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5 Healthy Habits for Memorial Day

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Celebrate Memorial Day and the start of summer with these 5 healthy habits.

1. Plan Ahead! Make healthy meal plans, grocery lists, and check restaurant menus and nutrition before you arrive at the table. Be sure to download the iGoPink Shopping List

2. Have a Potluck! Bring a homemade
dish so you know all the ingredients in at least one item. Easy Dish Idea: Fruit or veggie kabobs

3. Stay Hydrated! Skip or limit the sugary cocktails and sodas. Instead drink plenty of water and enjoy water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers and bell peppers.

4. Eat Before the Party. Don’t show up hungry! Have a healthy snack or fruit about 30 minutes before the gathering to help you avoid overeating.

5. Move around! By just sitting around the food table, you will most likely indulge on more food and sweets. Start up a frisbee game, talk with friends and relatives, and get moving!

Making wise nutritional choices is one of the best defenses against breast cancer. Download our Healthy Eating Grocery List to help you at the store! You will also receive our quick, easy, and delicious Watermelon Tomato Salad recipe.
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Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend!

Feeling Beautiful Again Program Serves Patients with Beauty & Hope

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The Breast Cancer Charities of America is serving women across the nation through their Feeling Beautiful Again program. This service provides women who are battling breast cancer with a beauty bag of hope. If you or someone you know is battling breast cancer, request a free Feeling Beautiful Again bag!

The Feeling Beautiful Again kit, which comes in a reusable pink tote, is full of beauty products to make a woman feel feminine and beautiful again. Amongst the lip gloss, blanket, nail polish, and more, women will also find education information on breast cancer, a step-by-step workbook and the organization as a whole.

“We often hear that after losing a breast(s), eyelashes, hair and dealing with the skin changes that come with cancer treatments, a woman feels less feminine and less like herself,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “With these Feeling Beautiful Again bags, we hope to help remind a woman that she is beautiful and strengthen her self-image.”

This little act of kindness can brighten a woman’s day and give someone struggling through the emotional and side effects of breast cancer a new lift on life.  If you or your company may be interested in setting up a ‘Beauty Drive’ to assist with collecting the items put into these bags, or if you know of someone who may appreciate or be in need of a Feeling Beautiful Again bag, please visit www.iGoPink.org/FeelingBeautifulAgain or call us (936)231-8460.

Record Breaking Results at The Pink 5k

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The Pink 5k, presented by Northside FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, was a record breaking event on Mother’s Day weekend at Creekside Park in The Woodlands with over 1,200 people in attendance!

“It’s amazing to see so many people come out to support and honor not only the women in their lives, but women all over our community. The Pink 5K was a place for husbands, sisters, mothers, daughters, friends, and even dogs to unite together for such a powerful cause!” said Erica Johnson, Executive Director and Founder of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

Participants in The Pink 5K were able to run, walk, bring strollers, and even walk their dogs along the course. Awards were given to the top male finisher, Will Hanson and the top female finisher, who took first for the second year in a row, Mariana Sanchez-Williams.

In addition to these awards, trophies were presented to the top individual fundraiser, a mother son duo, Tara & Elijah Goodson, who raised $1,166. The top fundraising team was the I-M Running Club, bringing in $1,870. All together, The Pink 5K raised nearly $75,000!

The Pink 5K wouldn’t have been possible without all of the sponsors, which included Luke’s Locker, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Terramont Orthodontics, Avanti Senior Living, The Mansions and Great Estates in the Forst, Christian Brothers Automotive, Insperity, The Houston Fertility Clinic,  Waste Connections Inc., Air Now Services, Inc., SpeedPro Imaging, JStacy Photography, Massage Heights – Panther Creek and Spring Creek, Urgent Clinics Medical Care, H-E-B, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, KSTAR Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Flight Club Drones and Brooklyn Café.

The date for the 2016 ‘The Pink 5K’ is already set for Mother’s Day weekend. So mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13, 2017! Proceeds from event go to help The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent & survive breast cancer through their numerous program services.

To find out more about The Breast Cancer Charities of America, visit their website: www.iGoPink.org

Mother’s Day Weekend: Run/Walk The Pink 5K in The Woodlands

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The Pink 5K, presented by Northside Imports – FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, will take place this Saturday, May 7 at Rob Fleming Park in Creekside, The Woodlands.  With over 850 individuals currently registered, a few spots remain open until the event is sold out.

Online registration will be open until 12 pm on Friday, May 6 and onsite registration available on Saturday morning starting at 7:30am (pending availability). Online registration provides each runner with the official “The Pink 5K” hot pink t-shirt to wear on race day, bib number, and a customized medal for finishing the race!

All of this would not be possible without The Pink 5K official sponsors: Luke’s Locker, Christian Brothers Automotive, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Insperity, The Houston Fertility Clinic,  Kendra Pratt Orthodontics, Waste Connections Inc., Air Now Services, Inc., SpeedPro Imaging, JStacy Photography, Tara Flannery, Massage Heights – Panther Creek, Avanti Senior Living, The Mansions Great Estates, Urgent Clinics Medical Care, Home Depot, H-E-B, Kendra Scott, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, KSTAR Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, Chick-fil-A, Blue Mug Café, Brooklyn Café, Mi Cocina, and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.

