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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Education, Health, Public Health

Mission: Information, education, advocacy and awareness for people with cancer, family and friends interested in or using complementary, alternative (CAM), natural therapies, and more, from the patient perspective.

Geographic areas served: National and International via Internet

Community Stories

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ann Fonfa has worked tirelessly for many years disseminating the vast knowledge she has accumulated about healing cancer to people doing all they can to heal from cancer. Ann continually attends meetings to keep up to date with anything new. She puts on a fabulous and very informative conference annually bringing together leaders in the field of healing. My husband and I have attended several of Ann's conferences and have learned so much. Ann also takes the time to reply to anyone who contacts her with questions.

Terri60

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of attending an Annie Appleseed Conference in Florida. What a great place to meet like-minded individuals, who are interested in complimentary health modalities. Great speakers who know what they are talking about. Ann Fonfa is continually updating here website with new knowledge all the time. I recommend this non-profit to everyone diagnosed with cancer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Annie Appleseed conference is so invigorating, as like minded people gather to exchange ideas and learn from the latest in complimentary treatments for cancer. I met some wonderful people when I was able to attend. Great information and I highly recommend this project!

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Brenda K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my breast cancer it has been the Annie Appleseed Project philosophy, and constant new scientific, medical and natural information, that got me on the path to healing and keeps me there!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After finding my breast cancer (IDC) myself (it never showed on mammograms ) and undergoing 2 surgeries .... I found the Annie Appleseed Project site through a breast cancer Facebook group. I have learned so much from the invaluable resources, serious studies from around the world, my whole understanding of recovery has grown, and I am becoming even healthier than before, through food, exercise, and becoming empowered to ask clear questions of my medical team. Grateful, grateful, grateful.

1 Sandy125

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a breast cancer survivor who has done extensive research in the area, I was immediately impressed that Annie Appleseed (AA) was actually looking away from the chemo/radiation/tamoxifen route of "conventional medicine" with all it's horrific side effects, and instead looking at how to heal BC through health brought about by nutrition and exercise. My many years of research into this area (like my life depended on it) made it simple for me to recognize that here was a nonprofit that had done it's homework. I believe we will look back one day in disbelief at our current standard of care. Organizations like AA will be the reason. Kudos!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After being burned, poisoned, and cut many times, I have now accepted that conventional medicine cannot help me. However, the world of Alternative medicine is so frightening because there are so many con artists and not much documentation as to what methods help which cancers. Finding this organization was like spotting a lighthouse when you've been lost at sea during the most tumultuous storm you've ever experienced. Speaking with Ann gave me so much hope and inspiration. My goal is to give back to others what this organization has given to me. I want to be that same beacon of hope and guidance and that in itself is making me fight harder than ever to win this battle.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Annie Appleseed Project is a great resource. The website provides lots of information regarding complementary and alternative care and really helps to educate patients in this space. I've attended the annual conference as well and was pleasantly surprised at the blend of traditional western medical research presented, along with the plethora of CAM therapies.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First heard of Annie Appleseed Project after being diagnosed with cervical cancer 6 years ago and sought out alternative healthy living. A friend recommended the site and I've been following ever since! They post everything from clinical treatment findings to alternative eating habits for healthy living.

2 Julie238

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a two-time cancer survivor and I have learned more from the Annie Appleseed Project about cancer prevention than all of my doctor's visits combined! Conventional medicine does not address prevention. This amazing organization does a wonderful job filling that void!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Annie Appleseed Project works on educating us in ways the medical system fails us. To make an informed decision about our medical treatment and health care is really a life and death issue, especially around Cancer. To know all of the "true" options" and information to make an educated decision is more than important. This project has a goal to get all the information out to us.

3 Robin133

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is dedicated on providing important and up-to-date information to a highly vulnerable population at low cost. I felt very fortunate to be able to attend their conference in NYC.

