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Giving Back On #GivingTuesday


What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

How can you get involved?

1. Share your #UNSelfie

Show your support for #Giving Tuesday by sharing an #UNSelfie! Take a photo, tag it with #unselfie #givingtuesday, and upload to your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook from now until December 2nd.

You can save and print the image here, write why you support BCCA in the blank space, and then take your #UNSelfie with the sign to show your support for The Breast Cancer Charities of America when you take your photo!

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2. Give the Gift of LOVE

Show a family member, breast cancer survivor or loved one that you care by making a donation in their honor. You can even send them a personalized #GivingTuesday eCard and honor them with your donation! Make a donation
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3. Give the Gift of HOPE

Give a breast cancer patient hope! Help us send a beauty basket and support them financially to keep the electricity on and roof over their heads during the cold winter months.

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4. Give the Gift of CHEER

Spread CHEER this year by sending your family and friends iGoPink cards to say Merry Christmas and spread awareness!

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5. Give the Gift of CHARITY

Join together as a family and give a gift that keeps on giving! Skip the socks, candy, and ugly sweater. Help a breast cancer patient instead!

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6. Give the Gift of TIME

Spread breast cancer awareness, facts, and knowledge by becoming an iGoPink Volunteer or Ambassador!

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Thank you for sharing your gifts this holiday season and helping the Breast Cancer Charities of America make a difference! Through the generosity of people like you, we can continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Resources, Education, Survival, and Support.


Maple Roasted Butternut Squash – Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe

Need healthy Thanksgiving recipe ideas? We’ve got just the recipe for you!
Not cooking Thanksgiving? Ask the host what dishes are being served and offer to bring something! Knowing how the dishes were made and having healthy options will help you to make healthier dinner choices.
Learn how to make Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with a Toasted Date Almond topping which is:
  • Quick and easy to make
  • Healthy and nutritious
  • Great side dish or dessert
  • Diet-friendly: gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegetarian, and vegan
  • Sure to be a new family favorite!

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash RECIPE
Recipe provided and used with permission from ILoveFlavor.com

1 butternut squash
sea salt
black pepper
pumpkin spice or cinnamon
2 tablespoons oil (coconut, olive or pecan)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup almonds, raw and unsalted
1 tablespoon maple syrup

1. Peel butternut squash with vegetable peeler or small knife. Chop into 1 inch chunks, remove seeds and strings, and reserve seeds for roasting (see recipe below).
2. Place chunks evenly onto a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with sea salt (lightly), pepper, and spices.
3. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 425 F oven. Toss and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly.
4. Chop dates and almonds together until crumble texture for topping. “Sprinkle” topping evenly onto cooked squash chunks, lightly drizzle maple syrup over topping, and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the topping is lightly brown and toasted.
5. Place into a serving dish and enjoy!

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Maple Spiced Butternut Squash Seed RECIPE
Recipe provided and used with permission from ILoveFlavor.com

seeds from 1 butternut squash
sea salt
pumpkin spice or cinnamon
1 tablespoons oil (coconut, olive or pecan)
1 tablespoons maple syrup

1. Remove seeds, strings, and “guts” from butternut squash. Soak in bowl of water to easily separate seeds from strings. Place seeds onto a plate covered with a paper towel and pat seeds dry. Let seeds dry overnight or pat dry to allow seeds to become crispy in the oven.
2. Place and spread seeds evenly onto a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with sea salt (lightly) and spices.
3. Bake for about 30 minutes in a preheated 300 F oven, or until lightly browned and toasted. Remove and toss every 10 minutes.
4. Enjoy immediately while warm or let cool to room temperature, place in a sealable container, and store in a cool dark location or in the pantry.

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Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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Skin Care Tips for Winter

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Just because temperatures are dropping and we are less likely to spend a day at the beach doesn’t mean you need to stop taking care of your skin! Here are 5 tips on how to take care of your skin during the cold winter months:


  • Keep Hydrated! Just because it’s not hot out, doesn’t mean you should drink less water. Hydrate your skin from the inside, out by drinking plenty of water and fluids.
  • Use a heavier face cream. Winter skin is more fragile, so be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Moisturize right after you wash to help seal in dampness and moisture into the skin.
  • Don’t forget the sun screen! Winter sun can be just as damaging. Apply a lotion thats 30 SPF or higher to protect your skin from direct or indirect sunlight.
  • Exfoliate. Moisture can soak in properly if you have too many dead skin cells. Try a nighttime retinol treatment which acts as an exfoliant and works to remove dead skin. Chemical or laser peels also are beneficial to removing dead skin.
  • Eat water based foods. Stay away from salty, processed foods and instead fill up on water packed fruits and vegetables like spinach, alfalfa, lima beans, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots.


