Are Toxic Chemicals Hiding in Your Products? Check yours today!

Did you know that there are over 80,000 chemicals used today?  Did you know that with 13,000 chemicals used in cosmetics, that only 10% have been evaluated for safety? The FDA does not regulate the cosmetic industry and allows certain amount of toxins in items.  Our bodies were made to detox from chemicals, but with the overload of chemicals our bodies are being overloaded.
We absorb 60% of what we put on our skin!  Children absorb 40-50% more than adults!
There is an organization called the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.orgthat has tested hundreds of thousands of products and will give you a listing of it’s toxic levels. Try and enter the products you are currently using to discover how “safe” they really are. You may be surprised.
This is important for anyone who is wanting to prevent cancer and even more so for someone who is battling cancer. Your body is working hard to heal and relieving the toxic load is important.
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Volunteer and Intern Spotlight – August

 Interested in working with Believe Big? 
Our two volunteers, Taylor (left) and John (right) helped at the Believe Big Mug Painting in the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Unit and at Nativity Church. Taylor and John are both students are Gerstell Academy. Taylor also helped in the office with donation calls, Believe Mugs, and advertising. Thank you to both Taylor and John for their help this summer! We wish them the best of luck as they head back to school this fall!
Interested in joining Believe Big as an intern or a volunteer?
We have many opportunities to become involved with Believe Big!
Our most recent needs are for individuals who can help us expand our Believe Mug paintings in the community and writing to patients and their families. 
If you would like to get more involved by volunteering, If you have a service requirement, or are interested in an un-paid internship position please contact or 888-317-5850. A volunteer form can be found here.
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Shari Overcame Stage IV Breast Cancer!

Shari Hall Smith was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 58, twenty-two years after her initial breast cancer diagnosis. She combined conventional and alternative methods to overcome incredible odds. Two years later she has no evidence of disease.
Here is her story in her own words:
“In 1992 I was 36 years old recently engaged to be married when I learned I had breast cancer. I refused conventional treatment and decided to instead build my immune system with supplements, Essiac Tea and positive imagery. By refusing the six months of chemotherapy and five years of Tamoxifen, my prognosis only changed by 5%. Greg, my husband, and I were blessed to have our two daughters, Sydney and Emma.
In February 2014 I learned that the cancer I had 22 years before was in my bones. I received three opinions with the same recommendation of Letrozole, Xgeva, and radiation with no cure. This is where I made the decision to research for a different answer. While I did not find a cure, I did learn about treatments that could boost my immune system. I found an amazing Integrative MD who ordered unusual lab tests and along with my other test results devised a diet and supplement plan to build my immune system, negate bone loss from the Letrozole and help to mitigate my pain. I decided against Xgeva and the radiation to see if the natural treatments may help me without the harsh side effects. I hired a cancer consultant and decided to travel to Germany for whole body hyperthermia, along with other immune building treatments. At the end of my three week treatments I was sent home with Mistletoe therapy and started immediately. I continue to take this as prescribed by my doctor in Germany.
While in Germany I met well research people from around the world and learned from them, including about a book that had recently come out: Radical Remission by Dr. Kelly Turner. After reading it on my trip home to the states I realized I was doing many of the factors outlined in the book that people from around the world were doing with late stage cancer to heal themselves against all odds. It gave me additional insight that I added into my treatment plan which includes diet, supplements, Mistletoe injections, a daily biota, and monthly energy healing. In July 2015, I stopped taking the only cancer medication I was on, Letrozole. While I have been blessed to have no evidence of disease for two years, I have also healed the auto-immune issues that plagued me for over thirty years! Since 2015 I have only been taking Mistletoe and other immune boosting treatments and I am still no evidence of disease (NED)! I have never felt better in body, mind, and spirit. I encourage everyone to seek treatment options that meet their individual health and life goals~ Be well!”
For more information about Shari and her treatments, you can visit her website
Believe Big believes that there are many aspects to healing.  Each person needs an individualized diet and treatment plan for their type of cancer, stage, and sensitivities. Our vision at Believe Big is to see patients and their families discover their pathway to healing. If you or someone you love is in need of help, please have them contact us at 888-317-5850 or visit  Believing Big with you!
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Stay Safe this Summer While in the Sun! Fight Cancer

