March 2012 Impact Young Heroes Newsletter

Welcome to the March edition of the makeabigdifference newsletter.  In this month’s latest cancer news we bring you the latest findings linking red meat and cancer and how swapping just one portion of red meat a day with an alternative source of protein such as chicken or fish, reduces the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease.

Another article which you may find of interest is how researchers predict that the proportion of the European Union (EU) population that dies from cancer will continue to drop in 2012, but interestingly enough the decline is mostly the male population with rates of lung cancer deaths in women on the rise.

In this month’s ‘Beat cancer with nutrition’ article we focus on a popular fruit branded ‘a complete package of every natural anticancer inhibitor known’.  Read on to find out more.

We also look at a host of fundraising ideas and activities including organising a charity fashion show, bungee jumps and Easter treats and discounts courtesy of

Until next month



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Sports Challenge 2012/13

As part of our fundraising drive we are asking supporters up and down the country to take part in a range of events and activities to help us raise precious funds for young people affected by cancer.  

Each month we will hand pick a selection of sporting events; so whether you are a beginner, seasoned athlete or general thrill-seeker there is an event for you.   


What? Dog Sledging Challenge 2013

  • Drive your own team of huskies, mushing over 200kms through beautiful, frozen landscapes
  • Learn to take total responsibility for the care and welfare of your dogs
  • A chance to witness the wonder of the Northern Lights
  • Muck in to prepare camp and cook your own food throughout the challenge
  • Stay near traditional Sami villages and learn about their culture

When? Sunday 17th March 2013 – Saturday 23rd March 2013

Where? Sweden

Closing date? Asap to avoid disappointment 

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What? Brazilian Trek and Kayak Challenge 2012

  • Trek in Brazil’s most Atlantic Rainforest scenery
  • Swim in spectacular waterfalls
  • Stay overnight in a native house and camping
  • Sea kayak around the islands of the Bay of Paraty

When? Friday 12th October 2012 – Monday 22nd October 2012

Where? Brazil

Closing date? Asap to avoid disappointment 

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What? Manchester 160ft Bungee Jump

When? Saturday 9th June 2012

Where? Salford Quays, Manchester

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As a charity this exciting new application will allow supporters of our charity to make one-off donations or set up a monthly direct debit scheme.

As one of our fundraisers the new service will allow you to;

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Beat cancer with nutrition


Recent news from researchers has demonstrated that oranges can play a significant role in preventing cancer. We know, for example, that the Mediterranean diet, which includes a considerable amount of citrus, is associated with a low incidence of cancers of the breast, lung, pancreas, colon, rectum, and cervix. Indeed, citrus fruits have been found to contain numerous known anticancer agents—possibly more than any other food. The National Cancer Institute calls oranges a complete package of every natural anticancer inhibitor known.

One particular phytonutrient has attracted attention lately as a health-promoting agent. Amazingly, we routinely throw out this most potent part of the orange. In the oil of the peel of citrus fruits is a phytonutrient known as limonene. Oranges, mandarins, lemons, and limes contain significant amounts of limonene in the peel and smaller quantities in the pulp. Limonene stimulates our antioxidant detoxification enzyme system, thus helping to stop cancer before it can even begin. (It’s reassuring to know that a natural chemopreventive phytonutrient can work to prevent the process of carcinogenesis at the earliest stages.) Limonene also reduces the activity of proteins that can trigger abnormal cell growth. Limonene has blocking and suppressing actions that, at least in animals, actually cause regression of tumours. One study of people in Arizona found that those who used citrus peels in cooking reduced their risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 50 percent. We’ve long known that Mediterranean people suffer lower rates of certain cancers than others, and researchers now believe this can partly be ascribed to their regular consumption of citrus peel.

Vitamin C, abundantly available in oranges, also plays a role in fighting cancer. In fact, there’s a relatively consistent inverse association of vitamin C with cancer of the stomach, oral cancer, and cancer of the esophagus. This makes sense, as vitamin C protects against nitrosamines, cancer-causing agents found in food that are thought to be responsible for instigating cancers of the mouth, stomach, and colon. One study of Swiss men found that those who died of any type of cancer had vitamin C concentrations about 10 percent lower than those who died from other causes. 

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Millet Orange Tofu Salad with Sweet Potatoes

(Makes two large meals) 

For the Salad
1 Medium Head of Romain Lettuce, washed and chopped
1 Medium Sweet Potato, peeled chopped and roasted (see below)
1/2 Cup Dry Millet, Cooked (see directions)
1/2 Cup Mandarin Oranges (the kind packed in light syrup)
1/2 Block Baked Tofu*, cut into triangle 

For the Dressing
1 Tbs Orange Juice
1 Tbs Soy Sauce
1 Tbs Seasoned Rice Vinegar
1/2 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
2-3 Tbs Mild Veg. Oil, like canola

Seasoning for the Sweet Potatoes
1 Tbs Soy Sauce
1-2 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil
2 tsp Sugar

Preheat the oven to 425.
Toss the sweet potatoes in the seasoning and place in a 8×8 square baking dish. Cover with foil and place in oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes until tender but not falling apart.

Meanwhile, place millet in the bottom of a hot sauce pan with a drizzle of oil. Cook until toasty, two to three minutes, then add 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, cover, and turn heat down low. Cook for 20 Minutes. The Sweet potatoes and the millet should finish at about the same time.

While millet and potatoes are cooking, chop, wash and spin dry the lettuce. Place in the refrigerator to crisp up. Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing, except the oil. Then add the oil slowly, drizzling it into the sauce while whisking constantly to emulsify. Set aside.

When the millet is done, remove from heat and remove cover. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool. When the sweet potatoes are tender, remove foil and place under the broiler for a few minutes until they brown in some places. 

