Our mission: to teach healthy cooking to people touched by cancer.
Cook For Your Life started in 2007 after founder Ann Ogden Gaffney, who had already survived kidney cancer, took a break from a successful career in fashion to focus on the treatment for her second cancer diagnosis, triple negative breast cancer. Thrown deep into the world of hospitals and cancer, she became aware of the disconnect between getting information on healthy eating strategies and special clinical diets during cancer treatment, and the practical skills needed to get them on the table. Growing up with an Italian mother from a family of chefs and a father who was a Master Baker, Ann was easily able to adapt recipes to help her cope with treatment side effects and ate well even on her worst days. But for many of friends in the chemo suite it was a different story. They found it overwhelming trying to cope with these difficulties in the kitchen. To help them, Ann started sharing her cooking tips and advice with them, which eventually led to recipes, and on to her first free hands-on cooking class for people touched by cancer.
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