Please join us in welcoming Pat Kote as our newest Board member!
Help grow our nonprofit! Join our Volunteer Outreach Committee!
Are 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!
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
Dad’s need a little coddling too!
Last month was Skin Cancer Awareness month & we posted an article about a young woman with melanoma skin cancer. You can read the article here: http://bit.ly/1IRFwPP. Which brings us to this month…
This month, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st. So do something thoughtful & caring for your dad & his health. Let dad know that skin cancer is incredibly common, & the rates of the deadliest form, melanoma, are rising. Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with melanoma & much more likely to die of it. So what point am I trying to make? The point is that men need to do more to protect themselves from the sun; they should educate themselves about proper sun protection.
Here’s an idea for a gift, even if it’s not on his ‘Wish List’. When dad is work, work, working – be it on the deck, tending to his garden, or sipping on a cool drink, show him that you care by giving him a sun care product that has a no- to low- cancer causing hazard from Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.
Dad’s need a little coddling too so take him on a family picnic or take turns test-driving a car with the sunroof down! Either way, just enjoy his company.
Happy Father’s Day!
Cancer survivors, share your story to inspire others who are recently diagnosed.
Sunday, June 7th is National Cancer Survivor’s Day. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community. It is a day to honor cancer survivors and to show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring. It is an opportunity to demonstrate that active, productive cancer survivors bring awareness to the challenges they face during and after treatment.
Share your survivor story to inspire those recently diagnosed. Did faith and belief play a part in your cancer journey? Do you have a fresh viewpoint on living? What treatment did you choose…alternative, conventional, or integrative? Are you more active now after your treatment than you were before it? You decide how much of your story to tell. Please comment below.
Help Grow Our Nonprofit: Volunteer to become our Treasurer
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.
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
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!
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!
Woman’s Realistic Skin Cancer Selfie Features Hazards of Frequent Tanning
This is a picture of Kentucky-born Tawny, a registered nurse, at the age of 27. In high school, she used the tanning bed 4-5 times a week. According to Tawny, she’s now had basal cell carcinoma 5 times & squamous cell carcinoma once.
Prepare yourself: Tawny posted a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment to Facebook as an awareness tool. “If anyone needs a little motivation to not lie in the tanning bed and sun here ya go!” she writes. “This is what skin cancer treatment can look like.”
As said by Tawny Willoughby, she was first diagnosed with skin cancer at age 21, and now goes to the dermatologist every 6-12 months. The painful picture, showing bright red scabs and bloodied blisters, has been shared more than 66,000 times as a stunning warning about the hazards of skin cancer.
“Melanoma kills, non-melanoma disfigures,” she writes.
Tawny Willoughby sums it up in her Facebook post: “Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. You only get one skin and you should take care of it,” she writes. “Learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up.”
Are you faced with the worries of skin cancer and want to avoid the use of toxic sunscreens?
The Chicago weather forecast is looking good so far and it’s warming up nicely. Pretty soon, it’ll be 85-90 degrees and we’ll be outside soaking up the warm sun.
But before we run out into the sun with kids in tow, please read this article from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) failure to establish workable sunscreen standards that are a contributing factor to children’s vitamin D deficiencies and resulting health risks.
Also, EWG states that insufficient amounts of vitamin D are believed to play a role in the development of heart disease, some immune disorders, diabetes, and even the flu, while excess UVA exposures can contribute to skin cancer and skin aging.
(EWG followed up with the following article about the ‘House Readies to Advance Sunscreen Innovation Act.’ This group does some amazing work to keep our kids, and our family safe from hazardous products.)
Bottom line is…Use good sunscreen – but don’t depend on it.
Do yourself a favor and examine the section titled 2014 Sunscreen Guide on their website. It’ll motivate you to search for ‘green’ sunscreens that have a low cancer hazard score; and you can filter out if they come in lotion or stick form as well. You’re able to see how well your current sunscreen ranks too! I can’t say enough about EWG!
After reading and researching about the good, the bad, and the ugly sunscreens, then make a knowledgeable decision about which less toxic sunscreen to use on your kids and yourself before going out in the sun.
Please let us know what you find out about your favorite sunscreen. Does it have a hazardous score? Is it in the red, yellow, or green category? Will you search for a ‘greener’ product to use?
Reveal What You Like To Do
National Volunteer Week starts tomorrow, April 12-18, 2015. This week is about acknowledging our volunteers who give their time to helping Answers for Angels achieve our mission. We could not have accomplished what we have without you. You are at the heart of changing and educating people about the benefits of alternative and integrative cancer treatments.
