Middle School Boy Determined to Find the Answer to Beating Cancer


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Most middle school boys are concerned with playing sports after school, playing video games, or taking up new hobbies in their spare time. Well, one middle school boy in Atlanta, Georgia, does all of this, and more. One hobby of his is a bit extraordinary: searching for a way to fight cancer.

After 12-year-old Stephen Litt became aware of two family friends being diagnosed with breast cancer, he decided to do something about it. He began researching and found that decreased rates of the disease in Japan might be due to certain antioxidants found in green tea. Stephen wanted to test this theory and see if these antioxidants could ward off cancer cells in planaria (worms) since they are known to have stem cells that mimic cancerous cells.

Stephen and his father purchased the necessary materials for the project and began conducting scientific experiments in search of their answer. He used experimental and controlled groups of planaria in his research and studied the results under a microscope that his grandparents gave him.

His findings showed that there might actually be a link between the green tea antioxidants and fighting cancerous cells. Stephen went on to win local and state competitions with his science project and was invited to tour a real research lab at Tuft University shortly after. In the future, he would like to transplant human cancerous cells into the planaria to see if the green tea antioxidants will have the same effect. To read the full CNN story on Stephen and his work, click here.

Who knows what the future has in store for this remarkable young man! We had to share his story because wanting to help others in such a major way, and at such a young age, is a very special thing. We tip our hats to you, Stephen, and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. With bright minds like these popping up in the younger generation, we can certainly hope that finding the cure for cancer is not too far away!

Time is ‘Running’ out to register for the AFA 5k


We are hosting our first ‘AFA 5k’ Jog and Walk chip-timed race on certification #IL-12104-JW this Saturday, July 23, 2016.  It’s just a few days away!Jogger

Registration and packet pickup is 7:30am.  The race begins at 8:30am at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, Illinois.  Register now to avoid lines!  To register and for more info about the race including the price, the course, photos, video and directions, please visit our Participate Page on our website.  You can start or join a team too!  Click for printable flyers.

Participants are able to enter raffles for prizes such as a Samsung SHAPE M7 Wireless Audio Speaker, OPI nail products, Chicago White Sox tickets, passes to LEGOLAND in Schaumburg and more.

You can still help out by donating organic string cheese or bananas and oranges.  Please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com.

To volunteer to hand water to participants, please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com

Answers for Angels tentatively scheduled an interview with a courageous cancer patient, who chose to use alternative methods in treating Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  She is motivated to talk of her journey in using some of the treatments to treating cancer and healing her body and of any struggles she encountered along the way.

Help spread the word!

Thank you.

Katie Davis

#AFA5k  #AlternativeCancer

AFA 5k Jog and Juice Race is 2 weeks away


We are hosting our first ‘AFA 5k’ Jog and Walk chip-timed race on certification #IL-12104-JW on Saturday, Jul 23, 2016.  It’s just 2 weeks away!Jogger

Registration and packet pickup is 7:30am.  The race begins at 8:30am at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, Illinois.  Registration is open!  To register and for more info about the race including the price, the course, photos, video and directions, please visit our Participate Page on our website.  You can start or join a team too!  Everyone is encouraged to fundraise and you are provided with customizable and shareable fundraising pages.  If you are interested, click for printable flyers.

To sponsor the event, use the sponsorship forms.

To donate organic protein bars, organic string cheese, or fruit, please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com.

To volunteer, please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com

Answers for Angels tentatively scheduled an interview with a courageous cancer patient, who chose to use alternative methods in treating Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  She is motivated to talk of her journey in using some of the treatments to treating cancer and healing her body and of any struggles she encountered along the way.

Help spread the word!

Thank you.

Katie Davis

#AFA5k  #AlternativeCancer

Welcome Lindsay Mulligan, our Outreach Coordinator


Please join me in welcoming Lindsay Mulligan as our newest volunteer member.  She started as the Outreach Coordinator as of June 24th.  Lindsay has already written an article for Answers for Angels titled ‘Mindfulness, Meditation, and Kicking Cancer’s Butt’.  She will also reach out to cancer patients and caregivers offering our services and writing about their alternative/integrative stories and testimonials.  

Lindsay works for Answers for Answers remotely from Charlotte, North Carolina.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and with a Professional Writing Certificate.  Lindsay has experience with online copy and social media.  Lindsay worked at Voulez-Vous Magazine as a Writer/Editor where she assisted chief editor in planning and organizing publications, published articles, wrote blogs, assisted in publishing social media content and maintaining website content.  In addition, she works at Central Piedmont Community College where she is the Inventory Control Specialist.

Welcome Lindsay!  We are glad to have you on board with us!

