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The Pink 5k: Early Bird Registration through March 31

Time is running out to get your Early-Bird Registration for The Pink 5k which is coming back to The Woodlands on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Now through March 31, registration is only $30 per person and $20 for children for The Pink 5k, being held in Creekside Park. Registration can be completed at www.ThePink5k.com

“This years event is so unique as it’s on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend” said Erica Tullis, Founder and Executive Director of race beneficiary, The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “What better way to kick off Mother’s Day weekend than by celebrating your mom and running or walking The Pink 5k!”

The Pink 5k run/walk race will start at 8:30am and the one mile loop, where wheelchairs, dogs and strollers are welcome, will start at 8:45am. Last year The Pink 5k was a sell out event and the team expects the same for 2015.

Additional event sponsors include, Luke’s Locker, Ventura EMS, Villa Sport, AirNow, SpeedPro Imaging, Green Bank, Waste Connections, Reviewit Magazine, LIVING, Brooklyn Bagel, CostCo, StateFarm Insurance-Caley Baillio, Community Impact, Tara Flannery Photography, 99.1 SUNNY, Stori Brie Photography, Erin Garcia Photography and ConnexionW.

Proceeds from event goes 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.

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

Why I Participate In The Pink 5K

We are excited that The Pink 5K is only a few months away in The Woodlands, Texas on Saturday, May 9, 2015! In Creekside Park, the Pink 5k run/walk race will start at 8:30am and the one-mile loop, where wheelchairs and strollers are welcome, will start at 8:45am.

Not sure if you want to attend this year’s race? We can’t think of a better way to kick off Mother’s Day weekend by honoring mom and helping women battling breast cancer – but don’t take our word for it! See what past participants are saying about last year’s event and why they are excited about attending The Pink 5K again in 2015.

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“I participate in the pink 5k because it is a fun way to bring awareness to breast cancer and cheer on the brave breast cancer fighters and survivors!” – Lauren Hollis

 

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“I participated in the Pink 5K as a volunteer because it gave me an opportunity to serve those running/walking for a very worthy cause.  My community stewardship and contribution to helping find a cure.” – Carolyn Gray with @Zircon Consulting

 

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“I thought I was fine, I thought I was healed, I thought I had kicked breast cancer’s behind and that it was all behind me. And when I was in the midst of other survivors, and the amazing women who were fighting, and reminded of those who have fought and lost, I realized that being a part of this event was exactly what my soul needed to heal.” – Kimm Dwyer, Survivor

 

Thinking about signing up? Don’t miss out on Early Bird ticket prices that are only available until March 31. Be sure to share these special savings with your family, friends, and co-workers who may want to join you and run/walk together on the day of the race! Did you know that you can join together and sign up as a team to celebrate mom, support a loved one battling cancer, honor a friend or family member, or celebrate a cancer survivor?

Learn more about the event and register individually or with a team at www.ThePink5K.com

Can’t attend? Donate now to help the Breast Cancer Charities of America eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent and survive breast cancer through their program services.

 

 

The Pink 5K Fundraiser Guide

Thank you for registering for The Pink 5K!

So, what’s next? Now that you have reserved your spot, you now have the opportunity to create a team or raise funds individually to further support women with breast cancer. After registering for the event, you should have received an email with the subject title “The Pink 5K Purchase Receipt” confirming the registration as well as an invitation to claim and log into your personal online fundraising account. If you have any issues logging into or setting up your account please feel free to contact us at jbruse@cancerrecovery.org.

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Now that you have claimed your account, CONGRATULATIONS on becoming an official 2015 Pink 5K Fundraiser! To get started, we have shared tips on how to get the ball rolling and spread the news about your campaign. We are THRILLED that you have chosen to show your support and we will be here every step of the way to cheer you on!

 

Getting Started Tips

 

1. Personalize Your Fundraising Page

Let’s get personal! Update your online fundraising page to make it your own, to honor a friend or family member, and so that your page is easily recognizable to people that know you and your cause. You can add your own text, pictures, or even video!

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Remember, potential donors will be interested in your cause, but they are primarily interested in YOU. Make sure you tell them why you are getting involved and what your connection is to the Pink 5K and supporting women with breast cancer – it doesn’t have to be long!

 

2. Self Donate To Your Page

Make a Donation to your OWN Page. Why? Friends, family and page visitors are more likely to donate to your page when they see that someone has already contributed. Donating some of your own money also demonstrates to potential campaign supporters that your are serious about helping the cause.

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3. Update your Facebook profile to show your support!

Share your campaign with your friends, family and followers on Facebook! Simply choose the image or images you like, save the photo, and update your Facebook profile photos.

To save a photo, click and hold (Mac) or right mouse click (PC) on the image until a dialog box appears. Then select “save” to have your own copy of the image. You can then update your profile photos by uploading the image(s) on Facebook.