This week is also about motivating, and animating people to pursue creative methods to volunteer their time to raising funds for Answers for Angels. It’s about revealing what you like to do and working jointly with friends and family to achieve your objectives. Maybe you enjoy participating in a 5k run. Or maybe you enjoy playing bunco. Maybe you have your own ideas of inspiring folks to make a difference and raise funds that you’d like to share with us.
If you do, please contact us to get involved in volunteering for Answers for Angels, by visiting http://www.answersforangels.com/writer.html
Do You Know Your Options to Treating Cancer?
Did you know that there are 3 different options to treating cancer? They are alternative, conventional, and integrative–we have all seen these terms on the Internet and in marketing, but what do they really mean? While the terms used often mean the range of health care approaches with a history of use or origins outside of mainstream medicine, they are actually hard to define and may mean different things to different people. Alternative refers to using a non-mainstream approach in place of conventional medicine. The conventional treatment is the mainstream approach using surgery, radiation, and chemo. Then there’s the integrative approach, which generally refers to using a non-mainstream approach together with conventional medicine.
I’d like to begin talking about the one alternative approach to treating cancer that I know of and it is the Gerson Therapy. Please keep in mind when reading this article that Answers for Angels is not trying to sway your decision one way or the other. The treatment that you decide on is a personal choice and our nonprofit is here to support you with financial assistance in the form of a grant.
Dr. Max Gerson developed the Gerson Therapy in the ‘30’s in Germany approximately 85 years ago. He initially created it to treat his own migraines, and eventually as a treatment for degenerative diseases such as skin tuberculosis, diabetes, and most famously, cancer. In 1938, Dr. Gerson passed his boards and was licensed to practice in the state of New York. For 20 years, he treated hundreds of cancer patients who had been given up to die after all conventional treatments had failed. In 1946, Gerson demonstrated recovered patients before the Pepper-Neely Congressional Subcommittee, during hearings on a bill to fund research into cancer treatment. Although only a few peer-reviewed journals were receptive to Gerson’s then “radical” idea that diet could affect health, he continued to publish articles on his therapy and case histories of healed patients. (A few years before the Subcommittee hearing, our US government and medical team were experimenting with mustard gas. See conventional treatments below.) Dr. Gerson died in 1959 and his daughter Charlotte, and grandson continue his work. Together the 2 of them founded the Gerson Institute in San Diego, California; in addition, they’ve a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico and one in Hungary.
The Gerson treatment consists of each cancer patient consuming about 23 lbs. of organic fruits and veggies per day plus any supplements that are deficient in their body. How does a cancer patient eat 23 lbs. of food per day? They juice it! Every day they receive 13 cups of juice, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dr. Gerson’s Therapy is inspired by the philosophy of the physician, Hippocrates, ‘Let medicine be thy food and food be thy medicine.’ It’s an all-natural treatment, which activates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas, and natural supplements– with no damaging side effects. But wait! Go back! Coffee enemas? Why coffee enemas? The enema has a very specific purpose and that is to lower toxins by releasing them from the body. From the patient’s point of view, the coffee enema means help from depression, severe pain, and many other symptoms. Dr. Gerson understood the 2 principle causes of disease are deficiency and toxicity.
(FYI–The Northern Baja Gerson Clinic won’t treat children unless the US oncologist signs a release form. Also, as far as I know, insurance doesn’t cover the Gerson Therapy. If you’re considering the Gerson Therapy, please see Answers for Angels’ guidelines for applying for a grant to help with expenses.)
Conventional Cancer Treatment
Early in the 20th century, only cancers small and localized enough to be completely removed by surgery were curable. Later, radiation was used after surgery to control small tumor growths that were not surgically removed. Finally, chemo was added to destroy small tumor growths that spread beyond the reach of the surgeon and radiotherapist.
The history of chemo began with the first clinical trial investigating the use of mustard gas conducted by 2 pharmacologists Dr. Louis Goodman and Dr. Alfred Gilman in 1942 approximately 73 years ago. The clinical trial involved a patient, identified as J.D., diagnosed with advanced lymphosarcoma who received the first therapeutic trial with nitrogen mustard in low doses. To everyone’s amazement, the tumor regressed considerably but the effects were not permanent, J.D. died 6 months later. In the late 1960s, with the introduction of combinations of chemo agents like nitrogen mustard, vincristine, methotrexate and prednisone (MOMP protocol) more and more patients had longer remission from cancer, allowing it to be conceived as a curable disease, particularly for diseases like lymphomas and leukemia. Many other cancers can be controlled with chemo for long periods, even if they are not cured.
