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Got a Giving Spirit? You’re Probably Good-Looking, Too…

Posted By on December 16th, 2013 at 8:29 am | 399 comments.

heart-in-hands-image-for-webWhen it comes to donating your money or time to a charity of choice, do you ever wonder – what’s in it for you? According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal by Arthur Brooks, studies show that donors to charity are happier, healthier and handsome than those who choose not to give.

Researchers at the University of Chicago found that happiness and generosity go hand-in-hand.  Charitable givers are 43% more likely to say they are “very happy” when compared to nongivers.  The same goes for volunteering to nonprofits.  Scientists at the University of Buffalo studied hundreds of volunteers, finding that their charity work significantly lowered the association between stressful life events and death.

Dutch and British researchers surveyed students, showing them one of three videos featuring a handsome actor.  Those who saw the video of that actor donating to charity, the more good-looking he appeared.

According to the study, you can’t afford not to give, whether it’s a monetary donation or the donation of your time.  Take some time to support the causes you’re passionate about this holiday season.  You’ll be better off for it.

To read Arthur Brooks’ Wall Street Journal article in its entirety, click here.

What’s for Dinner? Free Online Service Organizes Meals for Survivors

Posted By on December 16th, 2013 at 8:29 am | 130 comments.

Meal-Train-Image-2forwebWhen faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, friends or family members might ask – “How Can I Help?”  Often they offer to provide that help by cooking dinner during treatment, but it’s tough to figure out who’s bringing what and when they’re bringing it!   That’s where Meal Train comes in.  It’s a free Web site that organizes meals for friends or loved ones in need.
Here’s how it works…

MealTrain.com allows anyone to set up a free meal calendar.  In the calendar, you can log on, choose a day of the week during which you would like to make a meal.  Each participant then chooses that day, writes what meal they will be bringing so other members of the Meal Train don’t bring the same thing.  How many lasagnas can you eat in one week anyway?  Meal Train also lets you type in the survivor’s address, their favorite meals, a preferred drop-off time and any allergies their family members might have.  Friends who choose to help in other ways may opt to pass on cooking a meal and send the patient flowers or donations instead.  For more information on Meal Train, click here.

Free YMCA Program Bridges Gap Between Treatment, Recovery

Posted By on November 13th, 2013 at 9:50 am | 66 comments.

Livestrong at YMCALivestrong offers FREE 12-week, small group fitness programs at various YMCAs around the country aimed at helping cancer survivors in the transitional period between completion of treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to a “new normal.” Instructors work to fit the program to each participant’s individual needs.

In Pennsylvania, the program is offered at the following four Y’s:

  • Indian Valley Family YMCA in Harleysville (215-723-3569)
  • Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County in Secane (610-544-1080 ext. 220)
  • YMCA of York and York County, Southern Branch at Shrewsbury (717-235-0446)
  • YMCA of York and York County, York Branch (717-843-7884)

Finding a Clinical Trial Near You

Posted By on September 16th, 2013 at 8:55 am | 2 comments.

Breast Cancer Patient Clinical TrialCancer clinical trials provide patients at all stages of cancer with the most cutting-edge medical treatment and the highest level of care. The nonprofit organization Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups offers services and education about clinical trials for healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers and advocates.  Interested in finding a clinical trial near you?
The Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups Web site has a screening questionnaire to complete and find relevant clinical trials near you, or you can call toll-free 1-877-227-8451 to talk with a cancer clinical trial specialist.

Yoga for your Healing Provides Hope, Strength in Recovery

Posted By on August 15th, 2013 at 8:22 am | 216 comments.

Yoga For Your HealingFrom surviving to thriving.  That is the goal of a new Yoga DVD produced by PA native Kate Lubenesky.  Kate has developed several instructional videos for women and men with cancer in memory of her mother, Priscilla, who lost her long battle with breast cancer in 2010. Over the past few years, Kate and her family have developed the Yoga for Your Healing series to motivate and strengthen survivors as they go through treatment and beyond.  The latest, “Thriving Yoga,” teaches yoga on all levels, regardless of experience or muscle strength.  Kate has generously donated hundreds of DVDs for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to use in our Friends Like Me care packages for recently diagnosed women.

You can also learn more information about Kate’s family and Yoga for Your Healing online:   http://www.yogaforyourhealing.com.Yoga For Your Healing DVD Cover

 

“Cleaning for a Reason” Making a Difference in Manheim

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:20 am | 2 comments.

The GarmansCleaning is difficult, even when healthy. Add in breast cancer and it makes for an extremely difficult chore.  For PA survivors like Lori Wolgemuth, undergoing treatment for cancer means that she was often too tired to accomplish even basic cleaning tasks that we take for granted, like dusting and vacuuming.

Lori was a busy mom to three boys, and then her life completely changed when she was diagnosed with cancer. Lori said, “In one moment, my life changed.”

Donna Garman, of Garman’s Cleaning in Manheim, Lancaster County, saw an opportunity to donate her time and skills through a nonprofit called Cleaning for a Reason. Donna heard about the charity through a job coach, who also happened to be the founder of the organization.

Donna’s mother is a breast cancer survivor. Donna can relate to the pain and hardship the disease can bring on a family. In fact, Donna’s experience with her mom’s cancer, along with knowing friends and other relatives who have battled cancer, propelled her toward volunteering with this charity.

This break from cleaning chores allows Lori to focus on her family and recovery. Plus, she feels good knowing the house is being maintained for her family’s sake.

Over the past two years, Garman’s Cleaning, under Donna’s leadership, has helped four local families with a family member who is battling cancer.

 

GoodWishes Offering Free Head Wraps for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted By on May 13th, 2013 at 8:51 am | 72 comments.

good wishesThe mission of GoodWishes™ is simple: to provide one beautiful wrap or scarf free of charge to anyone experiencing hair loss from cancer treatments. The organization sees it as one small way to ease the journey and provide a bit of comfort.

The program has sent out 6,474 head wraps so far — across the U.S. and to 10 other countries — each with a card signed by the entire staff. After starting with silk, they introduced models in cotton, velvet, and performance fabric for athletes.

You can place an order for yourself or for someone else, and you have the opportunity to select a preferred pattern. Order form is online at http://www.goodwishesscarves.org/

Patient Advocacy: Cleaning for a Reason

Posted By on December 17th, 2012 at 8:00 am | 110 comments.

If you or someone you know is undergoing cancer treatment, check out Cleaning for a Reason. This national non-profit organization partners with professional maid services to provide professional house cleanings to help women undergoing cancer treatment. It allows you to save your energy for fighting back against cancer. Visit www.cleaningforareason.org to apply for this free service.