Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Caroline Lutz Memorial Fund

The Pheo Para Troopers are proud to announce the creation of a memorial fund honoring long time pheo/para patient and Trooper, Caroline Lutz. Caroline, a valued and respected member of the Pheo Para Troopers Board of Directors, passed away in the summer of 2013 after a long and noble battle with pheo/para.

Caroline defiantly lived with SDHB-pheochromocytoma for the majority of her life. Her first tumor was removed in 1984 while she was still a college student. The disease reemerged again in the spring of 2006.

During Caroline’s career she worked as a lawyer. After retiring to South Carolina and receiving her cancer diagnosis, she searched for rewarding volunteer work which she could schedule around her cancer treatments. She used her expertise and experience to work tirelessly for several non-profit organizations: Our Lady’s Pantry, Good Neighbor Medical Clinic of Beaufort , AccessHealth Lowcountry, and the Pheo Para Troopers. Caroline’s work for non-profit organizations led to her receiving the 2012 Caritas Award for Catholic Volunteer of the Year from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston.

In keeping with her generous spirit during life and her commitment to the Pheo Para Troopers’ initiatives, Caroline donated $40,000 to the Pheo Para Troopers upon her death, requesting that the money be used to maintain the long-term viability of the organization. The Caroline Lutz Memorial Fund has been created as a way to honor Caroline’s commitment to, and belief in, the mission of the Troopers, to ensure the money she donated will be used according to her wishes, and to honor her memory. The $40,000 capital will be invested, and revenues from the investment will be used to cover the Pheo Para Troopers’ operating costs going forward. Serving the people of her community was Caroline’s life’s work, and this fund will carry on her legacy.

The Pheo Para Troopers mission is to empower and support pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma patients through knowledge, a sense of community, and advocacy while sponsoring key initiatives in data collection, treatment, and patient care.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Pheo Para Troopers here.

Make the Most of Summer Produce

The warm weather has returned, and with it fresh, nutritious produce. We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables! Not only do they add vibrant colors to our meals, but they are packed with all sorts of nutrients that promote good health.

During the summer, a vast array of fruits and vegetables are in season, making it easier than ever to include them in your daily meal plan. Some summer “superfoods” include dark greens like broccoli and Swiss chard for maximum nutrition, berries for vitamin C, and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage for phytochemicals, which could lower the risk of certain cancers.

In addition to just eating them whole and fresh, smoothies are a fun and easy way to add these wonderful foods to your diet. Even kids will love these refreshing, colorful beverages. One of my favorites is this green smoothie. I let the kids help me chop and add ingredients to the blender.

1 mango (or 1 cup frozen mango cubes)
2 cups spinach and/or Swiss chard (there are about 6 leaves of baby spinach in a cup)
1 banana
1/2 avocado
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup coconut water (not milk)
1 teaspoon flax oil (optional)

Place all ingredients in a blender and process on high speed until smooth. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you really don’t need a recipe. Just see what’s available at your local farmers market and be creative; the key is to balance the flavors of the leafy greens with fruits or sweet vegetables.

If there is a good time of the year to get into the habit of eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s now!