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Pictures from American Cancer Society Cure by Design event



Here are links to photo galleries from various photographers from the DC Cure BY Design Event

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American Cancer Society: Cure By Design 6/22/12 Washington, DC


Scotty will once again be strutting is stuff on the catwalk Friday, June 22 in a celebration of survivorship and fashion! It’s a fun evening for a great cause.

Cure by Design is an event in which the fashion, design and retail communities join forces with the local corporate community to benefit the American Cancer Society. The focus of this special evening is a fashion show that spotlights designer fashions and, more importantly, the cancer survivors who model them. These survivor models are living proof of the strides we are making in the fight against cancer, and their vibrant smiles portray a message of hope for the cure.

The money raised at Cure by Design enables the American Cancer Society to fund cutting-edge research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and life-affirming patient services. By supporting Cure by Design, you are partnering with the American Cancer Society to help cancer patients in your community.

Cure By Design

Friday June 22, 2012
Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

Cocktails: 6:00-7:15pm
Silent Auction: 6:00-9:00pm
Fashion Show: 7:15pm
Survivor Salute: 9:00pm
Live Auction: Between 7:15 and 9:00pm

Scotty’s debut at Last Year’s Event

American Cancer Society Relay for Life


It was another proud moment yesterday watching Hannah up on the stage sharing our family’s story. She worked hard to improve her presentation and it really showed. Remember, she’s only 9!

It was a touching evening overall –the videos and the stories really touched my heart. I can relate to much of it and it’s comforting to hear from others going through the same thing. It’s sad that we all are a ‘family’ because we have had to deal with some scary challenges in our lives, but it is what it is and you come together to help one another the best you can. This year they are also going to honor caregivers.

As a caregiver of a cancer fighter myself — I know it’s a really hard job in every way. So honoring those that care so much is so worthwhile!

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life sounds like a very fun event —

  • Overnight relay-style event
  • Teams of people camp out around a track
  • Members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event
  • Food, games and activities provide entertainment and fundraising opportunities
  • Family-friendly environment for the entire community

Because it’s a Relay, you’re not required to be there the entire time…but it’s so fun, you’ll probably find it hard to leave!

Now – we all have charities we support, so when looking into one –make sure that it meets your own goals and also look into how they spend their money. I am often dismayed to find out how Non-profits use the money we all donate. Be a smart with your donations and make sure they are doing what they said they were going to!

I like events that give people the opportunity to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease.

Spreading the word about Cancer


Hannah was asked to speak at a local American Cancer Society event this evening. She wrote her speech herself, with no help from us and while she was reading it — many of the people in the room were brought to tears. I was so proud of her and how poised she was and the story she told with her words…she’s wise beyond her years. Here is what she said typed out and you can see it in the images — I scanned it…

Hi, I’m Hannah Hoaglund and I’m here to tell you about a period in my life when my Dad experienced cancer and what I did to help. It was a few years ago when it started. My Dad’s stomach always hurt and he usually didn’t feel well. My Mom kept telling him to go to the doctor. Finally he went and the reports were certain. He had colon cancer. This was a very hard time for me and my family. I remember him always going to doctor appointments and being in the hospital. Then one day, my mom told me that my dad would be in the hospital for a whole week. I remember screaming and crying for my dad. Later that week I went to visit him in the hospital and when I got there we helped him walk around. He was REALLY slow. I said “he could win a slow race”. When he got home half of his colon had been taken out, but he was finally better.

Just a couple of months ago I did Locks for Love, which is a program that sends hair off to a factory that makes wigs for kids who have cancer. But in order to make the wigs they need hair. I cut off 12inches and gave them my hair to make a wig.

And that’s my story. Please take this time and donate what you can. It can make a real difference to people like me and my family.

Education Matters in Cancer Outcome


When it Comes to Dying of Cancer, Education Matters

The American Cancer Society is out with its annual stats on how many people get and die from the disease in the U.S.

Incidence and death rates are on the decline, though this year, the report estimates, there will still be almost 1,597,000 new cases of cancer and 571,950 deaths.

But beyond the big-picture view, this year’s report digs into the disparities between the least- and most-educated. And they’re big. In 2007, cancer death rates for the least-educated were 2.6 times those of the most-educated. We asked one of the report’s authors, Ahmedin Jemal, ACS’s vice president of surveillance research, to help us understand why.

The number of years spent in school isn’t important because there’s some mandatory course for college freshmen that explains how to prevent cancer. Instead, it’s a proxy for socioeconomic status. Jemal tells the Health Blog that it’s a more permanent indicator than income or employment status, both of which can vary over a lifetime. And practically speaking, it’s available on death certificates, which is where the stats are drawn from.

Socioeconomic status affects cancer incidence and mortality in a bunch of different ways, he says. First, he says, the more-educated are much less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors such as smoking. “Knowledge matters,” he says. Indeed, 31% of men with 12 or fewer years of education are current smokers, vs. 12% of college grads and 5% of those with a graduate degree. And consequently, the lung-cancer death rate is five times higher in the least educated than in the most.

Obesity rates, too, are higher in people with lower socioeconomic status. People know less about nutrition. They have less access to affordable healthful foods. And it’s harder to get exercise — less access to safe running or biking areas near to home or to gyms.

People of lower socioeconomic status are also less likely to see a doctor regularly, particularly if they’re uninsured. “Having insurance is really everything in terms of access to care,” says Jemal. “They’re less likely to get preventive services, early detection and adequate treatment in a timely manner.”

Finally, he says illiteracy contributes to the disparities. People with low reading ability “are less likely to successfully navigate the health-care system and less likely to follow a doctor’s orders,” often because they don’t understand things like dosing instructions, he says.

The report discusses racial disparities, too. But underscoring the importance of socioeconomic status, it says that closing the gap between the most- and least-educated African-Americans could “potentially avert twice as many premature cancer deaths as eliminating racial disparities between blacks and whites.” Across the U.S., if death rates among the least-educated were the same as those among the most-educated, 60,370 premature deaths in 2007 amongst people aged 25-64 could have been prevented, the report estimates.


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