 

Profile Photo:

Option 1:

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Option 2:

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Option 3: Be Creative. Create your own! Use a photo from last year’s race, take a selfie dressed in your best pink attire, share a photo honoring a loved one – the options are endless! Have fun and update your photo as race day draws nearer.

 

Cover Photo (Profile Banner):

Option 1:

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Click here to view and save the original image to fit the recommended Facebook profile cover photo size (dimensions 851px by 351px).

Option 2:

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Click here to view and save the original image to fit the recommended Facebook profile cover photo size (dimensions 851px by 351px).

Option 3: Create Your Own! Take a group photo with your team, make and snap a picture of a homemade sign asking for support, create a photo collage of why YOU are participating in the Pink 5K and raising funds for breast cancer, and so much more.

 

Facebook Example:

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4. Share on Social

Now that you have updated your Facebook page photos, now it’s time to get social! Start fundraising through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and your other social media accounts with these tips:

  • Share the news. Post an update that you are attending the Pink 5K and fundraising to support women with breast cancer! Be sure to share your fundraising page URL, explain why you are supporting the cause, share inspiring stories, and encourage your family and friends to donate.

Save and share the images below with your personal message on your Facebook timeline:

Photo 1:

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Photo 2:

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  • Create a Facebook Event. Setup your own Facebook event page, invite your friends, and post updates on your progress! Learn how to create your own Facebook event by clicking here.
  • Tag Your Friends and Donors. Start on Facebook by tagging those that have already donated and thanking them for their donations. When you tag someone your post gets shared in your activity feed and the other person’s activity feed too. This also sets the frame that people are already donating to your page!
  • Set Goals. $200 by one week, $400 by two weeks, etc. Use your social media accounts to update followers on your progress towards each goal and ask for people to help you get over the next hurdle.
  • Consider Gifts. Offer your own gifts to friends and family who helped you reach your goal. Or provide a raffle or prizes for certain giving levels. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just a token of your appreciation.

 

5. Individually Email 5-10 Closest To You

Ask family and friends for donations! Getting your “inner circle” to donate to your page will help you build up some momentum. It’s also good to start with the people you are most comfortable with. Don’t have their email? Send them a text!

Sample Email Fundraising Strategy:

  • Day 1 Email #1: Send 5-10 very close contacts (family and your closest friend or two).
  • Day 2 Email #2: Send to 10-15 close contacts (your entire circle of good friends).
  • Day 3 Email #3: Send to as many other contacts you feel comfortable sending a message to (co-workers, friends, friends of friends, distant relatives, your address book, etc.).

 

Thank you so much again for becoming an official 2015 Pink 5K Fundraiser! Remember to have fun and know that your all of your hard work is going to help support women battling breast cancer. Through the generosity of people like you, we can PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer and continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support. Happy fundraising!

5 Naturally Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Green Recipes for St. Patrick's Day: Cucumber Water, Guacamole and Zoodles

Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day: Cucumber Water, Guacamole and Zoodles

 

Why only wear green when you can eat green too?! And guess what – you don’t have to stock up on green food coloring or artificial flavors either. Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day – or any day – with these 5 healthy and naturally green recipes!

  1. Gulp Green

Wake up and quench your thirst! Adding a few slices of cucumber to a cold glass of water will help you hydrate, adds vitamins and minerals, and can curb your appetite. Did you know that cucumbers may have anti-cancer properties? So grab a cucumber and drink up! If cucumber is not your flavor, try adding slices of lime or a sprig of mint.

  1. Green Munchies

Craving a crunch? Sliced pickles or baked kale chips make the perfect substitutes for greasy fried potato chips. Feeling nutty? Grab a handful of pistachios for a crunch that’s packed with protein.

  1. Pot of Green

It’s tempting to make a pot of gold (aka cheese dip) or reach for the ranch. Don’t worry – there is a quick, delicious AND healthy option to celebrate the holiday. Walk past the cream and cheese and pick up an avocado instead! Guacamole is easy to make by mashing up one ripe avocado and adding a squeeze of lime, minced garlic, plus a dash of salt and pepper to taste.

  1. Swap for a Salad

Add as a side or fill up on salad! Pick fresh organic and leafy greens and toss in vegetables like grilled asparagus and steamed broccoli or even slices of avocado, celery, cucumber and green bell peppers. There’s plenty of green to choose from! But, don’t stop there. Top your salad with green onion, and finish with a side of creamy avocado dressing, basil vinaigrette or spicy salsa verde.

  1. Green for Dinner!

Replace your noodles with zoodles! Zoodles, or Zucchini Noodles, are made by slicing a zucchini into very thin noodle-size slices with a knife, julienne or spiral vegetable slicer. Boil in water or sautee with 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 2 to 5 minutes or until the “noodles” are tender and serve with your favorite pesto sauce. Tah dah! Your green dinner is served.

 

5 Things I Didn’t Know About Breast Cancer

By Tori Carruth

Tori is currently a Senior at Sam Houston State University and a contributing editor of the iGoPink Blog.

