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Volume 1, Issue 1 February - 2013

Alma J.

Bridging the gap between conventional and integrative cancer treatments, one person at a time

The Alma J. Cameron Foundation for Cancer Awareness Quarterly Newsletter

Artwork by Alma J. Cameron

STAFF Regina S. Cameron President/CEO Marilyn Johnson Consultant Mrs. Alma J. Cameron

Board Members George F. Cameron, Chair

William Hawkins, Treasurer Sharon Curry-Drew Genita B. Ingram

Board Advisors Randall Maxey, MD Nick Thomas, Sr. Partner Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Welcome New Members Nick Thomas Newsletter Contributors Regina Cameron Trudi Taylor Marilyn Johnson Cover Art: by Alma J. Cameron courtesy of Dr. Elmer Jones & Gayle Jones, Esq. in Hartford, Ct

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT “Kicking off 2013” th

We are looking forward to the Year Ahead! May 11 will mark the official launch of our Inaugural AJCF Fundraiser Hike for Patient Support. The Alma J. Cameron Foundation for Cancer Awareness’ primary goal for 2013 is to support 50 underprivileged women of color in South Los Angeles, for integrative cancer treatment at the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. Did you know that just one thousand dollars ($1,000) will provide support for one person for a full year of services at the Simms/Mann facility? I know that together we will not only reach our goal, but exceed it. Today, lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are older than 65; fewer than 3% of all cases are found in people under the age of 45. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 71. I know that together we will make a difference and continue to… “Bridge the gap between conventional and integrative cancer treatments, one person at a time.” Regina S. Cameron, President

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Wells Fargo Partners with the AJCF A very special thank you to Mr. Jonathan Weedman, VP, at Wells Fargo Foundation. We at the Alma J. Cameron Foundation for Cancer Awareness are looking forward to fostering a long relationship with our new partners.


Cristal Rivera-Mitchel (1st Grantee /Former Board Member) & Regina Cameron (Founder/President)


Grant received from GHT Wells Fargo Foundation Status of Cancer 2013 Consultant Marilyn Johnson volunteering her service to the AJCF AJCF 2013 Inaugural Griffith Park Walk/Hike [Type a quote from the document or the summary of an interesting point. You can position the text box anywhere in the document. Use the Text Box Tools tab to change the formatting of the pull quote text box.] According to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, one can easily see that we have been making progress in the treatment of certain tumors. Unfortunately, further analysis of this report also shows that the rates of human papillomavirus-related cancers are still quite high. Click to read more KnowCancer

Inaugural AJCF Lung Cancer Awareness Reflections Hike Nov. 2013 Timeline 2012-2013 Health Tips for Healthier Lungs

The Status of Cancer in 2013

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2012 Marilyn Johnson Joins AJCF Staff as Pro Bona Consultant Marilyn Johnson of MJ Organizational Development Consulting has teamed up with the AJCF Pro Bona to get the foundation on track for 2013 with assistance in Fund and Board Development, as Marilyn Johnson, Consultant well as Capacity Building. The AJCF team is ecstatic to have Ms. Johnson’s business acumen and planning expertise to facilitate a successful year. Marilyn Johnson O. D. Consulting provides organizational development and Capacity Building services to nonprofit social justice and social service programs in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. She helps her clients develop strategies to accomplish their missions, and to increase their impact and effectiveness. Ms. Johnson’s services and areas of expertise include: Executive Coaching, Strategic Planning, Board Development, Fund Development, and Community Needs Assessments. Her network of providers and consultants also include specialists in accounting and financial management systems, technology, business development for micro-entrepreneurs, and human resources.


re-organizational purposes

President/CEO, Regina Cameron began MBA Program in Nonprofit Management at the American Jewish University





Met with Senior staffer, Beatriz Solis at California Endowment accompanied by Marily Johnson

Acqusitioned & Implemented Quickbooks for Nonprofits from TechSoup

Delivered Cancer Care Package to Cristal from AJCF

Conducted funding analysis to identy grant makers.

Griffth Park Fundriser Hike for Patient Support

Met with Rockefeller Foundation Philianthropic Advisory


Grant Application submission Board Meeeting Strategic Plann Phase I Begins


Fundraising Plan Phase II Schedule Board Retreat Confirm event Sponsors Order event collaterials Event run through


Submit grant application Strategic PLan Phase II Strategic Plan Phase III Fundraising Srategy Phase III


Newsletter Issue 2 Release Board Retreat Grant Application submission


Begin Nov Hike Preperations

Hike Event Evaluation Grant Application submission

Began grant writing process for foundation and corporation grants


Consultants, Mayilyn Johnson and Dr. Carladenise Edwards review & edit grant applications

Grant Application submission


Cristal Riveria-Mitchel our board member& first grantee passed away

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Nick Thomas , Senior Partner at Gibson , Dunn & Crutcher accept invitatin to AJCF Advisory Board

Yer End Appeal - I



Submitted 4 grant proposals


Wells Fargo New Parnership UniHeath Declination Letter Received


Presient/CEO Joined LinkedIn Board Connect Moved to temp office space thanks to Boad Advisor Dr. Randel Maxey


Johnson GrantMarily declination letters Consultant offers received from Weingart services Pro Bona & CalWellness