2 Jan_72

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was so excited when I first learned about the Annie Appleseed Project. I attended their CAM for Cancer conference in February 2015, and it was everything I hoped it could be and more. Not only were there knowledgeable presenters and interesting exhibits; the food was fantastic (and organic of course), and it was so special to be surrounded by like-minded people who are on a journey similar to my own. The interaction between the audience and presenters was rich, and I learned so much from the Q&A at the end of each session. There are few available sources of such quality and comprehensive information on integrative medicine. This is cutting-edge material - access to timely information is critically important when dealing with cancer. I follow their posts on Facebook eagerly and usually find they are packed full of valuable information. Great organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently attended an Annie Appleseed project event in NYC. I found this to be a eye opening event that will change my life as a cancer survivor and thriver. The organization provided several guest speakers from many aspects of cancer in ones life. The speakers were excellent and there was dead silence in the room as they spoke to educate us on this terrible disease. In addition they provided Reki sessions and several vendors with natural products. Lunch was provided and it was all organic which was a plus with all ingredients listed. This was also an excellent opportunity to network and meet other survivors. Thank you Annie Appleseed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am happy to offer an opinion on Annie Appleseed because they're a great group of people trying to help those with the biggest challenges. They offer nutritional advice and information that is well researched and helpful. I have sent their information and FB posts to family members who are fighting (and winning) the cancer battle in order to boos their repertoire of tools to use. I think they're doing a great job of getting pertinent and alternative/holistic information out there!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This site is a treasure trove; a collection of up-to-date, science-based information that is unparalleled. Ms. Fonfa's accessibility, honesty, and hard work in assembling and maintaining this site are commendable, and the site is user-friendly in many ways.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great information and always the first with research results to help us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent information for those with cancer and those hoping to avoid cancer.

BreastCancerYoga

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Annie Appleseed Project is providing excellent information and a really useful service to those with breast cancer.

When a colleague of mine shared her experience of having cancer, I immediately sent her Annie Appleseed's link. What Ann offers is a life-line to cancer survivors. This project is a confidence booster, and guaranteed to make anyone feel less isolated and/or depressed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic conference. At Annie Appleseed conferences you will hear from experts and patients, enjoy the company of other survivers and thrivers and you will be well fed....I always have to mention this, as with many conferences, the food is awful and unhealthy. To attend a conference and learn about healthy eating, lifestyle and treatment choices and copious amounts of useful info and then eat garbage is somehow unsettling to me. Never the case with Ann's conferences...I am a survivor, the Executive Director for another NP, and a coach for others with cancer, and I wouldn't miss the Annie Appleseed conference!

1 Shelley D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Annie Appleseed Project is a breath of fresh and healthful air to every patient or family member looking for the good and healthful way to approach an illness. Traditional medicine so often fails us, doctors prescribe medications without considering the whole wellness of their patients. Annie Appleseed brings to all of us the holistic options we are looking for. This is all EVIDENCE BASED information that has been found to actually HELP PEOPLE GET COMPLETELY WELL. There is a treasure trove of information and Annie Appleseed Project is THE place to go to for up to date, cutting edge information about restoring yourself back to wellness and happiness.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ann Fonfa and Annie Appleseed Project are a breath of fresh air in an otherwise frighting and confusing world that is known as traditional medicine. You getting well is the priority in Ann's world. The profit motivated traditional medicine world is not focused on getting people well. Ann's conferences are bar none, the BEST. You will learn HOW to get and stay well. She finds the best speakers and most informed experts in their fields and they present their information geared to the patient level. If you are attending her annual conference, not only will you be well fed, totally detoxed and cleansed, but you will meet the very nicest, relaxed happy people who have recovered and have found the path back to optimal health! Ann's organization is totally volunteer (I don't know how she does it) so please donate whatever you can.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The 4th Annual Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies Conference organized by Annie Appleseed Project was one of the best organized and informative conferences I've ever attended. Speakers from all over the world presented and the information they imparted was eye-opening. While there's no magic bullet for cancer, as everyone responds differently to any given drug or approach, there are options out there, in combination and tailored to the individual, that are commonplace in Europe. Some of these approaches are available in a limited way in the U.S., some are not. If knowledge is power, I left the conference feeling more empowered. The conference is a testament to Annie Appleseed Project founder Ann Fonfa's dedication to providing people with cancer with the knowledge to make informed health care choices. Not only did I learn about cancer therapies and paradigms, I learned what I can do to be the healthiest me I can be.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got breast cancer at 47 from working with radioactivity at work then getting injected estrogen as I was trying to conceive in my late 40s. After my second miscarriage, I found a lump. I let is sit for almost 2 years as I had lost my doctor as my fellowship ended, and was depressed after losing the baby. I had a late diagnosis. But I am still alive, I think, due to research and my diet. I use the computer to research. I have no access anymore to the scientific databases. I am completely isolated. If it were not for the AnnieAppleseed project I would not every have been exposed to all the new alternative research. It gave me hope. This was my first contact with excellent quality new alternative research which gave me a new goal and the methods to keep myself alive. I am still experimenting with what I learned at the conference and on the site last year and am looking forward to the next with all my heart. Thank you for being there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Annie Appleseed is one of the most informed and concise sources of information about CAM & cancer on the web. I always know that the information contained in their pages is correct and up to date, which is of utmost concern when culling information from the web.
The annual CAM conference is amazing with a wealth of information and speakers on a multitude of subjects. It's an absolute must for anyone who has had cancer or knows someone who has.

