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The Geneva Cancer Motorcycle Run is coming up this Saturday, and what comes to mind is all those who take advantage of this most interesting ride, and all for the benefit of fighting cancer!

It is a known fact that cancer is largely a man-made disease and many of the different types of cancer can be prevented if people would use common sense and start using four healthy lifestyle behaviors: stay tobacco free, maintain a healthy weight, stay away from alcoholic beverages and become physically active (75 minutes of vigorous exercise, such as running and walking, weekly).

Less than one third of the cancer risk is attributed to environment factors or inherited predispositions, or so called bad luc".

Heart disease is the number one cause of death followed by cancer. It has been estimated that in 2017 600,000 people will die from this dreaded disease and 1.6 million people in the United States alone will be diagnosed with cancer.

Women are more prone to cancer than men and lifestyle attributes to high-risk factors. 

This doesn't mean you are immune to the disease, but it helps.

Strange as it may seem, there is no better therapy than love and laughter. It has been proven that a good belly laugh is better than medicine and helpful to keep cancer at bay. Enjoy life and take care of yourself. Prevention is a "cure" we are looking for and how we live makes a difference. It’s surprising how just simple, little changes in the foods we eat make a difference.

Cancer loves sugar. Staying away from sugar can be a big factor in keeping cancer at bay or helping to find a cure.

Who doesn't like greens like we often find in salads — lettuce, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and bok choy? Try it, you'll like it. These green vegetables contain compounds that shut down cancer growth. Just 1/2 cup daily can reduce our cancer risk by 40 percent. That’s a lot.

Iceberg lettuce is packed with vitamin K, a nutrient that targets inactive precancerous cells and boosts antioxidants or flavoroids, which act like anti-cancer shield. A few ounces of these vegetables daily will help women cut their risk breast cancer by 13 percent.

We all know the benefits of garlic and onion, as it breaks tumor growth and dampens cancer fueling inflammation.

One clove of garlic and two tablespoons of onion daily can knock cancer risk by 44% or more.

Dried apricots are a good snack because of their copius amounts of betacarotene. Take four a day to slash the risk of lung, breast and color cancer in half.

Love your cell phone, but use it carefully. A recent government study conclusively has proven that cell phone radiation causes brain tumors. Use them moderately and learn to keep that cell phone away from your face. Never put your cell phone in your jacket pocket over your heart or other places on your body.

Prevention is the cure we are looking for and how we live does make a difference.

I am so proud of our hub of caring people here in Geneva and all those who make an effort to make this such a loving place. 

Fighting cancer isn't a one-day effort. Those who care so much seem to be working and thinking every day of things they can do to help. The cancer run was organized as a fun event that goes on to help in the fight against cancer and it is hoped that people will come out and join them on Saturday morning in Geneva.

It is interesting to note that next year will mark the 10th anniversary of when Matt Felt died following his battle with cancer, and plans are already being made to honor him in 2017.

Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about special events such as family and school reunions.  I would also like to hear if you have news to share or an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers. I also appreciate learning about birthdays and anniversaries you would like me to include in my weekly "Whatever Come To Mind" column.

In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us. You can reach me via  e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by postal mail, P.O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, 507-256-4405.

Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, June 9th: Ella Elizabeth Marlin (2015), Torsten & Melissa Wayne, Rhonda (Lund) & Troy Thevenot, LeRoy & Gladys Peterson, Lexi Wayne, Ahinka Jensen, Sharon Lageson, Bennett Ver Hey, Carrie Paulson, Karen Swearingen Cox, Dana Waltz, Greg Smith, Tait Ingvaldson 

• Friday, June 10th: Arnold Lund, his 95th; Warren Wayne, Samantha Mae Schumacher, Kathy Allard, David Ellis, Chuck Groth, Jamie Weller, Margaret Reese, Forest Peterson, Adam Wacek, London Avery, Sarah (Cornelius) & Rob Routh, Marv & Pat Schulz, Missy (Lonning) & Paul Richards

• Saturday, June 11th: Angie & Thad Aaseth, Rick & Becky Johnson, Andy Lerberg, Zoie Marie Jensen, Diana Ritz, Matthew Horan, John Xavier, Mary Simon, and Karen Carlsen

• Sunday, June 12th: Nancy Ver Hey, Hanna Gail Crabtree, John Wallace, Charlotte Hill, Grant Pavek, Keith & Teresa McDonald, Ryan & Amanda (Reese) Beavens and Ron & Julie Peterson

• Monday, June 13th: Steve & Rhonda Christensen, Fran & Fred Kenady, Marilyn & Gary Ulland, Keith & Kristin Hamberg, Kaden Jon Homuth, Cory Donald Haberman, Brent Reese, Tira Vangen, Corey Haberman, Tristan Richards, and Gary Jepson 

• Tuesday, June 14th: Camille Marjean Dunlap, Summer Stieglbauer, Herb Moon, Kelly Wacek, David Broskoff, James Deml, Obert Osmundson Jr., Mitchell Kubat and Michael & Stacy Keith  

• Wednesday, June 15th: Dale & Nadine Strenge, Dale & Marlene Peterson, DeWayne Hagen, James Bremer, Dale Anderson, Jennifer Robertson, Kathy Jensen, Kim Nelson, Logan Vietze and Ovanna Haried 

• Thursday, June 16th: Andren Richard Aaseth, Aven Leo Aaseth, Emily Otto, Bethany Otto Mikesell, Doug Smith, Lorraine Wallace, Vonda Humburg, Kenny Evenson, Kari Ingvaldson, Chase  Boehme, Heather (Crabtree) & Keith Krenke, Rochelle (Butler) & Brent Chapman, Tracy & Paul Marcus, Richard & Becky Axmann, Kim (Anderson) & Rich Schneider and Dale & Marlene Peterson

• Friday, June 17th: Kimberly & Mike Luhring, Jim & Jeanne Worrell, Tiffany (Moon) & Josh Krueger, Natalie Jean Aaseth, Jim Hohansee, Eric Tobiason, Joshua Churchill, Aaron Casterton, Matthew Xavier, Tim Butler, Chase Hanson, and Anna Kay Hardyman.

Happy day! Wherever this year takes you, may you find happiness along the way.

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