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January 7, 2016 | 2 minute read

Leaving a Legacy of Healthy Eating

Ethel Kunnes is a registered dietitian who loves to cook. In the 1970s, she taught international cooking as part of an adult education program at the high school near her home in Los Altos, CA.

Like many AICR supporters, Ethel has been touched by cancer. She has had many friends and family who have had cancer, and her mother died of cancer. Ethel made her first gift to AICR in 1984. She chose to support AICR because she feels research is important. She also likes that our Newsletter provides information to help people prevent cancer.

Ethel joined AICR’s Monthly Donor Program in 2002. She became a monthly donor for three simple reasons: it was easy; she didn’t have to think about making a gift every year; and by doing it on a credit card, she didn’t have to write checks anymore.

Ethel says, “I feel good knowing that I am supporting an organization that is helping people prevent cancer.” She likes that AICR keeps people informed and keeps the message simple. “Otherwise, people wouldn’t follow it,” she says. Her advice has always been to eat everything, don’t stress just one food and don’t eliminate any food.

She seems to have passed that nutrition interest down to her grandson, Adin. She proudly shares how 4 years ago he encouraged some young students to help him start a vegetable garden at school. The parents of the students were so surprised to see their kids learning and interested in the garden that they themselves started their own community garden.

Today Ethel lives happily with her dog in a retirement community of over 400 people, which provides many opportunities to be active. She is currently a member of her community’s food committee.

We are grateful for Ethel’s generous support! Become a Cancer Research Partner like Ethel and make a significant impact in the fight against cancer every single day.

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