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Lychelle Jomsky
 is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board and a RN, Advanced Injector, and Senior Certified Laser Technician at Seychelles Med & Laser Spa in The Woodlands, Texas. Seychelles Med & Laser Spa’s mission is to provide the most advanced aesthetic and cosmetic procedures in a comfortable and relaxing setting. Seychelles uses the most advanced treatment techniques and equipment to maximize results and to ensure the safety of their clients. To learn more, visit SeychellesMedSpa.com

Give the Gift of Love

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Give the gift of LOVE! Show a family member, breast cancer survivor or loved one that you care by making a donation in their honor.

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Send an eCard with your donation by selecting “Dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone” as shown below.

Step 1: Visit the “Give the Gift of Love” page at http://bit.ly/GiveGiftofLove

Step 2: Click on a box to select a donation amount or fill in an amount in the “Your Donation” box. Choose “one-time” for a one time donation or “monthly” for a recurring donation.

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Step 3: Select the “dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone” box. (optional)

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If the box is selected, a new section will appear as shown below.

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Step 4: Choose “In honor of” or “In memory of”

Step 5: Fill in honoree’s name (required), recipient’s name and email address (optional) if you would like to send a notification email to the honoree.

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Step 6: Enter a message that will be visible to the recipient in the text area box.

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Step 7: To include an eCard, select one of the four available images – or leave “No eCard” selected.

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Step 8: Click “Preview” to preview the message that will be sent and visible to the recipient. Select “Close Preview” to continue and complete donation.

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Step 9: Complete form by adding your information. If preferred, check box as shown below to help cover all fees so that 100% of your donation goes to The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

Step 10: Click on “Send Your Gift” button once the form is complete, send your donation and the eCard to the recipient and honoree.

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Thank you for sending the gift of LOVE and helping the Breast Cancer Charities of America make a difference! Through the generosity of people like you, we can continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Resources, Education, Survival, and Support.

To give the Gift of Love, please click here.

Please join us in the fight against Breast Cancer by giving the gift of Love, Hope, Cheer, Charity or Time this holiday season.

Every gift matters. Together we CAN make a difference!

Apple Pie Crunch Bites – Healthy Fall Recipe

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Make this no-bake healthy dessert that tastes JUST like apple pie! Our Apple Pie Crunch Bites are a clean healthy way to enjoy a guilt-free dessert and the flavors of fall. PLUS it’s ready in only a matter of minutes. What pie can beat that?! Enjoy!

Brought to you by The Breast Cancer Charities of America

Servings: 18-20

6 Medjool dates, pits removed
1 cup dried apples (not freeze dried)
1/2 cup almonds, raw and unsalted (or substitute 1/4 cup natural almond butter)
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon allspice (or apple pie spice or pumpkin spice)
2 tablespoons water (or as needed)

1. To rehydrate dates, pour boiling or very hot water over dates in bowl. Let dates soak in hot water for 10 minutes then remove.
2. Add all ingredients to food processor or blender until mixture becomes dough or paste consistency. Add water as needed and stir to get desired texture.
3. Using spoon or small scoop, take heaping tablespoons of mixture and roll into 1 inch diameter balls.
4. Place in an sealed container, separate layers with wax paper, and chill.
5. Enjoy and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week – if they last that long!

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Spooktacular Snacks for a Healthy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Satisfy your sugar cravings by skipping the sugar-filled candy with these healthier snacks and not-so-guilty treats.

1. Apple Bites

To make this very delicious vampire-inspired snack, start by cutting an organic apple into thick slices. Next, spread each slice with your favorite natural nut butter (peanut, almond, etc). Line one covered slice with yogurt covered almonds or raisins. Place the second slice – nut butter side down – on top of first slice.

