This newsletter was written a year and four months after
the project first began and was one of the first pages I created. A lot has
happened since then. Visit our new
web site for
a recent update and lots of fun and interesting information.
My Dearest Friends:
It's been over a year since I originally contacted most of
you for information on sweet potatoes. What an enjoyable year it's been.
A whole hearted thanks to all who provided information needed for "The Joy
of Cooking With Sweet Potatoes."
It was not my idea to write this book. My best friend approached
me originally and I have to admit that I had quite a hearty laugh before
I realized she was serious. She then sent me recipes she had collected for
30 years and I promptly stuck them in a drawer. The next thing I knew,
unemployment struck myself and a family member. During this time nothing
seemed to be going right.
I can remember praying and asking God for guidance. "Please
set in motion the destiny you have designed specifically for me, and make
it something I can sink my teeth into, I said." I was referring to a project
that would be a joy, one that I could put my heart and soul into. My prayer
was answered to say the least and its proof that God has a sense of
My partner wanted a percentage of the proceeds to be donated
to a worthwhile cause for the entire life of the book. When I learned of
the sweet potatoes high Beta-Carotene content and its reputation as a cancer
preventative, I contacted the American Cancer Society. They were very excited
and looked forward to the completion. Next, it was a matter of selecting
a specific foundation.
I talked to a couple at church who lost a child to cancer
20 years ago and became active in the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.
I was told that the Foundation gives personal support to both parents and
children with cancer. This is true. I called the Foundation and was placed
on hold for what seemed an eternity. I was then told that a distraught parent
had called and needed immediate support. Further, because of an income reduction,
the staff is short-handed. It became apparent -- this organization needs
Did you know that cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease
in children? CCCF is the recognized leader among foundations in the field
of pediatric cancer. They are the only one focusing on the effects of childhood
cancer through a cooperative effort by parents and professionals.
The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, Bethesda,
MD, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The programs and services are
funded by donations from members and friends, foundation grants, corporate
contributions and an American Cancer Society cancer control grant. CCCF is
"lighting the way for children and families who cope with childhood
the #1 disease in children and help further promote the sweet
potato industry at the same time? If we all pull together, we can make this
Thanks again and I wish you a most joyful holiday season.
Talk to you next time. In the meantime, stay connected to the vine, that
is the "SP Vine."
Very truly yours,
Pamela S. Weston
"Now let the life-sap run clean through
our every vein, perfect what thou hast begin, God of the sun and rain. Thou
who doest measure the weight of wind, fit us for stress and strain!"