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Bush Shaves Head For Cancer Victim

President George H.W. Bush with Patrick (last name withheld at family's request), 2, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush this week joined members of his Secret Service detail in shaving his head to show solidarity for Patrick, who is the son of one of the agents. The child is undergoing treatment for leukemia and is losing his hair as a result. (AP Photo/Office of George Bush)

Question: Do you think you'd look good with a shaved head?

Sister’s Shaved Head Creates Row

Melanie Strandberg shaved her head to support her sister, Marisa Lowe. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

There was no doubt in Melanie Strandberg’s mind when her sister was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer. She had to shave her head. She’d already done it once. Marisa Lowe, now 24, was first diagnosed with cancer in February 2012, and Strandberg shaved her hair to support the sister she calls her best friend. This time, when 25-year-old Strandberg’s employer told her she had to hide her bald head with a wig, there was no doubt in her mind what she had to do: She resigned. In a move that rapidly went viral, Strandberg quit her job as a salon supervisor at La Rive Spa at Northern Quest Resort and Casino last Thursday/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.

Question: Would you shave your head to support a friend diagnosed with cancer?

Woman Quits Job To Back Sick Sister

A Spokane woman who shaved her head as a show of solidarity for her sister who has cancer quit her job at Northern Quest Casino after she was made to feel embarrassed for shaving her head. Friends and family who shave their heads in support of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy are sometimes told to cover up because their look is offensive. In this case Melanie Strandberg wouldn't stand for it, and her stand has sparked a firestorm of support from the worldwide cancer community. Melanie's sister Marissa has cancer. First it was ovarian but now cancer has attached her sister's colon. “She's amazing; she's the most amazing person I know,” Strandberg said. Marissa's chemotherapy treatment starts this Thursday so, two weeks ago, to show her support for her sister, Strandberg shaved her head/Colleen O'Brien, KXLY. More here. (KXLY photo)

Question: Am I the only one here who thinks Northern Quest Casino botched this situation, big time?

Study: Sunscreen Slows Aging

New research offers convincing proof that daily sunscreen use can slow the signs of aging and protect against cancer to boot. Wait. Daily? Yes, every day, the whole year round. Of those who took part in the years-long research and were assigned to use sunscreen daily — and presumably said in earnest, “Yes, we'll rub this on every single day” — most of them cheated. The researchers knew that because they periodically weighed the bottles of sunscreen. The team said that about three-quarters of those assigned to use sunscreen daily actually applied it three to four days a week, according to the Associated Press/Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you use sunscreen every time you're at the beach or have more skin exposed than usual?

Cancer Survivors Increase By 1/3

The number of Americans living with cancer will increase by nearly a third to almost 18 million by 2022, according to a report released on Thursday by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. Researchers found that even though the incidence rates of cancer are decreasing, the number of cancer survivors is on the rise due to a growing - and aging - U.S. population. The incidence of cancer rises dramatically with age. The report concluded that the expanding population of cancer survivors makes it increasingly important that the medical community understand their unique healthcare needs/Debra Sherman, Reuters. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes of a woman applying makeup after losing hair during chemotherapy)

Question: Have you or a loved one survived cancer?

Aspirin A Day Keeps Cancer Away?

Many doctors recommend that patients take a daily dose of aspirin to reduce their risk for a future heart attack or stroke. Now three new studies suggest taking the cheap powdery pill every day can also reduce a person's risk for cancer, or prevent the disease from getting worse in patients who already have it. The studies, all led by Professor Peter M. Rothwell, a professor of clinical neurology at the University of Oxford in the U.K. are published in the March 20 issue of The Lancet and The Lancet Oncology/Ryan Jaslow, CBS News. More here.

Question: Do you take an aspirin daily?

Beauty Queen Cuts Hair For Charity

Miss Chugiak-Eagle River Debbe Ebben poses for a photo on Wednesday in Town Square Park in Anchorage, Alaska, as a moose lies near a tree in the background . Ebben, who will compete for the title of Miss Alaska in June, had her head shaved to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which gives grants for child cancer research. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

Question: Is there a cause that would prompt you to shave your head to raise money for?

Future Of Snakepit In Jeopardy

Rocky Mountain Oysters have been on the menu at the Enaville Resort since the 1950's. Now, the dish, as well as the future of the Snakepit, are in jeopardy as owners Joe & Rose Mary Peak battle health issues. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Joe Peak (pictured) remembers the first time he walked into the Snakepit. “The bar was three deep with loggers and miners,” Peak said. A jewel- bedecked, elaborately dressed woman tended the bar. Paintings and stuffed animals and Western memorabilia covered the walls and hung from the ceiling. Smoke thickened the air. It was January 1978. “It was surreal, it really was,” he said. “A pretty rowdy bunch.” Within weeks, he owned the place with a partner. Since then, Peak and his wife, Rose Mary, have kept the Snakepit, aka the Enaville Resort, open virtually every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas – a place for a meal, a drink (legal or otherwise), some gossip, a dish of complimentary huckleberry ice cream and a blast of wood-hewn “atmosphere”/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever eaten Rocky Mountain oysters?

