Friends of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center host celebrity chef Christina Pirello
Celebrity chef Christina Pirello spoke about the value of whole, unprocessed food diets at a free wellness seminar May 10 at the Wilmington Country Club that was hosted by Christiana Care Health System’s Friends of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center.
Pirello, the Emmy Award-winning host of the television series Christina Cooks on the PBS Network, spoke about her own journey to wellness to the sold-out crowd. She was diagnosed with leukemia in February 1983 when she was 26 years old, just three months after her mother had died at age 49 from colon cancer. She survived the terminal disease by adapting to a lifestyle and diet based on natural foods. After just two months of subsisting on beans, grains and vegetables, Pirello’s doctors noticed a significant improvement in her condition. And only 14 months after beginning the natural and whole food diet, doctors could no longer find the cancer in Pirello’s body.
Pirello’s talk at the event was titled “Good Health is Not the Luck of the Draw – You Just Need to Know What to Eat.” She encouraged the audience to carefully read their nutritional panels and to make conscientious decisions at the supermarket and to stop being “the generation that eats out of a foil tray.” She also urged women to lead change by demanding healthier food products.
Founded in 2002, the Friends of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center is a volunteer organization working in cooperation with the clinical staff of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center to help fund programs that enhance the patient care experience, support cancer research, and provide public education on prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.