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#GoddessAPPROVED Chef Challenge

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BENEFITING: KAY YOW CANCER FUND

Cat Andersen

THE STORY:

If you’ve ever been told by your doctor that she’s concerned you might have cancer, you know exactly how I felt. Terrified barely covers it. An even deeper panic hit me when I realized it would be impossible for me to afford the next round of testing. My insurance didn’t cover it and the cost was a third of what I made in an entire year. I was just a couple of years out of college and I was barely making ends meet, living paycheck to paycheck. There was no way. I told the doctor to cancel my appointment. I couldn’t get the tests.

I spent the next several months wondering if I had cancer, wondering if it was growing and spreading throughout my body. And I was so scared to tell anyone because I was afraid it would make it more real.

I thought to myself, surely there’s got to be some foundation out there that helps people in these situations. I mean, I see 5K’s, cancer walks and ribbon sales being held all the time? People are raising money to fight cancer every day.

I started making phone calls. I called every cancer-related organization and association that I could think of and asked if they could help. They were all very sweet and sympathetic but not one said they could help me. They said they were sorry but the money they raised went to cancer research, not direct funding for people who need help paying for tests or treatment.

You can imagine my panic level at that point.

A few months later, by random luck, I came across an obscure state initiative where you could apply for a voucher, which would pay for the testing I needed. My application was approved. When I received the voucher — I’ll never forget it — it was a green slip of paper – I vowed that one day, when I became more financially established, I would help raise money for an organization that offered direct help to people.

Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe in raising money for research, and that to find a cure, we have to look at the big picture. But I also believe, in the meantime, we have to look at the little pictures too – The people who need help fighting cancer right now. That’s what I love about the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. They do both, and not just breast cancer, but all types of cancers. That was Kay Yow’s mission.

So what happened with my test? It came back negative. No cancer. I was lucky. Ever since then, I’ve never stopped thinking about the thousands of women who can't say the same. Who find themselves where I was: Left wondering what will happen.

This is my passion project. Now let’s join forces and tackle this awful disease together. Who’s with me?

Ok, so here’s how the #GoddessApproved Chef Challenge works:

Every Friday for the next ten weeks, a different Chef will be challenged to use his or her culinary prowess to cook a cancer-fighting delectable dish - aka- a Food of the Goddesses.

The dish must be:

A. Deliciously Divine

B. Fit into the Paleo Lifestyle (i.e. Grass-fed meats, fish/seafood, fresh vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, Low Sugar/Low carb)

C. 100% Real Food: No additives, chemicals, antibiotics or hormones Each cooking segment will be filmed and every Friday we'll post a new segment on YouTube on The Goddesses Network. This way s we can all learn how to cook gourmet-level cancer-fighting dishes! Pow!

When a Chef cooks a dish that is #GoddessApproved, we’re asking you to make a donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

We’re tackling cancer from all angles: direct help to the underserved, research and learning about foods that have cancer-fighting properties!

Let’s do this! Let's #Cook4Kay!

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To This Fundraiser

$1,320

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kara LAdd

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Kelly Andersen

    $25

  • Gary Nicholas

    $25

  • Moschak

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Brent

    $50

  • Webstorytellers

    $100

  • In memory of John and Bill

    $250

  • Laurie

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Y. Lenhart

     

  • Judah Ladd

    $500

  • Bryan Ryter

    $50

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26% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $1,320 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Bryan Ryter

Bryan Ryter

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Judah Ladd

Judah Ladd

DONATION: $500

1 year ago

Y. Lenhart

Y. Lenhart

For all the strong people in my life who have fought and won their battle with cancer. May that percentage continue to grow. 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Laurie

Laurie

DONATION: $100

John Slmeuda 2 years ago

In memory of John and Bill

In memory of John and Bill

DONATION: $250

In memory of John Almeida and William Glynn, two beautiful people we lost to cancer this year. Cat thank you for providing a forum for me to pay them tribute while helping other people who are living with this disease. 2 years ago

Webstorytellers

Webstorytellers

DONATION: $100

Thank you for doing this! We love knowing that you're out there making a difference. 2 years ago

Brent

Brent

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

Proud of you! 2 years ago

Moschak

Moschak

DONATION: $50

2 years ago