2014 Annual Wellesley Cancer Prevention Recognition Award

In keeping with the our mission, The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project’s annual recognition award celebrates and acknowledges those individuals in our community whose diligence, philanthropy and passion promote education and research that will help prevent cancer and other illnesses.  It is with great pleasure that we recognize Alice & Philip Shabecoff, co-authors of Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins are Making Our Children Chronically Ill for their relentless pursuit of environmental toxins that now affect 1 in 3 children with illness. 

 “Some people use Google to search for information and others use Wikipedia but for me when I am looking for definitive information about environmental toxins and their impact on our health, I use the Shabecoff’s book as my guide.  One of our Board members told me she believes that this book will have as much impact as Rachael Carson’s “Silent Spring.”  Commented Linda Grifith, President of the WCPP.  “The Shabecoffs not only report facts and figures but analyze the problem down to an assessment of core values—on governmental, corporate and personal levels.”

The Shabecoff’s were awarded with a glass work of art by Simon Pierce entitled the “Spiral of Flame” to commemorate their comprehensive research and collaborative efforts to educate and inform us about environmental factors that may lead to cancer.

Alice has been quoted as saying, “Most Americans would not dream of exposing their children to poisonous chemicals or criticizing neighbors who were trying to protect their children. Their values would not permit it. But it is probably safe to say that, by and large, people running the daily marathon of life and work give little thought to the dangers that surround their children “Parents have to become educated consumers”  In their book, Philip and Alice make it clear “The first line of defense for the children is, of course, their families. Parents can do much to shield their children, including providing them as toxic-free an environment as possible.”

 “As the years go by, the rates of childhood illnesses – from autism and ADHD to cancer –just continues to swell.  Philip and I were truly grateful and gratified to be honored with a recognition from WCPP…especially since we know that yours is one of the most active and effective community-based organizations in the nation.” said Alice Shabecoff in her acceptance speech.  “You know that we started on our journey because we wanted to understand why are own grandchildren were suffering from chronic illnesses; our research led us to discover their troubles are far, far from out of the ordinary.  And we find that, in the years since we first became acquainted with WCPP, the rates of childhood chronic illnesses have only accelerated.”  Some alarming statistics:

  •  Since 1945, chemical production has increased more than 15-fold in the U.S. EPA has listed over 84,000 for use.
  • Approximately 700 new chemicals are introduced each year.  EPA allows their use even though the majority are known to be animal mammary carcinogens or endocrine disruptors.  (These statistics are from the California Breast Cancer Research Program)
  • Although attention and funding are predominantly given to ‘cures.’, only 6.5 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is allocated to cancer prevention.  Hazards in the environment receive very little attention.
  • Among more than 2,500 doctors surveyed, nearly all said they routinely counsel their patients on diet, exercise, and smoking, but only 20 percent said they addressed environmental contaminants.
  • Only one in 15 physicians had received training on the harmful reproductive effects of toxic chemicals.

For more information, please visit their website @ www.poisonforprofit.org

The WCPP is grateful to the The Wellesley College Club, Winston Florist and the Tom Doran trio for the lovely music and help with making our annual recognition event a great success!  We also wish to thank our WCPP supporters and guests who made contributions to WCPP via our website or by mail to help make this lovely reception and other WCPP events possible.

Philip Shabecoff was a reporter for The New York Times from 1959 to 1991, who has since specialized on environmentalism. He left the NY Times in 1999.  He then founded and, for five years, served as publisher of Greenwire, the daily online digest of worldwide environmental news coverage, which remains today a leading source of environmental news.

Mr. Shabecoff grew up in the Bronx, New York, attended the Bronx High School of Science, and earned his B.A. from Hunter College; he earned his M.A. degree from the University of Chicago.  Mr. Shabecoff has received many awards including the James Madison Award from the American Library Association for leadership in expanding the public’s right to know and was an original selectee for the Global 500 award from the United Nations Environment Programme.[2]  He also received the National Wildlife Federation’s “Connie” Award for achievement in conservation, the Sierra Club’s David Brower Environmental Journalism Award, and the Worldwatch Institute’s Environmental Leadership Award “In honor of 20 years of pioneering environmental journalism”

Alice Shabecoff is a freelance journalist focusing on family and consumer topics. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and International Herald Tribune, among other publications. She was Executive Director of the National Consumers League, the country’s oldest consumer organization, and executive director of the national nonprofit Community Information Exchange.

