The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale

August 5th, 2014

Everything is 50% off at our next home furnishings warehouse sale Saturday, September 13th from 9:00am-1:00pm and Sunday, September 14th from 10:00am-1:00pm. The warehouse is located at 4911 Commerce Parkway, Warrensville Heights, 44128. Cash or credit card only.  Click here for more information.

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The Gathering Place Warehouse accepts furniture, crystal, china, lighting, rugs, art and other home accessories. If you have items to donate contact Cheryl Apisdorf at apisdorf@touchedbycancer.org or call 216-595-9546. Items will be previewed and those selected will be packed up and picked up at no charge. Donations are tax deductible.

The Stories Behind Race for the Place 2014

July 3rd, 2014

We are so grateful to the sponsors, participants, team captains, donors and volunteers that made Race for the Place 2014 such a big success. Over 4,600 runners and walkers joined us at Beachwood Place this year and helped to raise over $332,000 to support our free programs and services for individuals and families touched by cancer.

We’d like to share some of the wonderful stories behind Race for the Place. People who are running a 5K for the  first time. Runners who thought they wouldn’t be able to run again after the cancer diagnosis and learning they could; companies who start a couch to 5K program and get people up and moving.

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Leah Shea, left, supports and encourages this group participating in the couch to 5K program at Medical Mutual. Leah is the Program Manger of WellFit, the company that manages the wellness program at Medical Mutual.

I Run Therefore I am a Runner

We met Leah Shea at Medical Mutual when we learned about the ‘Couch to 5K’ program  she created for employees. Leah is the program manager for MedFit, the company that manages the wellness center for Medical Mutual. Leah has facilitated a running club at Medical Mutual for the last six years but wanted to do something different to reach a wider audience. She decided to launch a ‘couch to 5K’ program for beginners and those that have never run before. Since Medical Mutual was one of the lead sponsors for this year’s Race for the Place she decided to use it as the 5K goal to work towards.

The group started training in March and ran three times a week in good and bad weather. On the day we went to visit back in May, just as the ladies were starting out for their run, the skies opened up and the rain came down. They headed out anyway and came back 30 minutes later looking invigorated. Some of the women who participated in this program were lapsed runners while others had never run before. They all expressed receiving a great physical benefit from the program but the added benefit they noted was being able to build relationships among colleagues. A favorite quote of the group is ‘No matter how slow you run, you’ve already lapped everyone on the couch’. What’s next for these ladies? Leah is encouraging them to move on to become ‘Road Warriors’, an advanced running club for employees at Medical Mutual.

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Alycia Thomas, on the right (in teal) holds up the sign to represent those who have been surviving cancer for 20 years or more.

Learning more about the ‘couch to 5K’ at Medical Mutual led us to meet Alycia Thomas, second to last on the right in the photo above, who is a twenty year cancer survivor. Alycia was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in her early 20s.  Race for the Place was her first time participating in any type of race. We thought it only fitting that she should be a part of our cancer survivor ceremony and hold up the sign representing survivors of twenty years and more.

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She Did It!!

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Linda Sabovik, center, raises her hand in victory as she crosses the finish line for her first ever 5K and after losing 200 pounds.

We first met Linda Sabovik when she came to The Gathering Place in Beachwood four years ago to drop off monetary donations she had collected through her salon Snip, Clip and Polish in Chesterland. When we met Linda in 2010, she was 200 pounds heavier than she is today. Linda walked the 5K at Race for the Place with much difficulty in 2010. Even though Linda trained, she struggled to finish the walk. She started Weight Watchers and participated in Race for the Place each year and the walking got easier.

On January 2, 2014, Linda hit her goal of losing 200 pounds. Linda had been toying with the idea of running the 5K and asked her doctor, who is also a runner, if he thought it would be okay. He said, “Oh yes, you lost 200 pounds by changing your lifestyle, you can run a 5K.” Linda says she trained a little, she didn’t think enough, and got out there and did her best. She ran with two buddies Terry Joyce and Rena Balla who kept pace with her and provided encouragement. She notes that as she came into the home stretch she was beginning to feel tired but a little boy started running beside her. He was talking to Linda’s friend Terry and they learned that he was running because his mother died of breast cancer. “I pushed myself to keep running to the finish line. I finished for his mother. Don’t know his name or his mother’s name but I finished running for them,” says Linda.

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See Jane Run

Tara Jane Neiman was an avid runner, but after her diagnosis of stage 3 melanoma 18 months ago See Jane Run Teamher view of running changed. The melanoma moved into the lymph nodes in her legs and caused her to lose feeling there so she became afraid to run. Tara met with our physical therapist Beth Roth who helped Tara realize that she really could run. Tara became convinced and decided to form a team for Race for the Place. Using her middle name Jane she dubbed her team ‘See Jane Run’. Her goal was to have 15 team members and raise $750. Instead Tara’s team had 47 members and raised $3,000. Sometimes when you think you can’t, you really can!!

