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THANC Foundation
Head & Neck and Thyroid Cancer Research, Education & Patient Support
Head & Neck and Thyroid Cancer Research, Education & Patient Support


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On July 29th, the THANC team was invited to present cutting edge research at the World Congress on Thyroid Cancer.#WCTC2017 #thyroidcancer
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Five years ago, Caitlyn Hendrie's grandmother, Joan Burgess passed away from anaplastic thyroid cancer, which is rare and aggressive. Shortly thereafter, Caitlyn discovered the THANC Foundation and sent us an email hoping to team up to raise money. She and her mother, Karen Donikowski, wanted to hold an event in honor of Joan, and in support of the Foundation’s mission. From that initial exchange of emails, they established the first Check-Up from the Neck Up Benefit which was a huge success. Each year, Caitlyn and Karen have organized the whole affair with the help of their tight-knit circle of friends and family in order to hold the annual Check Up From the Neck Up each September - the month Joan had passed away. They have raised money by doing things such as selling t-shirts, holding events at local restaurants, partnering with local baseball teams, and receiving donations. Since that first fundraiser in 2012, the crowd and the prizes have gotten bigger, as well as the amount they have raised. In 2016 they had to move the event to a larger to space to accommodate the growing crowd where they raised nearly $3500 for THANC! Caitlyn Hendrie is a vibrant, enterprising young woman, which she clearly has learned from her mother, Karen Donikowski, who is a strong and passionate woman. Their tireless efforts and tremendous endurance show that it only takes a bit of willpower and a big heart to achieve outstanding results. This year's Check Up From The Neck Up is superhero themed, because we are all super heroes - finding the strength to persevere through the toughest times.

#30days #30stories #fundraising #makingadifference #thyroidcancer #thyroidawareness
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This head & neck friendly recipe is our go-to for summer pot-luck meals! Baked Ziti with Summer Veggies is easy, popular, and delicious! #FoodyFriday

Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables

4 oz ... Ziti
1 T ... Olive oil
2 c .... Yellow squash, chopped
1 c ... Zucchini, chopped
1/2 c ... Onions, chopped
2 c ... Tomato, chopped
2 ... Garlic cloves, minced
3/4 c ... Mozzarella cheese, part-skim; shredded 7 divided
2 T ... Basil, freshly chopped
2 T ... Oregano, freshly chopped
3/4 tsp ... Salt, divided
1/8 tsp ... Red pepper
1/2 c ... Ricotta, fat-free
1 ... Egg, large; lightly beaten
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Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; put aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to the pan. Add squash, zucchini, and onions; saute 5 minutes. Add tomato and garlic, saute 3 minutes.

Remove from heat; stir in pasta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, herbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes.

Combine ricotta, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and egg. Stir into pasta mixture. Spoon into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.

Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly and browned. Pass the pasta!

For more delicious recipes check out our very own cookbook titled, "THANC the Cook," on GooglePlay!
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Still looking for the perfect summer salad? Look no further! Try this simple and delicious Cranberry-Walnut-Feta Salad! #FoodyFriday

Cranberry-Walnut-Feta Salad

4 c ... Mixed salad greens
1-1/2 c ... Dried cranberries
8 oz ... Feta cheese, crumbled
1 c ... Walnuts, toasted
4 T ... White balsamic vinegar
1 T ... Honey
1 tsp ... Dijon mustard
Black pepper, to taste
1/2 c ... Extra virgin olive oil

Toss greens, cranberries, cheese, and walnuts in a large bowl. Mix vinegar, honey, mustard, and pepper with wire whisk until well blended. Gradually add olive oil, whisking constantly until well blended. Pour over salad. Toss to coat.

Serves 4-6.

For more delicious thyroid and head & neck friendly recipes, check out our very own cookbook, "THANC the Cook," on Google Play!
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Who do you know bravely taking on thyroid #cancer? Add them to our #FacesOfCourage. Share. Encourage. Inspire.
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Are you a thyroid #cancer #survivor? Share your story. Inspire others just beginning their journey. #FacesOfCourage
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Know anyone fighting #thyroid #cancer? Share their story. Choose them for our #FacesOfCourage. Let's Inspire others.
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Have you seen our #FacesOfCourage gallery? We want to share more inspiring stories. Give hope to others w/ #cancer.
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Are you a caregiver for a loved one with cancer? Are you taking care of yourself as well? #wellnesswednesday
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When our surgeons need to join blood vessels or other tiny structures, they operate under a special surgical microscope. #TechTuesday #microsurgery
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