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Project Empowers Latinas to be Champions against Cancer

Posted by PCF Admin on December 1st, 2011 | No Comments »

Community Outreach - In December 2010, the Foundation received a 2011 National Capital Area grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This two-year grant is funding a project entitled “Las Campeonas de ¡Celebremos La Vida!: Providing Education Outreach and Screening.” ¡Celebremos La Vida! (Let’s Celebrate Life!)  provides breast and cervical cancer education and screening to medically underserved Hispanic women in the Washington, DC area and in McHenry County, IL. Through support from Komen, the Foundation is adding peer-to-peer outreach to these vital services. The peer-to-peer outreach centers on the concept of Campeona (“champion,” in English). Similar to a promotora, a Campeona is a lay person volunteering her time to spread the word about breast cancer screening and to share her own personal experiences. Campeonas will be equipped with a “kit” to assist in sharing their reasons for getting screened with friends and relatives. [caption id="attachment_5787" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Modesta Castañeda, ¡Celebremos la vida! participant and breast cancer survivor, at an advisory committee brainstorming session."][/caption] “We are very excited to embark on this project!,” states Mary Wozniak, MPH, Prevention and Chronic Care Program Manager at Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities in Washington, DC. “Our patients are passionate about taking care of themselves, and this program empowers them ...

The Power of Charitable Giving to Save Lives

Posted by Carolyn Schmidt, Managing Director, Development on November 29th, 2011 | No Comments »

Foundation News - The day after Thanksgiving I saw a friend who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s completed four rounds of chemotherapy, lost her hair, and on some days her appetite.  She’s thinner and looks a bit frail, but her spirit is as strong as ever. Thankfully, she’s doing great. She has a sparkle in her eye and an unbelievable zest for life that would have killed her cancer if the chemo didn’t! She was thrilled to ...

Researcher Q&A with Janne Nappi, PhD

Posted by Sarah Abou-El-Seoud, Programs Associate on November 22nd, 2011 | No Comments »
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Research - [caption id="attachment_5752" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Janne Nappi, PhD"][/caption] The Foundation is proud to highlight the colon cancer research of Janne Nappi, PhD, an instructor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Nappi received a two-year grant from the Foundation in Fall 2008 to improve the accuracy of computed tomographic colonography (CTC) by developing sophisticated computer algorithms to analyze the surface of the colon and indicate the locations of hard-to-detect flat growths that might develop into cancer. 1.  What ...

Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 21st, 2011 | No Comments »

Healthy Eating - Thanksgiving can be one of the hardest holidays for people wanting to lose weight. Food is plentiful and often soaked in butter and fat. However, Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be such a difficult time. Most Thanksgiving foods are healthy but become loaded with calories and fats after preparation, requiring us to either eat them in moderation or prepare them differently. Here are some tips to limit holiday indulgence: Place brightly colored vegetables without sauce on the ...