Littlest Tumor Foundation 30-Day Awareness Campaign!

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Day 1

Welcome to the Littlest Tumor Foundation's 30 day awareness campaign!!!

Join us in kick-starting our 30-day awareness raising campaign throughout the month of July by checking out health and wellness guru Kris Carr's website, blog and documentary "Crazy, Sexy Cancer." Kris is a cancer survivor and has been one of our greatest inspirations when it comes to wellness promotion and fighting tumor growth through holistic practices. During the second week of our campaign, we will ask families to participate in a 7-day Real Food Vegetarian Challenge. Email us to participate at: littlesttumor@me.com. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win Carr's bestseller, "Crazy, Sexy Diet." Find her on Facebook and find real inspiration!

http://crazysexylife.com/
http://www.facebook.com/#!/KrisCarr.FanPage

Day 2

Laughter is contagious and healing!

Ever have one of those days where you just need a laugh?!? Sue Ansari understands and so do we at the Littlest Tumor Foundation. "Sue Ansari RN is grounded firmly in the belief of mind, body and spirit medicine which she has for years combined with traditional medicine practices. In addition to being a Laughter Yoga teacher, Sue is also a certified lymphatic therapist, Cancer Guide, a raw food chef and instructor, a Circle of Life Wellness Coach, a guided imagery therapist, as well as a certified holistic health counselor." Check out our blog and crack a healing grin with help from Sue!

http://www.laughteryoga-michigan.com/about-us/about-sue-ansari.html

Day 3

Born Brave!

Take a look at our brave little guy Sami, eight years old and a NF fighter. Today, he'll let you know what its like to fight NF and stay brave. Sami's positivity and strength has enabled him to strive and battle his disorder. Tumors won't stand in Sami's way!


Day 4

Meditation Expert Sharon Salzberg Supports LTF

Check out our blog, "Wellness Diaries" to view New York Times Best Selling author Sharon Salzberg's guest blog. Sharon is an expert when it comes to meditation and having a healthy mind. "Born in New York City in 1952, Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined her life direction. Her teaching and writing now communicates that power to a worldwide audience of practitioners." We can all learn something from Sharon's story.

http://www.sharonsalzberg.com/

Day 5

A positive thought for NF

Are you in need of some positive thoughts? Well here at the Littlest Tumor Foundation, positivity is what keeps us going. Here's an inspirational picture and mindful thought to take with you! It's amazing what simple words can say when put in the right order.

Maintain Positive Thoughts because...
Thoughts become your Words...
Words become your Behavior...
Behaviors become your Habit...
Habits become your Values...
AND Values become your Destiny...

Rashika Jain's Inspirations


Day 6

Lean, mean, tumor fighting machine: YOGA!

It's the middle of the week. We're all starting to feel the pressure. What better way to relieve yourself of that stress then to partake in some yoga. Stress relief is of vital importance to those struggling with NF and yoga is a simple way to fight back. Just start with the basics. Take a few minutes out of your day, focus on yourself and hop into a simple yoga position.

http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/yogapractice/yogabasicsession.asp

Day 7

A little Bravery Goes a Long Way!

Look at our brave littles! Our little survivors and activists are what keep Littlest Tumor Foundation going strong. Their positivity and spirit are inspirational to anyone battling for a cure.

"I do not have NF anymore Mama, they took out the F now I only have N."
-Sami (6)

"I am brave too, I just had brain surgery"
Emma (8)


Day 8

Come one come all to the 7 day vegetarian Challenge: Wellness for a Cure!

Starting today through the 22nd, the Littlest Tumor Foundation is having their 7 day vegetarian challenge. During the course of these next two weeks we ask you to pick 7 days to go meatless. We encourage you all to sign up by either contacting the foundation through phone at (920) 475-6599 or by e-mailing us at littlesttumorfoundation@me.com. We encourage you to cook outside of the box for this challenge and push yourself, your families, and your friends to go meatless for seven days. LTF was inspired by health guru Kris Carr and her nutritious attitude towards eating well and loving your body. At the end of the two weeks, there will be a drawing for a copy of Carr's book, Crazy, Sexy, Diet. All the people that signed up for the 7 day challenge will be eligible to win! Check out this link for some tips and reasons to help you through the meatless challenge...

http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/svreports/10_tips_for_becoming_vegetarian.pdf

Day 9

Saturday July 9th-Kathy Freston Supports the Littlest Tumor Foundation!

