Archive for March, 2011
In anticipation of the upcoming Scotiabank Charity Challenge runs, we’ve got a pretty fabulous bonus for running or walking on the CCAC’s “Get Your Butt Seen” team.
Want yours? The CCAC is one of the only national not-for-profit organizations for all five events across Canada:
- Montréal – Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k
- Halifax – Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon
MAY 20th to 22nd
- Calgary – Calgary Marathon
- Vancouver – Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K
- Toronto – Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Make yourself a bowl of air-popped popcorn (see below!) and enjoy a screening of this year’s International Public Service Announcement Contest video entries. Rate the entries at www.ccacpsa.com (and submit your own!) but HURRY- the contest closes at midnight.
We hope there’s still lots of entries to come- there’s prize money $1,500 per category hanging in the balance!
This submission comes from Colon Cancer Alliance in the United States:
And this submission comes from the Jay family in Regina, Saskatchewan:
And a few creative high school students from Ohio gave us this great idea:
CCAC volunteer Nadia Afara brought us this punchy submission:
And this submission by Shawn Ritchie asks us, what’s in your pipes?
This submission by Hari Kapoor hit us hard:
And this submission from Alex Ostroff and friends pushed our buttons:
We were beside ourselves with this submission from Jeff Stevens:
And this submission by Pamela Podzorski and friends had us grooving!
The Health Benefits of Popcorn
What movie screening couldn’t be improved by the crunchy satisfaction of popcorn? Well if you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight to reduce your colon cancer risk, order cialis online in usa, you may wish to re-think your movie theatre snacks.
Don’t be tempted by the yellow glow of commercially prepared movie-theatre popcorn:
At Cineplex Entertainment — the largest chain in Canada with 1,328 screens — popcorn is now popped in non-hydrogenated canola oil, second best after air popped at home.
But the popcorn purchased by CSPI researchers weighed more than the company claims. After adjusting the serving size, a small popcorn with no topping had 480 calories.
A large untopped popcorn has 1,120 calories — half a day’s worth for most people, as well as 530 milligrams of sodium.
Health Canada recommends that adults consume less than 20 grams of saturated fat, and about 1,500 mg of sodium in an entire day based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Patrons who opt for five pumps of Becel topping on a large, 20 cup portion at Cineplex add 270 calories and four grams of saturated fat. They get 320 calories and 22 grams of saturated fat with five squirts of Lactantia butter topping.
“Movie theatre popcorn salt, fat get the thumbs down” CBC News, November 2009
But we said we would talk about the health benefits, didn’t we?
Popcorn can be a pretty decent low-calorie, low-fat snack when popped with air instead of oil. It’s naturally high in fibre and it’s sodium-free. Too bad we load the butter and salt on after the fact! Here’s a quick recipe from wholeliving.com that uses less fat and sodium but doesn’t scrimp on the flavour:
- Pop 1/2 cup of kernels in your air-popping machine.
- Stir together 1 1/4 teaspoons chilli powder, 1 1/4 teaspoons cumin, 1 tablespoon of finely-grated lime zest and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt.
- While still hot, toss popcorn in spice mixture and sprinkle with lime juice. Voilà!
Don’t start any all-popcorn crash diets any time soon, though- popcorn should still be considered an occasional treat, and fresh fruits & veggies should still be your first-choice snacks.
The Health Benefits of Yellow Popcorn by livestrong.com’s Nathalie Stein, nutrition consultant
Popcorn, retrieved from Wikipedia on March 9, 2011
The CCAC is proud to introduce Pat and Lauren Connors, children of the late, great Jim Connors. Their event promises to be a 6-pack of fun!
My Dad, Jim Connors—my idol, my hero—fought for two years against the injustice that was his own disease, Colon Cancer, and against the injustice of a healthcare system in Nova Scotia where certain life-extending drugs (in his case Avastin) were available only to those who could afford them.
Dad felt it patently unfair that his life would be extended because he could afford the drug, while others who could not afford it, would do without and die sooner. He advocated for that wrong to be righted.
Dad lost his personal battle before the other was won. He passed away in April 2008. A few months later the Nova Scotia government announced that it would fund Avastin.
Dad’s passing continues to leave a void—a void I know will never be entirely filled. However, those who knew and loved Dad are sustained by our memories of him and the legacy he left behind—a legacy of service to his community and devotion to those in need.
