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  • Thanksgiving (11/24/2016) by Mike Pohlman - On this Thanksgiving day I am thankful for countless things. Here are several: Thankful for cancer patients around the world that inspire us every day with their tenacity and hope. Thankful for skilled physicians who diagnose, operate, and treat cancer … Continue reading
  • CURE Patient Guides (6/30/2014) by Mike Pohlman - Grateful that the editors at CURE magazine have made available (free of charge) the patient guides below. Here’s how CURE introduces these valuable resources: CURE introduces its new series of patient pocket guides. These guides are designed to help newly diagnosed patients navigate … Continue reading
  • “Hey Cancer! We’re Coming After You!” (4/29/2014) by Mike Pohlman - Love seeing Richard Sherman playing offense against cancer. Here’s an excerpt from an article at MyNorthwest.com discussing his new partnership with the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle: Richard Sherman is talking trash again, and his latest target could be his toughest … Continue reading
  • Bracelets For a Cure (3/14/2014) by Mike Pohlman - We love the grassroots movement that is Team Julia! People of all ages are taking their various talents and leveraging them for the advance of our mission. The latest example of this comes through young people making bracelets for Team … Continue reading
  • Team Julia Benefit Concert (1/24/2014) by Mike Pohlman - If you’re in the Whatcom County area, please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the Team Julia Benefit Concert at Meridian High School. We are deeply grateful for the vision and leadership … Continue reading
  • Cancer’s Annual Report (12/18/2013) by Mike Pohlman - The American Cancer Society has helped publish the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2010. Here’s their summary of the results: Death rates continued to decline for all cancers combined for men and women of all … Continue reading
  • Quilting for Team Julia (11/3/2013) by Mike Pohlman - We are deeply grateful for the amazing team of women who decided to use their incredible quilting talents to support the mission of Team Julia! Earlier this year this group, led by Noni Bowhay Ahlberg and Sheri Willson with input … Continue reading
  • No Gamble Betting on These Ladies (10/30/2013) by Mike Pohlman - We’re excited about our team running the Las Vegas Half Marathon next month! At our recent Team Julia Women’s Luncheon, the group paused for a picture in their new Team Julia hat. Many thanks to Megan, Julie, Shelly, Gretchen, and Michelle … Continue reading
  • Team Julia in the News (10/26/2013) by Mike Pohlman - We are very grateful for Samantha Wohlfeil’s recent story about Team Julia in the Bellingham Herald. Truth be told, it’s hard for our founder to be “in the news” — Julia’s nature is to not bring attention to herself. But … Continue reading
  • Cookies for a Cure (and Apples, Too) (10/21/2013) by Mike Pohlman - We love the grassroots movement that is Team Julia! And we love how people of all ages are getting involved. For example, this weekend we learned of two eight-year-old girls near San Luis Obispo, CA who made “cookies for a … Continue reading
  • Team Julia Women’s Luncheon (10/14/2013) by Mike Pohlman - We are excited to kick-off our first Team Julia Women’s Luncheon on October 18, 2013 at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club. This annual event is an opportunity for us to introduce the mission of Team Julia to new friends while … Continue reading
  • The Truth in Small Doses (10/13/2013) by Mike Pohlman - I’ve only read the Prologue, but I’m impressed enough with Clifton Leaf’s The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer–and How to Win It to commend it. Here’s the publisher’s brief book description: A provocative, eye-opening … Continue reading
  • Brian Porteous is One Tough Mudder (10/3/2013) by Mike Pohlman - Team Julia is tough. That’s why we have representation at this year’s Tough Mudder outside Seattle, WA. And one of the best people we can think of to represent us there is Brian Porteous. His story is compelling. In fact, … Continue reading
  • “I feel stronger having met her”: One person’s encounter with Julia (9/19/2013) by Mike Pohlman - I welled up as I read the post below by Tami Mikkelson over at her blog describing what it was like to meet Julia recently at the cancer center. Not only is Tami a fine writer, but I think she knows … Continue reading
  • High Quality Cancer Care and Its Costs (9/15/2013) by Mike Pohlman - Dr. Peter Bach (Center for Health Policy & Outcomes/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Institute of Medicine) is deeply concerned about the escalating costs associated with cancer care. In the video below, Dr. Bach reports that cancer care is “probably … Continue reading
  • Cousin Brad is Ultra Cool (9/5/2013) by Mike Pohlman - Julia’s cousin Brad needed a new challenge. Apparently several Ironmen and multiple marathons weren’t enough. And we’re glad, because Brad has decided to run the Baker Lake 50K Ultra for Team Julia. What motivates a man to run over 31 miles at … Continue reading
  • Congratulations Ironman John! (8/26/2013) by Mike Pohlman - Team Julia is tough. That’s why we sent representation to IRONMAN Canada this year in Whistler, B.C. Building on the legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Ironman Canada offered athletes a beautiful, challenging experience in a world-class venue – a fitting race … Continue reading