Award winning veganist extraordinaire, Kathy Freston, has been seen on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, the Martha Stewart Show and now on the Littlest Tumor Foundation 30 day campaign! "Freston promotes a body/mind/spirit approach to health and happiness that includes a concentration on healthy diet, emotional introspection, spiritual practice, and loving relationships, among other tenets. Her work is focused on providing guidance for conscious and healthy living in our increasingly busy world. Freston continually cites the proven value of "leaning into" change and the benefits of "progress, not perfection." Kathy is a great role model for the Littlest Tumor Foundation! Below is a blog Kathy Freston wrote for the foundation. It first appeared in the Huffington Post and now it can be seen again on our very own website. We are so happy to have her on board!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/a-cure-for-cancer-eating_b_298282.html

Day 10

Try this fantastic vegetarian recipe from Catherine McCord at Weelicious. Catherine does not like tumors!

Catherine McCord has been a huge supporter for the Littlest Tumor Foundation. She has her own website filled with delicious healthy, family friendly recipes. For the 7 day real food challenge, remember to visit weelicious.com for a little inspiration and new ideas for your kitchen! Take a look at this one!!

cucumber
http://weelicious.com/2011/07/06/cucumber-cream-cheese-sammies/

Cucumber Cream Cheese Sammie (Serves 2)

1/4 Cup Cream Cheese
1 Persian Cucumber, thinly sliced (any variety of cucumber will work, but I like the Persians for this sandwich)
4 Slices Whole Wheat Bread


1. Spread 1 tbsp of cream cheese on one piece of the bread and top with thin slices of half of the cucumber.
2. On another slice of bread, spread another tbsp of cream cheese and then sandwich the two slices together.
3. Continue to make the second sammie.
4. Cut in half or quarters and serve.


Day 11

Tumor prevention IS Achievable!

Here at the Littlest Tumor Foundation we believe that Tumor prevention IS one day achievable! Besides feeding the body nutritious food, understanding the research is important too! There have been some major break throughs. Do the body well and discover what is going on out there. Click the link for an exciting article regarding recent news about NF!

http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?CALLER=FP6_NEWS&ACTION=D&DOC=1&CAT=NEWS&QUERY=0130f530e1e4:d4e6:512511ce&RCN=33582

Day 12

Go Gaga for Green Juice!

Remember to eat your greens!! These kids are crazy about green juice and love to drink it. Juicing is a fabulous way to give your body the fuel it needs. This drink is fun to make and is great for all members of your family. Discover your energy during the week of 'body' and see how you feel. Check out this video to see how!


Day 13

The Band Unity supports the Littlest Tumor Foundation

Starting July 30th The Littlest Tumor Foundation is kicking of their "little builds a cure" campaign at the Appleton farmers market. We would love to have everyone stop by our booth, take a picture holding our sign, and support the movement. Alana from the Band Unity supports the LTF! Watch her video to see what her little is!


Day 14

AmeriCorps talks Vegetarian!

Oh veggies!
Visit our blog "Wellness Diaries" to see what AmeriCorps member Bailey has to say about her 7-Day Vegetarian Challenge. Let's just say that week felt like an eternity for Bailey, but she's learned a lot of great lessens and recipes for the future!!!

http://littlesttumor.blogspot.com/

Day 15

Start a Movement

Check out our intern Kayla as she delivers a message to start a movement. What will you do to start a movement?


Day 16

True Life

Tune into Mtv's "True Life: I have NF" today. Follow three young individuals struggling to overcome the obstacles NF has placed in their way. Throughout their struggles, they all show parts of their remarkable souls. We at the Littlest Tumor Foundation find them incredibly inspirational and want to capture their spirit in our own movement.