In the spirit of Dad’s legacy, my sister, Lauren, and I are committing to raise $20,000 to “Crunch out Colon Cancer.” Joined by family and friends, we will do a session of ‘8 Minute Abs’ for every $80.00 that we raise. (Don’t know what 8 Minute Abs is? Check it here, Gang!
Through this event we aim to raise money, awareness and spread a message that although Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in Canada, it doesn’t have to be! If caught early—through screening it is preventable, treatable and beatable.
Click here to read the news story announcing Nova Scotians’ victory.
Our aim is to keep our father’s legacy alive. We’re asking you to join us by spreading the word, volunteering your time to collect pledges, or donating some money to help.
Please email us (email@example.com) to get involved!
Your financial support can be made to either organization on CanadaHelps.
Together we can “Crunch Out Colon Cancer!”
CCAC walkers, runners, volunteers and supporters will be at it again this year on Sunday, April 17th!
We are proud to be participating as the only national not-for-profit organization participating in the Scotia Charity Challenge events in all 5 cities across Canada.
Last year, our team made some noise as the CCAC CHEEKY BUTTS! Over 100 participants walked/ran and we raised more than $20,000 for colorectal cancer awareness and education activities, providing patient support resources and increasing advocacy efforts across the country.
This year, the CCAC’s “GET YOUR BUTT SEEN” team plans on making even more noise, and the team’s new identity coincides with our national awareness campaign and activities. Please help us spread the word by recruiting as many people as possible to join our team. It is loads of fun and you will be helping the CCAC to further draw attention to the prevention of colorectal cancer by promoting a physical activity anyone can take part of.
The CCAC will offer free registration to walkers/runners who raise a minimum of $250 from these events. The CCAC will also provide a free GET YOUR BUTT SEEN dry-fit t-shirt to be worn on race day, thanks to our generous national sponsors, Absolute Travel, Sixty Nine Jeans and Rothschild!
Contact Gail Grief (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-50-COLON (26566) for more information regarding the promo code required for free registration, or to volunteer for the event.
See below for the dates and details of our events across Canada!
Montréal – Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k
(en français ou en anglais)
Halifax – Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon
MAY 20th to 22nd
Calgary – Calgary Marathon
Vancouver – Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K
Toronto – Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Are you ready to Graffiti Get Down?
The event is being planned and executed by 2nd year Special Events Planning Students at George Brown College in Toronto, and we hear it’s going to be a blast!
GGD is all about the four pillars of hip hop (emceeing, DJ’ing, breaking, graffiti) and showcasing those pillars. Our purpose is to raise money for the George Brown College first year Special Events Students, and this year an amazing 20% of the proceeds will support Sophie’s Run, an initiative benefiting the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.
Just four years ago, one of our professors at George Brown College, Nicole Chuchmach’s mother Sophie, passed away from colorectal cancer. During her mother’s illness and to help with the pain, Nicole started to run and she continued to run to help with the pain and grief of her mother’s passing. In 2008 Nicole started a charity, Sophie’s Run, to keep the legacy of her mother alive. Nicole and a team of runners, with the support of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, ran from Milton ON to NewYork City raising $175, 000 dollars in honour of Sophie.
We also want to honour Sophie, and the courageand strength of both her and Nicole, by donating 20% of our funds raised from GGD.
Please join these incredible young crusaders for a fab night of live urban culture featuring a breakdancing competition and graffiti art raffles. You can also see what it feels like to be bad-to-the-bone and create your own grafitti masterpiece on site. You’ll be supporting George Brown College Special Events Scholarship fund and Sophie’s Run, two very worthy causes!
You can reach Graffiti Get Down on their brand-new Twitter account, @GraffitiGetDown.
On March 23rd, members of the Kick Butt Run committee descended upon the Manitoba legislature to spread colorectal cancer awareness and distribute CCAC educational materials.
Missed the event? The Kick Butt Run team is hoping to see you at THE GIANT COLON during the Royal Winter Fair in Brandon, Manitoba from the 27th of March to the 2nd of April! Stay tuned for details about this enormously entertaining educational event.
You can now register for this year’s Kick Butt Run online! Visit kickbuttrun.com for race details.