1 PeggyAnderson

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Annie Appleseed Project is great. They care about the people. I am impressed year after year on all the information that comes forth to educate the general republic. I have also listed them on our new non-profit website.

I have meet Annie as she is part of the National Breast Cancer Coaltion in which I am a member.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization provides one of the better and more complete collections of information on cancer treatment alternatives. Cancer patients have to understand that current cancer practices in the US are far more driven and dominated by medical dogma* and business preferences than they are by therapeutic efficacy and science. Other credible sources of information are needed. The information provided by the Annie Appleseed Project can help to overcome the restricted views that conventional medicine often imposes on cancer patients and their loved ones.
*Dogma: A belief or point-of-view, presented as authoritative, that is not scientifically proven.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a "cancer guide" providing important cutting edge, integrative, complementary and alternative cancer treatment information to those seeking a beacon in the storm of cancer (at CANHELP, www.canhelp.com), I feel that Annie Appleseed Project's website and annual conferences have provided trustworthy, evidence-based treatment information that keeps me informed and better able to help my clients. Ann Fonfa's and her volunteers' drive and passion, combined with a high level of integrity (run on a "shoestring!"), make this organization a unique place for survivors and professionals to learn essential information in the fight against cancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a licensed preventive specialist I felt compelled to attend the Annie Apple Seed conference for our patients. Practicing in a biocomaptible dental practice and having family and patients diganosed with cancer, too bereft to navigate alternative pathways, the conference had magnetic forces to attend! The fees to attend extremely reasonable, the food so refreshingly healthy and the information PRICELESS! I have passed on infinite "pearls" of information to patients over the past year who are so grateful for an outlet to turn for guideance. I truly believe Ann F. is guided by the angels providing lifesaving pathways through Annie Apple Seed. Whether diagnosed with cancer or not, this conference offers ample knowledgeable presenations to make simple huge life wellness choices. Annie Apple Seed assists everyone to become focused on priorities paramount to wellness of heart, mind and body! Annie Apple Seed Conference: Angels on earth! Without question a must consideration for grants for life! MLM-R, RDH, BS

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without even having a personal experience with cancer, I immediately knew The Annie Appleseed Project was an organization I wanted to be involved with. It encourages everyone to adopt simple habits that will help improve their health and wellness. For those with cancer, the information The Annie Appleseed Project provides can make a huge difference in decisions they might make about their treatment. Anyone who has met Ann can tell how dedicated and passionate she is about reaching those who need it most.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ann Fonfa has done so much to help others who have cancer. She is truly a visionary and through her experience of fighting and beating cancer with alternative therapies she has inspired others to follow her path. She spoke at our Head and Neck Cancer Seminar in Palm Beach County, Florida this past December and we have had overwhelming positive responses to her lecture.
Ann has a gentle and caring spirit about her. She personally responded to all e-mails and was offering help to us from the moment I contacted her. Her organization went up and above in donating time, supplies and a wealth of knowledge in making our seminar successful. She is extremely knowledgeable in nutrition and CAM therapies. I don’t believe anyone walked away from her lecture without taking something new and valuable from it. Her information serves not only those who have/had cancer but everyone in the room. She addressed several ways of prevention for those who have never had cancer.
I would like to see her organization win this award. I am sure that she would use the money to further educate those with cancer along with those in remission on nutritional and educational breakthroughs.
Therese` M. Stewart, RDH MS

