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Help us support survivors! Donate, sponsor Barb’s Bag® of chemo care & comfort

1 Jun

Our 2016 BAG IT® for the CAUSE Weekend of Service preparation is in full swing to prepare and distribute BARB’S BAG® of care and comfort during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year.

Patients living with breast cancer and undergoing treatment need YOU. We do too. Help us to help them. Get involved. Gift a bag, bless a life!

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Donate Dollars: Donate any amount to support Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc.’s general fund to help us continue our work to support, educate and encourage breast cancer survivors, their families & caregivers! One hundred percent of your donation is tax-deductible. Consult your tax professional for additional information.

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 Sponsor

We seek sponsors to help subsidize (or fully sponsor) the production and distribution of BARB’S BAG®. One hundred percent of sponsorship dollars is tax-deductible. Consult your tax professional for additional information. Each bag costs $50 to produce and at least $10 for shipping/handling. Each location commits to assemble at least 50-100 bags for each BAG IT® event location. The more money we raise, the more bags we can distribute during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and have on-hand to fulfill requests throughout the year.

Unless the Sponsor requests “anonymous” status, all Sponsors will be listed on the Bag It® for the Cause webpage and in promotional copy as follows:

Patron ($50-1 bag) will be listed on the Bag It® for the Cause webpage and promotional copy.

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Silver Sponsors ($100-2 bags) will be listed on the Bag It® for the Cause webpage and promotional copy.

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Gold Sponsors ($250-5 bags) will be listed on the Bag It® for the Cause webpage and promotional copy and are invited to insert one promotional flyer into all bags sponsored by said sponsor.

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Platinum Sponsors ($500-10 bags) will be listed on the Bag It® for the Cause webpage and promotional copy and are invited to insert one promotional item into all bags sponsored by said sponsor; provided the item must fit proportionally in the existing bag and PWCF reserves the right to refuse any item that does not so fit.

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Diamond Sponsors ($1,000-20 bags) will be listed on the Bag It® for the Cause webpage and promotional copy and are invited to insert one promotional item into all bags sponsored by said sponsor; provided the item must fit proportionally in the existing bag and PWCF reserves the right to refuse any item that does not so fit. In addition, Diamond Sponsor logo and/or website will be included on the webpage and hyperlinked to the Diamond Sponsor’s website.

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Medallion Sponsors ($5,000-100 bags) will be listed on the Bag It® for the Cause webpage and promotional copy and are invited to insert one promotional item into all bags sponsored by said sponsor; provided the item must fit proportionally in the existing bag and PWCF reserves the right to refuse any item that does not so fit. In addition, Medallion Sponsor logo and/or website will be included on the webpage and hyperlinked to the Medallion Sponsor’s website and Medallions will receive a “Spotlight” announcement via our blog at Pinkwellchick.org.

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Donate Bags: If you are donating more than 100 bags, please use this donation button to support the production and distribution of Barb’s Bag free of charge to female chemo patients undergoing or scheduled to undergo treatment. Each bag costs $50 to produce and $10 to deliver (a $100 value).

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Visit the website to submit an online donation or send your check to: Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc., c/o Leslie Gray, Treasurer, PO Box 2684, Kirkland, WA 98083

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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

Support Pinkwellchick Fdn, Inc. to support patients & caregivers

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

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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

I am back

8 Jan

Editors note:

In late November I was diagnosed with Metastatic Cancer in the Lung.  It hit my family like an anvil, as I was only 5 months out of treatment for my original breast cancer.  I shut down for the last weeks of 2012.  I had to wrap my mind around this diagnosis, and how it would inevitably change my life and those around me.  Fortunately my “anchors” stepped up, held my hand, and guided me through the numbing pain and sadness.  For that I am grateful because now, I am back.  Sometimes, we need the time to grieve, plan…and move forward.  Thank you for your patience!

 

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“Even when we can’t see, we know how to feed ourselves.  Even when the way isn’t clear, the heart still pumps.  Even when afraid, the air of everything enters and leaves the lungs.  Even when clouds grow thick, the sun still pours its light earthward.” -Mark Nepo

During my darkest days, one of my closest friends sent me The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo.  It is a book of daily affirmations, and lessons on how to be present in your life.  For about five minutes I was skeptical.  But I quickly realized that this was the time that I needed to be open and needed to live…in the present.  Today’s lesson reminded me that “we have inner reflexes that keep us alive, deep impulses of being and aliveness that work beneath the hardships we are struggling with.”  It reminded me that even through this current struggle, my natural instinct is to live!

I have forced myself over these last few weeks to live everyday.  There have been times that have been tough.  But finally, there have been days that I have forgotten that I have cancer…again.

I laugh. I love. I live.

 

My friends…I am back!

When your body speaks … listen!

2 Nov

“Our bodies are amazing. They respond to every little thing going on in our lives. To heal and stay in balance, we must remember that it is our job to nurture and support our bodies the best that we possibly can in any given moment. We must remember to be patient, forgiving and kind to ourselves. We must stop pretending that we know what is best for us and ask our bodies to guide and help us. Our bodies are incredibly happy to communicate with us, we just need to remember to slow down and make it a priority to listen.” ~ Robin Lee, Learning to Listen to Our Bodies Wisdom @ TheDailyLove.com

Guest Post by Tonya M. Evans at WisdomintheWhisper.com

November 2, 2012

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I am honored to share this guest post on behalf of my sisterfriend PinkWellChick™. She is a shining example to me and, perhaps to you, of what it means not only to survive but to thrive!

One of the many reasons I am humbled and awe-struck by her story of survival and tireless commitment to breast cancer awareness, is because she “walks the talk” fearlessly and with grace, always. She uses her life and her story as a beacon of hope for others to find their way and to find their own shine!

I hope you enjoy this post, which appeared originally at my blog wisdominthewhisper.com. And remember … when your body speaks, listen! PinkWellChick™ says doing so saved her life, literally! Please share your thoughts, comments and encouragement for PinkWellChick™ and join her in “walking the talk”! Cancer REAL talk.

Be blessed and a blessing,

Tonya Marie

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Sometimes life moves almost as fast as the speed of light. The alarm blares. The family needs. The friends request. The boss demands. Everyone in your life needs something … now.

With all of those demands and expectations to meet, who has time to eat, workout, rest or just take a “Calgon” moment (remember that commercial??)? Then again, with all those things going on, the better question is who has time not to? Continue reading

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