Research is key to fighting cancer

Research is the most important aspect of the American Cancer Society. Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has helped to make nearly every major cancer research breakthrough.

Right now in Pittsburgh, the American Cancer Society has provided more than $4.5 million in research grants. So the next cancer breakthrough could happen in the City of Champions!

Help fund research and programs for cancer patients and families by making a donation to my Cherry Pickers team at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township.

Learn more about the American Cancer Society research program.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township is planned for July 22 at North Boundary Park in Cranberry. Kickoff is at 10 a.m. Listed below are highlights for when you might want to stop by!

The event is a fundraiser to raise money to support programs and research, including supporting cancer researchers right here in Pittsburgh.

Here are the highlights of the day’s events:

  • Survivor lap and lunch: 12:30 p.m.
  • Eugene and the Nightcrawlers performance: 2:15 p.m.
  • Miss Freddye performance: 4 p.m.
  • Performance painter George Williams: 5 p.m.
  • Food Trucks Dinner Party: 5-8 p.m.
  • Road To Recovery Race: 6 p.m.
  • Survivor and Caregiver Lap: 6:20 p.m.
  • Fight Back ceremony: 7 p.m.
  • Luminaria ceremony: 9 p.m.

See the full schedule of events here.

In addition, I’ll be having fun at the mission tent with games, prizes and so much more through much of the day.

Why am I very passionate about the American Cancer Society? Read my story here.

Thank you for reading this and helping to create a world with less cancer.

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21 years ago …

I realized recently I can’t always remember some events from my childhood. That is, until something jogs my memory — a photo, an ornament, a story, etc.

It’s been 21 years since my grandma’s death, and, unlike other days in my childhood, I’ve never forgotten the day she died. While I’ll never know how long she might have lived had cancer not taken her, I’ll forever blame cancer for cutting short the time I had with her.

She’s the reason I started participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. And it is the research, the programs, the services, the education, the advocacy the American Cancer Society does that has kept me involved more than 20 years later.

Cancer took my gram away far too early, so it’s been my motivation to make sure other children can share more moments and memories with their grandmas (and grandpas) that I was not afforded.

Help fund research and programs for cancer patients and families by making a donation to my Cherry Pickers team at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township.

You can CHANGE the fight against cancer


Please join the fight against cancer by making a donation to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township.

While cancer affects anyone, it does not affect everyone equally. Data shows cancer affects some minority populations and those without adequate health care more than other populations.

Among the initiatives your donations support include the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) Grant Program. This effort “builds community and system capacity to promote health equity, access and navigation to screening resources within underserved communities,” according to the organization’s website.

In addition to donating, you may consider purchasing a luminaria in honor or memory of a loved one who has faced cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township is planned for July 22 at North Boundary Park in Cranberry. Kickoff is at 10 a.m., but listed below are highlights for when you might want to stop by!

The event is a fundraiser to raise money to support programs and research, including supporting cancer researchers right here in Pittsburgh.

Here are the highlights of the day’s events:

  • Survivor lap and lunch: 12:30 p.m.
  • Eugene and the Nightcrawlers performance: 2:15 p.m.
  • Miss Freddye performance: 4 p.m.
  • Performance painter George Williams: 5 p.m.
  • Food Trucks Dinner Party: 5-8 p.m.
  • Road To Recovery Race: 6 p.m.
  • Survivor and Caregiver Lap: 6:20 p.m.
  • Fight Back ceremony: 7 p.m.
  • Luminaria ceremony: 9 p.m.

See the full schedule of events here.

In addition, I’ll be having fun at the mission tent with games, prizes and so much more through much of the day.

Why am I very passionate about the American Cancer Society? Read my story here.

Thank you for reading this and helping to create a world with less cancer.

Giving hope a home with your support

Please join the fight against cancer by making a donation to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township.

Money raised supports American Cancer Society efforts such as Hope Lodge, where cancer patients and caregivers can find comfort during medical treatments.

“American Cancer Society having this Hope Lodge for a family that has to go through something as traumatic as we are — I can’t describe it… They’ve saved us so much money and so much stress.” — Eileen Fauteux & Her Mother

In addition, you may consider purchasing a luminaria in honor or memory of a loved one who has faced cancer.

I’d like to invite you to a great community celebration to help support programs and research in our effort to fight cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Cranberry Township is planned for July 22 at North Boundary Park in Cranberry. Kickoff is at 10 a.m., but listed below are highlights for when you might want to stop by!

The event is a fundraiser to raise money to support programs and research, including supporting cancer researchers right here in Pittsburgh.

Here are the highlights of the day’s events:

  • Survivor lap and lunch: 12:30 p.m.
  • Eugene and the Nightcrawlers performance: 2:15 p.m.
  • Miss Freddye performance: 4 p.m.
  • Performance painter George Williams: 5 p.m.
  • Food Trucks Dinner Party: 5-8 p.m.
  • Road To Recovery Race: 6 p.m.
  • Survivor and Caregiver Lap: 6:20 p.m.
  • Fight Back ceremony: 7 p.m.
  • Luminaria ceremony: 9 p.m.

See the full schedule of events here.

In addition, I’ll be having fun at the mission tent with games, prizes and so much more through much of the day.

Why am I very passionate about the American Cancer Society? Read my story here.

Thank you for reading this and helping to create a world with less cancer.

With food, every day is a Good Friday for meatless eaters

Growing up, I remember wondering what was so “good” about Good Friday.

I couldn’t eat meat, and Good Friday always happened to fall on a Friday (funny how that works), which meant Pizza Friday, which meant no pepperoni, which meant WHY EVEN HAVE PIZZA.

No meat on Good Friday became a carryover family tradition from older generations in the family who were far more religious than my family.

Fast forward a few decades to a time when I no longer eat meat on any day of the year.

I laugh thinking of how I felt so put out that I couldn’t have pepperoni pizza or chicken tenders.

Not having meat with a meal was unthinkable then.

Want a salad? No bacon. WHY HAVE SALAD!

A burger? No way! WHAT IS THE POINT OF LIFE!

So I recall a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese pizza — two otherwise excellent options EXCEPT WHEN MEAT WAS NOT AN OPTION!


What a minor sacrifice it was for that short period. It’s similar to how I see those who forgo something for Lent. A huge deal is made for something such as coffee or pop or candy.

Today, I only consider meatless options — of which there are plenty to choose from — for meals.