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ann Fonfa is a visionary and pioneer in the field of complementary and alternative cancer therapies. As a survivor to whom chemotherapy was NOT an option she has been advocating for decades lifestyle changes, such as: nutrition and organic eating, exercise, relaxation, aroma therapy, reiki, and yoga. Her CAM seminars offer cancer patients and survivors practical and understandable ways to enhance their quality of life as well as their immune systems. Even though operating on a shoe-string budget she always manages to book innovative and thought-provoking speakers. She is sincere in her beliefs and dedicated to helping people discover
new ways of surviving and thriving! She walks the walk - having attended cancer seminars with her where copious amounts of unhealthy free food are offered she always brings her own organic meals. Her kindness, gentle approach and generosity of spirit in sharing her knowledge and insight is a blessing to all of us who know her and who have benefited from her endeavors. E. Smith
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Daya M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I refer people to this non profit all the time. It is one of the greatest sources of information, accurate information about integrative and alternative therapies for cancer patients. Ann keeps up to date on the most current information, she is a tireless advocate for patients and a voice of reason in a crazy system of disease.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Ann for many years and applaud her work with Annie Appleseed. She provides information that is of tremendous help and hope for breast cancer patients. Additionally, the information Ann disseminates is valuable to those who have not had cancer. Prevention by using products that are healthy rather than harmful is a service to the general public as well as to cancer survivors.

Nina B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ann Fonfa is a hero for every woman with Breast Cancer. She has dedicated her life to collecting and disseminating information about legitimate alternative therapies and integrative treatment for Breast Cancer. Every year she puts together an affordable conference (with great food!) featuring the doctors and practitioners who are leading the way in effective and health-restoring Breast Cancer treatment. Bravo to Ann!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended an event earlier this year hosted by the Annie Appleseed Project. It was very informative and meeting the needs of those in attendance. -Dr. Michael Haley

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The founder of the Annie Appleseed Project is an amazing woman who gives of herself to help educate and empower others to not only help themselves and their loved ones with breast cancer issues, but also to move forward the focus on prevention and treatment of the disease.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ann is a passionate, hard-working, extremely knowledgable professional who really cares about her mission and the many people she impacts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ann (Annie Appleseed Project) is empowering others by sharing her expertise and allowing us to become more knowledgeable about how to deal with cancer on a day to day basis. Ann has a gift and is very loving in sharing her own journey. Once you attend one of her conferences or even just spend a little time on her web-site(you will be learning so much from her site that you could spend hours there, so relax with a cup of tea and enjoy the experience!) you will be more peaceful about the cancer journey.

