In their efforts to bring awareness to their disease, volunteers for the Sarcoidosis Foundation of West Virginia realize many folks' response would be, "Sarcoi . . . huh?"
So they found something that speaks a universal language - a cookbook.
"Cooking for a Cure" features 350 recipes from every state, the United Kingdom and Canada. And the local foundation's president, Yvonne James, said she has enough recipes for a second cookbook.
She's grateful for the enthusiastic response from friends and family here to folks from far-flung places and even some famous personalities. Laila Ali, daughter of famed boxer Muhammad Ali, contributed her recipe for oven-fried chicken wings.
The cookbook includes recipes for yeast biscuits from Alabama, oxtail ragout from Georgia, a mock fish dish called Irish Boxty from an Australian contributor, and Hachee, a Dutch soup, from the Netherlands.
The recipes show an impressive worldwide network for the disease, in which collections of inflammatory cells grow in different parts of the body, usually lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. The website www.mayoclinic.com explains doctors believe the disease is an immune system response to an unknown substance, most likely something inhaled. The disease can be treated but not cured, though it often goes away on its own.
That happened to James, diagnosed in 1993 and now disease free, though she suffers from asthmatic effects.
She became active with the foundation because so few people are aware of the disease and its effects.
She's proud of the cookbook project, which will raise money for the local foundation. Copies are $20 each (plus $5 shipping if applicable), available by emailing Yvo...@wvsarcoidosis.org or calling 304-545-0922.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.