A message from our founder, Caroline Lee, about our beneficiaries.
Sports Day for Kids
I have always been an advocate of sports, movement, and exercise. I have always taken opportunities to get out-and-about, play volleyball, ride my bike, swim, climb, etc. If someone was going, I wanted to come along. During my chemo sessions and while recovering, I noticed I was being very selective on what to participate in. Friends would invite me on a bike ride, and instead of just asking “what time and where”, I had a wealth of other questions – how far are we going, who’s going, what’s the route, etc. These are questions I have never asked before. I soon realized I was worried about keeping up, holding people back, being able to say NO in the middle of the ride without being high maintenance, and a whole host of other concerns. This made me think about kids going through the same situation – there’s a desire to get out and participate, but it’s difficult to find the right forum to excel and find your potential. During treatment or when recovering, you can’t just jump back onto the same AYSO or Little League team – there is a ramp up period and this ramp-up takes time.
Sports Day for Kids is an event that Wipeout Cancer hosts for kids living with cancer to participate in team sports that they may not be able to with their existing treatment and care regimes. We provide a safe and fun environment for kids to learn and practice with sports programs at local colleges.
Our inaugural event was held in late February with the SJSU Spartans Football team. This was a fun filled morning for both the kids, their siblings, and the football team.
Given the success of this event, we’ll be hosting more! Be on the lookout for additional events in 2016.
Why Cancer CAREPoint?
When I was first diagnosed, one of my reactions was “Really? Wow, what caused this?” My family does not have a history of colon cancer. I am not a heavy drinker, I’m not diabetic, I’m not a smoker, last I checked I’m not obese, I exercise regularly … so what could it be? I think it was my “low fiber, high fat” diet. Given my fast paced lifestyle, I had a processed food diet. In addition, I’ve always had the belief that I could eat whatever I want because I’ll just burn it off. I no longer think that’s true. I needed nutrition help, and I wanted help specific to my active lifestyle and cancer diagnosis.
I found this through a SJ organization called Cancer CAREPoint. They are located in San Jose by the Good Samaritan hospital and provide services for cancer patients, survivors, and their family regardless of healthcare affiliation. And, their initial services are free!
Through Cancer CAREPoint, I have had free 1:1 consultations with 2 certified nutritionists. Their feedback is specific to my active lifestyle, cancer, and limited abilities in the kitchen. They also have weekly nutrition meetings that have helped keep me thinking about nutrition in executable terms. Cancer CAREPoint also provides other services – massage therapy, guided imagery, counseling, and resources – to help cancer patients navigate a new way of life.
About Cancer CAREpoint
Cancer CAREpoint is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming support for cancer patients, families and caregivers in Silicon Valley through personalized, one-on-one Counseling, Assistance, Resources and Education. We provide non-medical support to any individual in Silicon Valley impacted by cancer regardless of where they receive medical care, their cancer type or their insurance status. For more information visit their website or call 408.402.6611. You can donate online directly to Cancer CAREpoint on behalf of Wipeout Cancer.
Recently Caroline Lee joined Rob Tufel, the Executive Director at Cancer CAREpoint for an interview on KBAY. Listen below.