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Powerfully Symbolic

Three Cancer Survivors Completing the 5K

Diane Moser is pictured on the left in the pink hat.

When we sent out our last email about Race for the Place we shared a photo of three cancer survivors making their way towards the finish line. One of those survivors, Diane Moser, reached out to ask for a copy after seeing herself in the photo . She notes, “Being well and able to run that race meant the world to me and my husband. While we were running, my 16 year old son helped my 74 year old mother on the one mile by walking with her and carrying her chair in case she needed to stop and rest a little. It was a powerfully symbolic day for us.” Diane was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and received a kidney transplant in 2012. Powerful indeed!

Fit In A Minute

April 20th, 2014

At The Gathering Place we recognize the important role that exercise can play in helping to address the side effects from cancer treatment like fatigue, muscle loss, loss of balance, strength and flexibility. We offer a number of exercise programs at our Richman Family Wellness Center in Beachwood and at our location in Westlake. If you are interested in learning more about our exercise program email our physical therapist Beth Roth.  Click here to see a listing of our exercise programs.

Follow our weekly segments Fit in A Minute, with our certified fitness trainer Stephen Cerne, for information, tips and videos that demonstrate effective exercises that you can do at home. Check out this latest segment on resistance training.

For more information on the importance of exercise and cancer treatment click here.

For more information on exercise and cancer survivorship click here

Healthy Minute

April 20th, 2014

Thanks for checking out our short video segments that share recipes and tips from A to Z on preparing foods that are nutritious, delicious and have cancer fighting benefits. Each segment is only one minute long and you can visit our blog page for more videos and recipes.  Our latest installment is below.

 

Steamed Halibut with Ginger and Green Beans

From the American Institute for Cancer Research (www.aicr.org)

·       Light, different and tasty all describe this week’s recipe. Since it features fish, you can add to that list a healthy measure of nutritional value.

·       The name “halibut” originates from the Middle English term hali, meaning holy, because the fish was often eaten only on holy and fasting days. And since butte meant flatfish, the halibut could be literally known as “holy flatfish.”

·       Ecologically, Pacific halibut is a good choice and it contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Steaming it produces a nice light flaky texture.

·       The coarse sea salt with its crusty quality and hint of ocean-like flavor is the ideal rub for the fish. The ginger imparts a pungent and spicy quality. The soy sauce gives a pleasant Asian accent.

·       The sesame oil, with its rich amber color and aroma, is a great way to cut out the butter normally associated with cooking fish. Sesame oil’s smokiness blends well with the somewhat sweet essence of the peanut oil producing a distinctive flavor. The cilantro completes the combination of oils and provides a sprinkle of color to the fillets.

·       The green beans add color and fresh garden taste and texture to the dish. So take a break from baked, poached or fried fish and create a dish that is sure to surprise and please.

Steamed Halibut with Ginger and Green Beans

*     1 lb. fresh green beans

*     1 lb. halibut (4 fillets), rinsed and patted dry with paper towel

*     1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt

*     1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger

*     3 Tbsp. thinly sliced green onions

*     1 Tbsp. low-sodium dark soy sauce

*     1 Tbsp. peanut oil

*     1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil

*     1/4 cup fresh cilantro sprigs, lightly packed

Steam green beans for about 5 minutes and set aside.

Gently rub both sides of the fillets with salt. Place them onto a heatproof ceramic dish. Sprinkle ginger over top.

Place dish onto a steamer over several inches of boiling water and cover. Gently steam fillets for 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove ceramic dish from steamer. Sprinkle green onions and drizzle soy sauce over fillets.

Heat peanut and sesame oils in small skillet over medium high heat until they just begin to smoke. Then carefully pour on top of fillets. Use caution because hot oil will cause onion and residual water on fillets to pop and spatter. Arrange green beans around fillets. Garnish fish with cilantro and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 200 calories, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 8 g carbohydrate,
26 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 410 mg sodium.

New Exhibits at The Gathering Place Art Galleries

April 15th, 2014

The Gathering Place announces two new exhibits at our west and east-side galleries, each featuring works by our participants.

The work of Adrianne Pitts graces our halls on the east side.  Pitts sites art therapy at The Gathering Place as renewing her passion for creating original work.  The power of her work is obvious as viewers become entranced with her deep colors and dynamic lines.

