Bite Me Cancer Foundation

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Bite Me Cancer was started by Nikki Ferraro in April 2010 as a Relay For Life team. Nikki decided to participate in Relay after she was diagnosed in April 2010 with a rare form of thyroid cancer. She and her team raised over $20,000! Once Relay was over, Nikki decided to keep the name, start a foundation and try to help others dealing with cancer.
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Bite Me Cancer is a 501(c) 3 organization. Our goal is to raise money to fund thyroid cancer research, to raise awareness of thyroid cancer, which is the fastest growing cancer in the country and to support/inspire teens who are surviving all kinds of cancer. Our Teen Support Bags are distributed (for free) to teenagers battling all cancers in hospitals across the country. Accomplishments as of 4/2020: We have shipped out over 7,000 bags to teenagers in every state and DC through over 130 hospital partners. We have also funded 7 thyroid cancer research grants, with our 8th being the focus to raise money in 2020.

Mission: Our mission is to fight cancer through research, education, and inspiration.

Nikki, our founder, loves yoga. We all benefit differently from yoga. The road of yoga is endless - it begins with a pos...
05/09/2020

Nikki, our founder, loves yoga. We all benefit differently from yoga. The road of yoga is endless - it begins with a pose and a thought, and expands into a never-ending path of self discovery and growth.

Here are a few of the benefits of yoga:
🤸‍♀️Feel better in your body and gain more flexibility and strength;
☺️ Reduce inflammation and physical pain;
💕 Improve Heart Health
😎 Clear your mind and have develop better focus;
🧘‍♀️ Reduce anxiety, stress and relieve tension;
🌹 Feel more balanced and resilient emotionally;
🙋‍♀️ Develop a greater sense of connection with yourself (and others)

Happy #FoodFriday! Today’s recipe is another one from @broccyourbody. It’s BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza 😍🍕. Check out the ...
05/08/2020

Happy #FoodFriday! Today’s recipe is another one from @broccyourbody. It’s BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza 😍🍕. Check out the recipe below and the link for further instructions!

Ingredients:
- 1 tortilla
- avocado oil
- BBQ sauce
- mozzarella cheese
- BBQ chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
- spinach
- ranch dressing to serve
- red chili flakes optional

https://broccyourbody.com/2020/04/06/bbq-chicken-tortilla-pizza/

Now more than ever, it’s important for patients, especially cancer patients to advocate for themselves and for their hea...
05/07/2020

Now more than ever, it’s important for patients, especially cancer patients to advocate for themselves and for their health. In fact, I would describe what’s happening in the world right now like a cancer. The coronavirus doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care if you’re young, old, healthy, or have a chronic condition.

In the same way people are advocating for others to stay at home, cancer patients are advocating for more research and better treatment options. They’re letting their voice be heard whether it’s to family member or a large audience. But how do we advocate? I’ll point out a few ways to do so in the upcoming posts.

Happy #NationalNursesDay! Thank you for your continuous help, support, and compassion - especially in our current pandem...
05/06/2020

Happy #NationalNursesDay! Thank you for your continuous help, support, and compassion - especially in our current pandemic. You are our essential workers. You are our heroes!

It's #TestimonialTuesday - check out this awesome feedback we received from a parent of a teen with cancer who received ...
05/05/2020

It's #TestimonialTuesday - check out this awesome feedback we received from a parent of a teen with cancer who received one of our Teen Support Bags!

Today is a special #GivingTuesdayNow to help those going through challenges during this pandemic. Our family at Bite Me ...
05/05/2020

Today is a special #GivingTuesdayNow to help those going through challenges during this pandemic. Our family at Bite Me Cancer can currently afford to sustain our business operations, while those in serious need can and should be helped during this current virus crisis.

If you can, please donate to organizations that can help healthcare workers and other essential workers, community food services, homeless shelters and more. Every dollar counts.

If you can't donate funds, reach out to volunteer in some way or help a neighbor, family member, or friend during this time.

While we are all still sheltering in place, this month we will go over simple tips to stay healthy - both mentally and p...
05/04/2020

While we are all still sheltering in place, this month we will go over simple tips to stay healthy - both mentally and physically - at home!

Due to the pandemic, we have all experienced a change in our lifestyles the past 8 weeks. We had to quickly adapt to new routines and ways of life. For many, this led to feelings of uncertainty and anxiety, which are normal responses to the unknown. We may have noticed worries coming up related to health, finances, or our family.

