I know you’re thinking that you’ve probably seen enough pictures of fruits and vegetables these past few weeks with all of the “resolutioners” gung-ho attitudes, so another one won’t hurt!

A new year brings plenty of goal-setting and resolution-making. A fresh start. A clean slate. For many, that resolution is to exercise more and eat healthier. For most of us, it is much needed, especially after indulging maybe a little too much over the holidays.

However, for parents of children battling cancer, eating healthier can be paramount in their fight, and sticking to your family’s resolution of eating healthier can have a positive impact, both mentally and physically, for everyone involved.

Children require more energy than they are putting out on a daily basis because their body’s are trying to grow and develop into adults. Protein is necessary to build and repair cells; carbs are required to give energy and fat plays many key roles including maintaining healthy skin and keeping your body warm. It is necessary for children to eat enough of each main food group to ensure appropriate development. When a cancer diagnosis is added into the mix, the nutritional requirements become even greater (1). Although chemotherapy can lead to a increased nausea, pain when eating, or other appetite-suppressing emotions, adequate nutrition during cancer has a role in treatment response and quality of care (2). According to Stanford’s Children’s Health, a child who has adequate nutrition may be more likely to better tolerate chemotherapy or radiation with fewer side effects, heal faster, and maximize their quality of life (3)

So, when it comes to sticking to your resolution of eating healthier, just know that it can help encourage children who might be battling cancer to eat their fruits and veggies, too, when they’d much rather be eating pizza!

Everyone at On My Team16 will be working just as hard as you to stick to our 2018 goals and resolutions. With the start of 2018 well under way, it’s a great time to reflect on how far we have come and set new goals for the upcoming year.

Since our official launch in August 2017, we have raised over $15,000 for pediatric oncology centers across the country and have started to truly have an impact on the lives of children battling cancer. We are at the cusp of a major breakthrough and can’t wait to dive right into our goals for 2018.

Obviously, our main goal is to enrich the lives of all pediatric oncology patients through sports. For those who might not be familiar with how OMT16 works, the breakdown of how we raise money is this: through a fantasy sports league system where fans commit to sponsoring athletes through their athletic performance. Simple, but also exhilarating for all athletes and sports fans looking to make a positive impact in the world!

We are off to a great start, but really hope to focus on this fundraising idea that brought On My Team16 to life. Rather than just being a middleman for athletics and children’ hospitals, we want our unique fundraising ideas to shine through, allow for connections to be made between two of the most inspiring categories of figures in our eyes, and allow us to reach our goals.

In the New Year, we hope to connect with more hospitals across the country and give pediatric oncology fighters back their childhood. We also hope to bring more athletes and teams onboard to be on On My Team16’s team for the spring season in 2018. If you have a favorite athlete or team you would like to sponsor, please let us know; you are the reason we are able to impact so many!

With that being said, we wish you the best in 2018! We hope that you can focus on your goals and work hard to reach them. And, if you need any motivation, feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so that we can all work together to make 2018 the best year yet.

With questions, concerns, inquiries or sponsorships please reach out to [email protected] or call 315-416-2065.

Important Aspects of Nutrition in Children with Cancer. Jacqueline Bauer, Heribert Jürgens, and Michael C. Frühwald. Adv Nutr March 2011 2 2): 67-77; doi:10.3945/an.110.000141

Important Aspects of Nutrition in Children with Cancer. Jacqueline Bauer, Heribert Jürgens, and Michael C. Frühwald. Adv Nutr March 2011 2 2): 67-77; doi:10.3945/an.110.000141

Stanford Children’s Health. Nutritional requirements for a child with cancer. Accessed January 2nd, 2018