My Sweet 16 – Songs from the Road

sweet16Dean Shirey, the Cancer Cure Rider, needed some musical distraction on his 3-month, 16,000 mile ride around the US on his ride for cancer. Dean made his own playlists on his iPod which integrated with the surround sound stereo system on his Goldwing. Admittedly, he said “Yeah, I know, . . . tough riding conditions!” Below are his favorite songs from his trip.

My “Sweet Sixteen” Songs

When You’re In Love With a Beautiful Woman – Dr. Hook
Love is Blue – Paul Mauriat
Your Wildest Dreams – Moody Blues
Love Me With All Your Heart – Ray Charles Singers
Rock This Town – Stray Cats
In The Year 2525 – Zager and Evans
Aquarius – 5th Dimension
There’s A Kind Of Hush – The Carpenters
The Rain, The Park, and Other Things – The Cowsills
Dancing Queen – Abba
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me – Mel Carter
Love Is In The Air – John Paul Young
The Look – Roxette
Jump, Jive, and Wail – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Softly, AS I Leave You – Michael Buble’
Theme From The Magnificent Seven – Movie Sounds Unlimited.

Alzheimer’s Resource Panel

Harmon Center
August 29, 1:30-3:30 PM
Free of Charge

Yakima’s own Debbie Hunter, Recipient of the 2013 Leading Age of Washington “Outstanding Advocacy Award” will be on the panel. Debbie has spoken at both state and national conferences about her husband, Chris, his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and the family’s journey since then. Debbie and her children were featured in a documentary on Alzheimer’s Disease produced for PBS. She is the co-chairman of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Yakima on October 5.


An astounding, wonderful dream-come-true day awaited Your Intrepid Cancer Cure Rider today. I rarely talk about actual dates, but today is August 26th, 2013 and it is my 89th day on the road for Cancer Ride America. It is also my last day on the road and I will be sleeping in my own bed tonight. Our kitty kats and my lovely wife await my return.

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Back to school nutrition

 Katie Wolff, RD CD CNSC Chief Clinical Dietitian is the guest on KIT

Don’t skip breakfast. Studies show breakfast eaters tend to have higher school attendance, less tardiness and fewer hunger-induced stomachaches. They also score higher on tests, concentrate better, solve problems more easily and have better muscle coordination. If you are pressed for time, quick options include instant oatmeal topped with nuts or raisins, low-fat yogurt with sliced fruit or whole-grain toast with peanut butter. (

Eating at school. If your child’s school provides meals, take time to review the menu with them and discuss how to build a healthful and nutritious meal they will enjoy. Make sure the choices include whole grains, vegetables, fruits and low-fat or fat-free dairy at every meal. Help them make healthy choices by telling them the following:

  • Ordering burgers without the cheese or mayonnaise
  • Putting salad dressing on the side
  • Going easy on baked potato toppings such as cheese and sour cream
  • Eating bread and rolls without added butter
  • Not overloading their trays. Just because something’s there doesn’t mean you have to take it

Collaborate with your child. If you pack your children’s lunches, take your kids grocery shopping with you and allow them to pick out healthy foods that they enjoy. Your kids are much more likely to eat what you pack for them if they have picked it out themselves. (

  • Try New Foods—Pack exotic fruits like kiwi or allow them to pick fruits and vegetables they want to try at the grocery store
  • Sandwiches getting old? Try a whole wheat pita pocket or tortilla, salads, tuna or egg salad with veggies
  • Popcorn instead of artificially flavored and colored cheese snacks
  • Replace potato chips with baked tortilla chips
  • Veggies with low-fat dip
  • Almonds or trail mix

What to drink.

  • Try 100 percent fruit drinks as an alternative to soda
  • Make soft drinks the exception, rather than the rule
  • Milk

Role model healthy behaviors for your children. You have a tremendous influence on your child’s eating behavior and attitudes toward food. If you’re encouraging them to eat healthy but do not exhibit healthy eating habits, the chances of your children adopting healthy behaviors decrease.

 Unhealthy habits

 Snacking all day long

  • Eating in front of the TV
  • Eating when bored/stressed/upset
  • Skipping breakfast
  • Consuming a lot of fast food or convenience foods
  • Drinking a lot of juice or pop
  • High intake of sugary snacks
  • Frequent dieting or preoccupation with weight or food
  • Negative comments about weight or self-image
  • Eating dessert regularly

Healthy Habits

  • Eat and prepare foods with your children
  • Eat at the table as a family with no distractions
  • Provide and eat a variety of healthy foods
  • Avoid skipping meals
  • Moderate portion sizes
  • Try new foods, offer them to your children but don’t force them to try it
  • Limit high fat and high sugar foods in the home
  • Drink water and milk, limit juice and sodas
  • Focus on and talk about why healthy foods are good for you, rather than why “bad” foods are bad
  • Make an effort to make home-cooked meals
  • Be physically active


Breast cancer: 1 in 5 women reject news of their risk

breast cancerNearly 1 in 5 women who completed a detailed assessment of their personal risk for developing breast cancer rejected the results, according to a study published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling.

Most of the women who didn’t believe their result said they felt it didn’t take relevant family history of cancer into account, even though the assessment included questions about family history. They also believed their personal health habits should have led to either a higher or lower risk.

“If people don’t believe their risk numbers, it does not allow them to make informed medical decisions,” said senior study author Angela Fagerlin, PhD, research scientist at the VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research.

“Women who believe their risk is not high might skip chemoprevention strategies that could significantly reduce their risk. And women who think their risk should be higher could potentially undergo treatments that might not be medically appropriate, which can have long-term ramifications.”

