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Getting Younger Women Involved: How to Walk for Breast Cancer Research

Written on May 10, 2013 at 9:24 am , by

Don pink and help fight breast cancer. (Photo courtesy of Susan G. Komen 3-Day)

Written by Carrie Stevens, editorial intern

Sadly, chances are most of us know someone who’s been affected by breast cancer. Many of us know about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk program to help raise funds in the fight against the deadly disease. But a new campaign has come to town for the younger women looking to get involved—Young Women Walking (YW2)—and we’re ready to don our hottest pink hues in support.

Designed for women between the ages of 16 and 23, YW2 lets participants experience one day of the Komen 3-Day walk. While the 3-Day walk has women cover 60 miles in three days and raise $2,300, the YW2 contingent will clock 20 miles and raise $750.  Sounds like a great way to dip your toes into the water, right?

Here’s what we really love:  While spending the day alongside their elders, the YW2 girls learn breast cancer facts and discuss action steps necessary to reduce their own risk.  Forget the clichés: knowledge is power.

Oh, and don’t forget about the after party!  After completing a day on their feet, walkers celebrate with a pink (of course!) party and enjoy well-earned foot massages, inspirational speakers and a dance party.

Interested? Visit their website for more information, or to find an event near you.

Now you tell us: What’s the farthest you’ve walked in one day?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Wrap-Up

Written on October 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm , by

As October draws to a close, so will much of the discussion about “pink.” But women (and men) will be fighting the disease all year long, so here are two more resources that help fighters, survivors and researchers who are all working towards one common cause: a cure.

  • Claire Petretti began teaching cancer-specific yoga classes while being treated herself. (Photo courtesy of OceanSoulYoga.com)

    Yoga for Cancer Recovery: Cancer survivor and yoga instructor Claire Petretti created this workout DVD specifically for those going through treatment or recovering from cancer. She holds a Yoga for Cancer Therapy certification, and credits the practice with helping her bounce back from the disease, which she battled in 2010, stronger than ever. A portion of the proceeds from the DVD are being donated to cancer research organizations. ($19.99, oceansoulyoga.com) Scientific studies have proven the beneficial effects of yoga for cancer survivors!

  • BreastCancerTrials.org: This non-profit aims to improve access to clinical trials so those affected by breast cancer can be aware of all of their options for treatment. Whether you’re interested in prevention-related trials or want to learn more about biological therapies (which can help those currently fighting discover the best treatment to block cancer cells’ ability to multiply) the resource can help you find it.

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What Lil Mama Wants You to Know About Breast Cancer

Written on October 25, 2011 at 10:13 am , by

Lil Mama goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. (Photo by Tyren Redd)

The 22-year-old rapper and America’s Best Dance Crew judge may project a tough image, but Lil Mama shows her more vulnerable side with her work to support breast cancer research and awareness. Here’s what the musician wants you to know about her recent projects, including how she uses her music to help others.

What new music have you been working on?

I recently released “NY, NY, LA, LA” with Snoop Dogg and “Hustler Girl” which is a song that celebrates hardworking women everywhere.

Tell us more about your work with the Tigerlily Foundation to support breast cancer research.

After my mom passed away [in 2007], I wanted to use my voice to raise awareness. I’m working with World Music for the Cure which will support the Tigerlily Foundation. I’m working on new music for the CD, and the proceeds from it will go towards breast cancer research.

You lost your mom to breast cancer at a young age. How did this affect you in terms of how you think about your health and lifestyle?

It definitely made me eat differently. When my mother was diagnosed, she changed her diet and ate more vegetables, replaced red meats with chicken and fish and had to be more strict with herself. I realized I have to do that, too. I try to eat well and exercise to be healthy.

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Drink Up with a Nestlé Pink Pack for BCA Month

Written on October 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm , by

Keep your eyes peeled for Nestle Pure Life's Pink Pack this month. (Photo courtesy of Nestle Pure Life)

Hollywood got quite the shock this week when E! News host Giuliana Rancic announced that she was in the early stages of battling breast cancer, stressing the importance of early detection and BCA month that much more.

To help with the cause, Nestlé Pure Life bottled water is partnering with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for the second year to help fund researchers who are trying to identify a drug that will prevent the development of cancer in those with the mutations in the BRCA gene (the breast cancer susceptibility gene) before it occurs as a detectable lump. This drug would have the potential to save women from having to undergo a bilateral mastectomy, the only other known preventative step for those with the inherited genetic mutation.

To support the cause, ten cents from every package of Nestlé Pure Life containing the special “Pink Pack” packaging will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Nestlé Pure Life was able to donate $500,000 last year through the campaign’s efforts and is hoping to increase funds this year. So before you stock up on bottled water this weekend, check the label to make sure you’re helping out where you can!

For more information, visit nestle-purelife.us.

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