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Whenever anyone says the word Cancer? I get chills up and down my spine. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my first daughter could I even fathom what that word actually means. I saw first hand what it does to you. The day that my husband and I found out that we were expecting a girl was the day that my sister, my best friend was put on a ventilator to help her breath because at that point she was working with less than 10% of her lung capacity. I being the Polly Anna that I am thought that God would create some miracle that would allow my sister to live and see not only her first niece ( my daughter) but also her first nephew ( yep my older sister was pregnant too.).
But sadly she didn’t see the beauty of the little girl who held her name. She knew we were going to have a girl because that was the last conversation I had with her before the vent was put in. But we had decided on Madeline Marie but a week later when she finally succumbed to cancer we added Karen in there to honor her. So my Madeline Marie became Madeline Karen Marie.
Fast forward 20 years later, as we are again sitting by the bed of loved one dying from cancer. But this time it was our hero and the apple of all the Grandkids eyes, including Allie, the Granddog, my dad. His cancer was caused by exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He had been diagnosed with it in 1998 around the time my second daughter Mikaela was born and had been getting treatment. It wasn’t until the last year of his life that his disease got progressively worse.
It was so awful to see our biggest fighter and protector lying there in the bed helpless but yet worried on how we would be after he was gone. This conversation will tell you what kind of man he was. It was the Christmas right before he died. We all had gone to the Hospice facility to open up presents with him. As he watched the grandkids open up their presents. He asked what did Allie get? Yep, he was really worried about the granddog. Then, my nephew, Mason said, “Grampie, is Allie your favorite grandchild?” And my dad without missing a beat said “Yep!”
I know you are probably wondering what all this has to do with anything? Well, I am getting there. So when I was approached to work with Jason’s Deli again to help promote their new healthy salad to support Cancer research. I knew that I had to do it as Cancer hits home with me, plus it will allow me to talk about my two heroes a little more.
So here is the yummy dish that will help fund cancer research. It is the Salmon Pacifica Salad.
- It is 450 calories full of nutrient rich ingredients.
- Wild Caught Alaska Sockeye Salmon with Omega 3 benefits
- Avocado – Did you know they have more potassium than bananas.
- Grape tomatoes
- fire roasted Piquillo Peppers, cucumbers and pickled red onions
- USDA- Certified organic field greens free of pesticides
- And served with a new cucumber-dill vinaigrette
Now here is a little bit about their cancer research partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Now through April 2018, 50 cents from the sale of every Salmon Pacifica Salad at participating Jason’s Deli restaurants will be given to MD Anderson. Since 2013, Jason’s Deli has donated more than $726,000 to the world-renowned cancer center.
What are you waiting for go grab this yummy salad and help fight cancer at the same time.