A Pink 5K Exclusive Offer from Trina Turk

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Thinking about registering for The Pink 5K? The Pink 5K will be held on Saturday, May 9th at Creekside Park in The Woodlands, Texas and is open to ALL ages!

If you sign up for the event, not only will your donation go to help women battling breast cancer and support The Breast Cancer Charities of America PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer, but you will also have the chance to win a look by Trina Turk!

Trina Turk Contest for The Pink 5K Breast Cancer Charities of America The Woodlands Market Street

YES, you read right! If you register for The Pink 5K and purchase a ticket online at www.ThePink5K.com by May 8th, you will be entered to win. The winner will be able to select a look – one top and one bottom – of their choice at the Trina Turk boutique in Market Street, The Woodlands, Texas. If you are not familiar with Trina Turk, you should check out their New Arrivals and Activewear such as the Scallop Shell look featured in the image above.

So join together and make a difference by purchasing your ticket today at www.ThePink5K.com. Don’t forget to tell your family, friends, co-workers, and community and share the news about this special offer. We look forward to seeing you and your team on the day of the race!



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!



Why Donate Your Tax Refund?

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Tax refund check with the words Your Money arrives in your mailb

How are you planning to spend this year’s tax refund? As you know, there are several ways you can spend your refund: a shopping spree, a new car, an expensive vacation… But before you rush to the mall or book that trip, read how you can instead use your refund to help others, make a difference, and plan to make deductions on next year’s tax return.

Help Others

Sharing even a portion of your refund with a charitable organization or cause that you are passionate about, such as The Breast Cancer Charities of America, will be helping others who truly need and will be directly impacted by your help.

By donating to The Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) you are helping support women battling breast cancer, supporting program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support, and joining the fight to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

Make a Difference

With your generosity – no matter how big or small – your donation to BCCA is making a difference! But, how exactly does your donation make a difference?

You are impacting the lives of breast cancer patients currently going through treatment and struggling financially to pay their growing pile of bills. The Help Now Fund, one of BCCA’s program services, provides emergency financial assistance for past due rent and utility bills to these women and is funded by people just like you.

Your donation of…
$30 can pay for the water bill for a woman going through breast cancer
$50 pays to keep the heat on and house warm during the cold winter months
$250 pays for an average past-due electric bill
$500 helps to pay for the rent of a patient going through breast cancer

You are also helping women to be educated, informed and empowered about preventing and surviving breast cancer!
$15 donation pays for a Feeling Beautiful Again tote and educational information to be sent to a patient going through breast cancer
$20 pays for the tools for 4 students in our iGoPink Educational Workshop Program
$1,000 underwrites the quarterly training of our iGoPink Ambassador Program and educational materials

…and much more
$10 donation can send $1,300 of medical goods/medicines to breast cancer patients through our medical missions program service
• Learn more about how we put your gifts to work through BCCA’s program servicesAdult EducationHelp Now FundFeeling Beautiful AgainUniversity EducationNon-Invasive Breast Cancer Research & EducationMedical MissionsCards of Hope

Tax Deductible

Not only are you helping others and making a difference, but did you know your donation is also tax deductible? You are able to deduct charitable contributions of money or property made to qualified organizations, such as BCCA, if you itemize your deductions.

Yes, the Breast Cancer Charities of America is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. A donation to BCCA can be made online at donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/donateigopink
To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep a copy of your receipt of your donation for your records. Once your online donation to BCCA is processed, we will send you an email with your donation receipt.

So… how will you be spending this year’s tax refund?

Donate now to The Breast Cancer Charities of America and you will help support women battling breast cancer, support program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support, and join the fight to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Thank you for your support and generosity!



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



Motivational Monday: BEGIN.

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Wellness Wednesday: Fall Fitness Tips

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Seriously, what’s not to love about fall? Pumpkin lattes are back, you can dig out your favorite sweaters, and sweet potatoes are finally in season. Best of all, the crisp temps make fall the perfect time to exercise outdoors: “The cool weather allows you to enjoy yourself without having to worry about being overheated or too cold,” says Terri Walsh, celebrity trainer and creator of the Active Resistance Training Method (A.R.T.). And that means you’re more likely to feel awesome during your workout, and maybe even log an extra mile or climb another trail.

But before you lace up and head outside, prepare for your outdoor adventure with Walsh’s fall weather workout tips:

Wear Layers
It may feel slightly nippy at first, but the weather has a rep for changing on a moment’s notice. Dress in layers that you can easily remove if your body starts to heat up—or put back on if you get cold, says Walsh.

Stay Hydrated
Many people forget to drink enough fluids during fall workouts because it’s not super hot, says Walsh. Not good. Keep drinking as normal to avoid dehydration. While it’s good to carry water, you can add some flavor with a bit of fruit juice to get even more nutrients.

Pack Snacks
Don’t disrupt your outing for a food pit stop. If you’ll be out most of the day hiking or biking, Walsh recommends bringing a small backpack with nuts or fruit stashed inside. No matter where you are, at least you have a constant source of fuel.