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2. BOO-nana Ghosts

Ghosts you’ll gobble up in no time! Cut organic bananas in half and use nut butter (if needed) to add chocolate chips to create eyes and mouths to look like a ghost.

3. Clementine Pumpkins

Could clementines be any cuter? We think this pumpkin-shaped ones are! Peel and insert a piece of celery for a “pumpkin” stem.


4. Bewitching Baked Sweet Potato Slices

Step 1: Wash and pat dry a long, slender sweet potato. Cut in thin slices.
Step 2: Spread slices across cutting board. Use mini cookie cutters to cut out Halloween or favorite shapes.


Step 3: Cover baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spread out slices and cut outs on baking sheet. Spray slices with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle slices lightly with seasoning.
Step 4: Bake on 400F in a convectional oven (or 425F in conventional oven) for 20 minutes until nice and crispy.
Step 5: Remove from oven, serve on a “spooky” black plate and enjoy!

Recipe provided by ILoveFlavor.com

Recipe used with permission from ILoveFlavor.com


Have a happy and healthy Halloween!

Coping with Cancer

Cancer does not only have an effect on the physical self but it also affects the emotional, spiritual and cognitive self. Cancer can also have an effect on those around you that love you. Finding ways that you and your loved ones can cope through the pain and emotions of cancer is important. Here are some positive coping skills to practice when you are having a difficult time.


Lauren Hollis, CCLS

Lauren is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board certified child life specialist that works for Texas Children’s Hospital and has worked for the renowned children’s hospital for over five years. Before working for Texas Children’s Hospital, Lauren was an advocacy coordinator and program specialist focused on the prevention of teen dating violence, bullying and sexual abuse in children and adolescents in the state of Oklahoma. Lauren has a strong passion for helping and educating others. Outside of work, Lauren is working on her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling where she wants to help children and families who are struggling with a crisis, trauma or grief. Lauren and her husband also enjoy spending the weekends remodeling their home together, which is her husband’s childhood home that he spent the first 15 years of his life building memories in.

6 Tips for Fall Fitness

Kickstart your fitness regimen and create good habits before the holidays! Here are 6 tips for fall:

1. Get outside and enjoy the cooler temperatures.
  • Walk
  • Walk and Play with your Dog
  • Run
  • Hike
  • Bike
  • Jump rope
  • Canoeing or Kayaking
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Throwing Frisbee
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
2. Try something NEW!
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Workout class
  • Dance
  • 5K Walk or Run
  • Boxing
  • Fencing
  • Indoor Swimming
3. Workout while you watch TV
  • Walk or run in place
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Sit ups
  • Push ups
  • Lift weights
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Tricep Dips
4. Add exercise throughout your day.
  • Park far away from destination
  • Take the stairs
  • Walk during lunch or break
  • Have walking meetings
  • Walk outside or around field during kid’s practice
5. Don’t forget to wear layers, sunblock, and sunglasses!
It’s important to protect your skin and eyes during throughout the year. Before you workout and your body warms up, you may feel cold, but then feel overdressed after you start working out. Wear layers and make adjustments so you aren’t tempted to cut your work out short or stop exercising.
6. Be Smart. Stay safe.

Exercise outdoors with a friend, wear a reflective vest, and carry a flashlight as it gets darker earlier and stays dark later in the morning.


Consult your doctor before attempting a new exercise or program. 

10 Days 10 Ways To Share Breast Cancer Awareness

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Can you believe that October is almost over? But, we still need your help! Here are 10 ways that you can share your support and awareness about breast cancer.

1) Follow us on Facebook!

Every day during the month of October, we are sharing important information about breast cancer, healthy tips, and motivational messages. “Like” our page, share the knowledge, and spread the news to your friends and family online about breast cancer!

Visit the iGoPink Facebook Page

2) Share your #PinkPose

Join together with your friends, family, co-workers, or team, like the Willis High School Ladycats, while wearing pink, take and share a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PinkPose, and tag The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

Learn more about #PinkPose

Go Ladycats! The Willis High School Volleyball Team held an iGoPink Night and raised OVER $7000 this month!


