Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Paul Newman's Camp for Sick Kids


Do you guys ever watch CBS Sunday Morning? If you're up early on a Sunday morning and not at church yet, I recommend it. It's a great show. Last weekend they had a long segment on the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp that Paul Newman started years and years ago to get kids who are sick a chance to get out into nature and, as he said, "raise a little hell."

It's a pretty amazing thing. I recommend it whole heartedly.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Illinois City Rallying Around Man with NHL

It's never easy, having to battle cancer, but Kevin Huyser is facing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for the third time now, and it's especially tough for him. Both he and his wife aren't working while he undergoes chemotherapy this time.

But his town and his neighbors are doing what they can for him. An optician at Sam's paid for his eye exam when she learned of his situation and helped to set up benefits for him soon after. The CEO of Culver's restaurant even showed up at one recently.

I hope you all will send your thoughts and prayers Kevin's way.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Chicago Cubs Record Message for Kid Battling Cancer

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That's it. I've got a new favorite baseball player.

Anthony Rizzo was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins' lymphoma at the age of 19. Now he's playing 1st base for the Chicago Cubs and was named rookie of the month for July. That's amazing! Rizzo and teammate Tony Campana, also a cancer survior, recorded this video message for Luke Strotman, who's enduring his third fight with cancer.

Good stuff.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fighting Cancer with Cookies

About 10 years ago, Laura Stachler's husband and daughter were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease, more or less back to back. It had to be devastating. To put her mind on something else -- and to give her family something they could keep down while undergoing chemo -- Susan put her skills as a caterer and baker to good use.

She developed a really good ginger snap recipe. "I had heard in passing that ginger is a stomach soother," Stachler said.

A decade later, husband and daughter have both recovered, and Susansnaps -- the company started by Stachler and named for both her sister, who died of cancer at age 28, and her daughter, who had been named for her aunt -- is a business that makes up to 10,000 cookies daily and ships nationwide.

It's true. You can order your own right here.

Good for them.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cleaning for a Reason

Here's something I've just heard of for the first time. It's a group of house cleaning companies that will volunteer their services for women battling cancer and undergoing therapies that leaves them too wiped out to get their normal chores done.

How great is that?

It's called Cleaning for a Reason, and the group has more than 1,000 companies affiliated with it, and they've helped out 11,000 people fighting cancer! That's a great story, I think.

Monday, August 6, 2012

NHL Patient Goes to the Olympics

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Abbie Seeliger has gotten to go the Olympics because the Make a Wish Foundation flew her to London, where she's seeing LeBron James and the men's basketball team as well as the women's volleyball matches.

I love to hear stories like that!

Seeliger was a sophomore in high school and a volleyball player herself when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She underwent a year of chemotherapy treatments and it's in remission now, which is great news obviously. She's also back in training to try out for her volleyball team again, and in London for the Olympics.

Good for her!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Congressman Diagnosed with NHL

It's an easy thing to forget sometimes, but it's important to remember. Cancer doesn't care who you are or what your job is. No matter how powerful or wealthy you are, it can still come to find you.

Michigan congressman Dave Camp, who is the chairman of the important House Ways and Means Committee, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last month. Fortunately for Camp, he says that his prognosis is good, and there's a very good chance that he'll beat the disease:
Thankfully my health is otherwise excellent and my doctors and I expect a full recovery and cure. My family and I appreciate the support, good wishes and understanding we have received.

 Let's hope so!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cancer Doctor and Cancer Patient at the Same Time

Wow, guys, this is pretty amazing. There's a cancer doctor at Washington University who has been battling leukemia since when he was in med school. It's been a back and forth effort, with it in remission a couple of times only to keep coming back.

Well, it turns out that working in a research hospital gives you the chance to met a lot of impressive and helpful people. His colleagues have joined together to help him out and he's been in genome studies there at his university hospital.

It's a great story, you should watch the report on CBS This Morning.