(FYI—this is the cancer treatment that children are required to take in the USA. If you’re considering the conventional treatment for cancer, please see Answers for Angels’ guidelines for applying for a grant.)
The third option to cancer treatment is the integrative treatment, which generally refers to using a non-mainstream approach together with conventional medicine. There are several integrative approaches to treating cancer but I will only touch on 3 of them. One is Dr. Burzynski, in Texas; second is Dr. Block, in Illinois; and lastly is the Cancer Treatment Centers of America with several clinics across the USA and one in Illinois.
For approximately 38 years, Dr. Burzynski’s cancer research and care is inspired by the philosophy of the physician Hippocrates to “First, do no harm.” True to this philosophy, his approach to treatments is based on the natural biochemical defense system of our body, capable of combating cancer with minimal impact on healthy cells. The Burzynski Clinic is located in Houston, Texas and was established in 1977.
The treatment options consist of identification of genetic markers enabling their medical team to assess a patient’s response to different medications and select the most optimal treatment. They use approved targeted medications, which are drugs that selectively block the growth and spread of cancer without affecting the healthy cells. Targeted therapies interfere with cancer cell growth differently than cytotoxic chemo and at various points during the development, growth, and spread of cancer. By switching off the signals that make cancer cells grow and divide uncontrollably, targeted cancer therapies can help stop the growth of cancer cells. Targeted medications may be easier to tolerate than standard chemo and radiation. Several targeted therapeutics are approved by the FDA and are available for treatment at the Burzynski Clinic.
(FYI–The Burzynski Clinic treats children. Also, as far as I know, they accept some insurance.)
Dr. Keith Block, M.D., founded the Block Center in 1980 approximately 35 years ago. They’re located in Skokie, Illinois. Dr. Block is an internationally recognized expert in integrative oncology. Referred to by many as the “father of integrative oncology”, Dr. Block combines cutting-edge conventional treatment with individualized and scientifically based complementary and nutraceutical therapies.
To best serve their patients, Block Center combines state-of-the-art conventional cancer treatments with scientifically based integrative therapies including:
• Targeted molecular therapies
• Personalized nutrition and supplements, using organic fruits and veggies
• Access to clinical trials
• Supportive mind-body or bio behavioral strategies
• Advanced laboratory testing
• Chrono modulated chemo
• Physical exercise regimens
• Diverse chemotherapies and immunotherapies; experimental and off-label treatments
The Block Center accepts a wide range of insurance plans.
(FYI–I’m not sure that The Block Center treats children in their facility.)
Last but not least, there’s the Cancer Treatment Centers of America located in Zion, Illinois founded in 1988 approximately 27 years ago.
Richard J. Stephenson, following the death of his mother, Mary Brown Stephenson, from cancer, founded Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). After his mother’s diagnosis, Richard and his family searched for the most advanced and effective cancer treatments available. They were disappointed to discover that world-renowned cancer hospitals were not focused on providing their mother with the comprehensive care and advanced treatment options she needed. Sadly, Mrs. Stephenson passed away before she could watch her grandchildren grow and mature.
To keep his mother’s spirit alive, Richard vowed to change the face of cancer care. He created a new model of care that changed the way oncologists, surgeons and other clinical professionals treat patients with cancer. This whole-person cancer treatment approach combined with a compassionate, nurturing environment is now known as the Mother Standard® of care and provides a patient-centered approach to cancer treatment.
Their cancer experts are committed to bringing the latest technologies and advanced treatment options to patients sooner. At the same time, they support the patient with therapies to reduce side effects, boost energy levels, and keep the patient strong during treatment. The patient’s dedicated team of doctors and other clinicians will take time to understand their unique diagnosis and needs. Then, they’ll work together to develop an integrated cancer treatment plan tailored specifically to the patient.
At each appointment, the patient’s medical oncologist, clinic nurse, registered dietitian, naturopathic oncology provider, and nurse care manager come to the patient. By meeting with the cancer treatment team in one room, the patient gets answers to their questions and enjoys greater comfort, convenience, and privacy.
To prevent treatment delays or interruptions, the patient receives integrative oncology services to help them stay strong, boost their immune system, combat side effects, and maintain their well-being. They’ll receive nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation, chiropractic care, mind-body medicine, and spiritual support.
CTCA accepts a wide range of insurance plans.
(FYI–I’m not sure that CTCA treats children in their facility.)
So there you have it! A little history on some of the different cancer treatment options in addition to their unique treatment methods available. A lot more can be said about these options, but…If ever you’ve a question please ask me.
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