Register online at ThePink5K.com individually or as a team. This is a family friendly fun run and walk to raise money for The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s programs.  Register now at ThePink5K.com to get in on the fun and honor the women in your life!

Honor Mom This Mother’s Day + FREE eCard

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Mother’s Day is less than a week away and is this Sunday, May 8th! This Mother’s Day, show how much you care by honoring her with a gift that keeps on giving and supports women with breast cancer.

When you make a donation to The Breast Cancer Charities of America, not only will you help support patients struggling with breast cancer and help educate women across the nation about breast cancer, but you also can send a FREE Mother’s Day card to Mom by email! Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/donateiGoPink

Step 2: Select a donation amount or enter a custom dollar amount to give.

Step 3: Check the box before “Dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone”

Step 4: The new options (shown below) in the gray area will appear. Select the type (In honor or memory of), enter your Mother’s name and information, click on your preferred eCard photo, and add a personal message.

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Step 5: Click on “Preview” to review your card.

Step 6: Complete your information and payment details. Click “Send Your Gift” and your Gift Card will be on it’s way by email to your Mom!

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On behalf of The Breast Cancer Charities of America, we thank you for your support and wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms in our lives – past, present and future! A special thank you to the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, aunts, wives, partners, sisters, friends, fellow moms, mentors and women who love and have loved us with a mother’s heart.

The Pink 5k: 10-Day Kendra Scott Registration Challenge

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The Pink 5K, presented by Northside Imports – FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, is only three weeks away! The family fun run will take place at Creekside Park, and is open to all adults, children, and even dogs.

Sign up in the next 10-days (before midnight on April 24), and be entered to win a matching Kendra Scott magenta Rayne necklace Andy and bracelet set. Visit ThePink5k.com to register now and be entered in the raffle for this package, valued at $180, donated by Kendra Scott – The Woodlands.

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The Breast Cancer Charities of America will also be doing giveaways for the top individual and team fundraisers each week leading up to the race for participants to get involved. Follow The Breast Cancer Charities of America on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to participate in their social media giveaways, where multiple winners will be rewarded gift cards and more!

The Pink 5K will take place Mother’s Day weekend on May 7, 2016. Registration will be open all the way to the morning of the event on-site, but to win the Kendra Scott package, register by April 24 at ThePink5K.com.

Special thank you to our event sponsors: Luke’s Locker, Christian Brothers Automotive, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Insperity, The Houston Fertility Clinic,  Kendra Pratt Orthodontics, Waste Connections Inc., Air Now Services, Inc., SpeedPro Imaging, JStacy Photography, Tara Flannery, Massage Heights – Panther Creek, Avanti Senior Living, The Mansions Great Estates, Urgent Clinics Medical Care, Home Depot, H-E-B, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, KSTAR Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, Chick-fil-A, Blue Mug Café, Brooklyn Café, Mi Cocina, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America Announces Partnership with Run Like A Diva

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The Breast Cancer Charities of America, Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, is proud to announce partnership with Continental Event & Sports Management Group, LLC and their Divas® Half Marathon & 5K series.

The Divas® Series travels to some of the best vacation destinations in the country to empower women while having fun and doing good.  Coming up on April 24, 2016 The Divas® Series will be painting the town pink in Galveston. The race series is all about girl power and glam, and you can find women in tutus, crowns, and sipping bubbly at each race.

“We are very honored and excited about partnering with BCCA on a national basis,” says Robert Pozo, President and CEO of Continental Event & Sports Management. “We believe that BCCA is truly the premiere women’s charity in the U.S. With their presence in so many hospitals, we feel that regardless of what event a participant completes or where they actually come from, there is always a BCCA presence in proximity.”

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is the official charity partner of the Divas® Series. The non-profit organization, whose mission is to educate and empower women, will give out awards at each race to the top individual and team fundraisers.

“The Divas® Half Marathon & 5k series is such a wonderful opportunity for BCCA to educate and empower women about what they can do to prevent and survive breast cancer,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  “The Divas® Series is a fantastic, fun and empowering day that couldn’t be a better partner.”

Nine races remain in the 2016 calendar year for the Divas® Series ranging from coast to coast.  To learn more or register for the race, visit www.runlikeadiva.com.

 

 

About The Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series:

The Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series is a group of female-inspired events throughout the United States consisting of a two-day Health & Fitness Boutique, a 5K road race and a half marathon event. Each of the Divas® Half Marathon & 5K events also consists of other activities geared toward women including a boa & tiara station, “bubbly” toast at the finish and fun entertainment along the course. Now in its seventh year, the race series received the highly coveted SportsTravel Award for Best Amateur Series or Circuit in 2012 and 2013. Event locations throughout the US include Galveston, TX, North Myrtle Beach, SC, Branson, MO, San Francisco Bay, CA, Peachtree City, GA, DC’s Wine Country, VA, Long Island, NY, San Juan, PR, St. Augustine Beach, FL and Temecula, CA.  For more information visit: www.runlikadiva.com.

About Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC:

Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC is a company formed to produce world-class running events. Robert and Gaby Pozo, founders and managers of Continental, have over 17 years of experience in the race production industry providing unparalleled events to participants and their host communities.  Robert, one of the founders of the ING Miami Marathon, also held the position of Race Director since its inception in 2003 until 2007. He has also served as Executive Race Director of the ING Georgia Marathon, the Chicago Half Marathon and the 13.1 Marathon Series.  Prior to joining Continental, Gaby served as the COO of US Road Sports and along with Robert, founded the ING Miami Marathon and served as its Race Director from 2008-2009.  In that capacity, she managed their overall national operations and oversaw all events nationwide including the ING Miami Marathon, Publix Georgia Marathon and Chicago Half Marathon.  With national events comprising of the Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Continental Event & Sports Management Group, LLC is one of the premiere sports management companies in the United States.

iGoPink Scholarship Serves Local High School Seniors

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The Breast Cancer Charities of America is in the process of accepting applications for their iGoPink Scholarship, which is granted to students whose families have been affected by breast cancer.  The iGoPink Scholarship is a Houston-only program service of BCCA servicing our local community.

“So many patients that we service will reach out to us, saying that the thing they care about the most is that their breast cancer journey doesn’t impact their children.  Many fear that the costs of treatment may inhibit the family’s ability to send their child to college,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  “That’s where the iGoPink Scholarship can step in and help these local families.”

Those awarded will not only receive the scholarship, but will also have the opportunity to be a part of a survivors photoshoot, produced by Holly Davis Photography, which will be featured on The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s webpage, sharing their survivor stories and testimonies with hopes to inspire other families who are going through the same struggles.

Recipients must live within 50 miles of Houston and have an immediate family relative who has been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last year. If you or someone you know is graduating this spring, learn more and apply by April 21st on our iGoPink Scholarship page.

 

 

The Pink 5K: Early Bird Registration

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The Pink 5K, presented by Northside Imports – FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, is coming back to The Woodlands on May 7, 2016 for its third consecutive year, and the Breast Cancer Charities of America has a special offer for signing up early.

Now through March 31, registration is only $30 per person for both individual runners and teams. Registration for The Pink 5K, held in Creekside Park, can be completed at www.ThePink5K.com

The Pink 5K is open to all, so bring your family, friends, children in strollers, and even your dog! The race begins at 8:30 am, but those who come early will enjoy coffee provided by Blue Mug Café, bagels provided by Brooklyn Bagel, and fun in the photo booth provided by Woodlands Photo Co.

Additional event sponsors include Luke’s Locker, Christian Brothers Automotive, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Insperity, Houston Fertility Clinic,  Kendra Pratt Orthodontics, Waste Connections Inc., Air Now, SpeedPro Imaging,   The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, K Star Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, and Chick-fil-A.

Proceeds from The Pink 5k will go to help the charity’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent & survive breast cancer through their program services.

Sponsorship opportunities remain.  For questions or to get involved with The Pink 5k, contact BCCA’s offices at 936.231.8460 or Info@iGoPink.org

 

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Adriana Story: iGoPink Scholarship Recipient

Meet Adriana, 2015 iGoPink Scholarship Winner and daughter of a breast cancer survivor!

The iGoPink Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to graduating seniors in the Houston & surrounding areas who are affecting by breast cancer. All qualifying applications will be submitted to the committee and considered for aid.

This is Adriana’s Story…

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“When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer it felt as if someone had stolen our sense of security and comfort. At first, all we expected was for my mother to have the mass removed from her breast. But further testing had revealed the horrible news; she had to go through chemotherapy and radiation to prevent a more aggressive cancer from occurring.

My parents were heart broken. We started praying before dinner. It brought us closer as it changed our lifestyle. When the time had come to cut my mom’s hair because it had started falling out in clumps, my sister, mom and I all cried. Being a woman and stripped of such a simple but signifying thing is truly devastating. I remember the day my mother had told me with tears in her eyes that she wouldn’t come to my track meets or be around any of my friends because of how disgusting she thought she looked. My heart broke and ached at the thought of having such low confidence from a cruel and unwavering disease.

The following months were a trial of faith and courage, but we survived as a family. My mom’s hair grew back think and curly. From her spirit you wouldn’t have guessed a woman as strong as her has cried on the floor in pain from side effects of medications. Most of us don’t receive stares when we visit public places or have to explain to a second grade class why their teacher is bald. Although cancer is such a dreaded thing it taught us to have faith in the Lord. It has brought our family together. I guess it could be a blessing in a way; opening our eyes and helping us appreciate valuable time spent with love ones and good health.”

Learn more about the iGoPink Scholarship Program and how to apply HERE

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