National Cancer Survivors Day

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BCCA National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day falls this year on Sunday, June 7th! National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for cancer survivors and demonstrates that you CAN beat cancer! This day falls on the second Sunday of June every year and serves as an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, support for families struggling, and a way for the community to come together and give back.

Celebrate this special day by honoring a cancer survivor or a loved one by helping women who are still battling breast cancer. Your donation today and on June 7th makes a difference. Please join us in the fight against cancer!

Why should I get Involved?

  • Honor a Cancer Survivor! Show your support and join the celebration.
  • Give in memory of a loved one, family member, or friend.
  • Help women and their families in need that are currently struggling with cancer.

How can I help?

  1. Go to Donate.TheBreastCancerCharities.org/NCSD2015
  2. Click  Screenshot 2015-06-02 16.53.07 OR Screenshot 2015-06-02 16.53.38. By becoming a fundraiser you can create your own account, join or start a team, and get others involved! If you don’t want to start a fundraiser for National Cancer Survivors Day, you can click the “Donate Now” button instead. This way you can make a donation – even in honor or memory of a loved one.
  3. Please share the news! Share your fundraising page, create a team, and invite your friends and family to make a donation at Donate.TheBreastCancerCharities.org/NCSD2015 on or before June 7th.

Thank You for your support

Thank you for joining us as we PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer! With your donation, you can give a gift in honor of a survivor, loved one, and to help those who are still struggling with cancer.  Through the generosity of people like you, we can continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support.



Daily Wellness Checklist

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Wellness is possible! In fact, it’s probable! Believe it; you can dramatically increase the level of wellness in your life. You possess the power of choice. That power can increase your life quality and life quantity.

Start making healthy choices today – and every day! Use this checklist as a daily reminder to establish good habits and make healthy choices.

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Creating wellness is a journey. People often experience obstacles which threaten to get them off course from achieving their best intentions. Some of these obstacles exist in the world and some of them exist within each person. Our choice of actions when we encounter these obstacles applies directly to our state of wellness. Our choices determine the level of wellness we each create in our lives. Strive to make the right choices daily and dedicate yourself to living a healthy lifestyle. Feel, think, and live better than you ever thought possible!

For more information and our Create Wellness plan of action, click here.  This step by step workbook will allow you to document common questions you should ask your doctor, the emotions you’re going through and your journey through breast cancer.

 



Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

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By Tori Carruth

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

With Mother’s Day right around the corner (May 10th for those of you as forgetful as me), I’ve been racking my brain for what to do! If your mom is anything like mine, her answer to any question that is present related is “I already have everything I need,” which is super sweet, but in no way helpful. What do you get for the mom who has everything? Do it yourself! I guarantee that a gift made by you from the heart will mean more to her than that designer bag ever will. No matter your age or your mom’s age, these gifts are sure to please your #1 woman! My mom is the queen of thinking of things I might need, but she never stops to think about what SHE needs. So treat your selfless momma to a cute jar of goodies.

Spa in a jar: You can get a cute jar from a local retailer and line the bottom with her favorite covered tissue paper to give it some color! Next, hit up a fresh cosmetics store, like Lush, for her favorite products to unwind from all the stress you put on her daily (oh, just me?). My mom specifically loves bath bombs and scrubs! Add lotion, nail polish, a few magazines, a comforting candle, and maybe even some chocolate to complete your jar! This is such an easy and inexpensive way to put a smile on your mom’s face.

Movie night in a jar: My mom is a huge movie buff; if it’s on Netflix she’s seen it…twice. Throw together some snacks and plan a night in together! Large retailers have some great $5 movie bins to grab your favorites from. Pick up some Kettle Corn and a bottle of wine, along with her favorite sweet treats. For extra bonus points surprise her with a comfy blanket for snuggling!

Colorful jar: This one has tons of options. Choose your mom’s favorite color and fill a jar with all things orange, blue, yellow, or whatever color it may be that brightens your mom’s day! It’s easy to find gum, cute cups, post-it’s, candles, picture frames and more for this one. It’s simple, yet thoughtful.

So go find a cute jar and personalize it according to your mom’s needs and favorites and make this mother’s day one that she’ll appreciate!

Gift in a jar for mom



How To Register For The Pink 5K

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Run. Walk. Make a Difference!

The Pink 5K will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Creekside Park in The Woodlands, Texas. Join together with your friends and family to honor a survivor, support a current patient or join us in winning the fight against breast cancer! The race will be hosted by The Breast Cancer Charities of America and is open to ALL ages!

Learn how to register for The Pink 5K and purchase your tickets at www.ThePink5K.com! Watch this video to learn step-by-step how to register for The Pink 5K or One Mile Loop, purchase tickets for the May 9, 2015 event, join or create a team, claim and update your own personal fundraising page, and receive your receipt and tickets by email.

Interested in becoming a Pink 5K Sponsor? Click HERE for more information!

Race Day Schedule:
7:30 am – Registration opens*
8:30 am – 5K Walk/Run and 1 Mile Walk (strollers and wheelchairs welcome!) start times
11:00 am – It’s a wrap until next year!

*Packet Pickup from 11am to 6pm on Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8 at Luke’s Locker located in Market Street. Packet will include t-shirt, bib number, and race day instructions. If you are not able to come to packet pick up or wish to register on site on race day, registration will open at 7:30am on May 9th at Creekside Park. Note: On-site registration is not guaranteed a t-shirt.

Thank you so much for your support! We are looking forward to seeing you at The Pink 5K on May 9th!



The Pink 5k: Early Bird Registration through March 31

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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

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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.

 

 



5 Things I Didn’t Know About Breast Cancer

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By Tori Carruth

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

Tori College Student Breast Cancer

  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

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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

Pink 5k Early Bird Registration

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 – Risk Factors Of Breast Cancer You Cannot Change

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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.



Breast Cancer Awareness – Ways To Keep Breast Cancer Out Of Your Future

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No matter how conflicted we may be, breasts are part of our female identity, which may be why, for most of us, having breast cancer is our biggest fear.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America. We are the new voice of breast cancer. Support breast cancer patients, donate now igopink.webconnex.com/donate