And if you think running is the only outdoor exercise to try, it’s time to get creative! If you’re near some branches and a log, you’ll definitely want to try this off-the-beaten-trail circuit workout. But if a park is your only outdoor fitness center, find a jungle gym and do these fun exercises on the playground. The kids in line for the monkey bars can wait their turn.

 

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/fall-workout-exercise-tips



Motivational Monday

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Wellness Wednesday

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Oct. 29 – Breast cancer nonprofit set to host gala at Avia

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Erica Harvey, executive director, and Rebecca Titone, program manager for BCCA, test out ideas for decorations for their gala to raise money for breast cancer at Avia.

Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala

When: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 29

Where: Avia Hotel, 9595 Six Pines Drive

Cost: $100 per ticket with sponsorships available

More info: www.thebreastcancercharities.org, www.igopink.org or www.unmaskingbreastcancer.com

By Lauren Hodges
Updated: 09.28.10

Breast Cancer Charities of America, a global independent nonprofit with headquarters in The Woodlands, will host an inaugural gala to raise money for breast cancer programs Oct. 29 at Avia Hotel.

Proceeds will go to BCCA programs, such as the Help Now Fund and iGoPink campaign. Help Now helps breast cancer patients pay rent and utilities, and iGoPink is a fashion-forward campaign that takes a new approach to assisting breast cancer patients.

“Eighty percent of net funds raised at the gala will go to work in the local community,” said Erica Harvey, executive director of BCCA and iGoPink.

There will be a cocktail reception, and the band Yelba will perform at the Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala. The name of the gala ties into the organization’s mission of unmasking new noninvasive treatments for breast cancer.

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–>Attendees are encouraged to dress for the masquerade theme and wear hot pink to support the cause. Educational material about breast cancer and how to prevent it will be available. A silent auction will include trips, jewelry and dining experiences. There will be artistic and interactive activities at the gala, such as a photo booth.

“It’s like an adult Halloween party in The Woodlands,” Harvey said.

BCCA, located at 2002 Timberloch Place, Suite 200, is associated with 200 hospitals. In 2009, it provided $1.5 million for breast cancer research, financial assistance and educational programs, which was funded in the first five months of operation.

BCCA has been linked with fashion designers such as Trina Turk, who has a high-end clothing line available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. Harvey said the organization’s appeal and logo, which includes a stiletto heel, has brought in people to work on projects.

To qualify for the Help Now Fund, women must be referred by a social worker, nurse or hospital. Critical cases are considered first.

“We look at integrating a person’s lifestyle into the medical treatment,” Harvey said. “We focus on mind, body and spirit.”

Harvey said iGoPink follows a care pyramid of six elements: medical, nutrition, exercise, attitude, support and meaning and purpose.

“(We figure out) how the person can impact themselves, how you can take preventative measures to increase your health with what you currently have,” she said.

Tickets are $100 for the gala, and sponsorships are available. Sponsorships will be finalized by Oct. 20. The event is black tie optional. For more information, visit www.thebreastcancercharities.org, www.igopink.org or www.unmaskingbreastcancer.com.

Lauren Hodges can be reached at lhodges@hcnonline.com.



Thoughtful Thursday

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October is just around the corner, which means breast cancer awareness month is right around the corner! If you are looking to get involved in the fight against breast cancer, October is just the month to host your own fundraiser!

Here are some great ideas to help you get started!……Help BCCA out and make an impact in women’s lives!  For more information on The Breast Cancer Charities of America visit  www.thebreastcancercharities.org

Do you want to host an event or fundraiser in your local community to benefit iGoPink/BCCA? Check out some of the great DIY event ideas listed below with step-by-step instructions to make your fundraiser be successful, easy to host and lots of fun for a good cause. If you would like to host an event to donate to our charity please fill out our Registration Form

For more information on hosting your own event check out this link!  Third Party Event FAQs 

If you are also thinking of becoming a sponsor please check out this form. Pink Partners FAQ 

 

Host a barbecue fundraiser in your own backyard! Planning a barbecue fundraiser can be lots of fun especially when the weather is right. Barbecue fundraisers are a great way to raise money for breast cancer: the host earns funds for breast cancer quickly and guests get a delicious meal at a good price.
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Host a pink potluck, raising awareness for breast cancer. This is a great way to plan a meal for your event and get people involved! Try hosting the pink potluck at your house, even in your backyard if the weather is nice.
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Host Bunco for Breast Cancer event to raise awareness for breast cancer! Bunco fundraisers are an entertaining and successful way to raise money for The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
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Why not hold a Basket Bingo Fundraiser event? This is an exciting way to get people spending money for a worthy cause. People enjoy playing bingo and want to help the fight against breast cancer.
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NO SELLING! NO LISTS! NO PICKUP OR DELIVERY DATES! NO DEADLINES! NO MERCHANDISE! What a deal!
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Host a pink out picnic in your backyard! This event takes a little more work because a pink out picnic fundraiser means choosing creative announcements, determining an entrance fee, preparing food, finding volunteers, and lining up a raffle to bring in even more funds for The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
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The student who collects the most donations gets to pick a teacher to dye their hair/mustache/beard PINK FOR A WEEK!
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I hereby pledge to do my best in school, to have a winning attitude, and to be on my best behavior every day. Would you be willing to pledge a few dollars for my A’s & B’s to help raise money for The Breast Cancer Charities of America?
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Celebrate with friends and family at home with “cosmos for a cause”! It’s a great way to bond, make memories, let loose, and support Breast Cancer Charities of America!  DIY Cosmos