When we purposefully shift our focus on being in the present and notice the gratitude for all that we do have, we are more likely to enjoy the day in front of us. That is why this week’s simple tip is related to gratitude. Start off your day with a 5 minute gratitude practice to experience peace as you start your day. After waking, take 5 minutes to think about 3 things you are grateful for and write them down in a place that you will see throughout the day. It will be a nice reminder to focus on the good and all that you do have to be thankful for.
Up next week: Physical challenge for your week!

Now more than ever, it’s important for patients, especially cancer patients to advocate for themselves and for their hea...
04/30/2020

Now more than ever, it’s important for patients, especially cancer patients to advocate for themselves and for their health. In fact, I would describe what’s happening in the world right now like a cancer.

The coronavirus doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care if you’re young, old, healthy, or have a chronic condition. In the same way people are advocating for others to stay at home, cancer patients are advocating for more research and better treatment options. They’re letting their voice be heard whether it’s to family member or a large audience. But how do we advocate? I’ll point out a few ways to do so in the upcoming posts.

It's #TestimonialTuesday - this feedback came from one of our hospital partners!
04/28/2020

It's #TestimonialTuesday - this feedback came from one of our hospital partners!

While we discussed stress reduction and eating for the immune system, other lifestyle factors also play a large role in ...
04/27/2020

While we discussed stress reduction and eating for the immune system, other lifestyle factors also play a large role in keeping our bodies healthy. Foremost, sleep is essential for repair and recovery of our bodies, especially if we are fighting off a virus. Any hours of sleep before midnight are twice as valuable as the hours logged after 12 am. Set an alarm to get ready for bed at 9:30 pm and try to be asleep by 10 pm to maximize the positive effects for your body. Aim for about 8 hours, but rest more if you feel tired, as your body may need more if it is working overtime to combat an immune system compromise.

Next, be sure to engage with friends, family, and loved ones! It has been shown that actively engaging in community improves the immune system. While social distancing has posed a challenge for us to have our usual sense of community support, it is important that we still stay in contact with friends and loved ones through Facetime, Skype, or phone calls to continue to get the immune boosting benefits of psychological well-being.

Lastly, be sure that you get movement every day even if it is minimal and gentle. When we are fighting an illness and feel laid up in a bed or couch, we must find a way to provide movement for our lymphatic system to get rid of toxins. A short walk outside in the sunshine may make a difference in your length of illness. Try to get outside for some fresh air, to stretch your legs, and smile at the sun!

Our annual wine dinner would have taken place tonight if not for the stay-at-home virus situation. We are looking forwar...
04/25/2020
RESCHEDULED: "It's In the Bag" Bite Me Cancer's Annual Wine Dinner Now October 4, 2020

Our annual wine dinner would have taken place tonight if not for the stay-at-home virus situation. We are looking forward to a healthy and wonderful 10-year celebration on Oct. 4! Check out info for the event here: https://bitemecancer.networkforgood.com/events/16552-it-s-in-the-bag-bite-me-cancer-s-annual-wine-dinner

"It's In the Bag" reflects our focus on teenagers dealing with cancer and our Teen Support Bag program. This is our 7th annual wine dinner, now called "It's in the Bag!" This year, we will be celebrating the foundation's 10th year and Nikki's 10th "cancerversary!" Our popular annual event brings the...

This is #NationalVolunteerWeek! We are so thankful for all our volunteers over the past 10 years. YOU are our agents of ...
04/24/2020

This is #NationalVolunteerWeek! We are so thankful for all our volunteers over the past 10 years. YOU are our agents of change, and we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for Bite Me Cancer! Our foundation has no paid staff, so your dedication and support is even more cherished!

I knew that a cancer diagnosis could mean potential hair loss, especially for patients who undergo chemotherapy. However...
04/23/2020

I knew that a cancer diagnosis could mean potential hair loss, especially for patients who undergo chemotherapy. However, I still found (and am currently finding) a lot of hair loss even with no chemotherapy treatment. I am consistently finding blankets, jackets, t-shirts, etc. with hair that looks like it could make a wig (I did end up seeing a dermatologist who stated hair loss is normal but can be affected by hormones). This can lead to another issue of becoming a hypochondriac.

