ML Relay’s cookbook helps fight cancer

Published Apr 24, 2013 at 10:35 am (Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 10:35 am)

I t’s an awesome sight. Teams of men and women joining forces, camping out all night, each doing their part to eradicate cancer.

Relay for Life is an annual event held around the world, remembering those who lost their fight with cancer and those struggling to survive. Participants are committed to raising money to continue research, to provide education and to keep awareness of the dreaded disease alive in all of us.

In just three years, participation in the annual Relay for Life of Mt. Lebanon has grown considerably, dedicated to helping local cancer patients and their families by offering free transportation for patients treatment, free lodging, information on groundbreaking clinical trials and access to 24/7 live help on all cancer issues.

With enthusiasm to help and the passion to follow through, Mt. Lebanon’s Relay has provided:

• 2,250 local patients and families with information on diagnosis, treatment and how to combat side effects.

• 35 volunteers who drove 83 patients to more than 1,500 treatments.

• 26 breast cancer survivors who offered support to 74 newly-diagnosed patients.

As a way to support the American Cancer Society and its mission to create a world with less cancer, Relay for Life of Mt. Lebanon has gathered 230 favorite recipes from friends and families across the South Hills to publish a cookbook. “Food to Celebrate…Recipes to Remember…Friends to Fight Back” offers everything from appetizers to desserts. Hints on cooking for groups, a handy spice and herb guide, microwave tips, candy making and how to lower fat content in your diet are a few of the many helpful extras included in the book.

For just $10, the spiral-bounded book provides easy access to recipes and can provide an affordable cooking aid to new college graduates recently on their own, a great shower gift and a pleasant surprise for Mom on Mother’s Day which, by the way, is just around the corner. Cookbooks are available at The Gifted on Cochran Road in Mt. Lebanon, from all Relay participants or by emailing

Checking through this collection of mouthwatering recipes, “Engineer’s Kielbasa,” provided by Dan Deiseroth, caught my attention. It was also a favorite at the recipe sampling event held by the Relay committee. On the way home a few days ago, I shopped for the few ingredients and before long my kitchen carried the wonderful aroma throughout the house, almost as if I had been cooking all day. Try it. You’ll definitely like it, feeling a need to have your own copy of the cookbook for tried and true food favorites of South Hills neighbors.

The 2013 Relay for Life of Mt. Lebanon is set for June 15-16 at Mt. Lebanon High School Stadium.

As a reminder that cancer never sleeps, the annual relay continues for 24 hours with team members taking turns walking the track. It’s awesome to see more than 1,200 participate each year.

The Luminaria Ceremony held after dark at the Relay is a tribute to all who have been affected by cancer and is heartwarming, awakening an emotional commitment for all in attendance to fight cancer. Individual luminary bags are transformed into a personal message with each candle representing a person. One hundred percent of the $10 donation helps the team’s fundraising goal to grow.

“Relay is an opportunity to honor and remember those who have lost their battle with cancer and to support those fighting the battle,” said Joanne Singley, Relay cochair.

The cookbook is just one project of Relay for Life, Mt. Lebanon. Other events to support the American Cancer Society include:

• April 27, 8 a.m.-noon, Multi-family garage sale on Mayfair Drive

• May 3, 7 p.m. Steelers vs. Faculty basketball game at Mt. Lebanon High School

• May 10, Relay Spirit Day at Yogli Mogli in Uptown Mt. Lebanon

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Engineers Kielbasa


3 lbs. kielbasa

1 cup brown sugar

1 bottle chili sauce

1-20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained


Cut kielbasa in 1 inch chunks. Mix sugar, sauce and drained pineapple. In a baking dish, place kielbasa in a single layer. Pour mixture over chunks. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Enjoy!

American Cancer Society has provided 16 grants to the University of Pittsburgh and one grant to Magee-Women’s Research Institute totaling more than $10 million.

Relay for Life

In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash. He raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society to fight the nation’s biggest health concern. The Relay for Life movement has grown into a worldwide success, raising more than $4 billion to fight cancer.

Relay for Life of Mt. Lebanon and the community have raised more than a half-million dollars for the American Cancer Society.

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