Category Archives: WCPP News & Events

Turkey5 Road Race kicked off the 2013 holiday season!

The Turkey5 Road Race kicked off the 2013 holiday season with both 5K and 5Mile courses.  What a great way to start the Thanksgiving day festivities by sharing a fun run with our community and donating for good causes that help people who need it.

Turkey5 2013









Award winning runners and other race day details will be posted here and on the Turkey5 website as they become available:

Natural Medicine: The Wellness Medicine Approach, Wellesley Free Library October 10th, 7 pm

Dr Jim Anderson

Dr Jim Anderson

You have carefully chosen cleaning products and personal care products that minimize your family’s exposure to chemicals.  You focus on a plant-based diet that increases the amount of natural fruits, grains, and vegetables your family consumes.  Have you considered wellness medicine that complements standard western medical care with the use of acupuncture?  The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project (WCPP) and The Wellesley Free Library invite you to attend a workshop by Jim Anderson, founder of East West Balance Acupuncture.

Jim Anderson, has a Masters Degrees in both Chinese and Japanese style
Acupuncture.  Licensed by Massachusetts Board of Medicine, National Board certified by NCCOAM, and Certified through Memorial Sloan Cancer Center, Jim has provided preventative and supportive care for patients for over more than 20 years and is a
specialist in oncology treatments.

East West Balance Acupuncture, located in Natick, offers natural healing for pain
management, gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel and
other ailments.

Massachusetts General Professor of Surgery (biomedical engineering) Dr. Mehmet Toner accepts Annual WCPP Recognition Award

WCPP’s Annual Recognition Award winner Massachusetts General Professor of Surgery (biomedical engineering) Dr. Mehmet Toner holds up the business-card-size smart chip detector that his StandUpToCancer-backed team designed and built to trap circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in a blood sample.

The device uses antibodies that bind to certain cell proteins to isolate and capture the CTCs. Many tumors release cells into the bloodstream; if a CTC finds purchase in another organ and starts to grow, that is metastasis. The breakaway cells are not easy to spot — there are a billion blood cells for every one of them — but detecting their presence is critical to stopping their spread.

Read more about it here @

Dr. Julia Brody of The Silent Spring Institute accepts WCPP Recognition Award

Dr. Julia Brody of The Silent Spring Institute accepts Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project Recognition Award for work focused on the connection between environmental pollutants and breast cancer.

Dr. Brody led a two-year review of scientific evidence on animal mammary gland carcinogens and epidemiologic studies of breast cancer and environmental pollutants, diet, body size, and physical activity, which was published in a special supplement to the American Cancer Society peer-reviewed journal, Cancer.

Brody’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the New York Community Trust, and the Avon Foundation, among others. Her research collaborators include investigators at Harvard and Brown universities, the University of California, Berkeley, and elsewhere. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized her research with an Environmental Merit Award in 2000, and she has been honored by the Heroes Tribute of the Breast Cancer Fund. She presented one of the Distinguished Lectures at the National Cancer Institute in 2002 and the Keystone Science Lecture at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in 2009. She serves on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and she is as an advisor to the California Breast Cancer Research Program and breast cancer activist organizations.

Dr. Brody is an adjunct assistant professor at the Brown University School of Medicine. She earned her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and her AB at Harvard University.

Read more about this important research here @

WCPP Splits Thanksgiving Turkey5 Proceeds with Newton Wellesley Hospital’s Integrated Services Program

As a result of funds raised at this first time Turkey5 Thanksgiving Day road race, the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project split race proceeds earmarked for the WCPP which totaled $15,200, with the Integrated Services Program provided by the Vernon Cancer Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Their program consists of important support programs during and after treatment delivered by experts dedicated to providing care for cancer patients and helping them to live life as normally as possible despite their cancer diagnosis.

Linda Griffith, President of WCPP, a cancer survivor and patient at the Vernon Cancer Center, said, “We are very pleased that the race was such a success and that we are able to make a substantive donation toVernon Cancer Center. The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project considers Newton-Wellesley Hospital a valued alliance partner and important local community resource.”

“We are thrilled that Wellesley’s first Turkey Trot was so successful and that the WCPP chose to support the Vernon Cancer Center,” said Patrick Jordan, Interim President, NWH. “This gift will directly benefit patients and their families as well as the dedicated caregivers at the Center.”

More on their services may be found here @

Race day photos may be viewed here @

The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project is proud to be a beneficiary of the first annual Turkey5 which is expected to become a Wellesley Thanksgiving day tradition.  Turkey5 includes the ever popular 5 Miler and a 5K option and all cancer survivors run free.  It is one of the Run Against Cancer Events produced by RACE,, a Massachusetts non-profit which produces events to raise awareness and funds for charitable projects and organizations.


What Parents Should Know About Toxins

The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project and Wellesley Free Library invites the public to a forum at the Wellesley Free Library’s Wakelin Room, Tuesday February 7th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This free event, co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library, is open to the public and includes informational resources. Coffee and dessert will be served.

Ashley Bade, RD, LDN, CNSD, a pediatric dietician at Newton Wellesley Hospital, will speak about how to develop a healthy eater. Ashley Bade specializes in many health-related areas including weight management, eating disorders, feeding behaviors and non-diet approach to life-long healthy eating.

Following Ashley Bade’s presentation, Dr. Martha Herbert will speak about developmental challenges and opportunities for the school-age child.  During the elementary school years, the child’s brain is learning to tackle increasingly complex challenges.  The child’s social and academic life will flourish when the brain is doing well, and suffer when the brain is not at its best.  And the health of the body can be a partner or an obstacle.

Sara Frost Azzam Honored

For Immediate Release
Wellesley Resident Sara Frost Azzam Honored by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

- Named to ‘the one hundred’ for Cancer Philanthropy and Education Activities

Wellesley, MA, May 6, 2021 - Wellesley resident Sara Frost Azzam has been honored for her cancer philanthropy and education activities by the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center. Azzam has been named to ‘the one hundred,’ a select group of 100 individuals and groups whose ‘diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer.’

The MGH Cancer Center will formally honor Azzam and other members of ‘the one hundred’ at a June 2, 2021 gala reception and dinner to be held in Boston. Special guest Ted Kennedy, Jr. will be in attendance , as will hospital executives, the local medical community, government officials and business leaders from across the greater Boston area. Among Azzam’s fellow members of ‘the one hundred’ also being saluted at the gala are: The Joe Andruzzi Foundation, Arthur Jones of the Arthur Jones Bone Marrow Donor Initiative and marathoner Bill Rodgers.

The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project (WCPP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that studies the relationship between cancer and the environment in the suburban setting with the goal of reducing health risk factors for the citizens of Wellesley. The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project was founded in 1997 and advocates for public and private policies to reduce cancer risk. Azzam has been an active member of the WCPP since 1999, and in 2003 was named President. She became involved with WCPP because of her parents — her mother is a breast cancer survivor and her father died of multiple myeloma – and because, as a mother of two, she hopes to see cancer eliminated in their lifetime. In her capacity as President of WCPP, Azzam has made many public presentations on possible carcinogens in personal care products. She has also authored numerous articles in The Wellesley Townsman on the subject of chemicals in pesticides, dry-cleaning, water, and personal care products.

Azzam’s commitment to the cancer cause extends beyond public advocacy, to fund-raising for scientific research. She has been an active fundraiser for both multiple myeloma and breast cancer research for many years, and participates every year in the Race for Research for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

A 19-year Wellesley resident, Ms. Azzam is a teacher at Wellesley Middle School.