Refer Cancer Patients to Our Gifts of Love Program

Chix 4 a Cause exists to provide short-term financial and long-term emotional support to residents of southeastern Wisconsin battling cancer. Chix relies on health care professionals, social workers, family, friends and others to refer cancer patients to our Gifts of Love program.

Gifts of Love are unique to each cancer patient’s needs and help improve their emotional well-being. Typical Gifts include mortgage or rent assistance, gas or grocery cards, a family weekend away, theater or concert tickets, or taxi or bus passes. Gifts of Love can go a long way toward improving a patient’s quality of life at a time when help is needed not only due to mounting medical bills, but also as they struggle with the realities of a cancer diagnosis.

Let a family member, friend or acquaintance who lives in southeastern Wisconsin and is battling cancer know that Chix 4 a Cause is here to help. Visit http://www.chix4acause.org to refer a cancer patient, volunteer your time or provide a monetary donation. On behalf of cancer patients in your community, we thank you for your generosity.

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Refer Cancer Patients to Our Gifts of Love Program

Reduce Your Risk of Getting Cancer

As much as Chix 4 a Cause enjoys helping cancer patients in the community, we don’t want your name coming up on our list of people in need. Here are six ways you can reduce your risk of getting cancer.

• Eat Healthy Foods
Ensure you consume healthy foods each day. For example, eat at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables daily. Also, include a variety of whole grain pastas, breads, and cereals in your diet. In addition, choose brown rice rather than white rice. Furthermore, eat more fish or poultry. Additionally, reduce or eliminate your consumption of red meat, sweets and processed foods.

• Exercise Regularly
Staying physically active reduces your risk of breast, colon, and endometrial/prostate cancer. Therefore, adults should engage in moderately intense activity such as briskly walking for 150 minutes weekly or vigorous activity such as jogging for 75 minutes weekly. Also, kids should engage in an hour of moderate or vigorous activity daily and vigorous activity three or more days weekly.

• Maintain a Healthy Weight
Obesity increases your risk of breast, colon, kidney, esophageal, pancreatic, and endometrial cancer. Therefore, you want to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits to help maintain a healthy weight.

• Limit Alcohol Consumption
Consuming alcohol increases your risk for breast, mouth, throat, voice box, esophageal, liver, colon and rectal cancer. Therefore, men should have no more than two drinks daily; women no more than one drink daily. One drink is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 1/2 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

• Avoid Tobacco
Over three-fourths of deaths due to lung cancer and a large number of deaths related to cancer in general result from using tobacco. Therefore, never use tobacco in any form. If you are using tobacco, visit cancer.org/quitsmoking or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800- 227-2345 for help quitting.

• Regularly Get Screened for Cancer
Cancer is more easily treated when it’s caught early. If the disease covers a small area and has not spread, in most cases it’s more easily treatable, and you’re more likely to survive. Speak with your physician about getting screened for breast, colon, lung, and cervical/prostate cancer on a regular basis.

If you’re not already implementing these strategies in your daily life, we strongly urge you to start doing so today. To learn more about supporting cancer patients in your community, visit http://www.chix4acause.org.

Reduce Your Risk of Getting Cancer

Comments from Gifts of Love Recipients

Do you ever wonder how Gifts of Love recipients feel after a visit from Chix 4 a Cause?

Our goal is to make a positive financial and emotional impact on the lives of cancer patients. We send a four-question survey to each recipient within three days of receiving their Gifts of Love to ensure we’re on target and to see how we can improve.

Gifts of Love are unique to each cancer patient’s needs and help improve their emotional well-being. Typical Gifts include mortgage or rent assistance, gas or grocery cards, a family weekend away, theater or concert tickets, or taxi or bus passes. Gifts of Love can go a long way toward improving a patient’s quality of life at a time when help is needed not only due to mounting medical bills, but also as they struggle with the realities of a cancer diagnosis.

Here are some responses we’ve received from Gifts of Love recipients about their experiences:

“This Gift of Love was life changing. If not for Chix, my family and I would have ended up homeless.”

“To have a group come forward in a time of need was appreciated.”

“Made me realize there are organizations that will help regardless of your salary.”

“My upside down situation got balanced and I was even able to enjoy a retreat! Thank you.”

“Wonderful people giving wonderful care and reducing the day to day stress and challenges. With much gratitude and love.”

“Jillian is an amazing woman and so is the entire crew. I feel like family and the heartfelt love I received was overwhelming.”

“I never was so happy than the day I was getting chemo and Jillian came to see me. I am so grateful.”

“I find it important to give back & see that others in the community do care & go out of their way to help when needed.”

“Such a fantastic, positive experience. I wear my Chix 4 a Cause shirt proudly.”

“100% service – so grateful to everyone involved.”

“Would love to thank everyone at Chix 4 a Cause and let you know what a huge difference you have made in my life. Thank you for helping me! Much love and respect.”

This is all made possible with your help. Volunteer with Chix 4 a Cause or donate today at http://www.chix4acause.org. Together we are making a huge difference in the lives of cancer patients.

Comments from Gifts of Love Recipients