5 charlotte-louise

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The AnnieAppleSeedProject,through intelligent, scientific inquiry, continues to bear fruit, nourishing the community of people with a cancer diagnosis with information on little known treatment options. The benefits of this knowledge, delivered with compassion and generosity, are life enhancing and life changing. The value produced with every dollar donated is beyond measure. This is an extra-ordinary organization worthy of support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in awe of what Ann Fonfa has done to bring complementary and alternative treatments for cancer into the public eye and what she has done to support cancer patients and their families. She is tireless in putting her vision into action and she has paved the way for many to make choices they might not otherwise have known were available, through her comprehensive website and through personal interactions. She also holds a torch for truth and balance by seeking out and drawing attention to new research that may challenge prevailing mainstream perspectives or assumptions about treatment. The beneficial repercussions of her work travel far through her website, and through regional as well as national conferences.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I participated in the 2008 Annie Appleseed Conference and was impressed, both by the level and array of speakers Ann Fonfa had gathered to present information that is not always readily available through mainstream medicine. The popularity of the conference was such that I’m sure a larger venue will be necessary for patients and practitioners hungry for reliable, intelligent presentations. There was a great sense of cooperation and Ann Fonfa took great care to see that the food available at the conference was in tune with the theme (i.e.- delicious organic, healthy meals and snacks). Ann does not pay lip service to health. She acts on her beliefs and knowledge at every level. I am a cancer survivor, health care professional and author. Ann Fonfa was extremely supportive so that I could make my book "After Shock: From Cancer Diagnosis to Healing – A step-by-step guide to help you navigate your way", available to participants. Her staff was also very helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend this conference to professional and patient alike.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Annie Appleseed Project has been a most impressive and effective force for education and awareness. The 2010 conference did a remarkable job of bringing together health professionals, cancer victims and their families. The entire presentation was a poignant reminder that cancer affects us all. The combination of personal stories with professional guidance created a positive experience out of such a tragic subject. THANK YOU ANN for all that you do and all that you are! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the conference and continuing support of this endeavor. Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN NutritionMission.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My brother is fighting an incurable cancer. Ann's website has been a great resource for alternative medicine to help us find new tools. Ann, keep up the good work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Annieappleseed Project has been a life-saver for me from the very beginning. How refreshing it was for me to find this site, which offered me alternative and well thought-out points of view. I was starting to have a number of questions about the conventional one-size-fits-all treatments that I was offered at the beginning of my journey. Knowing Annieappleseed made all the difference for me. Therefore, I was more than happy to accept, when Ann Fonfa asked me if I would be able to help her staff a stand at last year's Ovarian Cancer Conference in DC. Though every cancer is a completely different disease, I learned a lot at that conference, from the other participants. I feel it was very important for Ann and me to have been present there, to voice our point of view on nutrition and cancer, an aspect of cancer treatment that is all to often completely overlooked. Not that there is no interest in nutrition in the public, but patients are often too tired and too confused to think about looking in that direction, and finding out what they may need to change in their lifestyle to reduce their risk of recurrence. The Annieappleseed project is doing a fantastic public service by providing information on nutritional issues and complementary natural therapies that may be available and could enhance their chances at recovering or avoiding recurrence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Years and years ago, while doing research at the library, I first learned about the Annie Appleseed website and the promise of complementary medicine. All of these years later, I am still delighted to be able to review the website. What prompted me to write is that a friend found out information about a drug that she had never seen before. This information has absolutely helped her immensely, and she is very grateful for it. Thank you, Annie Appleseed Project, for your illumination of obscure, difficult cancer issues!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in September 2009. I knew almost nothing about it and was referred to Annieappleseed.com through a friend of mine. Although I had been told all about conventional treatments, the alternative treatment information on the site was expansive. I was so interested that I attended their 2010 Conference for Alternative Treatment in West Palm Beach. There I was able to see firsthand what alternative treatments and nutrition therapies are out there. I sat in on informative lectures by phyicians and professionals, and was able to meet a number of community leaders and survivors who encouraged me in many ways. Since that conference I have attended two additional events courtesy of Annieapppleseed project. Both were very informative and enlightening to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

after my breast cancer diagnosis, Annie helped me sort out the possible treatment options with insights and impressive awareness. During and after treatment, the website gave me information about everything I was curious about, from mushroom supplements to strange radiation side effects. I couldn't find this level of authoritative, wide-ranging information anywhere else, and Annie is a goldmine of information and caring.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Aftering talking to Annie, I realized that her organization was a worth while project and that many people needed to hear more about it. I asked her to send me flyers on her project and she did. Now a community that has little or no access to computers, know her information.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization provides a valuable service, of information, suppliers and experts to assist persons faced with cancer and thier families. The information provide on the web site available to all and the information provided by the natural health experts from all over the world is in valuable for cancer patients, especially those who have experience treatment failures using traditional medicine and have exhausted all treatment options other than to wait and die. The information at the conference provides additional safe recognized treatments as another option. Annie has also spent a lot of personal time money and energy help so many in the cancer community many times for free. I consider her knowledgeable and needed organization for the community. She is my mentor and has taught me how to use my illness to expand my advocacy to help other. I wish Annie and all in the cancer community blessing and health Princess

