I have entered the first annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown on December 7, 2013 and will be cooking for a cure!
This event is guaranteed to showcase some amazing cooking talent and more importantly, raise funds for a very important and meaningful cause.
It is unfortunate, but too many of us have been affected by cancer either personally or through a loved one. Last year my wife and I received a telephone call from our best friend, Val, who lives in Edmonton. Val is not only like a sister to us, but is also the godmother of our first-born son, Bennett. Val is one of those people who consistently helps out others and always puts everyone else's needs first. The call was like no other as Val delivered the unfortunate news that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and would need to undergo immediate treatment.
Chef Corbin shares a laugh with fellow Food Network Canada chefs at a press conference for the Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown.
The following is a summary of Val's experience with Breast Cancer:
It was June 2012 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer – two words I never had trouble saying, because you never think they will apply to you. And yet, there I was, in my doctor’s office, being told that those words were now a part of me, of my life, and I had to deal with it. Yes, I was going to survive this. I would be a breast cancer survivor.
When my curative measure was decided (surgery, chemo and radiation). I said, "Let’s do this thing." My biggest hope was that, as one in nine women gets diagnosed with breast cancer, my sisters and friends would never have to go through this.
I thank God every day for my healing, my HUGE network of support (family, friends, various doctors, nurses and their assistants, physiotherapists, volunteers and people at work) and the Cross Cancer facility. I am truly blessed to live in a country that gives us access to treatments that help us to live long and healthy lives. LIFE IS GOOD.
Cancer can happen to anyone of us. Breast cancer is a complex disease with no known single cause. In 2013, it is estimated that 23,800 women and 200 men in Canada will be diagnosed with the disease. Help us find a cure and offer those that are affected by this horrible disease a sense of comfort and understanding.
Cook for the cure at home by hosting a KitchenAid Cook for the Cure fundraising dinner party, starting with this Chicken Pot Pie recipe from Chef Corbin.
by Corbin Tomaszeski