RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 12 When running was no longer enough,this weight-loss support group turned relay team, wondered what their next wayto raise funds for breast cancer research would be. Maria Fernandez and themembers of TeamGDT thought not everyone runs, but everyone eats; their newcookbook, "Eat for the Cure", was a great answer to not only raise awarenessbut to touch the lives of those that have been affected by breast cancer.
While training for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure the team, now 60members strong, collected the recipes they traded when they were trying tohelp each other lose weight. It wasn't until one of the support group'smembers announced that she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer that findinganother way to fundraise and educate those about research became a toppriority. "When you're trying to lose weight, food is a major topic ofconversation. As we began our mission to help the Komen Foundation, turningthe many recipes we shared throughout the years on our message board, it justseemed natural for this to be our next project to honor those in the group andin our lives," says author and charter team member Maria Fernandez.
The recipes and the creation of "Eat for the Cure" were submitted not onlyby the members of TeamGDT, but also by the larger online community. Theseoriginal recipes were handed down family traditions or created by teammembers. Designs for the book were provided by team members as well. "Thiscollection was submitted by an amazing group of women and reflects thediversity of people that have been affected by this plight," says Fernandez.
After Fernandez started work on the cookbook, she was referred to Lulu.comby another TeamGDT member. "To see my dream realized, I couldn't help but beproud; not only of what I've done, but the tireless work of those who helpedme bring it to fruition," she said.
"Eat for the Cure" (http://www.lulu.com/content/830486) is a great exampleof a new way to raise not only awareness but funds for your charity of choice."Eat for the Cure" is available for download or purchase. All proceeds go tothe Komen Foundation, and Fernandez says of the cookbook, "This is our way ofgiving back."
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