Regards,

Katie Davis, President

 

AFA 5k Jog and Juice Race is 3 weeks away


We are hosting our first ‘AFA 5k’ Jog and Walk chip-timed race on certification #IL-12104-JW on Saturday, Jul 23, 2016.  It’s just 3 weeks away!Jogger

Registration and packet pickup is 7:30am.  The race begins at 8:30am at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, Illinois.  Registration is open!  To register and for more info about the race including the price, the course, photos, video and directions, please visit our Participate Page on our website.  You can start or join a team too!  Everyone is encouraged to fundraise and you are provided with customizable and shareable fundraising pages.  If you are interested, click for printable flyers.

To sponsor the event, use the sponsorship forms.

To donate water, organic protein bars, organic string cheese, fruit, please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com.

To volunteer, please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com

Answers for Angels tentatively scheduled an interview with a courageous cancer patient, who chose to use alternative methods in treating Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  She is motivated to talk of her journey in using some of the treatments to treating cancer and healing her body and of any struggles, she encountered along the way.

Help spread the word!

Thank you.

Katie Davis

#AFA5k  #AlternativeCancer

Huge request for donations to AFA 5k


Hello,

As you know, AFA is having a 5k race on July 23, 2016 to raise funds for cancer patients.  We provide a grant to them for $350 for their use in paying for Joggerintegrative/alternative treatments, or for them to pay a bill in their name.  Some patients, including patients using conventional methods, ask for a gift card for a massage or to a grocery store to purchase organic foods.

Answers for Angels tentatively scheduled an interview at the ‘AFA 5k’ with Tara Hill, a young 20-year old Chicago girl, who is using alternative methods to heal Ewing Sarcoma.  We wish her well and send her all the love and support she needs to heal.

For the 5k, we are looking for donations of 8oz. water bottles, organic protein bars or fruit and nut bars, or bananas and oranges for the estimated 200 participants in the ‘AFA 5k’ race.  In addition, we need volunteers;  and sponsorship opportunities are available by clicking on the AFA 5k Sponsor Form.

I will notify you when registration opens up.  In the meantime, please advise if I can schedule a pickup of your donation in the Chicago-land area or if you would like to volunteer.

Thank you and take care,

Katie Davis

Answers for Angels’ 5k chip-timed race


We are hosting our first ‘AFA 5k’ Jog and Walk chip-timed race on certification #IL-12104-JW on Saturday, Jul 23, 2016.  We hope that you can join us!Jogger

The race begins at 8:30am at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, Illinois.  Registration is coming soon!  For more info about the race including the price, the course, photos, video and directions, please visit our Participate Page on our website.  You can start or join a team too!  Everyone is encouraged to fundraise and you are provided with customizable and shareable fundraising pages.  If you are interested, click for printable flyers and sponsorship forms to help spread awareness.

Answers for Angels tentatively scheduled an interview with a courageous young 20-year-old cancer patient, Tara Hill, who chose to use alternative methods in treating Ewing Sarcoma.  She is motivated to talk of her journey in using the hyperbaric oxygen tank, infrared sauna, and other methods to treating cancer and healing her body.

Help spread the word!

Thank you.

Katie Davis

#AFA5k  #AlternativeCancer

Helpful Opportunities to Giving


Answers for Angels hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family & friends. In our previous email/post, we mentioned how your donations, hosting fundraisers, & volunteering provided us with reaching our goal of offering a few cancer patients grant money. We also shared a testimony of a woman who received a dismal picture from a conventional oncologist. Did you miss that testimony? Our grant program helped pay for her IV shots that aren’t covered by insurance from an integrative oncologist as part of her medical treatment. (Read previous email/post.) Let’s keep the momentum going by supporting us again before this year ends!

You can support us a few different ways. One is by using AmazonSmile when ordering from Amazon during the holidays. At no cost to you, Amazon donates a portion of your purchase price to Answers for Angels. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), please select Answers for Angels to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.

Another is to join the #GivingTuesday movement. Giving Tuesday thank you imageIt’s a global movement dedicated to giving & celebrating the generosity of others to give to Answers for Angels before the year-end tax deduction rush. Any donation at this time is greatly appreciated by the many patients touched by cancer.

Lastly, if you’re unable to donate at this time, maybe you could volunteer on one of the many committees available at our 2016 Jog & Juice 5k run. The committees are Food, Publicity, T-Shirts, & Social Media.

Any way that you contribute will significantly help cancer patients struggling to pay for out-of-pocket expenses to heal their bodies back to health.

Thank you.

Katie Davis

Help grow our nonprofit! Join our Volunteer Outreach Committee!