Began Development on May Fundraiser Griffith Park Hike

Annual Appeal Year End Appeal - II



AJCF Inaugural Lung Cancer Awareness Hike

Board Meeting FInacnial Report Newsletter Vol 4 Annual Thank you

Mr. Thomas graduated with honors from the University of Arizona in 1974, where he majored in accounting and finance and from the University of Arizona College -Continued Pg 4

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Welcome Nick Thomas We would like to formally welcome our newest member to the Advisory Board. Mr. Nicholas Thomas. Mr. Thomas is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's Los Angeles office; J. Nicholson Thomas joined the firm's Tax Department in 1982. Mr. Thomas' tax Nick Thomas, Sr. Partner Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP experience is broad based, and includes extensive activity in the areas of corporate, real estate, partnership, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and international tax matters.

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Welcome Nick Thomas – Continued from Pg 3

Thank You to Our Awesome Partners of Law in 1977. Prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Mr. Thomas was a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick from 1978 to 1981. A member of the American, California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations, Mr. Thomas has written on a wide range of topics and has been a frequent lecturer before various bar association, continuing education and special interest groups, including the Practicing Law Institute, USC Tax Institute and the NYU Tax Institute.


HIKE 4 Integrative Cancer Patient Support

Reserve your place at the AJCF’s Inaugrual Griffith Park Hike in May for Cancer Patient Support

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Bring the family and friends as we begin the day with fresh air, exercise, enlightenment and enjoyment at the first AJCF Griffith Park Hike Fundraiser May 11th. The inaugural hike fundraiser is a grassroots effort to raise funds to sponsor 50 cancer patients for integrative cancer treatments at the Simms/Man UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. Contact 323.960.5006 to Volunteer. Please visit for complete updates and sponsorship or emila us at .

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Integrative Cancer Care Defined

A Note from Cristal

Integrative cancer care is a comprehensive health care approach that addresses the needs of the physical body, immune system, mind, emotions and spirituality, not just the illness, tumor or compromised part of the body. The integrative cancer care approach respects that illness-specifically cancer, can be multifactorial with 'multiple' causes, in which the goal of integrative care is to address the patients’ whole-body, mind and spirit.

Remembering Cristal Rivera-Mitchel

2012 Supporters

Antonio R. Villaraigosa Wearing AJCF Lung Cancer Awareness Bracelet

Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men

Cristal Rivera Mitchel, Nico (Son) & Amber (Life Partner)

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Don’t smoke anything - Smoking is, hands down, the worst thing you can do to your lungs on a regular basis. There's no safe threshold when it comes to smoking, Dr. Edelman, chief medical officer at the American Lung Association) says; the more you smoke, the greater your risk of lung cancer and COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Secondhand smoke is harmful, too, and there's mounting evidence that even thirdhand smoke -- or just being in an environment where people have smoked -- is dangerous. It's not enough to skip only cigarettes. Pipes, cigars, or marijuana can harm lungs too. 2. Exercise - Exercise in itself won't make your lungs stronger. The better your cardio-respiratory fitness, the easier it is for your lungs to keep your heart and muscles supplied with oxygen. Regular exercise is particularly important if you have chronic lung disease; your lungs need all the help they can get. If cold air triggers your asthma symptoms, use a scarf or face mask to warm the air before it hits your lungs. 3. Eat Right - There is evidence that antioxidantrich foods are good for your lungs. (Research suggests it has to be food, not supplements.) A 2010 study found that people who consumed the most cruciferous vegetables *(broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bokchoy, kale and more) had almost half the risk of lung cancer compared to those who consumed the least. 4. Check for Radon - Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in the ground. It typically leaks into a house through cracks in the foundation and walls. Radon is the main cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and the second-leading cause of the disease after smoking according to the American Lung Association.

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5. Know the signs - Wheezing, coughing up blood or coughing up phlegm for more than a month are also problematic, and if you have chest pain lasting a month or longer, get it checked out, particularly if breathing in or coughing makes it worse or if you notice a change in your voice. *Cruciferousvegetables are vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae). -Source

Tips for Healthy Conversation Reprint by Anne Coscarelli, PhD.

Communication is listening and talking. Listening is not passive. Being a good listener is a skill that requires practice. A good listener ... sits quietly doesn't interrupt lets the other person express an entire thought or feeling acknowledges understanding by repeating back statements shows interest and support with ... eye contact nodding the head reaching out and touching supportive statements. Each person must have the freedom to express feelings, needs, and concerns. Feelings should not be judges as bad or good. Expressions of feelings or concerns should begin with "I" statements. Examples of supportive statements: I hear what you're saying I understand I care about what you think and feel I don't know what you need; tell me I'm here for you Your feelings are yours and I'll listen I'm trying to understand you.

Reprint authorized by, Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology *Dr. Anne Coscarelli is Executive Director of the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology

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Your continued generous support is genuinely appreciated. Please consider making a donation today…

To make a donation please print & fill out the form below and fax, email or drop it in your mail box. Thank you!

5424 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste 125F Valley Village, CA 91607 Call us at 323.960.5006 Fax. 323.417.5085 or Email AJCF’S GOAL IS TO RAISE $50K FOR CANCER PATIENT SUPPORT

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