10 Gift Ideas Supporting #Cancer Research

Buying anything is always easier when you know it's supporting a great cause - it makes any purchase seem worthwhile and provides the knowledge that you are contributing to something bettering society. Gifts are no exception, so here are some easy and simple gift ideas supporting cancer awareness! Gifts that give back...

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1. PANDORA Pink Ribbon charms ~
PANDORA has an ongoing partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, donating 30% of retail sales of Pink Ribbon products directly to breast cancer research each year, all year round. 
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PANDORA also support breast cancer awareness by attending and running events, donating product, creating media releases and taking part in special Pink Ribbon promotions. What a great shop to support!

2. Cafe Press has incredible products supporting prostate cancer awareness and research, including these great golf balls!

Breast Cancer Awareness in Teen Vogue

It's so great to see the magazine Teen Vogue raising awareness about breast cancer and cancer research. Advertising 'think pink' products is a great way to increase support of fundraising for a cure, as seen in the following feature:

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Teen Vogue also frequently advertises the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which effectively promotes awareness and support of the cause. 

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It's great to see Teen Vogues efforts to increase breast cancer awareness, and efforts in other magazines and media. Let's hope more can also use this fantastic awareness-raising technique!

Take care,

Determined to Cure: Thyroid Cancer

The mother of a friend of mine, who founded the 'Purple Feather Society' to raise awareness about childhood cancer, was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I wanted to dedicate a post about this cancer to my friend and her family, especially considering September is thyroid cancer awareness month.
Thyroid cancer is an uncommon type of cancer that occurs when abnormal cells grow in the thyroid gland. This gland, located in the front of the neck and shaped like a butterfly, produces hormones that regulate how the body uses energy and help the body function normally.

Thyroid cancer is usually found early and treatments are often very effective. Exposure to radiation is the one of the only known causes. There are no known ways to prevent thyroid cancer, except limiting radiation exposure.
There are several symptoms of thyroid cancer:


Diagram showing stage N1a thyroid cancer

  • A lump or swelling in your neck
  • Pain in your neck and sometimes in your ears
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Trouble breathing or constant wheezing
  • Hoarse voice
  • Frequent cough that is not related to a cold

Some people may not have any symptoms, and the cancer can be found if doctors find a lump or nodule in the neck during a routine physical exam.
If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to get them checked by a doctor. 
By working together, we can end thyroid cancer. And eventually, we can end all cancer.

Be determined to cure the incurable. I am.

Take care,

Jack Andraka - Pancreatic Cancer Pioneer

Jack Andraka, a 16-year-old from Maryland, US, won the $75 000 2012 Gordon E. Moore Award, the grand prize of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair after he developed a new, rapid, and inexpensive method to detect early-stage pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer.

Check out Jack Andraka's priceless reaction to the award.


Jack's test will significantly increase detection of early-stage cancer, which will result in much-improved outcomes. The test costs only $5, allowing wide access to this life-saving test.

"If a 15-year-old who didn't know what a pancreas was could figure out a way to detect pancreatic cancer, imagine what you could do."


Jack's inspiration and ambition is an inspiration to everyone. His innovation is a sure step towards a cure for pancreatic cancer and, eventually, cancer in general.

What will you do to make a difference?

Take care,

Determined to Cure Cards

I recently blogged about how one of my friend's sisters, Corina, painted a lovely picture of the 'Determined to Cure' logo.
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D2C logo painted by Corina

Corina also painted another picture supporting 'Determined to Cure.'



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Corina's mum, Anca, has also been an amazing support of 'Determined to Cure.' Anca is talented at needlepoint and has a business selling her wonderful works, called 'Petit Point.' She so generously took the time to hand-craft some beautiful pink ribbon needlepoint cards, which can be purchased on her website (by following this link). Anca plans to donate all proceeds to 'Determined to Cure,' and these will be donated directly to breast cancer research projects.

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I would love you to support Anca's business and especially her incredible cards for 'Determined to Cure.' Please visit her website and check out her amazing needlepoint works and also consider purchasing some of her beautiful pink ribbon cards that will support breast cancer research.


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As I have mentioned before, my friends have also been busy supporting 'Determined to Cure!' One of my best friends, who is a talented artist, created a D2C mascot! Stay in touch to hear more.

If you want to support 'Determined to Cure' in any way, please do! Email determinedtocure@gmail.com with any creations, ideas or support initiatives. Remember: 'From little things, big things grow.'