  • Jay-Z, AC/DC, Neil Diamond, and Ironman Canada (8/16/2013) by Mike Pohlman - It may seem strange to think that Ironman John Whipple has Jay-Z, AC/DC, and Neil Diamond all on the same playlist. But this hardly seems strange in comparison to competing in an Ironman event which includes a 2.4 mile swim, … Continue reading
  • Cancer is Expensive (7/29/2013) by Mike Pohlman - I’m reading a helpful new book by Dan Shapiro, And in Health: A Guide for Couples Facing Cancer Together. Shapiro brings an uncommon combination of academic expertise and personal experience to the vital issue of caregiving. Not only is Shapiro … Continue reading
  • Ragnar! (7/22/2013) by Mike Pohlman - [the following post is taken from our Ragnar event recap] **** We did it! Our fantastic team of 12 ran Ragnar on July 19-20! Spanning 200 miles from Blaine, WA south to the Langley Fairgrounds on Whidbey Island, Team Julia had a … Continue reading
  • Get Your Lemonade! (7/13/2013) by Mike Pohlman - We are thrilled to hear of 10-year-old Riley and his little sister Katie setting up a lemonade stand in their neighborhood to raise money for Team Julia! And with garage sales going on around them we imagine there will be … Continue reading
  • Team Julia and the Center for Cancer Innovation (7/8/2013) by Mike Pohlman - Earlier this year, Team Julia had the privilege of financially contributing to the Center for Cancer Innovation (CCI). With this contribution we had the honor of being their first outside donor. We’re very excited for the work of CCI and what it … Continue reading
  • Go Tory! (6/24/2013) by Mike Pohlman - In “Overcoming Fundraising Fear Easy Compared to Cancer” we learn about Tory Grant, a cancer caregiver who is riding in a fundraising event (Obliteride – be warned: it may be possible, but I couldn’t turn off the introductory music on the … Continue reading
  • Statistics to Motivate Action (6/23/2013) by Mike Pohlman - The National Cancer Institute offers a wealth of helpful information. In my Twitter feed today, one fact sheet caught my attention: “Breast Cancer Risk in American Women.” Here are some key points worth noting: Based on current breast cancer incidence … Continue reading
  • Susan G. Komen Names New Leader (6/17/2013) by Mike Pohlman - Susan G. Komen For the Cure, the largest breast cancer organization in the United States, has named Dr. Judith Salerno as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. From the press release: Susan G. Komen’s Board of Directors today named … Continue reading
  • Who Owns the Fundamental Building Blocks of Life? (6/13/2013) by Mike Pohlman - Thanks to the United States Supreme Court, we know that Myriad Genetics doesn’t. As The Wall Street Journal reports: The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that human genes isolated from the body can’t be patented, a victory for doctors and patients who … Continue reading
  • Speaking of Immunotherapy… (6/11/2013) by Mike Pohlman - Last week we highlighted an article in The New York Times about some exciting developments in the world of immunotherapy. Now a complementary article in the current issue of The Economist also features immunotherapy as a promising new front in the war on … Continue reading
  • Support For Caregivers (6/7/2013) by Mike Pohlman - The National Cancer Institute has done caregivers at great service by publishing a free online booklet entitled, “When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer.” (Thankfully there is also a nice PDF version for those who would like to print it out … Continue reading
  • Unleashing the Body to Fight (6/6/2013) by Mike Pohlman - At the recent meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology a new class of drugs was shown to have promise in the cancer fight. From the article in The New York Times: The drugs, still generally in early testing, … Continue reading
  • Cancer in Context (6/4/2013) by Mike Pohlman - Debra Sherman is a wife, mother of a 14-year-old son, Reuters journalist, and Stage 4 lung cancer patient. And, thankfully, Ms. Sherman is also a blogger. The title of her blog is “Cancer in Context.” I’m moved by the purpose … Continue reading
  • Decoding Annie Parker (6/3/2013) by Mike Pohlman - I was just informed about a new movie staring Helen Hunt, Decoding Annie Parker. The movie is about the discovery, led by Dr. Mary Claire King, of the BRCA-1 gene — a gene with tremendous significance for not only breast … Continue reading
  • Blood Transfusions and Vampire Weekend (6/1/2013) by Mike Pohlman - As many of you may well know, sometimes in the course of cancer treatment blood transfusions are necessary. This was the case for Julia in recent weeks. Two units over six hours. Needless to say, lots of time to talk … Continue reading
  • What does that mean? (5/29/2013) by Mike Pohlman - Have you ever been in a situation where you’re hearing words spoken but not understanding the words said? Unfortunately, this can be the case for a newly diagnosed cancer patient. This is how my wife and I felt four years … Continue reading
  • How would you spend $50 million? (5/28/2013) by Mike Pohlman - In what is good news for all people in the cancer battle now and for those in the future, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has recently received a donation of $50 million. The donor’s name is Lyda … Continue reading