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Why is March 3rd such an important day?

3 Mar

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Because it’s Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day.

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Barbra Watson-Riley

Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) Day, organized by the TNBC Foundation, Inc., is an annual global awareness and grassroots fundraising campaign to help eradicate triple negative breast cancer.

Our Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc. (PWCF) founder, Barbra Watson-Riley, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a very aggressive form of breast cancer that is more likely to recur and more difficult to treat because there is no targeted treatment. It is also more likely to affect younger women and women of color.

Despite undergoing a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, Barbra died in 2013 at the age of 44, just two years after her diagnosis.

In addition to the work we do to support breast cancer patients and their caregivers through Barb’s Bag® and LIFE in the CANCER Lane productions, we also support organizations like TNBC Foundation, Inc., because of its tremendous commitment to support and fund breakthrough research to discover and develop promising new treatments for TNBC Patients.

In honor of TNBC Day, please LIKE and share this fact-filled post with three people and ask that they do the same. Also give to PWCF today to further our charitable efforts to support and encourage patients and to find a cure!

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TNBC Facts

[Source: TNBCFoundation.org]

pink_bulletTriple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is one of many forms of breast cancer.

pink_bulletForms of breast cancer are generally diagnosed based on the presence or absence of three “receptors” known to fuel most breast cancer tumors: estrogen, progesterone and HER2‐neu.

pink_bulletA diagnosis of TNBC means that the tumor in question is estrogen‐receptor negative, progesterone‐receptor negative and Her2‐negative. In other words, triple negative breast cancer tumors do not exhibit any of the three known receptors.

pink_bulletReceptor‐targeting therapies have fueled tremendous recent advances in the fight against breast cancer. Unfortunately, there is no such targeted therapy for triple negative breast cancer.

pink_bulletTNBC tends to be more aggressive, more likely to recur, and more difficult to treat because there is no targeted treatment.

pink_bulletTNBC disproportionately strikes younger women, African American women, and those with BRCA1 mutations.

pink_bulletApproximately every half hour, another woman in the US is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.

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Top five questions you need answers to about triple negative breast cancer

12 Jul

tnbc-infographic-large2Triple negative is a very aggressive type of breast cancer with poor survival rates. Our founder Barbra Watson-Riley was diagnosed in 2011 with stage-three TNBC and survived two years post-diagnosis.

She discussed her diagnosis, her Life IN THE Cancer Lane, and the legacy she intended to leave behind during an Arizona “Sonoran Living Live” television segment, replayed during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2014.

In Laura Nathan-Garner’s article noted below, she discusses her interview with Naoto T. Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., section chief of Translational Breast Cancer Research in Breast Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, to better understand TNBC.

Dr. Ueno identified five critical questions about what TNBC is, what the current treatment options are and essential advice for newly diagnosed patients:

  1. Are some people more likely to develop TNBC?
  2. How is TNBC typically treated?
  3. What progress are we making in offering more personalized TNBC treatment?
  4. What clinical trials are available at MD Anderson for TNBC patients?
  5. What’s your advice for newly diagnosed TNBC patients?

Read the article:

Triple-negative breast cancer: 5 things you should know

More triple negative breast cancer resources at TNBCFoundation.org

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Meals, chemo & Rx support, cleaning, childcare & counseling services, transportation, lodging.

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Tickets for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Play to Benefit Survivors & Families going FAST!

18 Sep

Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc. Presents:

Life in the Cancer Lane: a benefit play by the late Barbra Watson-Riley

National Breast Cancer Awareness benefit for survivors and families returns with Hollywood Actress

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Herberger Theater Center-Stage West, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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**Use links to order tickets online or call (602) 252-8497**

2:00 pm Performance
$40.00-$60.00

7:30 pm Performance (reception at 6:30 pm)
$60.00-$80.00

Special thanks to our Diamond and Platinum Sponsors:

Herberger Theater Center, the Watson Family, Leslie M. Gray, Jemina Bernard, Cox Communications & Advocate Health Care

Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3). Your ticket purchase, donation or sponsor payment is deductible!

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Benefit Play for Breast Cancer Returns to the Valley This October

11 Sep
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Inquiries and Press Credentials: Contact LaTricia Woods, (480) 374-1908

New Production Features Hollywood Actress in a New Venue

Life-in-the-Cancer-LanePhoenix, Ariz. – September 10, 2014 – Back by popular demand, “Life in the Cancer Lane,” will be staged as a fundraiser during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The hit play, written by the late Barbra Watson-Riley, has returned for its second run, and this year, award-winning actress Valarie Pettiford (“Stomp the Yard,” “Why Did I Get Married Too,” and “Half & Half”) has been added to the cast. A matinee and evening performance will take place at the Herberger Theater Center-Stage West on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Continue reading

Remembering Barbra’s Light & Legacy on Mother’s Day

11 May
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Photo credit: Tonya M. Evans 2012

This Mother’s Day is not only a day of celebration and connection but also of reflection and restoration (and if you’re lucky … REST!).

Today’s holiday is yet another divine opportunity to reset your intention, repair your relationships, and check in on your health and well-being from the inside out.

The inevitability of death for us all is a reminder to authentically assess how we are living each day; in fact, each moment. Want to keep getting what you’re getting? Keep doing what you’re doing. If not, choose a different course.  Continue reading

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