Take care,

Funding Breast Cancer Research

In August last year, I blogged about how, at my school's Health Expo, I created a ‘proposal’ for the school to hold a ‘Pink Accessories Day’. It was proposed that, for a gold coin donation, students could wear pink accessories to raise money for breast cancer research.

Later in November of last year, I blogged that the proposal was accepted and that my school hosted the ‘Pink Accessories Day’. It was a a great success and nearly all students and staff participated. It was very rewarding to see my school flowing with pink accessories, after all the hard work that went into the day. In all, $370 was raised, which is a fantastic considering the small size of my school and that it was the first such event.
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A majority of the money donated to large cancer organisations, such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, is spent on promotional material, meaning research receives little funding. Whilst promotional material is certainly necessary, we wanted to directly fund breast cancer research with the money raised. We subsequently decided to present our donation to the ‘Wesley Research Institute,’ which is conducting fascinating and vital cancer research. Specifically, we donated the money to a breast cancer research project titled “Maintaining Lean Body Mass In Women with Breast Cancer Without Gain – A Pilot Study.”


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I arranged for Mr Rod Knapp, the Fundraising Officer from the Institute, and Mr Cameron McDonald, one of the main researchers for the project, to attend our school assembly to accept the donation. Mr McDonald has an extensive background in nutrition and health and is an accredited dietitian and accredited exercise physiologist. He delivered a highly engaging, informative and interesting presentation about the research he is conducting and the benefits and importance of exercise for cancer prevention and recovery. It was so rewarding and touching to see all the hard work that went into the 'Pink Accessories Day' pay off and the donations helping fund such a worthwhile and vital research project.


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I urge you to take a look at the Wesley Research Institute's website and the amazing work and research they are doing, and consider donating to this innovative research centre. The work and research they are doing is so beneficial and vital, and donations can directly fund research. 

I hope that the success of this 'Pink Accessories Day' that I proposed at my school can inspire people to believe and understand that they can make a difference, even by doing something little. Everyone can do something to support cancer research.

Take care,
Madeleine Moore

A Lovely D2C Painting

One of my friend's sisters, Corina, recently painted a picture of the 'Determined to Cure' logo. Check it out!

D2C logo painted by Corina

Thank you Corina for your amazing support! It is much appreciated!

My friends have also been busy supporting 'Determined to Cure!' One of my best friends, who is a talented artist, created a D2C mascot! Stay in touch to hear more!

If you want to support 'Determined to Cure' in any way, such as with a painting, please do! Email determinedtocure@gmail.com with any creations, etc. Remember: 'From little things, big things grow.'

Take care,

Vitamin D and Cancer

Are you getting enough Vitamin D? According to the American Cancer Society and many other sites, this vitamin helps prevent and treat cancer!


Vitamin D can be obtained by spending time in the sun and also from foods such as salmon, tuna, sardines, cheese and egg yolk, as well as cod liver oil and other fish liver oils.

If you are in the sun, just remember to slip, slop, slap and to use a high-quality SPF to protect yourself against harmful UV rays!

Take care,
Madeleine Moore

P.S. Have you check out Determined to Cure on Facebook? And have you seen Determined to Cure on Instagram?

Nancy Goodman Brinker

I recently posted about breast cancer awareness organisation 'Komen for the Cure', so I thought it would be fitting to give some background on its founder and CEO, Nancy Goodman Brinker.


Nancy founded ‘Susan G. Komen for the Cure’ in honour of her sister, Susan Goodman Komen, who died from breast cancer (Wikipedia, 2013). Her mother was an advocate for charity work, women’s rights and helping others and the community around her. When Brinker was six and Komen nine, they, with inspiration from their mother, organised a variety show which raised $50.14 in cash for the battle against polio (Brinker, 2010).



In 1977, Susan Goodman Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer, at the age of 33 (Stahl, 2010). Susan was declared ‘cured’ of cancer within a few weeks, but found a lump under her arm six months later. The cancer had metastasized, rendering Susan a Stage IV cancer patient. A few days before Susan died of breast cancer in 1980, at the age of 36, she asked Nancy to promise her to do everything in her power to eradicate breast cancer and end the negative social stigma associated with the disease (Brinker, 2010).


