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Cancer Project Update

Helping Those Who Need It the Most
David P. Tenberg (1914–2005) was an extraordinary man, a retired Baltimore pharmacist and animal lover whose work and dedication to service continues to make a dramatic difference in the lives of those who need it the most. The estate of David P. Tenberg Charitable Foundation Inc., managed by Marvin Tenberg, first began working with The Cancer Project to introduce a healthy vegetarian meal choice—a delicious lentil-based dish—to the patrons of Our Daily Bread hot meal program, which serves more than a quarter-million meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year.

Our Daily Bread, Christopher Place Employment CenterThis achievement led to a grant for The Cancer Project in January 2009 to hold ongoing nutrition and cooking classes to teach crucial, potentially lifesaving skills to the patrons of Christopher Place Employment Academy, an intensive residential program that provides education and training as well as recovery support to formerly homeless men. The success of this program led to an expansion into My Sister’s Place, where homeless women and their children in Baltimore City can safely spend their day and have access to resources and direct services they need to begin the transition back to residential stability and self-sufficiency. 

By adding the missing nutrition component to Our Daily Bread’s programs, The Cancer Project has empowered this community with the knowledge of how to choose the healthiest, most affordable, and delicious foods; where to access them; and how to prepare their own meals as part of a healthy lifestyle. To date, the program has provided nearly 300 people with this critical, intensive education program and has introduced a healthy, satisfying vegetarian meal choice to the more than 700 daily patrons of Our Daily Bread. 

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Grilled Chicken Cancer Warning Lawsuit Moves Forward
PCRM’s warning-label lawsuit against fast-food restaurants moved forward in August. The State of California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles reversed a lower court’s ruling, putting consumers one step closer to victory. The lawsuit seeks to compel McDonald’s and other chains to post warnings in California restaurants about the cancer risk of grilled chicken.

The fast-food chains will now face trial for selling products containing PhIP, one of a group of carcinogens found in grilled meat. The lawsuit was filed under California’s Proposition 65, which states that consumers must be warned about products that contain known carcinogens.

The lawsuit is based on tests that found PhIP in 100 grilled chicken samples from McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s, T.G.I. Friday’s, Outback Steakhouse, Burger King, and Applebee’s. The findings, compiled from independent laboratory tests commissioned by PCRM scientists, were published in the September 2008 issue of Nutrition and Cancer.

The latest ruling received extensive national media coverage, including articles in Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.
Burger King has settled the lawsuit and posted warning signs in its California restaurants. But the other defendants have yet to inform customers about the cancer-causing chemicals in their grilled chicken products.

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Educational Alliance Partner Highlight
David White and Mary-Alice White, R.D.David White and Mary-Alice White, R.D., of the Mount Pisgah Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church in Candler, N.C., have been busy bringing cooking and nutrition classes to their community through The Cancer Project’s Educational Alliance Program. Late in the spring, the Whites taught their first course, Cancer-Conquering Cuisine, based on The Cancer Project’s popular Food for Life program. They taught a group of 32 cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, and family members of those who died of cancer, and those interested in learning how to live more healthfully to prevent cancer down the road. The classes were well-received with positive comments from participants noting how much they appreciated the information Cancer Project president Neal Barnard, M.D., presented on the DVDs, and sharing dietary changes such as “beginning to eat more vegetables and fruits.

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