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Faith Hope Love Gala January 25, 2020

January 20, 2020

William Pennington has miraculously lived with pancreatic cancer for four years, when the usual survival time is only a few months. That is why William's family aptly called their charity's gala, "Faith Hope Love" because the family has that in spades!

On January 25th, they host their annual gala benefitting Johns Hopkins University. Last year, the gala netted $200,000, all of which was donated to Johns Hopkins University's Pancreatic Research Center, one of the world's foremost and successful facilities for pancreatic cancer research.

Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Researchers Dr. Javed, Dr. Wolfgang, Dr. Yumet, Dr. Aziz (Photo by: Tony Powell) Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Researchers Dr. Javed, Dr. Wolfgang, Dr. Yumet, Dr. Aziz

Ongoing pancreatic cancer research lead by Dr. Chris Wolfgang at Johns Hopkins includes:

  1. Blood biomarkers in Patients with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma,
  2. Assessing the feasibility of genetic signature from patients with resectable pancreatic cancer,
  3. Research into the precursor lesions that give rise to invasive pancreatic cancer, and
  4. Identifying pancreatic cancer tumor subtypes so that like with breast cancer the subtype determines the best drug regimen. Currently, all patients with pancreatic cancer often receive the same regimen.

Faith Hope Love Gala Ballroom at the Columbia Country Club 2019 (Photo by: Tony Powell) Faith Hope Love Gala Ballroom at the Columbia Country Club 2019

Joining the Faith Hope Love Gala 2020 will help advance these studies and achieve the goals of improved diagnosis, treatment and, ultimately, cure of this dreaded disease.    

Register: Faith Hope Love Gala
Saturday, January 25
6:30 pm
Columbia Country Club
7900 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815   

FaithHopeLove Dancing Fitz Morrison and Karrie Recknor (Photo by: Tony Powell) FaithHopeLove Dancing Fitz Morrison and Karrie Recknor

FaithHopeLove Guests Chung Do, Ruth Bergman (Photo by: Tony Powell) FaithHopeLove Guests Chung Do, Ruth Bergman

 

FaithHopeLove 2019 Gala Guests Charlotte and Thomas Hopson (Photo by: Tony Powell) FaithHopeLove 2019 Gala Guests Charlotte and Thomas Hopson

 

 


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Pointers from the Washington Nationals: Losing Weight and Keeping it Off

November 6, 2019

Washington Nationals Third Baseman, Anthony Rendon (Photo by: Wikipedia.org) Washington Nationals Third Baseman, Anthony Rendon

If there's anything we've learned after underdog team, the Washington Nationals, beat the heavily favored Houston Astros to win the 2019 World Series last week, it's this: To win, you've got to have heart! If you don't believe in yourself, if you don't get up after you fall, you don't have a chance of achieving your goals. And this goes for successfully changing any personal habit or anything about the world. Listen to what the Washington Nationals have to say about picking yourself back up after failing - repeatedly!

Third baseman Anthony Rendon: "Just try to keep on going!" 

First baseman, Ryan Zimmerman: "What choice did we have?" 

Washington Nationals Manager, Dave Martinez (Photo by: Wikipedia.org) Washington Nationals Manager, Dave Martinez

Manager, Dave Martinez: "They counted us out, they knocked us down, we had injuries early, we didn't perform like we wanted to... I believed since day 1 that this thing would turn around." 

General Manager, Mike Rizzo: "Even when things were bad, even when it seemed like there was no way out back in the spring, they were total pros. They never wavered... But these guys, they're confident, they really are. And they don't lose that confidence or that focus regardless of the situation."

Owner, Ted Lerner: "They say good things come to those who wait. 95 years is a pretty long wait. But I'll tell you, this is worth the wait."

Washington Nationals first baseman, Ryan Zimmerman (Photo by: Wikipedia.org) Washington Nationals first baseman, Ryan Zimmerman

Studies Show Long Term Weight Loss Maintainers Do The Same:

Successful weight loss maintainers do things differently than people who lose weight and gain it back: They recover from slips. Instead of allowing themselves to make excuses, fall back into old, unhealthy habits and relapse, successful lifetime weight loss maintainers see "mistakes" as normal. They learn lessons, try not to be emotional or overreact. They are objective, analytical, kind to themselves. They get over slips, get right back up, and move on. After all, do you really expect to be perfect?

One of my mantras through the years, that I borrowed from WWII UK Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, is, "If you're going through Hell, keep going ... Never give in, never give in, never, never, never!"

It is not always easy, including for me. That's because we're human and naturally flawed. But I firmly believe that we must live by this philosophy when it comes to doing good in the world or for ourselves.

(Photo by: Wikipedia.org) "Damn Yankees" The musical about how the hapless Washington Senators of old beat the New York Yankees through a deal with the devil

Like the uplifting "Damn Yankees" song,  sung by the hapless Washington Senators of old - before they finally beat the New York Yankees through (unknowingly) a deal with the devil: "You've Gotta Have Heart! All you really need is heart! When the odds are sayin' you'll never win; That's when the grin should start! You've gotta have hope! Mustn't sit around and mope! Nothin's half as bad as it may appear; Wait'll next year and hope! 

(Washington Nationals quotes from The Washington Post)


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9 Ways to Go Cold Turkey - From Halloween Sweets

November 3, 2019

Halloween can trip up even the most conscientious dieter. The sweets meant for the Halloween Trick-or-Treaters take hold, uncontrollable cravings take over, and before you know it, your midsection is carrying around its own very scary Halloween pumpkin! What's worse? The holidays are looming with potential weight gains of 5, 10 pounds overall. And what about those fabulous outfits you've planned for the parties and family reunions?

Relax! You can easily stop this cycle, but only with careful planning:

  • You may get away with one big splurge on Halloween. But if you splurge for two or more days, it will probably effect your waist line negatively,
     
  • Plan tomorrow carefully! Get your exercise in. Eat a big breakfast, medium lunch, and go light at night. You'll be back to your lovely size within one to two days, and you certainly won't gain anything,
     
  • Give away or throw away the remaining candy NOW so that there’s nothing left,
     
  • To reduce the possibility of sweet cravings, make sure you’re getting 30 minutes to one hour of sunlight each day by taking a walk in the mornings or at lunch. You may be able to “catch up” on the weekend, if you didn’t get enough rays during the week. This increases the neurotransmitter, seratonin, which decreases with Fall's reduced sunlight and can cause cravings and weight gain,
  • Eat plenty of healthy carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, to keep serotonin at optimum levels and reduce cravings of less healthy carbohydrates, such as refined sugar,
     
  • If you want to lose weight, keep your candy – or other “extra” calories - to no more than 10% of your daily calories (that’s 200 calories for the average 2,000 calorie intake, or 150 for 1,500 calories).
     
  • Try fun and healthier alternatives to sweets to have around your home and serve to family and guests, such as popcorn, roasted pumpkin seeds, sliced apples and fruit with nice dips,
     
  • If you feel driven to eat sweets, it may be a signal that you’re depressed, anxious or stressed. Reduce tension and anxiety by exercising, meditating or talking with loved ones. It’s important to understand the core of the problem and for that, you may need to seek help from a professional,
     
  • Most importantly, if you do find you overeat, lighten up, don’t dwell on the negative and get over it! Analyze objectively what you can do differently next time.

With awareness and good planning, you can have your sweets and eat them, too!


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