In 1982, Brinker founded ‘The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’, which later became Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Brinker, 2010). What began as a shoebox with $200 and names of potential sponsors has now transformed the global approach to breast cancer and broken the silence around the disease (Stahl, 2010). ‘Komen for the Cure’ is now the world’s largest grassroots breast cancer network, fighting to raise money for research, increase awareness and education and improve treatment, screening and detection methods across the globe for both females and males. 



In 1983, Brinker founded the ‘Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure’, a marathon which has become the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. SGK now sponsors over 100 ‘Race for the Cure’ events annually across the globe, with over 1.5 million participants (Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2012).That year (1993), Brinker herself was also diagnosed with breast cancer, which also benefitted SGK by allowing her better insight to the disease and patient suffering, and increased determination to eradicate breast cancer (Women Who Changed America, n.d). She wrote about this experience in her book, ‘The Race is Run One Step at a Time’. 



To increase breast cancer awareness, Brinker pioneered cause-related marketing, forming relationships with companies where a portion of profits from particular products benefit ‘Komen for the Cure’. 



‘Komen for the Cure’ has also eliminated the White House, the great pyramids in Egypt and the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungry, in pink to raise awareness. 



The organisation also enlisted the support of NFL players to increase male awareness. The organisation’s advocacy for breast cancer awareness has led to the development of new legislation and increased government research funding regarding the disease. SGK now has a focus on increasing breast cancer awareness in developing countries.



To date, ‘Komen for the Cure’ has invested almost $2 billion in breast cancer research, outreach, advocacy and awareness (Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2012). Brinker is now regarded as the leader of the global breast cancer movement, nearly every major advance in breast cancer advocacy, awareness and research having been influenced by SGK funding. Since the development of the ‘Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Health Alliance’, SGK has been able to increase its global influence to over 50 countries outside the US (Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2012). ‘Komen for the Cure’ received Charity Navigator's highest rating of four stars (Hesse, 2012). 




Brinker served as the US Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and as U.S. Chief of Protocol from 2007 to 2009, positions which allowed her to expand the global reach of ‘Komen for the Cure’ (Brinker, 2010). In 2008, Brinker was named one of TIME magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ and President George W. Bush appointed her to The Kennedy Center Board of Trustees (Brinker, 2012). In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded Brinker with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, for her work (Brinker, 2010). That year, she was named Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the United Nations’ World Health Organisation, allowing her to better increase breast cancer awareness in developing countries. In 2010, Brinker released her New York Times best-selling memoir ‘Promise Me - How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer’ (Brinker, 2012). Brinker is now an advocate for what she describes as ‘the power of one’: the ability of individuals to make a vast and meaningful difference in their communities, companies, countries and the world (Brinker, 2012). These are only a very select few of the incredible successes and achievements of Nancy Brinker.



Thanks to the work of Nancy Brinker and ‘Komen for the Cure’, women can be fully aware of and knowledgeable about breast cancer. Nancy has also inspired people across the globe to take a stand against breast and other forms of cancer. She has inspired everyone to believe they can make a difference, even if it’s by doing something little. Everyone can do something to support cancer awareness and research.



Having lost family friends to cancer, reading Nancy Brinker’s story touched many raw nerves. It brought back so many memories of those beloved people in my life who were so tragically taken from the world by cancer. Although I have never lost someone as close as a sister, I feel I can relate to what Nancy would have felt when Suzan so tragically died. Like Nancy, I too had never imagined that cancer would enter and affect my life. I too had never experience death in that way. Now, cancer has completely changed my life, just as cancer completely rewrote Nancy Brinker’s story. 

Take care,
Madeleine Moore

P.S. Have you check out Determined to Cure on Facebook? And have you seen Determined to Cure on Instagram?

Komen for the Cure

I recently completed an English assignment for which we had to read a biography. I chose to read Nancy Brinker's memoir 'Promise Me', and was inspired by the incredible work of Nancy's organisation 'Komen for the Cure'. SGK is not really known in Australia, so it was interesting to learn about how Nancy pioneered the breast cancer awareness movement.



Susan G. Komen for the Cure’ is the world’s leading breast cancer advocacy organisation, established by Nancy Goodman Brinker in 1982, after the death of her sister Susan Goodman Komen from breast cancer.

Before Susan  died in 1980, she asked Nancy to promise her something. Susan’s final words to her sister were, “We have to do something. Breast cancer has to be talked about so women don’t die. Promise me you’ll make it change.” (Promise Me by Nancy Brinker, p147).

