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.



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.

 

 



Adriana Story: iGoPink Scholarship Recipient

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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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Newfield Exploration Grants $5,000 to The Breast Cancer Charities of America

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Newfield Exploration Grant to iGoPink

The Breast Cancer Charities of America was honored to receive a $5,000 grant from Newfield Exploration, an independent oil and gas company, to fund their ongoing community and program services.

Newfield Exploration created ‘The Newfield Foundation’ in 2001 to improve their own community. The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life through support of programs.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is a nonprofit organization headquartered in The Woodlands, TX serving women on a national basis. BCCA is the leader in integrated cancer care, and strives to educate women on mental and physical well-being.

“We are so grateful Newfield Exploration has made this generous donation” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “Grants like this allow us to help women who are dealing with the stress that breast cancer brings.”

The Newfield Grant will be used for The Breast Cancer Charities’ program services, such as the Help Now Fund, iGoPink Educational Workshops, Feeling Beautiful Again and the iGoPink Scholarship Program among other services the organization provides.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is accepting donations to fund future programs and help more women battling breast cancer. For more information on The Breast Cancer Charities or how you can support its community efforts, please visit donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/donateiGoPink



The Pink 5K Fundraiser Guide

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Thank you for registering for The Pink 5K! 

Haven’t signed up? You still have time! You, your friends, family, and loved ones can still take advantage of Early Bird Registration, buy tickets, and join a team at ThePink5K.com

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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 jen@igopink.org.

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Now that you have claimed your account, CONGRATULATIONS on becoming an official 2016 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!

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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!

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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.

 

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.

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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.).

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Thank you so much again for becoming an official 2016 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!