It's orange season. Yes, citrus is in season. But orange is also the official color of Cycle for Survival—an event that's happening across the United States now. This powerful event brings people together for a spin relay to raise money for lifesaving rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).
Has cancer affected your life? Probably. Most of us have friends or loved ones who've battled cancer; maybe you've fought it yourself. Has rare cancer affected your life? Again: probably. Despite the name, when you put all "rare" cancers together, they make up 50% of cases.
Such rare cancers include brain, pancreatic, cervical, stomach, thyroid and ovarian cancers, and all pediatric cancers. These cancers don't often attract research dollars needed for new therapies and treatments, so patients are left with limited options.
That's where Cycle for Survival comes in. This event raises money specifically for rare cancers, to do research and develop treatments at MSKCC—one of the best cancer treatment centers in the world.
This is my third year doing this inspiring event. In fact, I have a personal connection: my father is a survivor of sarcoma—the same rare cancer that killed the founder of this event when she was just 40 years old.
In honor of Cycle for Survival, I’ve asked some foodie friends to create recipes featuring orange foods—whether it’s carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, or mango—any orange food that inspires them! Not only does this celebrate Cycle for Survival, orange foods are gorgeous and delicious. They are chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and phytonutrients that are good for your skin, eyes and heart, and they may also decrease your risk of cancer. Orange-colored recipes just seem like a great fit for this cause!
|Endive salad w clementines, raspberries and goat cheese|
Participating bloggers will post their recipes throughout this week, March 2-6, leading up to my event on March 8 in New York City. I will share all their recipes, here and on our Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+, so stay tuned! In the meantime, go check out their wonderful blogs!
*Sumptuous Spoonfuls *Something AboutCupcakes *Ally's Kitchen *Life Currents *An Affair from the Heart *The Fountain Avenue Kitchen *Who Moved my Coconut Oil *What's Cookin' Italian Cuisine *Upside Down Pear
Special thanks to all of them for their generosity of time, creativity, and spirit!
|Cantaloupe, Bacon and Garlic Scape Salad|
If you would like to support my ride, please go to my fundraising page.
All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the funds donated for my ride will go directly to MSKCC to help patients around the world.
My team rides in honor or in memory of many different people by writing their names on our arms. When you make your donation, if you would like me to bike for someone, please send me his/her name and I will gladly ride for your loved one at the event.
Thanks for your support—and stay tuned for orange recipes from me and some other amazing bloggers, all this week!