Sisters Susan Goodman Komen and Nancy Goodman Brinker
That day, Nancy, who comes from a line of strong, service-oriented women, promised to change the perception and understanding of breast cancer. In 1982, she founded the ‘Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’ with $200. Twenty-seven years later, Nancy, now a breast cancer survivor herself, is regarded as the leader of the global breast cancer awareness movement. Her organisation was renamed ‘Susan G. Komen for the Cure’ and grew into the empire it is today, having raised over $2 billion for breast cancer causes and expanded its influence to over 50 countries, including third-world nations.


Many people today would not fully understand the significance of the work of ‘Komen for the Cure’. Prior to the establishment of SGK, understanding and medical knowledge of breast cancer was limited. People were unaware of how to detect the disease, mammograms almost unheard of, and there was little understanding of treatment options. It was also considered impolite to speak of breast cancer in the company of others, and many women did not even share their diagnosis. Nancy promised Susan to challenge these norms, and has done so successfully.


Now, thanks to Nancy’s work and ‘Komen for the Cure’, both women and men are advised about breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment. Knowledge about the disease has significantly increased, virtually every major advance in breast cancer research, including the discovery of the ‘breast cancer genes’, having been influenced by SGK funding. Not a day goes by when the disease isn’t discussed and money and awareness about breast cancer isn’t raised. Importantly, there is now no shame in being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The achievements of ‘Komen for the Cure’ would not have been possible without Nancy’s innovative ideas. Consider the pink-loop ribbons that are today synonymous with breast cancer. Nancy pioneered this iconic symbol, at a ‘Susan G Komen Race for the Cure’ marathon. 


Nancy also initiated cause-related marketing, being the first person to partner with companies to raise awareness about specific causes. The pink ribbons and ‘pink products’ with which we are all so familiar would not exist without Nancy.





Although 'Komen for the Cure' has experienced controversy over the years, Nancy Brinker remains determined to end the disease that killed her sister. She also does not crave to receive full credit for her work; there have been instances where other companies, including Estee Lauder, have taken credit for her ideas, but Nancy did not care as long as they were raising awareness about breast cancer. Her greatest hope is to see the day SGK is no longer needed, as breast cancer will have been eradicated.


As you can see, 'Komen for the Cure' is an inspirational organisation that has transformed the global approach to breast cancer. I truly appreciate the work Nancy Brinker has done to raise breast cancer awareness, and am inspired by the success of SGK. 

I also certainly recommend reading Nancy's book 'Promise Me'; it is a great read and truly inspirational.

Take care,

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The Benefits of Cinnamon

Did you know cinnamon contains cancer-fighting compounds? Studies have shown that the spice helps reduce tumour growths by blocking the formation of new vessels, through the process of angiogenesis (Beliveau, 2010).

Other spices that have anti-cancer properties include garlic, ginger, tumeric and cayenne pepper.



Next time you feel like a hot chocolate, try adding cinnamon. 


Not only will it taste great, but it will help fight and prevent cancer too!

Take care,

Cancer Research UK

I recently went on an overseas holiday and one of the countries I visited was England. Whilst there I was taken aback by the prevalence of 'Cancer Research UK.'
Many television advertisements for CRUK were broadcast on various English TV channels, and there was a significant amount of advertising on billboards, posters, telephone boxes and the like. 
These ads raised awareness about cancer, cancer research and cancer diagnosis and, in my opinion, were very effective. Below are some examples of CRUK's skillful advertisements.




Please take a moment to check out some of CRUK's other videos on their YouTube channel.

The reason I, as a cancer awareness advocate, am highlighting the significant work of 'Cancer Research UK' is because I believe other cancer organisations can learn much from the work they do to increase the public's understanding of cancer. No doubt their work generates many donations to the organisation.
'Cancer Research UK' also has a large number of shops across the United Kingdom. These are a fantastic way to raise money for cancer research and also to raise the profile of cancer research.


These shops sell a variety of merchandise, including products that are donated. They also sell things like food products and wrist bands.


As well a this, CRUK organises some of the more traditional cancer awareness fundraisers, such as the fun-runs that are part of their Race for Life program.


The fact that the significant amount of work CRUK does can be noticed within a few days of visiting the United Kingdom shows just how prevalent the organisation is. I think that cancer research charities around the world could learn something from 'Cancer Research UK' about advertising and fundraising, as CRUK has some of the most impressive ideas for raising awareness about cancer that I have come across.


Take care,