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Annie Appleseed is one of the few organizations that is dedicated to providing complimentary and alternative cancer information to the community. In this western world of allopathic medicine it is a blessing to have a leader in the holistic CAM world and Annie Appleseed is just that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Annie Appleseed Project is an excellent project. The project has provided a wealth of information on alternative treatment for breat cancer survivors in the minority communities in the Central Florida Area.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Numbers of studies have shown that social wisdom is worth its weight in gold. Anne's site provides a special kind of social wisdom, developed over years of carefully examining input from cancer patients and resources from all over the world. Its vital that this foundation and web site be recognized, supported, and held up as an example for the right way to make positive impact on our struggling healthcare system, where caregivers struggle with red tape, and have just a few minutes to spend with each patient. Patients, even those with insurance, suffer. My own particular story with Anne's foundation relates to alternative therapies used to improve patient outcomes in stem cell therapies at Stanford Hospital. Stem cell research holds great promise for future cancer treatments. However, what is missing from the research and treatment picture is patient care. Outcomes of stem cell treatment depends a great deal on how well patients can survive the side effects and keep their spirits up while undergoing continued horrendous discomfort and beating the odds. Typical hospital stays are 45 - 53 days post transplant. Most of them, by the time they receive this kind of treatment, have been through chemo/radiation at least once. So its even more important that they receive support for their patient centered challenges, in order that this promising technology is used optimally, now and in the future. The alternative methods we used with patients with autologous stem cell bone marrow transplant at Stanford Hospital enabled our patients not only to recover on average 2 weeks ahead of expected hospital stays, but also to quickly head off fevers, nausea, mucositis, and a number of problems that often lead to failed treatment. In addition, the patients had good spirits. Although we did publish an abstract about our experiences in Psychoneuroimmunology 2003, there is currently not a good vehicle to share the story of these patients with other patients. Anne's site fills this gap. One patient described it as "When you receive a diagnosis of cancer, when they tell you have the big C, its as if you have been hit by a semi truck. The news itself is enough to make your life feel like confetti being tossed up in the air." Its up to the patient to figure out how to pull the confetti back into a new life, with healing. Each person is unique, and our spirit and emotional life are a big part of our healing journey. Anne's site provides a wide range of carefully screen and checked stories to encourage patients and give them control over their healing journey, despite the lack of time our physicians may have for them in their stressed day. More generally, Anne's site provides one stop shopping for anyone with cancer who wants to investigate alternative ways of coping with side effects, treatments, and/or find others who might be emotional or spiritual support. By last count, her site was pointed to by over 5 million people. Its obviously useful. We in the U.S. live in a medical culture where many physicians treat patients only by the books they used in medical school. If you are a thinking individual, and not influenced by politics/money but are rooted in patient centered thinking, Anne's site provides a unique, strategic, and necessary bridge between what our current medical system IS and what it can be. Numbers of studies have shown that social wisdom is worth its weight in gold. Anne's site provides a special kind of social wisdom, developed over years of carefully examining input from cancer patients all over the world. Its vital that this site be recognized, supported, and held up as an example for the right way to make positive impact on our struggling healthcare system. Cindy Mason, CMT, Ph.D. Research Associate, Stanford University Founder, www.21stcenturymed.org Virtual Faculty, Future Health Technology Institute

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2006 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have always been a strong supporter of alternative medicine and although I allowed my doctors to talk me into a lumpectomy, I refused radiation and began a search for information on alternatives to radiation. I believe there is something in nature that will aid our healing process no matter what our disease. The Annie Appleseed website was a godsend. I found information and connections to other websites; everything I had been looking for was there for me. When they announced their first convention, I knew I had to go. I had been seeking information on iodine supplements and on the airport shuttle to the convention, I started talking with two ladies also headed there. One of the ladies began to share her story with me about losing one breast entirely then contracting cancer in the other breast. Rather than another mastectomy, she began iodine therapy which dissolved the tumors and restored her health...just the kind of information I was looking for. This month is four years since I had my lumpectomy...four years in which I have been able to enjoy good health without going through the misery of destroying healthy breast tissue on the outside chance they missed something during surgery. I feel extremely blessed to have knowledge and experience of the work being done by Ann Fonfa. This is a most deserving non-profit!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nutritionist who specializes in helping women with breast cancer create a "cancer hostile" terrain in their bodies to reduce risk of occurrence or recurrence. In this capacity, I have found the Annie Appleseed Website to be an invaluable source of information for me as I work to support my clients in making informed choices about treatments, trials and alternatives. Annie's comprehensive set of resources also helps me to constantly update my own knowledge and skill set in this ever changing field.Bravo to Ann Fonfa and her team for the contributions they are making to both patients and clinicians!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 1975, I was diagnosed with Malignant Cervical Cancer. I decided to create my own natural healing protocol, instead of a Hysterectomy and other invasive procedures. Within four months of Acupuncture, Herbs, Yoga, Hiking in the Andean mountains of Peru, and Meditation, I retested to find that the cancer was gone. I had a child two years later, who just made me a grandmother. When I met Ann Fonfa, we connected on a very deep level and I knew that I would be in the very best company for learning and teaching others about how to take charge of their own bodies. I have sent many people to her website and even given them her phone number. She is there, present, alive and completely approachable. I know that out health system is in need of great repair and The Annie Appleseed Project is a home for those who are broken and need hope to keep going. The Annie Appleseed program deserves to be supported in any way possible. God Bless Ann