Health Promotion Series 2014-2015

Over 80,0000 Chemicals are generated by our consumer goods and commerce: Come See what Small Changes you can make to create a lasting difference for a Safer & Healthier Environment.

Tuesday October 14th 6:30 PM-8:45 p.m. - Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room

Free and Open to the Public

Presented by The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project (WCCP) & The Wellesley Free Library

Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project is excited to present, in co-sponsorship with the Wellesley Free Library, our premiere education program for the 2014-2015 season for those of you who are interested in the environment and its impact on our health.

First we will show the 2013 film “Unacceptable Levels”, excerpt may be accessed here on YouTube @ http://youtu.be/PahlskiY4WA .  The film examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940’s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children.  This film was selected for many awards and has been the winner of the International Film Festival’s Filmambiente, Fife and Yosemite Awards. It is highly worth the 75 minutes it takes to watch it in how it can help open our eyes to the unseen chemicals in our home products from shampoo to makeup to beauty products to food that are having an impact on our bodies everyday.  Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and to where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.”  This film has won numerous international film festival awards and well worth the 75 minutes it takes to watch.  Ed Brown challenges us to choose one strategy to focus on to make our lives healthier.

On that theme, the film will be followed by a fun presentation by Wellesley’s own Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO and LCD who is a full time nutrition expert and operating partner of Stacy’s Juice Bar in Needham. Stacy will discuss creative steps you can take to use food as medicine to try to decrease the risk of certain illnesses and improve your family’s health.  She will also demonstrate nutritious juicers and show us recipes that you can make to create a healthier diet for your family.

Hope you can join us for this lively event.

Wellesley Cancer Prevention Establishes Annual Scholarship Fund

On behalf of the WCPP Board of Directors and the Wellesley Scholarship Fund (WSF), we are pleased to announce our collaboration to establish our first annual WCPP Scholarship Award this year based on demonstrated stewardship to the environment and healthcare.

Our first recipient of this important scholarship that seeks to sustain healthy living through smart environmental choices goes to Troy Lindberg.  Troy actively demonstrates an interest in volunteerism as well as the environment and his community and will attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall.  He has a great interest in biology and hopes to pursue studies in wildlife or marine research, and working with animals.   Troy loves community service, and has found time to devote himself to his community in addition to continually holding paying jobs throughout high school since age 14.  Troy volunteered at the Audubon camp in Natick where he enjoyed helping educate young kids on the importance of respecting nature and animals along with living healthy lives to benefit ourselves and the planet.  Troy believes in volunteering at least 15 hours per month on issues and causes that matter to him.

Troy Lindberg’s selection to receive the WCPP Scholarship award for the next four years is a great match given the WCPP’s focus on environment, health and community and we congratulate Troy and we wish him the best at the University of Rhode Island and beyond.

Scholarship aid awards were presented to thirty WHS senior graduates. The highlight of the annual awards ceremony held on June 9th in the Great Hall in the Wellesley Town Hall was learning about the tremendous accomplishments of these students whom lead very active lives that include leadership roles and participation in sports, clubs, Student Congress, music ensembles and community service with local area nursing residences, the underprivileged and special needs children and coaching youth sports.  Student aspirations include: computer science, engineering, global politics, law enforcement, medicine, special education and theater arts. Next fall a sample of the colleges they will be attending are: Boston University, Bridgewater State College, Framingham State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hampshire College, Mass Bay Community College, St. Joseph’s University, Syracuse University, UMass-Amherst, UMass-Lowell, University of Rhode Island and Wellesley College.

The ceremony illuminated the deep historical traditions of providing for scholarship aid within the Town of Wellesley and named awards are in honor of respected Wellesley citizens, teachers, youth coaches, past WSF Board members and town residents, many of whom were also scholarship recipients themselves.   Read more here @ http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/article/20140619/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/140615682

WCPP is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports public health initiatives, and provides informational and educational resources to Wellesley and surrounding communities regarding environmental factors that impact our health with steps we can all take to improve our family’s health.