CA, 95460.

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Being a woman is the greatest risk factor leading to a breast cancer diagnosis.

The Avon Foundation for Women has released its new Check Yourself campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer.

Other general risk factors include increasing age and certain ethnic heritages. In addition, every woman has unique risk factors.

Breast cancer incidence and mortality rates generally increase with age; in the United States 79% of new cases and 88% of breast cancer deaths occur in women ages 50 years and older.

Breast cancer incidence rates are higher in non-Hispanic white women than African American women for most age groups. However:

  • African-American women have a higher incidence rate before the age of 40.
  • At any given age, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women.

For more information, visit the Avon Foundation for Women’s Check Yourself page!


Coastal Office: 707.937.3833  |  Inland Office:  707.467.3828 | info@crcmendocino.org | P.O. Box 50, Mendocino, CA 95460