Monthly Archives: January 2011


Last evening I had the pleasure of dining with the folks from KiteBoarding4Cancer, dynamite organization from Portland Oregon. Two vibrant folks Tonia and Garret started KB4C. They, too, raise funds for cancer advocacy, prevention and survivorship.

AND, they host Survivorship Camps for young survivors ages 18-40. This year they will be traveling to Maui Hawaii for Kiteboarding, Standup Paddling and Surfing Camps. These camps link the ocean’s ability to heal and empower with supportive and knowledgeable instructors. Thru my own experience of learning to kiteboard and to paddle an outrigger canoe on Maui I know the power of overcoming obstacles and believing again in the strength of one’s body.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, they are looking for survivors to attend, so please, spread the word.


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The Emperor of All Maladies

I was kindly given THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES as a Christmas gift.

In this video Siddhartha Mukherjee describes his book as a history of cancer, a sort of biography of cancer.

It is also an account of Sidney Farber, the father of modern chemotherapy, and his search for a universal cure for cancer. Sidney Farber established the Children’s Cancer Research Foundation, now DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE, in 1947. He was an extraordinary man full of optimism, compassion and drive.

It is brilliant and completely accessible. As I get further away from my personal war with cancer, it becomes easier and actually more essential for me find out more about the malady. And with this understanding a desire to do my share in helping.

So once again, I am participating in the PAN MASS CHALLENGE to raise funds, hope and awareness in the universal “War on Cancer”.

DANA-FARBER continues to search for a cure while providing expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer.

Please consider helping.


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