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.



The Breast Cancer Charities of America Announces Partnership with Run Like A Diva

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The Breast Cancer Charities of America, Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, is proud to announce partnership with Continental Event & Sports Management Group, LLC and their Divas® Half Marathon & 5K series.

The Divas® Series travels to some of the best vacation destinations in the country to empower women while having fun and doing good.  Coming up on April 24, 2016 The Divas® Series will be painting the town pink in Galveston. The race series is all about girl power and glam, and you can find women in tutus, crowns, and sipping bubbly at each race.

“We are very honored and excited about partnering with BCCA on a national basis,” says Robert Pozo, President and CEO of Continental Event & Sports Management. “We believe that BCCA is truly the premiere women’s charity in the U.S. With their presence in so many hospitals, we feel that regardless of what event a participant completes or where they actually come from, there is always a BCCA presence in proximity.”

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is the official charity partner of the Divas® Series. The non-profit organization, whose mission is to educate and empower women, will give out awards at each race to the top individual and team fundraisers.

“The Divas® Half Marathon & 5k series is such a wonderful opportunity for BCCA to educate and empower women about what they can do to prevent and survive breast cancer,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  “The Divas® Series is a fantastic, fun and empowering day that couldn’t be a better partner.”

Nine races remain in the 2016 calendar year for the Divas® Series ranging from coast to coast.  To learn more or register for the race, visit www.runlikeadiva.com.

 

 

About The Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series:

The Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series is a group of female-inspired events throughout the United States consisting of a two-day Health & Fitness Boutique, a 5K road race and a half marathon event. Each of the Divas® Half Marathon & 5K events also consists of other activities geared toward women including a boa & tiara station, “bubbly” toast at the finish and fun entertainment along the course. Now in its seventh year, the race series received the highly coveted SportsTravel Award for Best Amateur Series or Circuit in 2012 and 2013. Event locations throughout the US include Galveston, TX, North Myrtle Beach, SC, Branson, MO, San Francisco Bay, CA, Peachtree City, GA, DC’s Wine Country, VA, Long Island, NY, San Juan, PR, St. Augustine Beach, FL and Temecula, CA.  For more information visit: www.runlikadiva.com.

About Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC:

Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC is a company formed to produce world-class running events. Robert and Gaby Pozo, founders and managers of Continental, have over 17 years of experience in the race production industry providing unparalleled events to participants and their host communities.  Robert, one of the founders of the ING Miami Marathon, also held the position of Race Director since its inception in 2003 until 2007. He has also served as Executive Race Director of the ING Georgia Marathon, the Chicago Half Marathon and the 13.1 Marathon Series.  Prior to joining Continental, Gaby served as the COO of US Road Sports and along with Robert, founded the ING Miami Marathon and served as its Race Director from 2008-2009.  In that capacity, she managed their overall national operations and oversaw all events nationwide including the ING Miami Marathon, Publix Georgia Marathon and Chicago Half Marathon.  With national events comprising of the Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Continental Event & Sports Management Group, LLC is one of the premiere sports management companies in the United States.



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.

 

 



The Pink 5K: Early Bird Registration

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Pink5K 2016 Early Bird Registration

 

The Pink 5K, presented by Northside Imports – FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, is coming back to The Woodlands on May 7, 2016 for its third consecutive year, and the Breast Cancer Charities of America has a special offer for signing up early.

Now through March 31, registration is only $30 per person for both individual runners and teams. Registration for The Pink 5K, held in Creekside Park, can be completed at www.ThePink5K.com

The Pink 5K is open to all, so bring your family, friends, children in strollers, and even your dog! The race begins at 8:30 am, but those who come early will enjoy coffee provided by Blue Mug Café, bagels provided by Brooklyn Bagel, and fun in the photo booth provided by Woodlands Photo Co.

Additional event sponsors include Luke’s Locker, Christian Brothers Automotive, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Insperity, Houston Fertility Clinic,  Kendra Pratt Orthodontics, Waste Connections Inc., Air Now, SpeedPro Imaging,   The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, K Star Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, and Chick-fil-A.

Proceeds from The Pink 5k will go to help the charity’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent & 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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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:

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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!



How To Add NEW YouTube Donation Cards

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Great news! YouTube, the video-sharing website that many of us use daily, announced yesterday that they have rolled out a new feature called “donation cards.” Along with other pre-existing “cards” available to YouTube content creators, donation cards are now available to appear on videos. The custom cards can now be created to invite subscribers and viewers to donate directly from the video to the YouTuber’s favorite nonprofit.

So how does it work? To add a donation card, you must have a YouTube account and have uploaded a video or videos to your channel. Now let’s get started!

1. Sign into your YouTube account, go to your Video Manager.

2. Go to “Videos” and on an uploaded video, click the “down arrow” button, and on the drop down select “Cards.”

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3. The selected video will appear and begin to play. Click on “Add card“, locate “Donation” on the dropdown, and click the “Create” button.

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4. Next, type in the name of any any United States, IRS-validated 501(c)3 public nonprofit organization, such as our nonprofit organization listed as “iGoPink” for The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

Once you have typed in the nonprofit’s name (such as “iGoPink“), the name will appear, click on the organization’s image (if available), and select “Create card.”

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5. Now you are able to customize the card by adding a title, teaser text, and select “Create card.”

 

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You can even change the image from the selected image options; however, you cannot upload a new image.

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6. After the card is created, you can change where the card appears in your video by dragging the slider, located underneath the video, to the desired time (for example, 1:06 in this video below).

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7. Note that just like other YouTube card selections, you cannot add 2 cards that promote the same link, nonprofit, video, playlist, or function. (see warning below)

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8. Your card is now automatically saved and visible to all subscribers and viewers who watch your video!

The “card” will appear at the designated time and in the top right hand corner of the video (Desktop view).

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If a viewer selects the card, an additional panel with your message (custom title and teaser) will appear (Desktop view).

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Once the viewer selects the message on the new panel, a pop up will appear over the video and gives the viewer an opportunity to make a donation. The viewer can select $5, $10, $20, or other amount to donate before selecting Next.

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In the final step, the viewer (and donor) can review their donation, add a payment method, and press Accept and Donate to make a donation to iGoPink or another U.S. nonprofit organization.

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Watch YouTube’s “donation card” feature in action by viewing iGoPink’s Apple Pie Bites video below! The “donation card” will appear at 1:06.


YouTube has over a billion users that now have new opportunities to do good for great causes across the United States! We hope you try YouTube’s newest feature and transform each view into a donation.

For more information or questions about how to setup donation cards to help benefit iGoPink, please contact Jen at jen@igopink.org

Thank YOU so much for helping iGoPink make a difference and support breast cancer patients that need our help!