Ideas to Go Pink for Halloween

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Halloween is just a few days away and what better way to celebrate it and Breast Cancer Month at the same time.

1) Throw a Pink Pumpkin Party.  Mix up some cosmos and invite over your closest friends. You can bake strawberry cupcakes and decorate them with ghost & pumpkins in pink frosting.  Serve your favorite finger foods & turn on some scary background music. Don’t forget the pink balloons and pumpkins decorated in pink. If the party is large enough, you can hold a raffle to raise money for BCCA and have a prize for the winner such as a bottle of wine wrapped in a pink ribbon or a Giftcard.

2.) Have a Pink Pumpkin carving Contest in your neighborhood and ask all the kids to participate.  Tell them to be creative and use their imagination. Bring glitter,feathers,jewels,hats, ect. You can ask everyone to chip on the cost of supplies and maybe raise some extra money to donate for the cause.

3) Wear a Pink Costume. Just because it is Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t wear pink. For example, you can go as a pink cowgirl, or wear your traditional costume with a pink wig. Be as creative as you can.

Quote of the Day

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View ImageWomen agonize… over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast.  ~Martha Weinman Lear, Heartsounds

Homemade Papaya Pumpkin Facial Mask

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Papaya Pumpkin Facial
Great homemade spa recipe that leaves face fresh and glowing

2/3 cup fresh papaya, mashed
15 oz. can pure pumpkin
1 egg, beaten
Prepare the mask. Cut the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds. Scoop out the papaya fruit and mash it well to eliminate lumps in the mask. Beat the egg until it is frothy. Combine that with the papaya. Add the pumpkin to the egg/papaya mixture and whip together. You can also mix the ingredients in the blender or a food processor for an
extra smooth mask.
2. Prepare your face. Wash with your daily cleanser and remove all residual makeup on your skin. Rinse with warm water. It’s very important to have clean skin to ensure you get maximum benefits from the facial.
3. Apply the Mask. Cover your entire face, being careful to avoid the immediate eye area. If you have sensitive skin,
test the mixture on your hand before spreading it on your face. You’ll feel some tingling as the enzymes in the
pumpkin go to work immediately — gently exfoliating your top layer of skin. It works like a scrub without being
abrasive to your skin. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes.
4. Rinse Off Mask. After you’ve relaxed for ten minutes it’s time to rinse. The mask is fairly thick — head for the
kitchen sink.
5. Apply Toner & Moisturizer.

Wellness Wednesday

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Breast Cancer Charity Events in The Woodlands

Updated: Friday, 01 Oct 2010, 11:28 AM CDT
Published : Friday, 01 Oct 2010, 11:28 AM CDT

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – It is difficult for someone to imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer and not having the financial resources to pay for treatment.
It is a reality for many women to choose between either paying rent. or paying medical bills.

Non-profit organization The Breast Cancer Charities of America serves the women of Texas by helping with additional expenses such as the cost of rent and food.

FOX 26 Morning News Extra met with one BCCA volunteer Maria Ortega, a breast cancer survivor.

BCCA has been able to help twenty women across Texas and six in the Houston area.

Two BCCA fundraising events will take place in October.

Erica Harvey from BCCA previews the Stiletto Sprint and Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala on FOX 26 Morning News Extra.

The Stiletto Sprint takes place Saturday, Oct. 16 at Creekside Park in The Woodlands. Registration for men’s and women’s races begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala takes place Friday, Oct. 29 in Avia The Woodlands between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tickets for the event cost $100 each.

On the Web:

The Breast Cancer Charities of America —

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Alcohol companies’ pink campaigns anger breast cancer survivors

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By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY

Consumers who want to support breast cancer research through shopping can choose from pink T-shirts, lip gloss and, increasingly, booze.Mike’s Hard Lemonade now comes in a pink variety. Pink wines sport pink ribbons. And Chambord, which markets pink vodka and liqueurs, urges people to “pink their drink,” saying that “by adding a splash of Chambord to any cocktail, you’re supporting breast cancer awareness year-round.”

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All of them have given money to breast cancer causes — and highlight the donations in their ads.

That has led to criticism by some breast cancer survivors, who say it’s hypocritical to raise money for research while selling a product that contributes to the disease.

Both the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute say even moderate drinking increases breast cancer risk.

“Anybody trying to sell alcohol to promote breast cancer awareness should be ashamed of themselves,” says Barbara Brenner, executive director of Breast Cancer Action, an advocacy group.

Chambord’s website notes that its Pink Your Drink campaign has raised more than $50,000 in donations for the Breast Cancer Network of Strength and other patient groups.

Mike’s Hard Lemonade has given $500,000 over the past two years to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, company President Phil O’Neil says. The company was inspired by the loss of an employee named Jacqueline who died after a long battle with breast cancer.

“The donations we make to breast cancer research are not tied to sales; they are our way of honoring Jacqueline,” O’Neil said in a statement.

In many cases, cause-related marketing is not about charity, says Dwight Burlingame, associate executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University: “These businesses are promoting their product.”

At least one breast cancer charity is walking away from alcohol-related gifts. “We have a partnership with alcohol, and I don’t understand it, either,” says Cindy Geoghegan, the new interim CEO at Breast Cancer Network for Strength. “Those kinds of relationships will not continue.”

And though the Breast Cancer Research Foundation appreciates donations from Mike’s Hard Lemonade, spokeswoman Anna DeLuca says, the group “in no way, shape or form endorses the consumption of alcohol.”

“This donation does not constitute a partnership,” DeLuca says.

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