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Fight Cancer & WIN! With This Kick-Ass Cancer Fighting Video Game

 

Any oncologist or parent will tell you that getting young cancer patients (that includes children, teenagers and even young adults) to stick to their treatment regimens and take their medications when and how they have been prescribed is no easy task.  To help encourage treatment adherence (which improves outcomes and saves lives!), researchers at HopeLab created  Re-Mission2, a series of six very cool, FREE video games that are super fun to play, a tad bit addicting ;-) AND help it’s players beat a diagnosis of cancer.  

 

Here’s how it works:  

Re-Mission2 gives players a better understanding of their disease and how their bodies benefit from treatments that can be inconvenient, unpleasant or even debilitating at times. Research studies have shown these games not only encourage treatment adherence, but they also give players a much needed sense of power and control*.

 

Each game puts players inside the human body to fight cancer with an arsenal of weapons and super-powers, like chemotherapy, radiation, targeted cancer drugs, antibiotics and the body’s natural defenses. The game play parallels real-world strategies used to successfully destroy cancer and win.  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Download Re-Mission2 Today for FREE!

Simply click HERE to access all six Re-Mission2 games online or download Nanobot’s Revenge mobile app from iTunes  or Google Play.  And let the games begin!

 
 
P.S.  Major kudos to Cigna Healthcare and the Childhood Leukemia Foundation Keeping Kids Connected  program for providing free iPads preloaded with  Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge  to hospital centers throughout the country. 
 
*For more information on the above mentioned research studies, see
Hope Lab Research: Re-Mission Outcomes Study and Re-Mission Attitude Studies in the Brain

If You’ve Been Touched By Breast Cancer & Are Planning A Wedding, Read On…

Image credit:  123RF Stock Photo

Image credit: 123RF Stock Photo

 

It’s that time of year again when The Wedding Pink presents one couple whose lives have been recently touched by breast cancer with a FREE dream wedding, valued between $30,000- $40,000.  OMG! So amazing!!

 

Founder Cheryl Ungar is a 23-year breast cancer survivor and a wedding photographer.  She has put together an extraordinary team of some of Colorado’s top wedding vendors — all of whom have generously agreed to donate their services and products to ensure The Wedding Pink is a spectacular event for one very special couple.

 

Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…  If your life has been recently touched by breast cancer (fyi, the experience is not limited to the bride, but could be with the bride or groom’s extended family member) AND are engaged or soon-to-be-engaged, you could be the lucky winner of this fairy tale wedding.

 

This year’s Wedding Pink will will take place May 15, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  Applications are open to ANY legal resident of the US regardless of what state they live in.  Submissions will be open from August 1 – August 10.  The winning couple will be selected in early September 2014.  There are no income qualifications.  Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges.  To learn more about the submission criteria, click HERE.

Wishing you all a lifetime of health, love & happiness together….

FREE Dream Wedding…

Image credit:  123RF Stock Photo

Image credit: 123RF Stock Photo

 

It’s that time of year again when The Wedding Pink presents one couple whose lives have been recently touched by breast cancer with a FREE dream wedding, valued between $30,000- $40,000.  OMG! So amazing!!

 

Founder Cheryl Ungar is a 22-year breast cancer survivor and a wedding photographer.  She has put together an extraordinary team of some of Colorado’s top wedding vendors — all of whom have generously agreed to donate their services and products to ensure The Wedding Pink is a spectacular event for one very special couple.

 

Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…  If your life has been recently touched by breast cancer (fyi, the experience is not limited to the bride, but could be with the bride or groom’s extended family) AND are engaged or soon-to-be-engaged, you could be the lucky winner of this fairy tale wedding.

 

This year’s Wedding Pink will will take place May 15, 2014 in Larkspur, Colorado.  Applications are open to ANY legal resident of the US regardless of what state they live in.  Submissions will be open from August 15 – August 25.  The winning couple will be selected in early September 2013.  There are no income qualifications.  Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges.  To learn more about the submission criteria, click HERE.

Wishing you all a lifetime of health, love & happiness together….

Financial Assistance for Pediatric Cancer Patients Living in South Carolina

 

If you live in South Carolina and have a child with a diagnosis of cancer, check out Children’s Chance- they help support South Carolina children and their families facing pediatric cancer with non-medical needs.

