Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry
A diagnosis of cancer is the ultimate “shock and awe” event in a person’s life. In the blink of an eye, your personal war to reclaim the life you were living just one day ago explodes and sets every aspect of your life on fire. Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry exists to promote and sustain the quality of your life after a cancer diagnosis.
Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry is a non-profit, 501c3, multi-cultural faith-based nonprofit health ministry for all cancer types. Pastor Rhonda Holbert Santifer, M.Min. began Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry in December 2002 as a result of surviving breast cancer. Pastor Rhonda’s cancer experience started on September 11, 2001. Yes, the same day America and the world turned upside down, her life erupted into the turmoil a cancer diagnosis creates.
Pastor Rhonda learned the critical value of the loving encouragement and support that nourishes cancer patients along their journey, to “fight the best fight of their life.” Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry delivers spiritual encouragement, education, and financial resources to the cancer fighter, survivor, and their families – whether it be man, woman or child.
While it takes a village to raise a child, It takes a community to conquer cancer. Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry helps to create that loving circle of care by partnering with the Southern California Patient Navigation and Wellness Center to provide services. When a diagnosis is given, the family needs a place to learn how to support their loved one through the cancer journey. Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry provides support to the entire family and support team.
At the successful conclusion of Pastor Rhonda’s cancer journey, she threw a party for all the people who touched and encouraged her during her mental, physical, and spiritual sojourn. Their collective expression became the action plan and program of Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry.
Regular Activities include Support Group Meetings to allow cancer fighters and survivors to share a concern about their care or side effects of treatments and receive support from professionals and their peers. Fun and Fellowship Support Socials are designed to allow cancer fighters, survivors and those who love them enjoy an evening out. Line dancing is one of the many movements that contributes to maintaining a healthy body. Also, exercising activities include yoga and exercise.
Wellness Center Activities and Communities / Partnership Activities. These include, “Patient Navigators” who are trained, culturally sensitive individuals that provide support and guidance throughout the cancer care continuum. Services are designed to support timely delivery of quality standard cancer care and ensure that patients, survivors, and families are satisfied with their encounters with the cancer care system.
One of the most exciting developments on the very near horizon, “Shepherd’s Manor,” a temporary non-medical healing haven for cancer fighters currently in treatment for cancer. Part of Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry’s mission is to establish “Shepherd’s Manor,” a home away from home, for cancer patients. Designed to support not only the patient but their families by relieving the stress associated with every cancer journey. This project will be funded through fundraising efforts, special events, and corporate partners.
Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry’s website details the touching inspiration for “Shepherd’s Manor.”
“The inspiration for Shepherd’s Manor was the result of a young woman who had medical insurance but no sick time on her job. Getting treatment was not the problem, however, if she stayed home from work, she would not be able to afford her rent. Her family lived on the east coast, and she was on the west coast going through treatment. She decided to get he funds together so she could afford to be home and receive treatment. The tumor continued to grow. By the time she started treatment, it was too late. Unfortunately, she lost her battle. No one should ever have to make a decision like this.”
On July 9, Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry will take brand-new items to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Miller’s Children Hospital, to continue their annual “Touch of Love: Gifts to Children with Cancer.” Addressing one of the lessons learned through this ministry, “if a child is in the hospital… they are not in school.” The age of the children ranges from days old to 18. While it is easy to get items (toys) for the little people, it is a challenge to receive items for high school students.
The campaign assists in obtaining educational electronic items and other items suitable for high school students. On a floor of at least 30 children, the goal is to make it feel like Christmas in the summer time. Truthfully, some of them may spend it in the hospital or not see Christmas at all.
Pastor Rhonda Holbert Santifer has expressed her eternal gratitude to the entire care and support team that make Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry possible. Through their tireless actions, the love of God continues to shine comforting, encouraging and warming everyone’s heart. Browse through the website, http://celebratelifecm.org/and get involved is a donor, volunteer or a possible Board of Directors member. Get involved today.
Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry has been selected by Wright Place TV Show as their charity partner. This year, part of the proceeds will go to Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry, and the show will be promoting events for them.
As a business owner, you need to be at your peak performance in order to run your business. How you run your business is often an by-product of your mood. It’s very easy to fall into a trap of not doing your best after lunch. Our moods can change at lunch because of what we ate, not just who we ate with. I had a client I was coaching that was doing a web TV show. She had a full time job and then after work, she was putting in hours on her own business. The business was a web-TV show. She said she was not satisfied with the shows and was not getting good feed back. I looked at a few episodes with her. She was sitting right next to me and I noticed how sluggish she was. I didn’t immediately think that this was the problem, because I know how I work. When the camera’s go on, I click on too and no matter how tired or sick I might be, I am on. Years ago, I came to the studio, feeling not so hot and my voice was horse. Several members of the crew told me, you cannot do a show, you can barely talk. I said, I will be alright. We did 3 shows. Literally, every time the cameras came on, my voice was in. It was full and people could hear me just fine. When we stopped for breaks or between shows, my voice was barely a whisper. This went on for 3 shows, even the guests looked at me funny. They were surprised. I thought perhaps my client was having the same type of experience.
We looked at the shows and then I realized, her energy level on the show was very low. All of the shows had the same lack luster performance. She had no energy and looked like she did not want to be there. I told her so. She said she has been tired lately. On one show, she was clearly in a bad mood. She commented that those were nights that she was barely making it. I told her the main problem is that her energy level does not match her guests. She needed to be rested when she did shows and be at her peak performance. She asked me if could recommend vitamins or some concoction from the store. I explained that you have to start with the basics. Clean food. Instead of just saying I’m not going to eat meat, how about you eat meat that is grass fed and humanely raised. They make such a big difference in your energy level. There is a whole “fast food” franchise that banks on humanely raised beef. Steaks are not bad for you when the meat is clean and high quality. To hear more about this, http://www.americanfarmersnetwork.com/, they have more information and teach you about meet that is Free Range, no grown hormones, antibiotics and pesticide free.
I explained to her that the FDA currently allows 6 kinds of hormones that can be given to cows and sheep. Some of the hormones are naturally produced in our bodies the others used are synthetic growth promoters (steroids). The animals can grow faster and produce meat or milk quicker and more efficiently. If you consume these products you are ingesting the same hormones they are being given. 2 hormones in particular are cause for concern that being a form of estrogen (estradiol) and progesterone. The first being linked to breast cancer in women and the second to prostate cancer in men as well as increase tumors in women. Early puberty is also a concern because it is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer for girls. You can learn more at WEB MD.
The next time we met, she had already made some major changes in her eating habits and told me she could feel the difference. She shows me some videos she had done and I could see that she was more energy and seemed more available. If you are tired and producing less, just start with the basics of cleaner eating.