It is time to embrace Fall and the cooler weather. Warm up with our hearty and healthy Zucchini and Tomato Gratin. This recipe from our Cancer Wellness Cookbook is a delicious accompaniment for roasted chicken, turkey or can be enjoyed as a vegetarian supper.

Zuccini & Tomato Gratin


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

2 fresh basil leaves, chopped

½ cup white rice

2 small zucchini, sliced ¼ inch thick

4 medium tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick

1 cup boiling water

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ cup grated Asiago cheese, or ¼ cup grated Parmesan or Romano (using less of these still gives ample flavor)

Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Put the oil in an 8-inch square baking dish and spread to coat the bottom. Sprinkle the garlic, onion, and basil over the oil. Spread the rice over the top.
  • Layer the zucchini and tomato slices over the rice, and pour the boiling water over the top. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and the vegetables and rice are cooked. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings. Per Serving: 198 calories, 8 g fat, 7 g protein, 26 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 50 mg sodium


Our board member, Tina Nole with Twisted Scholar is the producer of UW Medicine’s Pulse Podcast. She shared a recent episode with us which featured a discussion about Palliative Care. Palliative Care is a specialty service that provides an extra layer of support for patients and is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness. Tune in to Pulse Podcast as guests Darrell Owens D.N.P., A.R.N.P., Randy Curtis, M.D., M.P.H. and our friend Debra Jarvis discuss this wonderful service.

This fall Cancer Lifeline will present “Palliative Care: An Important Component of Cancer Treatment” at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland. Contact info@cancerlifeline.org to request a class catalog. Registration opens on August 26th at www.cancerlifeline.org.

Outpatient Palliative Care



Facilitator:      Stephanie Mehl, RN, MS

Date & Time: Thursday, September 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

Location:        Cancer Lifeline, Dorothy O’Brien Center, 6522 Fremont Ave. North, Seattle, 98103


Join us for this moving and thought provoking film, followed by a discussion with time for questions and answers. “Motivated by their personal experiences with loss, two long-time friends – one a hospice worker and the other a teacher- present a powerful and inspiring film on the American struggle with communication and preparation at life’s end. Consider the Conversation examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care and includes interviews with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers and national experts from around the country. The film’s goal is to inspire dialogue between patient and doctor, husband and wife, parent and child, minister and parishioner. This is not a story about death; it’s a film about living life to its fullest.”

Call For Voluneers

September 20, 2013

“Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.” Robert J. Furey, Author


Call for Volunteers

Position:  Lifeline Volunteer

Location:  Offsite from your home workspace

Our 24 hour telephone Lifeline provides emotional support and resource referrals for all people living with cancer through all stages of the cancer journey: patients, survivors, friends, family members, caregivers and co-workers.  Volunteer must be comfortable listening to profound emotions and have ability to be a good listener, able to provide non-judgmental support to others, and understand that listening does not equate to giving advice or fixing.


Volunteering Requirements:

  • Volunteer  must have access to the internet and a phone to connect remotely to the  Lifeline
  • Respond to calls on the 24-hour Lifeline with emotional support and resource information to clients, including registering clients for Cancer Lifeline programs.
  • Helps clients register for Cancer Lifeline classes using web based registration program
  • Fill out call logs and other required reporting
  • Participate in four Lifeline in-service meetings per year
  • One year volunteer commitment
  • Advance notice (2-3 months) of plans to leave Lifeline Program

Training Requirements: You will need to participate in a 30-hour weekend training program on October 5, October 6, October 19 and October 26.  After training, you will be asked to take up to four daytime shifts per month:

Mondays:  1pm – 6pm

Wednesdays:  9am – 1pm

Fridays:  9am – 1pm

Fridays: 1pm – 6pm Saturdays:  1pm – 6pm

Sundays:  9am – 1pm

If you are interested in volunteering for this very important work, please contact Meghan Wilkins Melanson at Cancer Lifeline. She can be reached at mwilkins@cancerlifeline.org or 206-832-1296.


Fall is the time when the vast majority of employers, including most of the areas’ largest, hold their annual workplace giving campaigns. Some even start a little early, such as UPS, which started in July.

The exception to this rule is that the following companies have spring/early summer campaign dates: Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle Seahawks/Sounders FC , Seattle Times, Fisher Communications, Target and Pemco.

While United Way of King County is appreciative of all gifts. they do ask that you pledge $30 or more  to keep administrative costs low. Remember, in addition to gifts through United Way, you can always make gifts directly to Cancer Lifeline!

To find out when your employers’ workplace giving campaign starts contact your Human Resources department or your campaign coordinator.

If you have any questions about how to designate Cancer Lifeline on your workplace giving form, please call Jeanne Lamont at 206-832-1273 or JLamont@cancerlifeline.

Save The Date!

August 7, 2013

Thai Siam Restaurant 26th Annual Benefit Dinner

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Noon to 8:30 pm

8305 15th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117

Each year, Thai Siam hosts an anniversary party where the proceeds go to local non-profit agencies. Again this year, Cancer Lifeline and Union Gospel Mission will be beneficiaries.

At last year’s event, nearly 800 people showed up and the event raised over $30,000! The dinner includes an all you can eat Thai menu buffet, traditional thai music and dancers, and local artists.

The cost is $27.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids under 12. For more information about the restaurant, please visit thaisiamrestaurant.com. See you there!



You don’t have to be a kid – or bring one – to attend this fun and fragrant class on herb gardening. Herbs are a key culinary ingredient for anyone who is trying to prepare as much of their own fresh, healthy food at home. The addition of fresh herbs makes the simplest steamed vegetable or baked filet appetizing to the most sensitive palates. But at $3 per pack at most grocery stores, keeping them on hand is prohibitively expensive.

Solution? Grow your own! Herbs are essential denizens of any garden, no matter how small. Even a sunny windowsill will sustain many herbs year-round. We will have seeds available for planting at this class for the herbs listed below. Additionally, along with your newly planted herbs, you will take home simple, economical, delicious recipes to try once your seedlings sprout into something a little more substantial.

Kris is a seasoned instructor. A longtime teacher in Cancer Lifeline’s Exercise & Movement program, she has focused her efforts in the gardening realm since 2010. She completed Oregon Tilth’s Organic Gardening Certification Program that year, and Oregon State University’s Master Gardener Program in 2011. Since that time, Kris has taught garden education to students aged 3 to 93, and delights in inspiring them to cultivate their own gardening potential.

Please click here to register for H is for Herbs. See you there!

Thai Basil

Dill, Thai Basil, Genovese Basil, Cilantro, Sweet Marjoram, Russian Tarragon, English Broadleaf Thyme, Italian Parsley

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