 

Children’s Chance offers the following programs & types of assistance:

*  Family Support Funds Program helps pay for non-medical bills such as mortgage/rent payments, electric bills, car insurance, car repairs, and other non-medical, everyday expenses.  All funds are paid directly to vendors.

*  Angel Funds Program helps families with out-of pocket expenses such as gas, food and telephone calls. These funds are especially helpful to families who must spend time in the hospital and away from the comforts of their home.

School Supply Bash provides children with cancer and their siblings free school supplies.

Counseling Program provides funding for counseling fees for any member of family who has been touched by pediatric cancer.   Services are available while the child is in treatment, after treatment ends, and for those families whose child loses their battle with cancer.

* Children’s Chance also hosts An Evening with the Gamecocks“, a very special evening where children and their families can dine and hang out with the University of South Carolina’s football team and coaches.

To qualify for assistance from Children’s Chance:

  • Family must be a resident of South Carolina
  • Child with cancer must be between the ages of 0-18 years
  • Child with cancer must be either currently in treatment or less than one year off treatment

To find out how more information on Children’s Chance, please contact their office at (803) 254-5996 or via email @ childrenschance@childrenschance.org.  

If You’re a Breast Cancer Survivor & a Bride-To-Be, Read On…

Image credit: 123RF Stock Photo

Once a year, The Wedding Pink presents one couple whose lives have been recently touched by breast cancer with a FREE dream wedding, valued at $30,000.  OMG! So amazing!!

 

Founder Cheryl Ungar is a 21-year breast cancer survivor and a wedding photographer.  She has put together an extraordinary team of some of Colorado’s top wedding vendors — all of whom have generously agreed to donate their services and products to ensure The Wedding Pink is a spectacular event for one very special couple.

The Wedding Pink will be held in a different town each year; however, as long as you meet their submission criteria you may live anywhere in the country and still submit your story.  This year, the 2013 Wedding will be held at the Wine Country Inn, Palisade, Colorado on Sunday, May 5.

Submissions are now open from August 1, 2012 – August 18, 2012.  The winning couple will be selected in early September 2012.  There is no income qualification.  Winners are chosen by a panel of judges.  To learn more about the submission criteria, click HERE.

Wishing you all a lifetime of healthy, love & happiness together….

What Does Swimming with Sharks & Cancer Have in Common?

Image credit: ayerst / 123RF Stock Photo Lemon Shark in Bahamas

One of Alan’s very favorite things to do was to scuba dive.  He loved marine life.  In Tahiti, he swam next to with an 11 foot lemon shark and LOVED it.  So needless to say when I heard about Fin Forward, I got pretty excited.

Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)… Fin Forward specializes in shark dives and marine encounters for cancer survivors.  I call this “Adventure Therapy’.  Fin Forward partners with local dive groups to give cancer survivors a therapeutic adventure- although shark dives are their primary focus, they will also arrange dives with whales, dolphins, sting rays & other marine life.  S.C.U.B.A. certification is not required for most trips, and Fin Forward can accommodate most levels of physical fitness, aquatic experience and comfort with sharks.

 

In addition to being one of the most common “bucket list” items, the folks from Fin Forward believe that shark diving can have therapeutic benefits and act as a catalyst for change.  They hope these dives will create milestone moments that fundamentally change individuals and illustrate the powers of personal perseverance and the human spirit.

 

BTW, I was just watching The Big C, one of my very favorite shows, and in this episode, Cathy, a stage 4 melanoma survivor, went scuba diving.  Is that a coincidence or kismet????

Musicians On Call

This is seriously AMAZING….  I just learned of a super cool organization called Musicians On Call.  

Studies have shown that music has a direct, healing effect on people…. music can lower blood pressure, help with pain management, reduce stress, anxiety & depression, assist Alzheimer’s patients in recalling the past, and much, much more.

Musicians On Call offers 3 incredible programs:

Bedside Performance Program brings live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or patients unable to leave their hospital beds.  These one-on-one interactions between musician and patient can help lift one’s spirits that can fade while staying in the hospital.  To date, Musicians On Call has performed for more than 250,000 patients & their families.  They have regularly scheduled, weekly performances at various hospitals in NY, Philadelphia, Nashville & Miami.  Click HERE to see a complete listing of participating hospitals.

CD Pharmacies  Musicians On Call can provide hospitals with complete CD libraries and accompanying disc players for patient use.