After being hit with a cancer diagnosis, I often find myself going to the doctor for the smallest issues, I suppose as a result of instilled fear (which can then lead to fear of an empty wallet because of the number of co-pays being paid). Again, it’s part of the “new normal,” which, unfortunately, not everyone understands. It’s up to us as patients to be the educators, even if all we really want is a nap.

This is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It is so important for our health to take care of our planet. #earthday
04/22/2020

This is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It is so important for our health to take care of our planet. #earthday

Be safe!
04/21/2020

Be safe!

For #TestimonialTuesday, we are sharing this great feedback from a teenager with cancer: “I’m 17 years and dealing with ...
04/21/2020

For #TestimonialTuesday, we are sharing this great feedback from a teenager with cancer: “I’m 17 years and dealing with cancer and chemo treatments. I love my Teen Support Bag and all the items inside! I love the hat and will definitely wear it, and I will also wear the wristbands! Can I have more for my family?”

#MotivationMonday is something we will be doing every Monday! We all can use some positivity! Thank you @Shinetext
04/20/2020

#MotivationMonday is something we will be doing every Monday! We all can use some positivity! Thank you @Shinetext

80% of our immune system is housed in our gut, so we should make sure to take care of this part of the body. This all st...
04/20/2020

80% of our immune system is housed in our gut, so we should make sure to take care of this part of the body. This all starts with a diet of colorful whole foods and hydration. Eating for gut health means creating a balanced microbiome through enough fiber and phytonutrients to absorb the nutrition our body needs. It will likely be easier to grab packaged food or sugary snacks while in quarantine - especially if you are feeling stressed or anxious. But remember, nutrition supports various systems and bodily functions to ensure you stay healthy and feel well! Eating the right foods help to benefit long term cognitive function (your brain power) and your mood.

Try working some of these top immune boosting foods and herbs into your daily life:
• Onions
• Garlic
• Turmeric
• Lemons
• Ginger
• Green Tea

A personal favorite of mine is making chicken bone broth with onions, carrots, garlic, turmeric, and cayenne pepper to stimulate circulation and boost immunity. Another easy health boosting drink is hot water with lemon and raw honey. This is a great way to get a Vitamin C boost, while getting the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits of honey.

Up Next Week: We discuss other lifestyle factors and why stress may be compromising your immune system.

We hope everyone is being safe and staying home! It sure is a challenge sometimes, but so important.
04/18/2020

We hope everyone is being safe and staying home! It sure is a challenge sometimes, but so important.

Happy #FoodFriday! Today, we’re sharing an awesome recipe from @broccyourbody for Lemon Shrimp Pasta! Click the link bel...
04/17/2020

Happy #FoodFriday! Today, we’re sharing an awesome recipe from @broccyourbody for Lemon Shrimp Pasta! Click the link below for the full recipe and instructions! ✨✨

INGREDIENTS:
Pasta of your choice
Broccoli (or any veggie)
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Butter
Garlic
Shrimp (you can use chicken, scallops, or leave it out!)
Breadcrumbs (skip if you don’t have it, or google how to make some out of bread!) Pine nuts (optional!)
Parmesan cheese (leave out if dairy free)
That’s it!!

https://broccyourbody.com/2019/08/13/lemony-shrimp-pasta/

The thyroid gland regulates energy levels, and if your levels are already depleted, whether it be from work, school, par...
04/16/2020

The thyroid gland regulates energy levels, and if your levels are already depleted, whether it be from work, school, parenting, and or other chronic conditions (including mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, etc.), having to get up to start the day can be hard.

Without a thyroid, the situation can be a challenge even with taking thyroid medication. For example, when we could go out, if I was out with family for a long while, I often would have to either sit down for a while or cut the day short, simply because I was too tired. Having this level of fatigue can dampen relationships, and it can affect work productivity.

Getting enough sleep is important, and exercising and eating “right” may help boost energy levels, but you never feel quite the same as before. It’s part of adjusting to the “new normal,” as we’re told.

Be ready! Be safe for yourself and others!
04/15/2020

Be ready! Be safe for yourself and others!

For our #TuesdayTestimonial - we are so grateful that families and teens who receive our bags reach out to us. Hearing f...
04/14/2020

For our #TuesdayTestimonial - we are so grateful that families and teens who receive our bags reach out to us. Hearing from them is humbling, and we love seeing the impact that our bags make. Here is a quote from a mom: “Thank you for your Teen Support Bag! My daughter didn’t smile once while in the hospital for 3 months until she received your bag!”

