Cousin Brad is Ultra Cool

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 one time? In Brad’s case, a love for Julia and

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Congratulations Ironman John!

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 as we strive to make Team Julia a world-class cancer

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Jay-Z, AC/DC, Neil Diamond, and Ironman Canada

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, 112 mile bike race, and 26.2 mile run. Yes, choosing

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Cancer is Expensive

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 a Ph.D. from the University of Florida with a post-doctoral

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[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 blast running this crazy relay race for the advance of

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Get Your Lemonade!

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 lots of thirsty shoppers. Thank you, Riley and Katie! Your

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Team Julia and the Center for Cancer Innovation

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 means for cancer research. We’re looking forward to an ongoing

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Go Tory!

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 Website) for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in honor

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Statistics to Motivate Action

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 rates, experts estimate that about one out of every eight

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Susan G. Komen Names New Leader

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 Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., to the leadership post. Salerno

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Who Owns the Fundamental Building Blocks of Life?

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 argued that such patents interfere with scientific research and the

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Speaking of Immunotherapy…

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 cancer. The article picks up on the recent American Society

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Support For Caregivers

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 and read a hard copy or give it to someone

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Unleashing the Body to Fight

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, work in an entirely new way, by unleashing the immune

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Cancer in Context

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 Ms. Sherman gives for her writing. As she explains, it’s

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