Did you know that the CCAC has a full-time Research & Education Specialist? Along with our Medical Advisory Board, this individual is a vital link between medical research and the many patients who come to our site seeking information about colorectal cancer screening, treatment and prevention. Below, you’ll find a selection of this month’s selected journal article summaries. A gift to you from our Research & Education Specialist! Click here to catch up on previous months’ selected articles.
- New Phase I Study from Lorus Therapeutics
- Gene Discovered Hindering Oxaliplatin Action
- Erbitux Shows Long Term Survival Benefit When Administered with Folfox
- New Phase I/II Trial Initiated for Kras Mutation Patients
- Clinical Trial Involving Tivozanib Yielded Positive Results at ASCO GI
- AVANT Study Finds No Benefit From Avastin in Stage III Colon Cancer
- Chemo Delay Puts Lives at Risk in Colon Cancer
- Phase I Results of ARQ 197 c-MET Inhibitor
- Bone Drugs Reduce Risk of CRC
- Reducing Hypersensitivity Reactions from Oxaliplatin Therapy
- KRAS Mutation May Promote Lung Mets in Patients with Curatively Resected Colorectal Cancer
- IROX Not Superior to Folfiri in First Line Therapy for Advanced Colorectal Cancer
- Avastin Increases the Number of Fatal Events
- Comparing Preoperative and Postoperative Chemoradiotherapy for Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer
- Cure Still Possible with Liver Mets
- Resection of Liver Mets & Survival
- Fast Track Management of Colorectal Surgery
- Palliative Care for Colorectal Obstruction in Patients with Unresectable Metastatic Disease
- Liver Surgeries for the Elderly
- Response to Radiation Therapy Found to be Linked to a Gene
- OnkoSure by Radient Pharma Undergoing Clinical Trial Phase
- Stage II Colon Cancer Risk Test
- GCC Assay Can Predict Risk of Colon Cancer Recurrence
- Aspirin Boosts Accuracy of FOBT
- Missed Polyps During Colonoscopy Studied
- Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations for First Degree Relatives
- Colorectal Cancer Screening Using Dogs
- Colonoscopy Effective Screening Tool
- Better Communication Urged in Advanced Cancer
- Chemobrain or Chemofog is Real
- Depression, Anxiety and Adjustment Disorder in Cancer
- Anemia May be an Indicator for Colon Cancer
- Online Calculator Tool For CRC Treatment Decisions
- Treating Metastatic Colorectal Cancer- Expert Opinion
- Reduced Inflammation Lowers Colon Cancer Risk
- School Milk Can Help to Prevent Colorectal Cancer
- Obesity & C Reactive Protein Affect Survival After Colon Cancer
- Smoking Can Be a Source of Stress for Cancer Patients
- Vitamin D Linked to Colon Cancer Protection
- Lack of Sleep is Identified as a Risk Factor for CRC
With just a small team of professional staff, we know that achieving our goal of improving patient outcomes in Canada means branching out to new communities.
Cue the CODE YOUR ART OUT competition- a big, beautiful idea from Microsoft.
The CCAC is proud to announce that we’re an official competition supporter for this first-time web application contest, which aims to help non-profits harness the power of technology and better help their communities.
We proposed a project that would help patients with the daunting task of keeping track of symptoms while undergoing treatment. How cool would it be to have a one-stop web application that could help you better communicate with your cancer care team?
Do you know a hacker-with-heart who’s looking for a special project? Do you have an idea for a web application that could help patients (and other non-profits!) better navigate the world? Help us spread the word!
Watch the conversations unfold on Twitter with #codeyourartout and follow @codeyourartout for up-to-the-minute news!
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Here’s your apportunity to win up to $15,000 and earn top recognition!
“Code Your Art Out” is about helping non-profits harness the power of technology in order to better serve its communities and members. It’s also about blending Microsoft technologies with other technologies to create applications that connect people, data, and diverse systems in new ways; bringing it all together in one ground breaking application.
Application submissions will be judged on Interoperability, Creativity and Usability. The competition kicks off March 1st and ends on June 1st. The top two finalists will be announced on June 10th and will compete for first and second place on the evening of June 24th in downtown Toronto. First place wins $10,000! Second place wins $5,000! And, there is a bonus prize of $5,000 to be awarded by TechSoup Canada, to one or both finalists, based on non-profit application eligibility.
If you develop a killer app and are not a finalist, you’ll still be able to present at the main event, and you’ll be featured on various Microsoft websites. Basically you’ll still get props if you put in the time to create something awesome.