Holistic Meals for Cancer Patients
Organized by: marcia e
When I lost my beautiful mother Irma (pictured) at 67 years young to cancer 20 years ago, I vowed that one day I would do something to pay homage to her by helping people with cancer stay nourished and strong to fight the disease. My mother was an amazing home cook and baker and relished in seeing people eat the meals and goodies that she prepared for them, so cooking was something that made her happy. Cancer, however, made cooking and eating a chore for her as she lost her appetite due to the side-effects of the disease and its treatments. As her caretaker, I tried preparing meals that might appeal to her distorted palate and tastebuds. I would spend many hours a day cooking a variety of dishes in the hope that one of the dishes would appeal to her and not exacerbate her symptoms. Bringing food in was not a good option either because the one time I did this, she became violently ill from the food.
People with cancer face severe food challenges the result of which often lead to cachexia, or malnourishment, i.e. wasting away from not eating. We are dedicated to and very passionate about helping people with cancer so they do not waste away from malnourishment. Our organic, nutrient-dense, symptom compatible meals rekindle appetites in those whose palates have been distorted due to cancer and treatments, so eating becomes a more pleasurable and nourishing experience. In essence, we nurture the palates of individuals with cancer so they will be able to eat without fearing that eating will exacerbate their symptoms. By utilizing our services, caretakers will be able to devote their energies to matters other than meal preparation which is often very stressful.
Funds raised will go towards costs involved in setting up a 501(c)3 non-profit called "The Nurtured Palate," including the various types of insurance associated with having a non-profit, renting kitchen space, and purchasing organic ingredients and containers in which to store and transport the meals. We feel very fortunate that a prominent and highly successful restaurant group that also consults with startup food businesses and hotels, has offered their consulting services at a value of 40k once the initial funds are raised.
Unfortunately, everyone is touched by cancer in some way. It is our hope that funds raised will enable us to start helping many people as soon as possible. We cook for every individual as though he/she was a member of our own family. Thank you for helping us see our passion come to fruition.
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