THE BLOG
08/02/2010 07:44 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Eat, Drink and Beat Cancer

I see Jay Weston is bragging about Wolfgang Puck and the American Cancer Society's California Spirit XXVI on August 8. What he didn't tell you foodies is that funds raised support lifesaving American Cancer Society research, prevention and early detection education, and free patient services programs right here in L.A, such as this week's Camp Summersault in Long Beach, where more than 100 children with cancer and their often overlooked siblings enjoyed fun in the sun in a medically supervised environment. Or that we provide free information and guidance from trained professionals in a variety of languages 24/7 at 1-800-227-2345 or at cancer.org. Or that since 1946, Society-funded research has supported the early work of 44 Nobel laureates. Did you hear the recent finding that extended sitting increases the risk of cancer and other diseases, or that eating processed meats increases the risk of bladder cancer? Those were American Cancer Society donor dollars at work.

The American Cancer Society is the biggest voluntary cancer fighting organization in the world and the largest non-governmental funder of cancer research in the U.S. In fact, 11 million cancer survivors are celebrating more birthdays in part because of the American Cancer Society's research, free patient services, education and advocacy programs. Mortality rates of the kids at Camp Summersault and other pediatric cancer patients have dropped 50% since 1975.

Our Reach to Recovery volunteers meet with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and Man to Man volunteers offer guidance to men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Through I Can Cope teleconferences, patients and their caregivers can interact with their peers in discussions facilitated by medical and mental health professionals. All American Cancer Society patient services programs are free of charge.

So if you're in L.A. next week, come sample gourmet creations from Spago Beverly Hills, Sherry Yard, CUT, red | seven, Wolfgang Puck Bistro and Chinois on Main, Beacon, Lago, Minestraio Trattoria, Nobu, Red O, Montage Beverly Hills, Patina, Sashi, Campanile and The Tar Pit and sample the wines of Foxen, Kimmel, Krupp Brothers, Mumm Napa, Palmina, Purple Palate Wine Brokers, Rock Sake, Soliste and Vino V Wines. Every taste will make the toll of cancer a little bit smaller.

You can get a sneak peek at calspirit.org or call 310-348-0356, option 3.