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Life Kitchen Launches Funding for Free ‘Cooking With Cancer’ Classes

London-based writer Ryan Riley says he launched the charity project in memory of his mother

In 2016, the most common cancers among Americans included breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, and prostate cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Regardless of the type of cancer, the experience can be hard on not only the patient, but also on friends and family. The founder of Life Kitchen, Ryan Riley, says he’s experienced the hardship firsthand and has recently started a Kickstarter to help launch his first “cooking with cancer” class for those undergoing treatment of the disease.

According to the Kickstarter, Riley lost his mother to lung cancer after a two-year battle and wanted to commemorate her by combining his experiences as a food writer, stylist, and cook.

Riley also told Munchies that cancer patients undergoing treatment can experience a loss of or change in their sense of taste. Through cooking classes, he says the project will focus on nutrition and flavors that can help mask the metallic taste patients have often associated with chemotherapy.

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Life Kitchen is currently still raising money for the project, which will help launch the first class and find a kitchen space.