Stress is a key player in our health. In The Journal of the American Medical Association it has been noted that “the pre...
04/13/2020

Stress is a key player in our health. In The Journal of the American Medical Association it has been noted that “the prevalence of stress in primary care is high. 60% to 80% of visits may have a stress-related component." If stress is the cause of so many ailments, we need to focus on how to best manage our stress to empower our minds and bodies. This starts with keeping the immune system ready to battle any infection you may encounter by managing stress effectively.

Fortunately, you don’t need anything but yourself to accomplish this. Remember that you are in control of your mind and perception of reality. This means you can influence your mind and physical body.

Stress relief techniques can be as simple as the following activities:
• Practice deep belly breathing for 30 seconds a few times per day.
• Take time to journal and reflect on your feelings and what stress you have encountered recently.
• Take a short break from work to watch a funny video or do something you enjoy.

Even taking 5 minutes to create happiness instead of stress can be enough to shift your mindset and boost the immune system.

Up Next Week: We discuss how the foods you're eating could be dampening your immune system.

04/12/2020
This is very true!
04/10/2020

This is very true!

Some people think they “run cold” or “run hot.” When you don’t have a thyroid or you have a thyroid issue, these phrases...
04/09/2020

Some people think they “run cold” or “run hot.” When you don’t have a thyroid or you have a thyroid issue, these phrases can be interchanged at any given time. For example, it could be summer, but I’ll still have myself wrapped in a blanket. “You’re cold?” my coworker asks in disbelief for the fifth time. “Yes,” I say begrudgingly.

What I really want to say is, “Try living without a thyroid.” Part of the thyroid gland’s job is to regulate body temperature. When it’s not working properly (or at all), wearing shorts in the winter or having a fireplace going in the spring is embarrassing if you have a thyroid issue, how do you combat people who insist on asking you if you’re hot or cold all the time?

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Welcome to the Bite Me Cancer "business page." We look forward to sharing foundation news/goals/activities, updates about Nikki, as well as research news, cancer-related updates, and inspirational stories about about those going through the cancer journey. A private group page called Bite Me Cancer Cares has been developed that provides a closed community of support for those teens and young adults who would like a safe and supportive environment to share their thoughts, stories, and victories. If you know a teen or young adult who is battling cancer - any cancer - we invite you to let them know about the group page. You can also send an email to [email protected] if you have questions or interested teens. The foundation has a board of directors as well as the following committees (please let us know if you'd like to get involved as a volunteer): Development Committee, Teen Support Committee, Communications Committee, Finance/Operations Committee, Thyroid Cancer Research Committee.

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Bite Me Cancer is a 501(c) 3 organization with 2 main goals. One goal is to support/inspire teenagers who are battling all kinds of cancer (especially through our Teen Support bags), and the other goal is to fund Thyroid Cancer research grants.

Our Teen Support Bags are distributed (for free) to teenagers in treatment for all cancers in hospitals across the country. The items in the bag are teen-specific and are helpful to show our support as well as to inspire these special teenagers. Teenagers get “stuck” between the younger pediatric support programs and the adult programs, and they need help! As of 4/2020, we have shipped out over 7,000 bags to teenagers in every state and DC through almost 130 hospital partners in ALL states.

We have directly funded 7 thyroid cancer research grants so far! Thyroid Cancer has been one of the fastest increasing cancers in the US for both men and women for a number of years. It’s definitely a misunderstood cancer and NOT the “good cancer.” We talk directly with our researchers and follow their progress. It’s very important to find better treatment options as well as cures for the many variations of Thyroid Cancer.

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November 29-30, 2018 Grant Management Class Hosted by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
2016- Diagnosed with Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the left breast, Stage 0. Two lumpectomies, 33 radiation treatments, and Tamoxifen. 2018- Diagnosed with Invasive ductal carcinoma of the right breast, Stage 1. Third lumpectomy, another 33 radiation treatments (total of 66 treatments), and monthly anti-neoplastic chemo injections and daily oral chemo medication. BITE ME CANCER!!!
I’m looking for any info or stories and statistics on being diagnosed with 3 types of cancer before age 40.
As Nikki's mom, and going through 7.5 years of cancer with her so far, I feel very blessed that we have Nikki with us to turn 25 years old. So much gratitude! Please share in our celebration by helping her keep her foundation mission going.
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