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  1. Breast Cancer does not discriminate. As a college student, term papers, socials, and the ever-growing number of e-mails in my inbox consume my thoughts. Our generation has the mentality that “it won’t happen to me,” but that’s naïve of us. A 22-year-old woman named Kayla Falcon was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer last year. 22! Her main focus should have been on graduating college or landing her dream job, not on fighting for her life. No matter how young or old, it CAN happen to you.
  1. A healthy lifestyle can help. Eating well balanced and nutritious meals (you mean I can’t live off Cheetos?) and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (walking from my dorm to my car doesn’t count I suppose) could lower your risk of not only breast cancer, but other chronic diseases, too. Physical activity is actually shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer. So get on your bike instead of driving to campus and you have a great cardio session done, plus you don’t have to spend 30 minutes looking for a parking spot- SCORE!
  1. Environmental factors are real (my Health professors were right). I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve listened (i.e. pretended to listen, but actually Pinterested) to a lecture over “environmental factors.” I didn’t understand the significance until recently, though. A few environmental factors with consistent evidence showing a link with an increased risk of breast cancer are: the use of hormone therapies containing estrogen and progestin, exposure to ionizing radiation, being overweight, and drinking alcohol. So let’s break that down- birth control contains those estrogen hormones, and the ionizing radiation could be things like getting a CT scan. I don’t know about you, but I’m about to turn 21, and the risk of alcohol is a new (and scary) thing for me.
  1. Prevention saves lives! There are so many diseases that could be prevented if necessary steps were taken, and while breast cancer isn’t totally preventable, you can absolutely reduce your risk. While it seems odd to get a mammogram at the age of 21, it’s important to realize that according to the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress review group, around 70,000 people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer every year. Breast cancer accounts for about 15% of all diagnoses in that group- that’s over 10,000 YOUNG women with breast cancer. So go get yourself checked, girl! Even something as simple as a quick self-exam in the shower can save your life.
  1. A lump doesn’t always mean cancer. So let’s say while you were self-examining you found a lump. Your first thought is probably something along the lines of “OMG!OMG!OMG!,” or at least mine would be… But don’t freak out yet! This is definitely a good reason to visit your doctor, but 80% of lumps are benign, meaning they aren’t cancerous and are usually harmless. Keep checking yourself, but no panic attacks quite yet, y’all!

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The Pink 5K Returns To The Woodlands

Pink 5K The Woodlands Early Bird Registration

The Woodlands, Texas February 24, 2015:

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is excited to announce the return of “The Pink 5K” to The Woodlands on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Creekside Park.

“This year the race is on Mother’s Day weekend….we can’t think of a better way to kick off celebrating your mom than honoring her by participating in The Pink 5k!” said Erica Tullis, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
The Pink 5k run/walk race will start at 8:30am and the one mile loop, where wheelchairs and strollers are welcome, will start at 8:45am. Last year The Pink 5k was a sell out event and the team expects the same for 2015.

Early bird registration is now open online at www.ThePink5k.com through March 31, participants can register for only $30 for adults and $20 for kids. Starting April 1, registration will raise to $35 for adults.

Proceeds from the event go to help the charity’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent and 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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About the Breast Cancer Charities of America:

The Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) is the leader in integrated cancer care, combining body, mind and spirit to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Through program services, BCCA’s goal is to educate, teach and provide the latest information about integrated care, cancer prevention, recovery, treatment, early detection and survival.

Breast Cancer Awareness – How To Spot Breast Cancer Symptoms

Women must always be cautious and watchful of any changes in their breasts which may signal a malignancy. Here are some of the lesser known symptoms of breast cancer to check for.
 

 
We inspire hope. We nurture healing. We renew life. For more information on what we do, visit www.thebreastcancercharities.org/what-we-do

Breast Cancer Help – Tips To Comfort Someone With Cancer

Learning about a cancer diagnosis can be one of the toughest moments in a person’s life. Trying to help and comfort that person can prove to be almost as difficult. Here are some of the things you can do to help keep a cancer patient at peace.
 
Let them know and feel you’re with them. You can help cancer patients. Call us at (936) 231-8460 for your donations. Or volunteer for BCCA! www.thebreastcancercharities.org/volunteer

Breast Cancer Help USA – Foods for Breast Cancer Prevention

The following foods, in particular, may offer nutrients that promote better breast health and boost your immune system.

Making wise nutritional choices is one of the best defenses against breast cancer. Download our Healthy Eating Grocery List here www.thebreastcancercharities.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BCCA-GROCERY-LIST.pdf to help you at the store!

Breast Cancer Awareness – Risk Factors Of Breast Cancer You Cannot Change

Some risk factors have a bigger effect than others, and your risk for breast cancer can change over time because of aging or lifestyle changes.

Do not let breast cancer bring you down. There are ways to prevent Breast Cancer. Visit our website now www.iGoPink.org for more information and help us help women in need.