Health Issues Force Snakepit To Shut

The future of the historic Enaville Resort (also known as the Snakepit) is uncertain now that owners Joe and Mary Peak are both battling cancer. Visitors to the famed eatery/tavern found this message on a whiteboard under the word “CLOSED” printed in capital letters Friday: “Due to ongoing medical issues we will be closed for some projects. It has been our sincere pleasure to serve you since 1978 - 2 days closed each year! Stay in touch … Rose Mary & Joe need your support.” In a Coeur d'Alene Press weekend story, Peak, who has operated the Enaville Resort with his wife since 1978, said he had a stem cell transplant in his battle with cancer and his wife is in Hospice care. He said quietly: “I don't know what we're going to do.” The Shoshone News-Press is asking readers for testimonials for a special edition to be devoted to the Peaks. You can read a 1997 SR story by Bekka Rauve about them here. And see a 2007 video by Annie Bishop here.

Question: When did you last visit the Snakepit (Enaville Resort)?

Idaho Teen Dies After Birthing Son

In this Dec. 6 photo, Jenni Lake's son, Chad Michael Lake Wittman, drinks from a bottle at the family's home in Pocatello. Jenni Lake, who decided against treatment for tumors on her brain and spine so she could carry the baby, died of cancer on Nov. 21, 12 days after giving birth to Chad. (AP Photo/James B. Hale)

Jenni Lake gave birth to a baby boy the month before her 18th birthday, though she was not destined to become just another teenage mother. That much, she knew. While being admitted to the hospital, she pulled her nurse down to her at bed level and whispered into her ear. The nurse would later repeat the girl's words to comfort her family, as their worst fears were realized a day after Jenni's baby was born. “She told the nurse, 'I'm done, I did what I was supposed to. My baby is going to get here safe,'” said Diana Phillips, Jenni's mother/Jessie L. Bonner, AP. More here. (AP photo)


Cashy’s Tumor Returns

Cashy Hyde is one of those kids you don't forget. When I met him in April, he was about to turn 3 and didn't seem to have a care in the world. He was playing with his brother, climbing on his dad's lap and, generally, just being a kid. Behind those big brown eyes (and, gorgeous long eyelashes), you could barely see a hint of all that he'd been through. He played quietly while his dad told the tale of a brain tumor diagnosis, more near-death experiences than you can count and of the uncertainty of knowing whether or not your child would live until morning. Mike Hyde also told me — unflinchingly — of his decision to give his Cashy cannabis oil in his feeding tube to help ease his pain and cure his nausea. It was easy for Mike to tell the story - he believed in what he did. And, his son was finally cancer-free with his whole life ahead of him/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here. (KXLY photo)

DFO: This one hits close to home. I have a child who was diagnosed with a cancer tumor at 3 months old. I know what it's like to sit in a waiting room while a doctor operates to save his life. And what it's like to watch him sick in a hospital room as a result of chemotherapy when the world goes on around you.

Question: Have you ever thanked God for the health of your children?

INW News: Fighting Cancer Homeless

Alicia Ponce-Myers, 12, has spent the past month in a Sacred Heart Children's Hospital room recovering from cancer. Alicia and her family, from Tonasket, Wash., are homeless and lived in a tent. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Bennett: Can You Hear Me Now?

Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Harmon Killebrew Ends Cancer Fight

Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew says he will no longer fight esophageal cancer and is settling in for the final days of his life. The Minnesota Twins released a statement on Friday from Killebrew, who was diagnosed with the disease in December. “It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end,” the former Twins and Washington Senators star said. “With the continued love and support of my wife, Nita, I have exhausted all options with respect to controlling this awful disease. My illness has progressed beyond my doctors' expectation of cure”/ More here. (AP file photo: Harmon Killebrew poses with a statue of him unveiled near Target Field in Minneapolis April 3, 2010.)

Question: Did you know that baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew is from Payette, Idaho?

Payette’s Killebrew Battles Cancer

Former Minnesota Twins baseball player Harmon Killebrew poses with a statue of him unveiled near Target Field in Minneapolis in this April 3, 2010, file photo. Killebrew, a native of Payette, Idaho, played major league baseball for 22 years and was the American MVP in 1969 and lead the Twins to the World Series in 1965. The Hall of Famer issued a statement today re: his battle with esophageal cancer. More here. (AP Photo/Andy King)

Question: Who is the greatest athlete to come from Idaho?

Second Round of Chemo for Chatterbox

chatterbox on May 22 at 10:50 a.m.

Chilian Sea Bass. Blackened for the hubby & birthday boy (who turns 16 today)…maybe a little lemon pepper for me. The stomach is a little queasy today. 2nd round of chemo yesterday.

Please join me in keeping Chatterbox in our thoughts and prayers.

Husky: Media Foster Cancer Scare

The media seem to have their focus on cancer recently, constantly giving the public updates on studies and causes. With all of this flying at us at once, how can one possibly take it all in and therefore heed the advice given? Jade Goody (pictured), a British reality show star who got her fame on “Big Brother,” is a 27-year-old terminally ill cancer patient. Her cervical cancer spread to her liver, groin and bowel, and she has said she will die during March. She’s done various interviews about her illness and even wed her husband on TV Feb. 22. “I’ve lived in front of cameras,” Goody told the Daily Mail Reporter. “And maybe I’ll die in front of them”/Kelsey Husky, UI Argonaut. More here.

Question: Kelsey Husky goes on to say that studies show that cancer is more survivable than ever. She goes on to say that the media should provide updates on possible cures rather than focus largely on dying patients. Do you agree?

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