Day 17

Sami Says...

Our little spokesperson Sami has another message. Listen up and hear what he has to say!!


Day 18

Bold Bailey

14 year old Bailey has been a real inspiration when it comes to soul. Despite being hit hard by NF she makes it a point in her young life to stay positive and educate those around her. Visit our blog "Wellness Diaries" to read what Bailey has graciously written for us. Look to her for inspiration through adversity.


Day 19

Brand New Face

Tune into TLC's "My Brand New Face" today. You'll be introduced to Maurice Simpson and Reggie Bibbs. Both are men who have struggled with NF since they were young. Maurice and Reggie are courageous men that speak to anyone trying to overcome the struggles of being different in a society that has yet to learn acceptance is key.

http://www.reggiebibbs.com/2010/11/10/my-brand-new-face/

Day 20

Hear from Maurice!

You recently saw Maurice Simpson in TLC's "My New Brand New Face." Now read his few words about NF and what it means in his life.

"Nf is a part of me I am not a product of nf. Once you believe that you are beautiful and convince yourself there is nothing wrong with you others will see you the same way you see yourself. Believe in the beauty beyond." ---Maurice Simpson

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/documentary-maurice-simpson-removal- giant-face-tumor/story?id=11845377

Day 21

Excuse me, Mr. President!!

Did you know that we met President Obama? It's true! Sami and his mom visited Washington D.C. to meet our Commander in Chief and discuss the future of NF. Check out this link to hear Tracy speak out!!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2010/10/14/tracy-wirtanen-wisconsin

Day 22

Like Mother, Like Daughter

You saw 14 year old NF champion Bailey's blog last week. Check out "Wellness Diaries" to see what her mom has to say today! Also be sure to visit her personal blog and look for her book "Thriving with Neurofibromatosis."

http://www.littlesttumor.blogspot.com/
http://www.thrivingwithnf.com/

Day 23

Celebrity Support!

Who's in the news and supporting the Littlest Tumor Foundation?!? Click on these links to see what big names have supported us and what the celebs are doing on a national level.

http://www.littlesttumorfoundation.com/Celebrityblockers.html

Day 24

Jeff Hanson

Jeff Hanson is a remarkable young man with a creative and artistic energy to giving back! He was recently featured in People magazine as a local hero. He was born with Neurofibromatosis and is now channeling that towards raising money for great causes. Check out Jeff's webpage!

http://www.jeffreyowenhanson.com/charities.html

Day 25

Oh littles...

Our littles are charging ahead to find a solution. Check out this video to see for yourself and find inspiration in their positive energy and passion.

http://www.youtube.com/user/LittlestTumor#p/u/5/YmpFvZ6g7Hg

Day 26

AmeriCorps for a Solution!

The 30-Day Campaign is coming to an end. What do AmeriCorps members Emily and Bailey have to say about it?!? Visit "Wellness Diaries" to see how they've been a part of the solution and to find out what you can do to help!

http://www.littlesttumor.blogspot.com/

Day 27

Zach Attack!

Do you know that funny guy Zach Galifinakis? Well we do!! Hear what he has to say about the Littlest Tumor Foundation!

http://www.youtube.com/user/LittlestTumor#p/u/3/uwN9vRk1Ss0

Day28

Sole Daddy

A blog about one Dad's attempt to train for his first marathon, juggle his busy family schedule and the struggle to balance both.

Sole Daddy: Sam I Am 5 Mile Race: Race in Review

Day 29

Interning for a Solution!

Our intern Kayla is part of the solution. Visit "Wellness Diaries" to see what she is doing to be a part of the movement.

http://www.littlesttumor.blogspot.com/

Day 30

Today is the Day!

We've come to the end of the campaign, only to jumpstart with another one! Let's hit the ground running and make it a success. Visit our booth at the Appleton Farmer's Market Saturday, July 30th. We'll be the ones in the gowns!!

Also, if you've ever been curious about what it's like for our NF littles, tune into our newest piece of animation!


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