This Valentine’s Day, give a gift that keeps on GIVING!
Skip the flowers and chocolates.
Show your Valentine that you care by supporting breast cancer patients in their honor.
This Valentine’s Day, give a gift that keeps on GIVING!
Skip the flowers and chocolates.
Show your Valentine that you care by supporting breast cancer patients in their honor.
This January join us and take the #iGoPinkChallenge! Complete the challenge of the day by making healthy choices with the help of the #iGoPinkChallenge January guide. On social media we will also share daily tips, recipes, and workouts – so be sure to follow us on Facebook and online!
This January you can also join BCCA’s Jen by going Vegan! Take the #iGoVeganChallenge by eating a plant-based diet without meat or animal products. Click here to download the FREE #iGoVeganChallenge guide.
Get Inspired and Involved!
1. Print and post the guide on the fridge, wall, office or a visible location that will remind you to keep on track! Complete the guide by checking off your daily challenge, writing down what you ate and drank, and documenting your workout.
2. Check in online! Share a picture or video with a description of what you ate, recipes, workouts and healthy tips on social media with hashtags #iGoPinkChallenge #iGoVeganChallenge and mention @iGoPink (Facebook and Twitter) or @_iGoPink (Instagram)! We will be announcing a winner every week who will receive an iGoPink bracelet and shirt PLUS we will share your post on our iGoPink social media accounts!
3. Check back daily! Follow us on social media and the iGoPink blog for more healthy tips, recipes, workouts and inspiration!
4. Subscribe to receive weekly emails! Get motivated and become part of the #iGoPinkChallenge group. Sign up here below:
How do I raise funds for iGoPink/The Breast Cancer Charities of America?
Thank you so much for helping BCCA raise funds to continue our program services and help patients with breast cancer!
You have the opportunity to create a team or raise funds individually to support patients with breast cancer. To get started raising funds online, 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. Set Up Your Fundraising Page
It’s easy to get started and set up your personal or team fundraising page!
2. 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!
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, what your connection is to iGoPink/BCCA, and how their donation will help support women with breast cancer – it doesn’t have to be long!
3. 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.
4. 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.
Idea: 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 raising funds for breast cancer, and so much more.
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:
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:
Thank you so much again for becoming an iGoPink 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!
Jaimee is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board and the co-owner of Pure Barre in The Woodlands, Texas and Hughes Landing in The Woodlands, TX. She has been an athlete all her life – from competitive ski racing to collegiate soccer to Ironman triathlons – and spreads the Pure Barre technique to clients, who see results while having a great time. While living in the Seattle area a few years back, she decided to give Pure Barre a try to put a change in her fitness routine. From the first class she was thoroughly humbled by the fatigue in my muscles and that good deep soreness the next day. She decided to get involved and spread the Pure Barre technique with her friends and family – she believes in it and the sense of community it brings to everyone who takes a class. Pure Barre is all about small, isometric movements that anyone can benefit from – it strengthens, arms, abs and legs without creating bulk.
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.
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.
Step 3: Select the “dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone” box. (optional)
If the box is selected, a new section will appear as shown below.
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.
Step 6: Enter a message that will be visible to the recipient in the text area box.
Step 7: To include an eCard, select one of the four available images – or leave “No eCard” selected.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
For most people who make the choice to change — whether it’s exercise more, lose weight, start a meditation practice, or really ANY type of change — there’s always a “tipping point” sometime within the first month or so… Will the momentum carry forward or will we start to lose steam?
Change isn’t always easy. In fact, most of the time, change is very challenging. Even when we want to make positive changes like losing weight or meditating more or increasing our commitment to exercise, we always meet with resistance.
Where does this resistance come from?
Well, it can come from many sources, both internal and external. But, mostly it is our own resistance that gets in the way. And, it’s not something to beat ourselves up about. It’s just human nature.
There is an aspect of our body-mind that the Chinese sages called “Po”. Roughly translated, it is our core survival instinct. It is that part of us that holds on to life at all costs, that is most active when we are under serious threat.
Letting go of old patterns and habits is a sort of “death”. Any change means that something is ending — or “dying” — and we are entering a new phase, an unknown area.
Our “Po” is trained and programmed to react strongly to the threat of “death” and “the unknown”. And, this is a good thing. But, it can sometimes be overly expressed, leading to anxiety and fear when we really have nothing to be afraid of.
This part of ourselves can be very subtle in resisting change. Sometimes we aren’t even aware of how we are sabotaging our own growth. Being aware that this tendency exists, and being on the lookout for it is a good first step to overcoming it.
Remember, this part of you isn’t something bad. It’s a very important component in a healthy, thriving mix of all kinds of qualities that work together to keep us in balance.
But, when we find ourselves resisting change and losing our motivation to change, we can be certain our survival instinct is playing a role. It wants to keep things how they are because, after all, it is SAFE to stay with what is known even if it isn’t 100% healthy.
According to the ancient Chinese Medical sages, the “Po”, or core survival instinct, is primarily expressed through the Lungs. The emotions it generates are grief, sadness, and feeling threatened. For all of these emotions, we are called upon to let go, to release resistance.
