American Cancer Society’s Guidelines to Healthy Living

Posted by: David Lerner Family Foundation | Posted on: May 17th, 2012 | 0 Comments

How much do daily habits like diet and exercise affect your risk for cancer? Much more than you might think. Research has shown that poor diet and not being active are two key factors that can increase a person’s cancer risk. The good news is that you can do something about this.

Along with quitting smoking, some of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk are:

Get to and stay at a healthy weight throughout life.
Be physically active on a regular basis.
Make healthy food choices with a focus on plant-based foods.

The evidence for this is strong. Each year, more than 572,000 Americans die of cancer – about one-third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying too much weight.

One third of all cancer deaths are related to diet and activity factors. Let’s challenge ourselves to lose some extra pounds, increase our physical activity, make healthy food choices, limit alcohol, and look for ways to make our communities healthier places to live, work, and play.

The Lois and David Lerner Family Foundation is a long-time supporter of The American Cancer Society, its mission against this tragic disease and to help to save lives.

They are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Donate Unused Twitter Characters to Help Wounded Soldiers

Posted by: David Lerner Family Foundation | Posted on: May 15th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Do you use all 140 characters available to you in every tweet? Of course not. Well, now you could put those unused characters to good use.

In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, check out Hashtags4Heroes, an ingenious campaign designed to raise awareness and advocacy for the Wounded Warrior Project and the servicemen and women it supports.

Raytheon and the Wounded Warrior Project have come up with a pretty painless way for you to help wounded soldiers – donate unused characters in your tweets. But what does this mean exactly?

During the month of May, you can raise awareness of the needs of injured service members by downloading a simple and free add-on that auto-populates any unused characters in your tweet with a message that shows your support for wounded warriors.

“Hashtags4Heroes uses the power of social media to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and its efforts on behalf of armed services veterans,” said Pam Wickham, Raytheon vice president of Corporate Affairs and Communications. “Although we can never thank our servicemen and women enough for all they do to defend our nation, this month we collectively salute them and honor all their contributions.”

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The Lois and David Lerner Family Foundation is a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and all it does for the brave men and women in the armed forces.

U Penn to Create Basser Research Center for Inherited Cancers

Posted by: David Lerner Family Foundation | Posted on: May 13th, 2012 | 0 Comments

A $25 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania from alumni Mindy and Jon Gray will establish a center focused on the treatment and prevention of cancers associated with hereditary cancer.

Susan Domchek will serve as the founding executive director of the Basser Research Center. The Center will support research on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, harmful forms of which are linked to greatly increased risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The Center is named in honor of Mindy Gray’s sister, Faith Basser, who died of ovarian cancer at age 44.

“With their profoundly visionary and generous donation, Jon and Mindy have set the stage for scientific breakthroughs that will transform the lives of women and their families for decades to come,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said. “In creating this first-of-its-kind center, the Grays’ gift endows Penn researchers and clinicians with the crucial resources required to identify innovative ways to prevent and treat inherited diseases. The possibilities for the future of women’s health and cancer research are vast.”

Emphasizing outreach, prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship, the Basser Research Center will contribute to all stages of research and clinical care related to BRCA-related cancers.

The Lois and David Lerner Family Foundation is a proud supporter of The University of Pennsylvania and its programs.

One Year Later: Lessons from Recovery after Japanese Earthquake

Posted by: David Lerner Family Foundation | Posted on: May 12th, 2012 | 0 Comments

To assess the Japanese experience, The Heritage Foundation reassembled a team of experts to evaluate Japan’s long-term efforts to recover from the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and to prepare for future catastrophes. Based on extensive literature and interviews with Japanese officials and experts, the team identified four critical areas that affect response to a catastrophe: recovery and resiliency of critical infrastructure, environmental remediation, compensation and disaster assistance, and population resiliency.

Addressing the shortfalls of catastrophic disaster response is vital because catastrophic disasters are among the few challenges that can bring even the most rich and powerful nations to their knees. Yet these shortfalls are often avoidable calamities. In many cases, they involve government doing less, not more, and placing the responsibility for caring for communities where it belongs, on the communities themselves, and reserving for the federal government the responsibilities that only the national government can fulfill. The federal government should focus its activities on the most efficacious activities rather the most politically expedient acts.

An expert panel discussed the important lessons we’ve learned as a result of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on May 11, hosted by The Heritage Foundation.

The Lois and David Lerner Family Foundation is a proud supporter of The Heritage Foundation and its projects.

Long Island Philharmonic Instrument Drive

Posted by: David Lerner Family Foundation | Posted on: May 7th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Music LIvz, the Long Island Philharmonic’s Arts-In-Education program, is seeking donations of musical instruments to aid in the instruction and enlightenment of Long Island’s children.

The Philharmonic is collecting musical instruments for band and orchestra programs in Long Island’s underserved schools and is helping these schools start programs where none exist. They are also collecting instruments for their future Instrument Petting Zoo so that children get to draw a bow across a violin, make music on a clarinet or trumpet, and discover that the magic to create music resides in all of us.

Your generous gift will help the community. You can make a difference. Call 631.293.2223 ext. 120 • email: to arrange an instrument donation.

The Lois and David Lerner Family Foundation is a proud supporter of The Long Island Philharmonic and its programs.