To assemble
Toss the lettuce and the millet together and plate.  Evenly distribute sweet potatoes, tofu, and mandarin oranges over the top of each salad. Pour dressing over each salad and serve.

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Fundraising idea of the month

Charity Fashion Show

Fashion can be costly…..but not if you do it the fundraising way.  A fashion show is fun, inventive and a fabulous way of making some well-needed money for charities like ours.

First of all, hire a space, or ask a local business if they can donate some space to hold the show.  Get friends, family and neighbours to put on some food – a nice buffet always goes down well – and get some drinks donated from your local stores.

Get your friends and family to be the models.  If you’re a good negotiator you may also be able to get a local celebrity, radio host or news reader to come along and join in.  Ask local clothing businesses to donate the clothing to be modelled.  This is a great way to get the materials donated while also giving something back to local business.  Who wouldn’t want their products to be on display?

Charge an entry fee to the fashion show with all profits to be donated to charity.  You could also negotiate with the local business for a percentage of whatever they make from selling the clothes being modelled. 


Swapping red meat for other protein sources reduces risk of early death

Swapping just one portion of red meat a day for another source of protein such as fish, chicken, nuts or pulses reduces the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease, a US study has found.

One daily serving of unprocessed red meat about the size of a deck of cards increased the overall risk of early death by 13 per cent in people in the study, published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

And one serving of processed red meat a day – such as one hot dog or two slices of bacon – increased the risk by 20 per cent.

But replacing one serving of red meat with a serving of fish decreased risk of early death by seven per cent. And replacing red meat with chicken decreased the risk by 14 per cent.

Swapping a serving of red meat with nuts lowered risk of death by 19 per cent; with pulses by 10 per cent; with low-fat dairy products by 10 per cent; and with whole grains 14 per cent.

The researchers looked at 22 years of data for 37,698 men from one study and 28 years of data for 83,644 women from a different study. None of the men or women had heart disease or cancer at the start of the study.

They assessed people’s diets with a questionnaire every four years.

The researchers, from the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), said that their study adds more evidence to the health risks of eating high amounts of red meat, which has been associated with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers in other studies.

Professor Frank Hu from HSPH, added: “Choosing more healthful sources of protein in place of red meat can confer significant health benefits by reducing chronic disease morbidity and mortality.”

Sarah Williams, health information officer at Cancer Research UK, agreed that the findings add to the body of evidence showing that reducing red meat intake lessens the risk of dying from cancer or heart disease.

“Eating less processed red meat like bacon, ham or sausages had the greatest effect,” she said.

She added: “Years of research has shown that eating a lot of these foods increases the risk of developing bowel cancer, the third most common type of cancer in the UK. Other ways to reduce the risk of bowel cancer include keeping a healthy weight, staying physically active, cutting down on alcohol and being a non-smoker.”

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EU cancer death rate expected to fall again

Researchers predict that the proportion of the European Union (EU) population that dies from cancer will continue to drop in 2012.

The falling rates of cancer death are due to a decline in men smoking, and to progress in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment, according to the authors of the report, published in the journal Annals of Oncology.

The new figures were described as “encouraging” by Cancer Research UK, but also highlight a trend of rising lung cancer death rates in women.

Overall, cancer death rates for 2012 will be 139 per 100,000 for men and 85 per 100,000 for women. This is a 10 per cent fall for men and a seven per cent fall for women, compared with rates from five years ago

But the total number of people dying of cancer is set to increase, as the EU population ages.

The report forecasts that around 1.28 million people will die from cancer this year – 717,398 men and 565,703 women. In 2007 this figure was around 1.26 million.

All cancers were included in the overall tally. The researchers also looked individually at cancers of the stomach, intestine, pancreas, lung, prostate, breast, and uterus (including cervix), and leukaemias.

The report predicted substantial reductions in breast cancer death rates, not just in middle-aged and older women, but also in younger women.

Overall breast cancer death rates are tipped to fall by nine per cent to 14.9 per 100,000 women, while deaths among women aged 20 to 49 will fall by 13 per cent to 6.3 per 100,000 women.

Study leader Professor Carlo La Vecchia, from the University of Milan, said: “The fact that there will be substantial falls in deaths from breast cancer, not only in middle age, but also in the young, indicates that important advancements in treatment and management are playing a major role in the decline in death rates.”

A total of 88,000 women in the EU are expected to die of breast cancer in 2012, making it the leading cause of death overall in women.

But they predict lung cancer will be the biggest cause of death among women in the UK and Poland, with rates of 21.4 and 16.9 per 100,000 women respectively.

And lung cancer will continue to be the biggest cause of death among men in the EU with a rate of 37.2 per 100,000. But this is a 10 per cent fall on the 41.3 figure from 2007.

Catherine Thomson, head of statistical information at Cancer Research UK, said the study is in line with previous research “which shows that generally death rates from cancer in the UK are predicted to fall”.

She added: “This is true for breast and bowel cancers and lung cancer in men – reassuring news that highlights the impact of men stopping smoking, the introduction of new therapies and diagnostics, and how the NHS has improved treatment delivery.

But she said that climbing lung cancer death rates in women were worrying.

“Smoking prevention is the key to reducing lung cancer rates as over eight out of 10 lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. Most smokers start under the age of 18, so efforts to dissuade both boys and girls from starting to smoke in the first place must be continued,” she continued.

“One important step is to remove the displays of cigarettes in shops – which is being rolled out in large stores and supermarkets in April. Tobacco companies have used the cigarette pack to appeal to new smokers over recent years. Cancer Research UK is also urging the government to remove all branding from tobacco packets and sell this deadly product in plain, standardised packets with large health warnings front and back.”

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