Stay Safe this Summer While in the Sun!
Quick Tips About Sun Protection.
When you’re outside this summer remember to protect your skin from harmful UV-A and UV-B sun-rays. To reduce the harmful effects wear clothes to shield your skin, find or make shade (go inside, bring an umbrella, or put on a hat), plan to go inside during the peak sun hours, check the UV index each day, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, and wear sunscreen to protect any exposed skin!
There are many sunscreen products available, however not all are created equal! We recommend using the Environmental Working Group’s website ( to research the best products or to find out how YOUR favorite sunscreen rates.
One of our favorite sunscreen products here at Believe Big is Coola.  Coola has a low EWG rating of 1-3!
When choosing which SPF sunscreen to use be mindful that anything above SPF50 offers only marginally better sun protection. Some companies will try to boost the price without significantly boosting the effective skin protection. And of course make sure the product you use protects against UV-A and UV-B rays!
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New Apparel Has Arrived! Believe Big – Fight Cancer

New Apparel Has Arrived!
Fun new options for Spring and Summer
We have our new Spring and Summer apparel in-store! Check out our new women’s white athletic hoodie pull over tops, men’s grey athletic shirts, infant onesies, and grey or yellow hats! Our apparel features a NEW fresh and fun take on our logo!
Come by the Believe Big office at 4821 Butler Road, Suite 1D, Glyndon, MD 21136 anytime Monday-Thursday between 10AM-4PM to try on and purchase apparel. You can also purchase items online for pick up in-store or USPS shipment.
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NEW! Support Group for Caregivers

Start the New Year with support from those who understand! Join us for Rays of Hope; Support for Caregivers. The mission of this group is to bring faith-based hope and much needed respite to caregivers.
The group will be a safe place for the primary caregiver of a loved one with cancer to be listened to and encouraged all while participating in a variety of experiences that will pamper or support you in a practical way. We will meet bi-monthly. Caregivers may choose to attend a few or all meetings—
commitment is week-to-week. Please register on our website or by calling us at 888-317-5850.
Attendance for each individual session is limited to 10 people. All sessions will be held at the Believe Big office.
Wednesday, January 13th, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Kickoff Meeting and Juicing & Smoothies
Wednesday, January 27th, 11:00AM-12:00PM
One Word (as a caregiver tool) with author, Jimmy Page
Wednesday, February 10th, 11:00AM-12:00PM
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FDA Approval to Proceed with Phase I of the Mistletoe Clinical Trial! Believe Big

We received the wonderful news that we have been approved by the FDA to proceed with Phase I of the Mistletoe Clinical Trial at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center!
THIS IS HUGE!! You should have heard the “Woo Hoo’s” and seen the celebration when we received the good news! This is an amazing accomplishment for all of us and especially for the cancer patients who will benefit from the IV Mistletoe therapy. We have truly experienced God’s favor! Thank you for your prayers; God has certainly answered them!
So what happens next?
We have just one more step before we can begin to enroll patients in the trial. Johns Hopkins internal review board will now need to look over all
aspects of the trial in order to give us the green light to begin. We have been told that this process may take a two to three months. For those interested in participating in the trial, if you haven’t done so already, please subscribe to our eNewsletter at
We will be sending an email out when we hear from Johns Hopkins that patients can enroll in the trial.
Who can enroll?
All solid tumor types who have had one line of conventional therapy and are stage 4.
Please continue to pray for the trial, the patients, and for the remaining funds needed to complete the trial. Thanks to an anonymous donor, we were able to match gifts at the end of December and raise over $62,000 for phase 1 of the trial! We are so close and only need $105,000 more! We can do this!
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