3) Understanding Breast Cancer

What are the symptoms? Can women and men get breast cancer? What should I ask my doctor? Am I putting myself at risk? Am I making healthy lifestyle choices and taking preventative steps? Educate yourself, your family and friends by visiting iGoPink.org

Learn more about Breast Cancer

4) Perform a Self Breast Exam

Once a month, every month, without fail, set aside 15 minutes to conduct a thorough breast self-examination. Female, Male, over or under the age of 50. This is an important step to take towards the early detection of breast cancer.

Download our FREE Self Breast Examination Card

5) Launch an Online Fundraiser

Start a fundraiser online to benefit BCCA and support women struggling with breast cancer!
Through our online system you can easily set up and personalize your own fundraising page, share the news by telling your friends and family, set goals, and even consider offering prizes or a raffle.

Start here

6) Host an Event

Host an event or fundraiser in your community to benefit iGoPink/BCCA! Organize an iGoPink Game Day, Bar-B-Q, Bingo Tournament, Bake Sale, Ladies Night, Barrel Race, and so much more!

Example: 5th Annual Turn for Ta’s Barrel Race


Contact us at info@igopink.org

7) Give a Donation

Give a donation in honor of a survivor, loved one, and to help support women who are battling breast cancer. Your donation today makes a difference. Please join us in the fight against breast cancer!

Donate Here

8) Shop our Pink Partners!

Each of our Pink Partners is donating a percentage of sales to The Breast Cancer Charities of America! What better way than to shop AND donate at the same time?!

Shop Now

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9) Donate a Portion of Sales

Own a business? Want to get your organization involved and give back? Select a day, week, month, or event and donate a percentage of sales to The Breast Cancer Charities of America!

Contact us for ideas and Pink Partner Opportunities at info@igopink.org

10) Share this blog!

Spread the word and tell your friends, family, co-workers, and everyone on your contact list of how they can help during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Thank you for spreading awareness and helping us support women who are battling breast cancer!


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Tuxton China Partners with The Breast Cancer Charities of America

Walnut, CA – Tuxton China Inc., a leading tabletop supplier to the foodservice industry, announced their partnership with The Breast Cancer Charities of America for the month of October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“As Tuxton continues to grow as a company, we are looking for partners we believe in and causes we can support who are going above and beyond to help those in need. We are launching our Tuxton Cares campaign this year in order to do that.” says Marketing Director Jennifer Rolander. “We took the time to research several charities and have found a wonderful partnership with the Breast Cancer Charities of America. They are committed to empowering women through education on health, diet, exercise, nutrition, and a mind/body/spirit approach, while not only addressing their immediate needs, but also helping them with financial resources.”

Executive Director Erica A. Johnson said, “The Breast Cancer Charities of America is excited to partner with Tuxton China on this fantastic movement to help women prevent and survive breast cancer. What Tuxton shows to their customers and community is their desire to help make a difference… and through our partnership they are making a huge difference. We couldn’t be more honored to have such devoted partners.” Jennifer Rolander says, “It is our goal to fight breast cancer one plate at a time!”

“Through this collaboration with Breast Cancer Charities of America we are inviting our customers to make a difference through the simple act of placing a purchase with us. With the support of our customers, Tuxton hopes to demonstrate the impact we can make when we unite for a powerful cause.” says Charlie Tsai, Vice President – Sales & Marketing.

Tuxton is donating a percentage of their total sales from the month of October in the fight against breast cancer. For more information contact: jrolander@tuxton.com. To donate directly to the Breast Cancer Charities of America visit: donate.thebreastcancercharities.org.

About Tuxton China Inc.

Tuxton China Inc. is a family-owned and operated company here in the US and in China. Started in 1999 by the Lam family, Tuxton has become a leading wholesaler of high-quality dinnerware and ovenware products for the foodservice industry. Tuxton prides themselves on fostering long-term relationships with our clients, providing exceptional customer service and producing superior quality products. Tuxton is committed to on time delivery of our products and ensuring the best price to value ratio in the industry. Tuxton continually upgrades their already high-quality standards and add unique new colors, patterns and shapes to their product line in order to keep up with the ever-changing trends in the foodservice industry. Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact Tuxton about their custom item design and custom decorating services. They can help you create a unique dining experience for your customers.

If you are interested in learning more about Tuxton and their corporate objectives, please contact Tuxton or one of their representatives in your area. Visit www.tuxton.com.