On the west side, we feature pieces that were previously on display as part of Progressive’s Art of Giving campaign.  Look for photographs, sculptures and paintings by our participants, some of which evoke stillness and peace and some that represent the turmoil that can accompany the cancer journey.

We are proud to display pieces that have provided those touched by cancer with such powerful means of expression and contemplation.  We invite you to visit our galleries to see the works of art!

Visit Our Art Galleries page to learn more about our exhibits.

Celebrating our Caring Community Spring 2014

April 7th, 2014

The Gathering Place is proud to be a part of a generous and giving community in Northeast Ohio.

We are honored to receive donations and funds that support our free programs & services for those touched by cancer.  

A special thank you to our spring 2014 Caring Community. 

 “Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…

“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” 

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

The Gathering Place is so grateful to the individuals and organizations, our sunshine and rain, whose incredible support will allow us to continue to grow and flourish for many seasons to come. 

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Healthy Minute – G is for Greens

March 4th, 2014

Get your Greens on with this week’s Healthy Minute. Learn about the cholesterol lowering and cancer fighting benefits of Collards. Brought to you by our registered dietitian Beth Roth.

 

Citrus Collards with Raisins Redux

Ingredients

  • 2 large bunches collard greens, ribs removed, cut into a chiffonade, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Preparation

In a large pot over high heat, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt. Add the collards and cook, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes, until softened. Meanwhile, prepare a large bowl of ice water to cool the collards.

Remove the collards from the heat, drain, and plunge them into the bowl of cold water to stop cooking and set the color of the greens. Drain by gently pressing the greens against a colander.

In a medium-size sauté pan, combine the olive oil and the garlic and raise the heat to medium. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the collards, raisins, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add orange juice and cook for an additional 15 seconds. Do not overcook (collards should be bright green). Season with additional salt to taste if needed and serve immediately. (This also makes a tasty filling for quesadillas.)

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Chiffonade: The chiffonade cut is used to produce very fine threads of leafy fresh herbs as well as greens and other leafy vegetables. First, remove any tough stems that would prevent the leaf from being rolled tightly (reserve them for stocks or salads). Next, stack several leaves, roll them widthwise into a tight cylinder, and slice crosswise.

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American Institute of Cancer Research

Healthy Minute – E is for Eggplant

February 25th, 2014

Ahhhh, the big beautiful purple eggplant. Once you realize how good it tastes and how good it is for you, you’ll run right out and make the recipe that our registered dietitian talks about in this week’s ‘Healthy Minute’. The recipe is a family favorite of Toni Lecorchick, a participant at The Gathering Place.

 

 

Zarcusa

(From The Romanian Way of Cooking)

1 lg or 2 med. eggplants roasted, peeled & cut into large cubes

2 lg. green peppers roasted, peeled, seeded & cut into large cubes (about 1 inch square)

2 lg. red peppers same as green peppers

2-3 med onions coarsely chopped

2 med.- lg. carrots sliced thin

1/4 cup olive oil

1-2 T.. cooking oil

tomato sauce

1 bay leaf

2 peppercorns or pepper to taste

3/4-1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp. basil

1 garlic clove minced

Salt to taste (optional)

Roast eggplants & peppers at 400 degrees until skins are can be peeled. Chop into large 1inch squares.  While peppers & eggplants are roasting, saute onions & carrots in cooking oil until onions are soft & golden but not brown. Add all remaining ingredients including eggplant & peppers.  Add enough tomato sauce to cover all ingredients, pour olive oil over top & cook on low for 30-45 mins.  

Let cool to room temperature.

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The Gail Bash Memorial Symposium: Understanding BRCA 1 & 2

February 20th, 2014

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming Understanding BRCA 1 & 2 program for women affected by the breast and/or ovarian cancer gene and those who support them. This day-long symposium is in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. Please click here for more details and to register.

 

Healthy Minute – D is for Dill

February 18th, 2014

Dill isn’t just a pretty herb. It’s filled with great nutrients and when added to dips can make even the healthiest dish taste sinfully delicious.

Tzatziki sauce

2 cups plain Greek Yogurt (lowfat)

1 cup diced seedless cucumber

2T fresh lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, minced

2T fresh dill, finely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl combine greek yogurt, cucmber, lemon juice, garlic and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

*Note-Serve with vegetables, pita bread, crackers, falafel, meat/fish, souvlaki, or gyros. Will keep in the refrigerator 2-3 days. Stir before serving.

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If you like this Tzatziki Sauce, you might also like:

Swiss Chard Tzatziki from Simply Recipes
Tzatziki Chicken Salad from Poor Girl Eats Well
Cucumber & Yogurt Salad with Feta & Dill from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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