It is no coincidence, then, that the breath is what provides the key to overcoming grief, sadness, panic, and other emotions that keep you “stuck”. Letting go of old emotional, mental, and physical patterns requires that we keep our breath open, deep, and gentle. If we are resisting and feeling threatened by change, we’ll start to tighten in our chest, and our breath becomes shallow. We may feel a “pit in our stomach” which also blocks the diaphragm from moving freely.
When you begin to notice resistance popping up, when you start to notice that you are losing motivation to continue moving forward with an important change, stop for a minute and BREATHE. Breathe gently into your belly. Slow down. Breathe light and openness into that resistance. Let your breath create space and help you relax into the moment. You can do this while driving, while listening to someone talk to you, while watching TV. You can do it anytime, anywhere! And, it doesn’t cost a penny.
What you’ll find is that change becomes easier, and there are less conflicting thoughts and emotions blocking your path. You’ll find it easier to continue your reduced sugar diet, or your 5 day a week exercise plan. You’ll find that writer’s block start to lift, so you can continue writing that book you said you would write.
Whatever the resistance is, wherever it resides, your breath is the key to letting it go.
Read more about Successful Change – Keeping Your Momentum.
Chris Axelrad is on the BCCA Advisory Board and a specialist in hormonal, mind-body, and reproductive wellness using Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Therapeutic Nutrition, and Mind-Body Coaching. Chris has a full-time practice, The Axelrad Clinic, and is currently the President of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), a specialty board dedicated to excellence in holistic fertility care. He is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Chinese Bodywork. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine in 2003, Mr. Axelrad completed extensive graduate and post-graduate studies not only in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but also Western endocrinology, psychoneuroimmunology, neuroendocrinology, nutrition, mind-body disciplines, and interpretation of lab results.
Written by Chiara D’Agostino, Breast Cancer Survivor and author of the Cancer Fashion Blog www.beautythroughthebeast.com
I found the lump on my birthday, October 25th, 2014. It wasn’t a happy 43rd. August 2014 I had my routine mammogram and a week later the letter from the hospital arrived; everything was “normal.” Apparently, I have dense tissue in my breasts so the mammogram didn’t detect the lump. (Ladies, if you have dense tissue in your breasts – ask your radiologist – don’t stop at just a mammogram!) As soon as I felt it, I knew the mass didn’t belong in my body; fear enveloped me.
A mammogram, an ultrasound, an MRI, a chest and abdomen CT scan, a bone scan and a few biopsies later, I received the diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer, stage three. Triple negative means my cancer is not fueled by any hormones: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors or human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2); it is fast growing and has a higher percentage of reoccurring in other parts of my body.
The thread throughout my cancer diagnosis was fear. It gripped me tightly in its hands and whirled me around until I was dizzy and exhausted. I felt alone in my terror; friends and family would try and ease the pain by saying “There’s a cure!” “Breast cancer is the best kind of cancer to have!” and “You’ll be fine, my sister/cousin/hairdresser had it and she survived!” I politely nodded my head, thinking to myself, “You’re not God, you don’t know if I will be that small percentage of women that die from breast cancer – it happens!” I was being realistic. I wanted my fear to be acknowledged; I longed to be heard, and held, not patronized.
The steps I took that got me through my cancer diagnosis and treatment:
Turn a pair of old boring shoes into the BEST high heels ever! With these fun ideas and decorations, you can easily give any pair a fabulous makeover – and even possibly WIN the Best in Shoe contest at our upcoming Wine, Women & Shoes event on Thursday, September 24th. Learn more about the event at winewomenandshoes.com/houston
So grab your girlfriends – it’s time for a shoe makeover!
First, grab a pair of plain high heels. We found this pair for only $16 at a local discount shoe store!
Next, assemble your favorite decorations (feathers, bling, ribbon, glitter, etc), adhesive (Mod Podge, Hot Glue gun and glue), scissors, paper to cover the table, old shoe box (for sprinkling glitter or painting), craft brushes and sponges, and put on your creative thinking hat.
Now, it’s time to start decorating!
How to create a pink-tastic feathered pair of blinged-out heels:
1. With a hot glue gun, apply string of silver sequins at around the shoe’s toe by placing a line of hot glue and pressing the string of sequins carefully with an end of a marker/pencil/pointer object.
2. Next apply pink feathers from the heel to the toe of each side with a glue gun. You can do this carefully by placing hot glue onto the shoe (one feather at a time) then carefully using pointer object (or end of a marker/pencil) to press “stem” into glue.
2. One at a time, apply black feathers to the outside of each shoe with hot glue then press on gems with sticky backing.
3. Cut pink ribbon and form into shape of breast cancer pink ribbon. Use a hot glue gun to secure ribbon onto toe of shoe. Then add a dot of hot glue and jewel on top of where the ribbon crosses to secure the ribbon in place – with bling!
Join us for Wine, Women & Shoes! Be there. Be fabulous with your NEW DIY shoes! Featuring wine tasting, Shoe & accessory shopping galore, dazzling fashion show, exciting silent & live auction, dream closet raffle, charming shoe guys and more!
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 5:30 to 9pm
Location: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott
Purchase tickets at: WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston
Limited Reserved seating, Complimentary VIP Wine Service During Fashion Show, Preferred Show Seating, Fabulous Swag Bag, VIP Badge Recognition and more!
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