Wellness Wednesday

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Surviving breast cancer with a sense of humor: One mom’s story

Stupid Cancer by:
Michelle Maffei
As hard as the fight must be to beat breast cancer, one mother has chosen to “be a survivor, not a victim,” for herself and her family — all while keeping the sense of humor she is well known for. Read the story of Stephani J., a courageous mother, sister and wife who discovered that life does not stop once you are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Putting it in Perspective

Stephanie J. from Costa Mesa, California is a dedicated worker, a good friend, a sister, a wife, and a mother. Hearing the news on May 30, 2008 that her tests came back positive for breast cancer left her mind reeling about the journey that lay ahead. But, “I refuse to let this cancer define who I am. It is something that is happening to me, that’s all,” reassures Stephanie. And, to support her position, she even sported a shirt that read, “Stupid Cancer,” flavored with her silly humor and her refusal to let Breast Cancer bring her down.

History Repeating Itself

Two years prior, Stephanie had experienced a breast infection, but after a round of antibiotics, a mammogram, and an ultrasound which came back negative, the infection was given the all clear. All was well until a second breast infection appeared in the same area about two months prior to her diagnosis, which brought on the same round of treatment and tests, this time accompanied with a fine needle biopsy. With an inconclusive result and the infection seemingly healed, Stephanie was given a follow-up ultrasound. Five “nodules” were identified as suspicious, two of which a core needle biopsy was performed.

When both sites came back as Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stephanie was scheduled for a bilateral mastectomy in June 2008, in which both breasts were scheduled to be removed. 

Family Focus

“One of the most difficult moments was when I was diagnosed and I was worried about how it was going to affect my three-and-a-half-year-old son. I had a really hard time struggling with the concern.” After speaking with a therapist, Stephanie was reassured that the plans she and her husband were making about post-op treatment were just an extension of his normal routine, which helped subdue some of the stress she was feeling.

“At his age, he doesn’t really comprehend it as much. In some ways it’s a lot better. He puts it in his own perspective, as “Mommy’s sick.” What’s important at this age is to give him every single piece of information he asks for, allow him to process it on his own, and most importantly, not to force him how to deal with it. My job is to be here to help manage it,” says Stephanie.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

To help thank the strong circle of support she had been receiving and to share the positive attitude she is carrying with her pre-surgery, Stephanie used her love of humor to threw herself a “Ta ta to the tat as” party. It was an upbeat affair, adorned with appropriately-shaped cakes and cupcakes and supporting the fight against breast cancer.

Post-Surgery TLC

After a successful surgery, it was determined that she would receive Chemo every three weeks for four and a half to five months, which she began in July. Now approaching the end of her Chemo treatments, she will begin radiation treatment, five days a week for three weeks.

As Stephanie can tell you, Chemo is no walk in the park. But, the loving support from her husband, family, friends, and work, and the sweet gestures from her now four-year-old son help her keep her spirits up and her humor strong.

“He knows I have ups and downs, when Mommy is sick and when Mommy is okay. Asks me, “How can I make you feel better?” and does something sweet.” Although it is rough on Stephanie seeing how her post-surgery and Chemo was rough on him, she acknowledges that, “he’s been handling it pretty well. We’ve been handling it all okay because we’re handling it as a family unit, and it helps that [my son is] younger.”

Work Support

Stephanie returned to work in mid-August 2008, where her circle of support was stronger than ever. Her boss is a cancer survivor, and just two years ago, Stephanie supported her boss through the entire process at that time. “When I was diagnosed, I knew I was in a supportive environment, knew a little bit of what to expect, and had a strong example and a great source of advice to follow,” shares Stephanie.

Family Future

Some people take for granted the decision whether or not to have more biological children, but with Breast Cancer survivors, the decision is made for them. The risk is very high that pregnancy can cause the cancer to return, but the option to expand their family is not a closed case. Stephanie adds, “I was adopted, so we are very open to the option, but for now, we have peace of mind knowing our family will remain a family of three.”

As Stephanie begins her radiation treatment, she continues to use her strong spirit and great sense of humor to help her remain another one of the more than 2.3 million women in the U.S. who have survived breast cancer or are living with breast cancer today, according to the National Cancer Institute’s research for 2007. Although Breast Cancer is no laughing matter, if you or someone you know is facing the fight, take a look through Stephanie’s perspective and come up with a list of your own 20 positive things that you can find about Cancer…it may just be the little light-hearted lift you needed.

This article was found on www.sheknows.com. Be sure to check out their website to find more stories just like this one!