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Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids with Cancer
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Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids with Cancer

What: Kids receiving treatment for cancer help author Danielle Cook Navidi prepare recipes from her new cookbook, “Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids with Cancer,” written for them and children like them.

Who: Danielle Cook Navidi’s son Fabien was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at age 11 in 2004. From his experience she wrote this thoroughly researched, beautifully photographed cookbook full of recipes that are easy on the stomach and high in nutrition. 

Danielle already cooks with children at Georgetown as part of the “Cooking with Cancer” program, funded by a grant from the Hyundai Corporation.  Foods in the cookbook can be cross referenced with cancer treatment side effects like nausea, mouth sores, appetite changes or diarrhea. In addition, the recipes are geared towards encouraging childhood cancer survivors to live a healthy life. Proceeds from sale of the book benefit the continued growth of the pediatric cancer nutrition program at MedStar Georgetown.

Recipes include: Purple Power Smoothie, Triple Squash Soup, Warm Potato Salad with Black Olive and Mint Pesto, Shredded Lemony Carrot Salad, baked salmon with dill sauce, Open Sesame Noodles, hazelnut chocolate chip brownies and pumpkin molasses pie.

When: Thursday September 27, 2012 at 11 am. The Martin Marietta Conference Room will be transformed into a kitchen where kids help prepare tastings for members of the media. 

Why: Children (and adults) receiving chemo therapy for cancer treatment need to stay well-nourished. But often the comfort food they used to enjoy is no longer comfortable and side effects from chemo, including nausea and vomiting leave them unwilling or unable to eat.

Aziza Shad, MD head of Pediatric Oncology at MedStar Georgetown says, “When children don’t eat well during treatment and lose a lot of weight, doses of chemotherapy have to be lowered. They can also be more susceptible to infection, which usually results in delays in treatment.  Nutritious and appealing, easy-to-digest foods encourage them to eat. Similarly, appetizing, healthy recipes are also great for young cancer survivors, where obesity is surfacing as a problem.”

Where: Martin Marietta Conference Room, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road, NW.  RSVP to Marianne Worley 703-558-1287 or worleym@gunet.georgetown.edu

Post written by: Marianne Worley, Director of Media Relations at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

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