Funding the Fight Against Childhood Cancer (Part I) - 5:01
with Nichole Ornelas and Stephanie Dillon, ALSAC-St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Posted Sep 13, 2017 Expires Sep 13, 2019
Childhood cancer is an ongoing battle, but the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities or ALSAC is the largest healthcare related charity in the United States and is funding the fight against childhood cancer for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Despite the fact that ALSAC has been raising more than $1 billion annually for the hospital through more than 30,000 fund-raising activities, guests Nichole Ornelas and Stephanie Dillon from ALSAC highlight the challenges that are still posed to funding research and fighting childhood disease. For more with Nichole and Stephanie, please watch the second and final portion of this interview here Funding the Fight Against Childhood Cancer (Part II). September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To give to ALSAC and help St. Jude Children's Hospital fund the fight, please visit ALSAC - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part I of II. Partial transcript of the interview is here: Bennett: ALSAC actually predates the hospital. Talk to me about the roots here in Indianapolis. Ornelas: ALSAC is the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Danny Thomas formed ALSAC to gain support for the hospital and set up the first office here in Indianapolis. Bennett: What does it stand for/ Ornelas: It stands for the American Lebasnese Syrian Associated Charities. Bennett: It does have a long history here, what has been the reaction from families, especially. Dillon: Everyone knows St. Jude and even if they don't have anyone that has been there. When we talk about St. Jude and about raising money they are willing to give. 75% of our operating costs are covered by public donations. Bennett: Pediatric cancer is not something you want to think about. Do you find that those that are not going through it, don't understand Ornelas: Danny, our founder, believed no child should die in the dawn of life. So from research, treatment and all that, it is easy to get behind. Bennett: What does a day look like for you in the world of fundraising Ornelas: It never quite looks the same. Bennett: Does it get frustrating Ornelas: I don't know if frustrating is the word, it's something we are both passionate about. It is just so fundamentaly important. Dillon: I think it is similar to sales experience. You get the nos but you get to celebrate the yes's. Bennett: Is that why you do it, because it is so rewarding Orenleas/Dillon: Absolutely.
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What Indianapolis Needs to Better Fight Food Insecurity

Indianapolis has been ranked the worst city in the nation for access to fresh food. The Patachou Foundation is aware of that fact and is "working hard to change this by providing real food and hands-on education to kids living in these areas." Offering a hands-on approach to fight food insecurity. The foundation send out educated representatives into the community; into school cafeterias and into classrooms. The kids are exposed to nutritional demonstrations and given a wholesome meal, similar to what you eat at the cafe or other Patachou-owned restaurants, like Napolese. Click here for more on The Patachou Foundation. Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 1. Read a partial transcript of the interview here: Bennett: We've highlighted some organizations that are fighting against hunger, is it making a difference so far Feltrop: Absolutely. Those statistics show that, across the nation, food insecurity and access to food is on the minds of policy makers. Bennett: What is the issue in Indiana Feltrop: Well specifically in Central Indiana you have a combination of issues. The reality is that hunger includes access to food. Indianapolis has a huge problem with the layout of the neighborhoods and just the economics of running grocery retail makes it difficult to place, locally, accessible, fresh food options in neighborhoods. Bennett: Does it also mean healthy food Feltrop: Fresh options are more healthy. Statistics do show that when there is a close proximity to a grocery store, the health outcomes of the community members tend to get better. Bennett: What would you like to see as far as making this problem go away What would be the ideal Feltrop: The reason why we are still grappling with this is that there are so many facets to the issue. It's an economic issue; poverty has continued to worsen. The polarizing economy really makes it difficult for families to get out of the cycle of poverty. When you include the health piece high food insecurity lead to negative health outcomes among youth. Indianapolis is ranked poorly when it comes to health in youth. Issues like diabetes and obesity are linked to food insecurity. Then there is a social piece about access to food; it's a neighborhood problem. Policy makers need to get fresh, healthy foods to neighborhoods based on their individual needs. Bennett: A lot of components. Feltrop: What we do at The Patachou Foundation is specifically address childhood hunger and their access to fresh foods. We work with local schools and deliver healthy meals to students facing food insecurity and poverty.
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