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Annie Appleseed Project has been a godsent. For the past year I have experience a true found respect for Alternative Meds because of Appleseed Founder, Ann Fonfa. Her talents to enlighten people, breast cancer patients or not. Last year Ann Fonta attend the Sisters Network Tampa-Bay Gift for Life Block and was a true gift herself. There was a lady there that I know with BAD eating habit but with the information and insight from Ann I can truly say there is more green foods in her diet today. The Annie Appleseed project is a wonderful program that reaches where theres a need and to whom ever that calls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ann Fonfa and her organization, annieappleseedproject.org, have been a source of strength and information to me since I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Not only has her website been a vast source of information and contacts concerning complementary and alternative therapies, as was her second annual convention which I attended this January for the first time, but Ann heself is a constant source of kindness, passion, patience and information. I just came back from attending the NBCC conference in Washington DC and was amazed to see how many people consider her a close friend. She is dedicated to winning the fight against breast cancer for all women and walks her talk. I always give out her cards and recommend her highly.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This sirminar was jointly conducted by IOMP and AAMP in the General Hospital in yaounde-Cameroon. This program was initiated by Afric-med USA an Washington DC based NGO. We had participants from three African contries. Cameroon, Congo and Chad.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I meant to write a much, much longer article, but since I seem to be procrastinating, I'll shorten it. My summary: I am a doctor of optometry and a licensed acupuncturist. This organization is astoundingly impressive, especially since for a relatively small volunteer-run group. The persons involved are generous with their time, driven by a wish to help others, and pretty darned competent. They also seem very, very good at connecting individuals, groups, and information. My first exposure to them was at their January conference, which was superb and extremely useful. Since it was organized by non-professionals and registration fees were minimal, my expectations were low - but it was quite well-done, and the material, information and connections I gained are something I find useful at minimun several times monthly. I learned a lot not only from the speakers, but also from the many knowledgeable and interesting exhibitors. After the conference I had several occasions to email them back and forth, and they provided me with a lot of very useful information - always friendly despite the demand on their time. Their only request was that I use it to be of use to others; simple enough. Since then I have referred several persons recent cancer diagnoses to them, as they are a rare, warm and useful resource when one is searching for information or simply needs someone who understands to talk with or to listen. It is astounding to me that to date so few persons have written about them. I can go on and on about this group and should you wish to contact me by email or otherwise, it would be my great pleasure to do so. I should state also that I am not personally connected with this group or any of the individuals involved - but I do have a markedly positive impression of them and am definite fan of this group. This is what I started to write previously: My first experience with the Annie Appleseed Project was a bit prior to January, 2009, when the PathUSA.org group sent out a notice about the upcoming conference. The speakers looked good, the cost was nominal, and the location was relatively convenient. I also found a very positive review of the group's first (2008) conference in the Townsend Letter, and this stimulated my curiousity. 2. how nice they were on the phone and by email. 3. Helpfulness at the conference. Wonderful info from the speakers. Dr. Block. Mrs. Block. Susan Silberstein. More. 4. The set-up and lunch. 5. The exhibitors. Salvestrols. Medicinal mushroom derivatives. Lots of science; my head swimming. More, more. 6. Speaking with Ann Fonfa, her husband, and some of the other AnnieAppleseed organization. Ann's talk: her experience with being diagnosed with cancer and how she was helped; remembering and wanting to pass it on. (Boy, has she ever succeeded!) 7. The goody bag. Great book enclosed on dying with grace; brought me to tears. 8. Post-conference. Such friendly communication. Willing to send tons of information as long as I use it - and, despite the time demand and some technical difficulties, did so. 9. Have been giving their information to appropriate friends, clients and patients. Really a great resource. 10. Constructive feedback?: I'm not really in a position to say much here, as I don't really know the workings of the organization. I just know that what I've experienced externally has been very positive. Perhaps they could've used one member with A/V experience to troubleshoot projection systems, microphones and the like; maybe someone else to coordinate speaker time and manage audience queries a bit more tightly. And I would've liked to have been able to stay and talk more and more with some of the exhibitors, but I understand that an hour after it's over everyone needs to go home. If this organization is still being evaluated next January, consider sending a "mystery shopper" to the conference. To me this whole group had such a down-to-earth, how-can-we-help, caring, humble-yet-very-competent feel to it; you could see if you find the same.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the presentation.I'm in the organic horticulture business and found virtually every speaker to be fair and thinking.I would not hesitate to attend another if given the opportunity.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was shocked and terrified when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and feel that if it wasn't for the support of The Annie Appleseed Project, I probably would not have survived. I chose only alternative treatments which to this day are still not covered by insurance nor supported in mainstream support groups, and I was supported in my decision by Annie.... Imagine having cancer being on disability and trying to also find wholistic information.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Ann Fonfa at her organization's annual conference in Florida, 2 years after completing aggressive breast cancer treatment. As a cancer survivor and patient advocate, I was immediately inspired by her intelligence, fearlessness, and compassion. It was after the conference that two major htings occurred: I became an advocate myself, and, I found the circle of professionals and friends that I had been looking for in my quest to eliminate cancer from my life in ways that were healthy and sensitive to my personal needs. I have continued to eductae myself, and to share my information with those who desire a holistic approach to cancer treatment. Ann's emphasis on the basics; nutrition, exercise, mind-body therapies, and detoxification, offer cancer patients realistic, affordable, and approachable ways to address their post cancer lifestyles. Ann personally connects with her followers, has made herself an enviable presence at nearly every major medical and integrative conference in the US, and still finds the time to fundraise, sponsor, and inspire others to engage in education and advocacy. Her website is exhaustive and comprehensive. This is an organization that intelligently questions traditional therapy and offers education and support for those seeking alternatives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

