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French Green Beans

French Green Beans

My family, especially my children ask for these green beans with dinner at least once a week. The other thing they request is that I make the entire package. It wasn’t always this way. Green beans were at the tope of the least liked vegetable […]

Berry Banana Smoothie

Berry Banana Smoothie

Original Post Date: May 31, 2012 I’ve been drinking these smoothies practically every day for the past two months. Why? Not only do they taste delicious, and are quick & easy to make, but my children like them and they are healthy… my husband and I […]

Seasonings: {Trader Joes} Everyday Seasonings w/Grinder

Seasonings: {Trader Joes} Everyday Seasonings w/Grinder

Flavoring food does not come easy to me, but this… this is magic in a bottle!! Since writing this post 5 years ago, our family’s favorite seasoning blend quickly became the Garlic Salt – I use it almost everyday. I use it on veggies, two […]

Super Simple Soup {Chicken Noodle}

Super Simple Soup {Chicken Noodle}

This isn’t really a recipe, rather it’s more of a how to…. which means there are many ways to make chicken noodle soup and end up with the same result – depending on your preference, ingredients on hand and amount of time. The story behind […]

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock

Original post date – October 4, 2011 Update: When I was a child I did not like to eat soup or stew because I had an extreme dislike for the broth. My parent’s would get mad at me for straining the broth off everything… probably because […]

#BeGold4Kids

#BeGold4Kids

When I considered writing blog posts many years ago I never imagined I’d be writing this post…. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – The Gold Ribbon symbolizes all childhood cancer. Why does this matter? Aside from the obvious… all childhood cancers combined receive only […]


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#BeGold4Kids

#BeGold4Kids

When I considered writing blog posts many years ago I never imagined I’d be writing this post….

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – The Gold Ribbon symbolizes all childhood cancer. Why does this matter?

Aside from the obvious… all childhood cancers combined receive only 4% of the overall federal funding for cancer research. ONLY 4%. (In fact several cancer foundations don’t really fund childhood cancer research, even though they use bald-headed children in their marketing campaigns…)

This means many children die from cancer – we have personally lost several friends to childhood cancer and know many more because of our daughter’s Leukemia diagnosis in May 2015 on my husbands 49th birthday. One of our friends that Isabella went through treatment with & finished at the same time, relapsed and passed away because the doctors ran out of treatment options. NO MORE TREATMENT OPTIONS.  Just imagine how you’d feel if you heard those words and for many families it’s reality. Unfortunately, we don’t hear those stories, but it happens more often than you might think. I believe that no family, no child should ever have to hear those words NO MORE TREATMENT OPTIONS. This is why I care. This is why I spread the word. This is why I advocate for more research.

There are only 5 drugs that are available to treat children’s cancers, the rest of the drug that they give to kids are for adult cancers. Childhood cancers for the most part have no known cause and are not genetic. AND did you know that childhood cancer treatment is known and often causes adult on-set cancer.

More research for cures & treatments is desperately needed. It’s not a matter of changing lifestyle for these children because that is not what causes their cancers. For example, our daughter’s leukemia was cause by a random genetic mutation. Her treatment was a combination of Arsenic (essentially she was poisoned a little bit every.single.day. – although, all chemotherapy is pretty much poison so that’s not a surprise) and a highly potent (aka “toxic” ) form of vitamin A.

The purpose of the Be Gold campaign is to bring awareness. Awareness brings funding. Funding brings treatments & cures.

A few sites that are specifically fund or Childhood Cancer research are:

St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Isabella is doing well. She is a Senior in high school and intends to pursue a nursing degree next year in college so she can help future pediatric oncology children (even though we wish that there would not be a need for this in the future). To learn a more about her and the BE GOLD 4 Kids campaign please visit the following sites:

From Teen Cancer Survivor to Fundraising Powerhouse

#BeGold4Kids

 


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