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Party for Life in Mystic, Conn. » Paint with a Purpose to Benefit Cancer Project » Educational Alliance Partner Highlight » Diet and Cancer in the News » New Food for Life Cooking Classes

Dear Cancer Project supporter,

Summer is here and The Cancer Project activities are heating up, too. Our programs and events are rapidly growing, and every day we are reaching more and more people who need to hear this empowering message: Plant-based nutrition can make a dramatic difference, for every body of every age, stage, and situation in life. We are here to help each other, so don't forget about our online forum, designed to connect you directly with our staff, as well as the thousands of people who have attended our classes across the country and want to keep the momentum. Read on for more exciting news!

With gratitude for the wealth of health,
Lauray MacElhern
Lauray MacElhern
Managing Director

Party for Life

Party for Life in Support of The Cancer Project in Mystic, Conn.

Dr. Jackie Campisi will host a Party for Life on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, to benefit The Cancer Project. The evening will include a cooking demonstration of Cancer Project recipes with Marlene Marcello, author of When Hope Never Dies, a presentation by The Cancer Project’s managing director Lauray MacElhern, and a special call-in by president Neal Barnard, M.D.

This informative evening is part of Wellness Week: Focus on Cancer—a week-long program presented by the Wellness Concierge Center. Admission for the Party for Life is $40. If you would like to participate in all the week’s activities, you can get the special rate of $100, and 10 percent of all Wellness Week proceeds will benefit The Cancer Project!

Space is limited. Please reply directly to the Wellness Concierge Center at 860-572-4805, ext 302.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010


6 to 8 p.m.


Wellness Concierge Center
23 Clara Drive, Unit 107a
Mystic, CT 06355

Come be a part of this educational and fun way to support The Cancer Project.

Paint With a Twist

Paint with a Purpose in Texas to Benefit The Cancer Project

Join Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas-based The Cancer Project instructors Katherine and Vivian, on Sunday, July 25, 2010, for an evening of creativity and camaraderie while learning to paint at Painting with a Twist’s Grapevine and McKinney locations. During the events, Painting with a Twist instructors will guide participants through each step of creating a piece of art. At the end of the evening, all will take away one-of-a-kind paintings to bring home and cherish. Paint, canvases, and brushes will be provided, as well as complimentary appetizers. Participants will also have an opportunity to win gift cards, books, cookware, and more! Plus, 100 percent of the proceeds from the events will benefit The Cancer Project. Seats are filling up quickly, register today.

Details and registration >>

David Mary Alice-White

Educational Alliance Partner Highlight: Mount Pisgah Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church of Candler, North Carolina

David White and Mary-Alice White, R.D., of the Mount Pisgah Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church in Candler, N.C., have been busy bringing cooking and nutrition classes to their community through The Cancer Project's Educational Alliance Program. Late in the spring, the Whites taught their first course, Cancer-Conquering Cuisine, based on The Cancer Project’s popular Food for Life program. They taught a group of 32 cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, and family members of those who died of cancer, and those interested in learning how to live more healthfully to prevent cancer down the road. The classes were well-received with positive comments noting how much they appreciated the information Cancer Project president Neal Barnard, M.D., presented on the DVDs and sharing dietary changes such as “beginning to eat more vegetables and fruits.” David and Mary-Alice will plan another series in the fall at the local cancer center in Candler.

Learn more about how your institution can become an Educational Alliance Partner >>

Diet and Cancer in the News

 Grilling Video

How to Grill Healthy Foods: A Cancer Project Demonstration
Cancer Project dietitian Joseph Gonzales, R.D., and nutrition and cooking instructor Jill Eckart, C.H.H.C., show you how to grill healthful foods that can help fight cancer and other chronic diseases. Also, check out The Cancer Project’s new Five Worst Foods to Grill report.

View video here >>

Diabetes Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
Recently the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society jointly published a consensus report on the associations between diabetes and cancer risk. The evidence revealed that diabetes (primarily type 2) is associated with up to double the risk of liver, pancreatic, and endometrial cancers, whereas cancers of the colon, rectum, bladder, and breast were linked to a 20-50 percent increased risk. Possible associations may be attributed to similar risk factors for both diseases, such as obesity and older age. However, correlations may also be from diabetic complications like high blood sugar, high blood insulin, inflammation, or altered hormone regulation, all of which have the potential to increase cancer risk.

This report suggests that whole grains, high intake of fruits and vegetables, and low intake of processed and red meats are associated with lower cancer risk. Furthermore, diets high in fiber, monounsaturated fats, and whole grains may protect against type 2 diabetes. Having a healthful diet, maintaining at an appropriate body weight, and being physically active can significantly reduce both diabetes and cancer risk.

Giovannucci E, Harlan DM, Archer MC, et al. Diabetes and Cancer: A Consensus Report. CA Cancer J Clin. Published ahead of print June 16, 2010. doi: 10.3322/caac.20078.

New Food for Life Cooking and Nutrition Classes for July

Madelyn Pryor

Watch the FOX News coverage here >>

Instructor Highlight: Madelyn Pryor Cooks up Great Publicity for The Cancer Project

In Phoenix, Ariz., The Cancer Project and the Wellness Community are teaming up to provide Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Classes for Cancer Prevention and Survival. With Madelyn Pryor in the lead, these classes have not only touched the lives of people surviving cancer, they have also reached the local media, where the public will get a taste of all her great work.

Madelyn adopted a plant-based diet six years ago after a lifelong battle with obesity that was leading her down the road of chronic diseases. She now enjoys staying healthy and fit while teaching others about the importance of a nutritious diet for disease prevention. She is currently teaching classes in Mesa, Scottsdale, and Phoenix. To check out Madelyn's latest offerings, visit



Yuma: Yuma Central Seventh-day Adventist Church (07/29, 08/05, 08/12, 08/19, 08/26, 09/02)


Oceanside: The Center at El Corazon (07/09, 07/16, 07/23, 07/30)


Aurora: Cook it Right! (07/17)
Woodland Park: Woodland Park Community Church (07/24 - four classes)


Brookfield: Summit Neurological Rehabilitation (07/05, 07/12, 07/19, 07/26)


Ft. Lauderdale: Gilda's Club South Florida (members only) (07/08, 07/15, 07/22, 07/29)
Rockledge: Appleseed Health Foods (07/07, 07/14, 07/21, 07/28)


Ann Arbor: Whole Foods Market (07/08, 07/15, 07/22, 07/29)
Clarkston: The Swan for Life Cancer Foundation (07/08, 07/15, 07/22, 07/29)
Farmington Hills: The Vineyards Market Place (07/10, 07/17, 07/24, 07/31)


Brecksville: Brecksville Community Center (07/22, 07/29, 08/05, 08/12)


Pittsburgh: Ingomar United Methodist Church (Hair Peace Charities) (07/21)


Austin: At Table (07/10, 07/24, 08/07, 08/21)
Ft. Worth: Arlington Heights United Methodist Church (07/08, 07/15, 07/22, 07/29)


Kennewick: Tri-Cities Cancer Center (07/08, 07/15, 07/22, 07/29)
Richland: Richland Parks and Recreation (07/07, 07/14, 07/21, 07/28)
Seattle: Cancer Lifeline Dorothy O'Brien Center (07/22, 07/29, 08/05 ,08/12)



Sacramento: Sacramento Natural Food Co-op (07/20, 07/23, 07/27, 07/30)


Brighton: Brighton Community Education (07/20, 07/23, 07/27, 07/30)


Johnstown: Community Arts Center of Cambria County (07/13, 07/15, 07/20, 07/22)

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