The study involved 690 women who had used a Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool (BRCAT) that indicated they were at above-average risk for developing breast cancer within five years. The women viewed a presentation about ways to help prevent breast cancer in women at high risk, including the use of chemopreventive medications like tamoxifen or raloxifene.

The women also answered a series of questions about known risk factors for breast cancer—including age, ethnic background, personal history of breast cancer, first-degree relatives who had breast cancer, age at first menstrual period, and how old they were when they first gave birth.

All the above, including the women’s BRCAT scores, led to two risk numbers: One reflected their risk for breast cancer in five years without chemoprevention; the other reflected their risk for disease in five years with chemoprevention.

Researchers then asked each woman what her risk numbers were. If her answers were incorrect, she was asked why: For example, did she forget? Did she make a mistake rounding off a number? Or did she think the numbers were wrong? If she thought the numbers were wrong, she was asked to explain why.

A total of 131 women misreported their risk. Of those, 27 percent said they forgot. But 22 percent said they disagreed with one or both of their numbers.

Many said they thought their risk should be higher because a relative such as an aunt had a history of breast cancer. In fact, a woman’s risk is increased by breast cancer in first-degree relatives—especially female relatives like a mother, sister or daughter, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Other women believed their risk numbers should be lower because breast cancer did not run in their family. According to the ACS, more than 85 percent of women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.

On the other hand, some women believed their risk should be higher than reported because they didn’t live a healthy lifestyle.

The study’s findings are important because of the trend toward personalized medicine, said Laura D. Scherer, PhD, the study’s lead author. Risk calculators are used by doctors and consumers to assess an individual’s risk for many conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, according to background in the study.

But if people don’t believe their individual risks, they likely won’t get the most out of their medical care, Dr. Scherer noted.

The findings suggest that health providers shouldn’t assume their patients take the provider’s word about risk, the authors wrote. The study also suggests that people who have pre-existing beliefs about their health may benefit from more thorough explanations from their physicians about their risk factors.


10 tips: Helping kids succeed at school

school busBy taking an active role in your child’s life, you can do your part to help make sure his or her school years are happy and healthy.

There are plenty of things you can do as a parent to help your child be successful in school. You can make sure he or she is well-stocked with pencils, notebooks and other school supplies. You can check out the classroom and playground to make sure they are safe environments. And you can even polish up an apple for your child to give to his or her teacher.

But what you do at home is the foundation of your child’s school success. Here are 10 things you can do to help make sure your child has the best school year possible.

1. Talk to your child every day. If you don’t ask questions, you won’t get answers. Ask about friends, schoolwork and grades. Talk about and watch out for signs of bullying.

“Communicating is probably the most important thing you can do to help your child,” says Laura Knobel, MD, a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “You need to keep communications open without being threatening.”

2. Stick to a routine. Most kids do well with structure and respond positively to a routine that helps them organize their time, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Setting up both a morning and after-school routine can help your child get the most out of his or her day.

3. Create a launch pad. Help your child deal with the morning rush by designating a single place where backpacks, lunchboxes, jackets and school projects can be found each day.

4. Make healthy lunches. Get your child involved in lunch planning. If your child brings lunch from home, make sure it’s high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and skip sugary snacks and drinks and high-fat junk foods. If your child buys a school lunch, take some time each week to go over the menu and help him or her make healthy choices.

“A healthy lunch can help your child get through the afternoon,” Dr. Knobel says.

5. Plan safe after-school activities. What kids do after school can be just as important as what they do in school.

“For younger kids, you want to find an after-school program with a good reputation that offers some type of physical activity,” Dr. Knobel says.

Find a program that keeps kids moving in any type of weather. Be sure your child doesn’t stay parked in front of a television or computer for more than two hours each day.

6. Set up a homework haven. Good homework skills will help your child succeed in school. Put together a comfortable place at home with plenty of light, lots of supplies and enough room to work. It doesn’t have to be a desk. A stretch of counter with a basket of supplies will do just as well, according to the AAP.

7. Make sleep a priority. “Being tired can really impact academic ability,” Dr. Knobel says.

A set bedtime on school nights that allows your child to get at least eight hours of sleep will help him or her stay more alert throughout the school day.

8. Get involved at school. Volunteer to help out with classroom and school activities and programs. Take time to watch your child’s sporting events, plays and concerts.

“Getting involved in your child’s activities is a good way to maintain a positive relationship with your child,” Dr. Knobel says.

9. Set a date with the doctor. “A yearly visit is a good time for a doctor to not only check your child out physically, but also find out how your child is doing overall,” Dr. Knobel says. “They can talk about staying well and teach about health care, medications, allergies and other things.”

This visit is also a good time to make sure your child is up-to-date on important vaccines.

10. Bring learning home. Your child’s education shouldn’t just take place at school. Look for ways to teach your kids at home. For example, you can use cooking as a way to talk about math and science. You should also read with your children as much as possible.


Posted: 25 Aug 2013 01:06 AM PDT

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Join Dean to welcome him to the end of his ride!  Motorcycles and vehicles both are welcome in the “package”.  Ride along, or greet him at North Star Lodge.

Schedule is as follows:

0800 – 0830  Meet up at 8am, leaving for Ellensburg at 8:30am

Owens Cycle parking lot,
1707 North 1st Street, Yakima WA

0915 – 0930  Meeting at 9:15am, leaving for Yakima at 9:30am

Buzz Inn Restaurant / Flying J Truck Stop
2200 Canyon Road, Ellensburg, WA

1030 – Arrive at Cancer Center for Welcome Home festivities!

North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center
808 North 39th Ave, Yakima, WA

If, because of schedules or distance, you are unable to physically join Dean’s ride on Monday, then follow this link to watch the incredible end to his journey with his Angel Riders.  He is carrying a GPS tracker that shows his location on the map every 5 minutes.