Project Playback offers patients the opportunity to have their own music recorded and produced.  Alan would have LOVED this…. after all, he did cut vinyl once as a kid and won many karoke contests over the years… his specialties were Frank Sinatra and Rihanna.

 

WTF is Retail Therapy?

retail therapy (n): “shopping with the primary purpose of improving the buyer’s mood or disposition. Often seen in people during periods of depression or transition, it is normally a short-lived habit. Items purchased during periods of retail therapy are sometimes referred to as “comfort buys’.’  (source: Wikipedia)  

After Alan initially passed away, I tried to single-handedly keep the economy going by shopping, shopping, shopping and more shopping.  Thank goodness for my very favorite clothing store, Emily Grace (ask for Morgan if you go there- she’s the BEST!)

Although I’m now over the intense urge to shop, sometimes I still need to buy a few things.  Here are a few great ways to not only shop, but to also help raise money for cancer patients, cancer research and various cancer programs during the month of October…

Cancer & Careers is an amazing organization that offers FREE expert career advice from professional career coaches, interactive job search tools, support groups & seminars for employees with cancer.  They are hosting a SHOP FOR A CAUSE where participating beauty supply companies are donating a portion of all proceeds to Cancer & Careers.  So if you need any beauty supplies, please check out the participating organizations.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?!  If you’re a wine aficionado, check out Corks Against Cancer.  Blackstone Winery is donating $1 from every bottle purchased to the Rally Foundation, an incredible organization dedicated to funding childhood cancer research. On Twitter, @GaryVee told me to check out Blackstone’s Syrah.

If you live in South Florida, check out Love & Cancer’s Benefit Card. In response to Breast Cancer Awareness month The Benefit Card will donate $6 of every card sold to The Gift of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to providing financial support to low-income women with breast cancer.   Additional money raised from card purchases helps fund patient assistance programs.  In return, cardholders get discounts at many restaurants and shops.

This month’s Shape magazine has an entire article devoted to fun and healthy pink products that give back to various breast cancer charities.  You can purchase lingerie from Cosabella’s “Prettie in Pink” collection, clothing from ADIDAS’ Break Through Cancer, a fabulous pink purse from Danielle Nicole Carmen, a special edition pink sink from DECOLAV, the pink Stefanie pump from ShoeDazzle, a cancer-fighting cocktail ring from Design Spark… the list goes on & on so click HERE to see their entire listing of Think Pink & Shop for a Good Cause promotions.

Thanks to all the fabulous organizations (even the ones I have not mentioned) for making shopping a bit more meaningful….


Join the “Dear Cancer” Letter Writing Campaign

LOVE this ….. Varian Medical Systems (leading manufacturer of medical devices & software for treating cancer & other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy & brachytherapy) has created an AMAZING letter writing campaign to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Varian launched its “Dear Cancer” campaign in 2008 to inspire patients, families & friends to write letters to cancer.  For many, the simple act of putting their thoughts into words is a powerful, positive experience.  For me, it’s cathartic.  And if this raises $$$ for the American Cancer Society, all the better.

Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…
Click HERE to connect with Varian’s “Dear Cancer” site. Write your letter to the big C. For every letter posted, Varian will contribute $50 to the American Cancer Society (up to $100,000).  Letters must be posted by December 31, 2011.  (BTW, no profanity allowed…. which meant I had to re-write my letter… you see, for me, the F-word and cancer go together…. cest la vie!)

Incredible letters have poured in from people all around the world.  These letters are full of determination, anger, frustration and hope…. check it out… you can see for yourself what other’s have written.

Songs of Love… The Medicine of Music

Music can be a source of joy and inspiration.  According the American Cancer Society, some research has even shown that music therapy can help reduce pain & chemotherapy-induced nausea & vomiting.”

 

Check out Songs of Love … a nonprofit organization that creates FREE, personalized original songs to uplift children and teens (between the ages of one and 21 years) currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges.  Each CD is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child’s name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people and pets.  Songs are written and performed in any language in the musical style that the child likes best (pop, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, country, etc.) by talented professionals.

 

From the time that Songs of Love receives a request, it takes about 4-8 weeks for the song to be delivered to the child.  And they can even rush songs in special circumstances.  Amazing!  To request a song, contact Songs of Love @ 1-800-960-SONG or email sara@songsoflove.org.  Interested in becoming a Songs of Love songwriter, click HERE for more info.  What a beautiful gift for a child facing a diagnosis of cancer!