this is an stellar non-profit with an excellent annual conference with national and internationally respected speakers. a wonderful resource for men and women dealing with cancer of all types but especially breast cancer. this project focuses on evidenced based complementary medicine not just dreams or ideas. conference was very well run, on time, clean, and truly helpful to patients and professionals alike.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Ann Fonfa for some 8-9 years, first as a breast cancer activist and colleague, and for the last 4+ years as a breast cancer survivor. Throughout this time frame Ann has been an invaluable resource. Her very comprehensive website is one that I have used on innumerable occasions and have referred others to countless times as well. Her Integrative Conference in West Palm Beach, which I attended in 2008, was one of the best I have ever experienced, both for the quality of the presentations and the networking opportunities it presented. I am still making use of the resources that I learned about at the conference. I consider Ann to be one of the foremost and trusted authorities in the field of Integrative Medicine, enhanced by the fact that she is a survivor herself. I am so pleased that she is now dividing her time between Florida and Long Island, NY where I live. She has already organized one impressive and successful conference on Long Island, and is rapidly becoming a presence in the Integrative health community here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Annie site has unlimited information and link on alternatives... but she (Ann) also puts her body out there as well fighting for our health care.

15 Jill Ayn Schneider

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a holistic practitioner, specializing in Detoxification programs using juice fasting and raw foods, yoga, relaxation, meditation and advanced massage therapy. I came to all of these modalities because I had cancer in 1975. I wanted to see if I could heal it without any invasive therapies. I succeeded and became very dedicated to teaching others how to prevent and even heal their own dis-eases. Ann Fonfa, the Director and Founder of The Annie Appleseed Project, gave me an opportunity to present my story at the first conference in January, 2008 as a patient advocate. I have been a volunteer for the organization which is helping people to have their questions answered. Come join us on January 7-9, 2010 in West Palm Beach, FL.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Annie Appleseed Project is a stunning example of what motivated people can accomplish, that can act as a beacon of hope and truth. I presented at a seminar entitled Evidence Based Natural Therapies for Breast Cancer sponsored by this group, and look forward to doing the same at upcomin events. The professionalism and heartfelt compassion was palpable, both among the speakers and the totally 'sold out' enthusiastic audience. In addition, specific, scientifically validated information was shared, that allows people to make an educated choice in terms of dealing with illness, or better yet- preventing it!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a health care practitioner and have attended the first two conferences held in West Palm Beach. The knowledge I gained about cutting edge integrative cancer therapies has really helped me in my practice. I look forward to attending Jan. 2010 to listen to the top rate international lecturers in the field of oncology & complementary therapies. Dr. Marcelle Miller