iGoPink/BCCA Partners with KINKY® Cocktails for Second Consecutive Year

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kinky-for-a-causeThe Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) is pleased to announce the return of their partnership of KINKY® Cocktails to kick off the fall months and prepare for Breast Cancer Awareness Season.

KINKY® Cocktails Pink, in limited edition BCCA packaging, will be available nationwide during the entire month of October and a monetary donation will be given to The Breast Cancer Charities of America by KINKY® Beverages. The BCCA is a national nonprofit focused on education women and servicing those battling breast cancer. The funds will help the BCCA in their program services, like their Help Now Fund, which helps women going through active treatment to pay bills like rent and utilities while they focus on fighting breast cancer.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with KINKY® Cocktails again this year,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “We love to be apart of women coming together and fighting for such an important cause.”

“We are honored to be invited to be a part of The Breast Cancer Charities of America again this year. Empowering women is something that KINKY® Beverages believes in, and together with the BCCA, we hope to make a difference for women everywhere.” – Jessica Reckinger, Brand Manager, KINKY® Beverages.

KINKY® Cocktails Pink can be found at retailers nationwide where KINKY® Beverages are sold.

For more information about KINKY® Cocktails and KINKY® Beverages, please visit: www.kinkybeverages.com



Announcing Wine Women & Shoes Models and Spotlight Survivor

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The committee of Wine Women & Shoes, presented by EXIT Lonestar Realty, is adding a special touch to their third annual fall event. This year, the New York style fashion show will feature exclusively models who have been affected by breast cancer. You’ll see women who are battling breast cancer, won the battle, supportive sisters, friends, and mother-daughter teams all showcasing this year’s newest trends from Dillard’s.

“We are honored to be featuring all of these strong women,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “It’s such a great way for us to show the community the true faces of breast cancer.  When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, it doesn’t just impact the patient; it touches family, friends and loved ones.”  This year attendees will see over 24 local survivors, patients and loved ones walking the runway to show their support for the cause.

Also this year, the Wine Women & Shoes committee has selected Montgomery County Treasurer, Stephanne Davenport, as the annual spotlight survivor.  Last year, Stephanne walked in the fashion show literally days after her last round of treatment.  Stephanne is very active and involved with the educational and program service platforms that BCCA provides and the committee is honored to have her spotlighted this year.

Tickets for Wine Women & Shoes are available now. VIP tickets and Platinum VIP tables are available on a first come first serve basis. Sponsorship opportunities also remain. To find out more information visit: www.WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston  or www.iGoPink.org

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is grateful for all of their event sponsors, which include: Maserati, CHLOE Wine, Tiff’s Treats, H-E-B, Dr. Lind Plastic Surgery, Stephens Gatewood & Associates Dentistry, Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy, Pinnacle Insurance, Avanti Senior Living, Four Seasons Veterinary Hospital, Massage Heights Panther Creek & Spring Creek, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Shag Salon, Style Revival, Kendra Scott, LUCHO, Rhinestone Leopard, Armarillo de la Bella, Magnolia Mey, Marmi, DJ Hollywood Steve, Mindy Harmon, My Wallet My Style, Tara Flannery Photography, J Stacy Photography, Woodlands Photo Co., AGB Videography, SpeedPro Imaging, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Home, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/reviewit.Flair.Vida Social Magazines, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, FOX 26, WoodlandsHits.com, and KSTAR Country Radio.



Turn Passion Into Action

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by Tristan Cablay

The word advocacy is frequently tossed around. I’m sure you have heard the sentence “I am an advocate of XYZ” or “Be your own advocate”. I myself have often used both of those sentences, but what does being an advocate really mean? I wanted to get to the bottom of it, so I started where most of my research starts… in a Google search bar.   The results were simple. Actually, they were much less complex than I thought they would be.

Advocacy means taking action in support of something.

My mind frames this as passion. Being passionate enough to move. Anyone can be in support of something, however, if you are passionate enough to take action, to actually do something, you are an advocate.

Here is your call to action: Be a voice, be a social influencer, learn, then learn some more. Take action to make someone’s life better. Act to make your life better.

Find your passion.

Make a difference.

Take action.

Be an advocate.

I would love for you to join the Breast Cancer Charities of America’s efforts toward breast cancer awareness. I have found my passion in iGoPink. Have you found yours?

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Welcome to iGoPink Life

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Welcome to iGoPink Life!

This blog was started with you in mind. Whether you’re a 20-something trying to navigate the real world, a new mom finding her new norm, a generation X, Y, Z, a survivor, and everything in between, this is for you.
iGoPink Life is your go-to for wellness, fitness, healthy recipes, beauty and style, and even some inspiration.

We’re real women like you, doing our best to feel and live our best. The motivation behind this new adventure was to educate women on a healthy and happy life, decreasing chances for things like breast cancer. The ‘C’ word is always a big, scary monster, and we’re here to help you prevent it.

We have something for everyone here, thanks to our iGoPink Life team and contributing bloggers. Check in daily during the work week for chats on everything from the newest workout trend to what happened on The Bachelor this week. We’re so excited to share this journey with you — welcome to the iGoPink family!



National Pink Day is June 23rd!

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What?! There’s a National PINK Day?!?! There sure is! National Pink Day falls every year on June 23rd – which happens to be on a Thursday in 2016 – and is a celebration for the color pink PLUS everything it represents!

We would be honored for you to get involved and celebrate this special day with us!

How to Get Involved:

1. Plan to go PINK! Start planning with your family, friends, co-workers, and/or teammates to join together and all wear PINK on Thursday, June 23rd.

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2. Share a Photo! Take a photo (group picture, selfie, etc) when you are wearing pink! Submit your photo to us by sharing online (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the hashtag #iGoPink, and tag our page (FB: The Breast Cancer Charities of America OR TW: @igopink IG: @_igopink)

Share online and vote daily HERE or below for your favorite #iGoPink photos! If you share a photo with #iGoPink and tag @iGoPink, you will have the chance to WIN iGoPink gear (t-shirts, waterbottles, pink ribbons, bling bracelets, etc)! Winners will be announced on June 23 and June 24.

Enter and vote below:

You can also submit and vote for photos daily on Facebook at http://bit.ly/PinkDayPhoto

3. Create A Fundraiser. Spread awareness and raise funds for women who are still struggling with breast cancer! It’s quick and easy to start your own fundraiser OR join together and raise funds with a team: CLICK HERE to get started!

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Create your fundraiser today at donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/nationalpinkday

4. Make a Donation. Honor a cancer survivor or a loved one with a PERSONALIZED eCard when you donate to help breast cancer patients. Your donation today and on June 23rd makes a difference. CLICK HERE to donate today

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Thank you for joining with us to celebrate National Pink Day on Thursday, June 23rd! With your help, together we can spread awareness about breast cancer and continue to make a difference in the lives of women who are battling breast cancer.

Donate TODAY at donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/nationalpinkday

 



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.