CancerOutreachAre you eager to find a volunteer job that matters & one that works with the well-being of cancer patients? Can you spare 3 hours per month?  Then consider joining our Volunteer Outreach Committee!

About

Answers for Angels (AFA), founded in 2008 & located in Frankfort, IL, are looking for an empathetic & compassionate team player to reach out to the cancer community eligible to use our services. AFA provides financial grants to cancer patients who cannot afford the healing treatments they need.  We’ve donated approximately $5,000 thus far.  This unique grant helps pay for research-based alternative cancer treatments or integrative treatments while following conventional methods.  For more info, click on the Grant Application page on our website.

Qualifications
 Must meet the availability requirement for at least 1 year (3 hrs. a month)

  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to organize & maintain detailed records
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel
  • Experience with email & Facebook
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Poised & professional phone skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters & information with diplomacy, thoughtfulness, & confidentiality
  • Empathetic & compassionate team player; sensitive intellect, mission-focused, ambitious self-starter; passionate about work values; fueled by a need to make a difference
  • Must have transportation for purchasing gifts; attending meetings
  • Willingness to learn about alternative/integrative cancer treatments

Responsibilities

  • Scan newspapers, church bulletins, & other media searching for cancer patients in need of our services
  • Purchase gifts for giving to patients
  • Create, maintain & enter into Excel Beneficiary Database & ensure all gifts are entered properly
  • Write letter to patient and/or caregiver presenting gift
  • Attend relevant board meetings
  • Support AFA’s fundraising campaigns; solicitation of funds; & follow-up thank you letters
  • Like, Comment, Share FB posts; forward eNewsletter to contacts
  • Must represent AFA in an appropriate manner
  • Other duties as assigned
Join us and make an impact!

 

Application Process

Please submit your resume, the application below & questions to KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com with the subject Volunteer Outreach Committee Application. No calls, please.  Here’s a link to the application form.

Thank you.

Help Grow Our Nonprofit: Volunteer to become our Treasurer


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Are you eager to find a volunteer job that matters & one that works with the integrative approach to the well-being of cancer patients? Do you have a healthy lifestyle, eat organic foods, & use ‘green’ products, most of the time? Then consider joining our board of directors!

About

Answers for Angels (AFA), founded in 2008 and located in Frankfort, IL, are looking for smart and thoughtful people with great ideas, contacts and time, to join our Board of Directors. AFA delivers financial grants to cancer patients who cannot afford the medical treatments they need.  This unique grant helps pay for research-based alternative cancer treatments or integrative treatments while following conventional methods.

Treasurer – Job Description

The Treasurer shall produce and update a quarterly report showing status of bank accounts to include current balances, current expenditures, & upcoming scheduled expenses. Prepare an annual report to include adherence to budget & the next years expected budget. The Treasurer will give reports & documentation so annual income tax preparation is completed.

The Treasurer is to hold office for a 2-year term or until a successor is elected & qualified.

Requirements:
1. Must be 21 yrs. or older
2. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; Word, Excel, etc.
3. Must be trustworthy
4. Capable of communicating with Board via email and Facebook
5. Commit time to attend 4 board meetings per year; commit time to attend committee meetings, planning sessions, and special events, when needed
6. Ensures development and board review of financial policies and procedures
7. Knowledge of QuickBooks software
8. Personal commitment to devote approx. 4 hours per month to perform vital responsibilities of Treasurer
9. Prepare the financial statements to be included in any required reports
10. Understanding of financial accounting for nonprofit organizations
11. Willingness to support efforts to raise money (see below)
12. Perform other duties as may be required by law, by the articles of incorporation, or which may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the board of directors

Desired Skills and Experience:
1. An understanding of AFAs community and its needs
2. Passion for our cause
3. Willing to roll up their sleeves when necessary to help with the practical work, i.e. stuff envelopes, pick up chairs for events, etc.
4. Good communication skills for writing donation request letters, thank you letters or proposals

Fundraising Efforts:
1) Actively participate in fundraising campaigns
2) Be a vocal and active part of the Answer for Angels Mission. Spread the word about our work through various communications; word, email, FB, LinkedIn, etc.
3) Use your network of connections to gain access to potential donors
4) If uncomfortable asking for donations directly, AFA will work with you on indirect methods
(a) Send letters to family, friends, & coworkers; etc.
(b) Host a game of bunco 1 or 2 times a year; sell squares; host a game of Texas Hold’em

Join us and make an impact!

Application Process:
Submit a cover letter & your resume to KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com with the subject Treasurer Job Application.

No calls, please. If questions, please  comment or email. Thank you.

Join us and make an impact!