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BAG IT® for the CAUSE Brings Care and Comfort to Hundreds of Breast Cancer Survivors in Seven Cities

30 Sep

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2016
CONTACT: Tonya Evans, Chair pinkwellchickfoundation@gmail.com

2nd ANNUAL BARB’S BAG® “BAG IT® FOR THE CAUSE” EVENTS
Bring Care and Comfort to Hundreds of Breast Cancer Survivors in Seven Cities

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The Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc. kicks off a season of “Bag It® for the Cause” Days of Service starting Saturday, Sept. 26 through Oct. 16, 2016. This annual service initiative engages volunteers to assemble and distribute free Barb’s Bag® of Care & Comfort chemotherapy bags to cancer treatment centers, nurse navigators and other organization to assist patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Barb’s Bag® Ambassadors will lead gatherings in seven cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Palm Beach (FL), Phoenix, and Sarasota. The Sarasota BAG IT event features a special production of LIFE in the CANCER LANE, written by PWCF’s founder Barbra Watson-Riley, by Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. The event includes panel discussions with her parents, Lois and Dr. Bernard Watson, Board Chair Dean Tonya M. Evans, doctors and health care advocates.

Donation center partners include: White Memorial Medical Center/Adventist Health, Memorial Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care’s (MECCC) BOLD Program, Singleton Moms, Good Samaritan Medical Center, and The Cancer Care Unit at Advocate Trinity Hospital.

What is Barb’s Bag®?

promobag_topviewBarb’s Bag® of Care & Comfort is a tote bag filled with essential items for chemotherapy patients to not only survive but thrive during their treatments. It’s a beautiful and vital chemo survival kit! Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc., founder, Barbra Watson-Riley, received a “chemo bag” early in her “life in the cancer lane” from a dear friend, and former foundation board member Lori Hall-Armstrong. Barbra was so encouraged and inspired that she blogged regularly about how much she treasured the bag. Today, recipients of these helpful bags cherish the contents and tell similar stories of relief and comfort.

Barb’s Bag® of Care & Comfort is made of high-end materials and include a range of aids and products that Barbra identified as essential when going through chemotherapy. The bag also includes “Real Talk” information about what to expect during chemo and access to stream LIFE in the CANCER LANE to “live, laugh and learn” about other cancer survivor’s personal journeys.

About PWCF

logo-Pinkwellchick_whitePWCF™ is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable private foundation (seeking public status). Through fundraising efforts, events, survivor essentials (including Barb’s Bag® of Care & Comfort for chemotherapy patients), productions of Life in the Cancer Lane™ and financial support of other organizations, allies and partners, PWCF™:

  • raises awareness of breast cancer and heart disease
  • supports breast cancer and heart disease research
  • works for better detection, diagnosis and cures for breast cancer and heart disease
  • supports those diagnosed with breast cancer and heart disease and their families

About the Founder

Memorial PhotoBarbra Watson-Riley was diagnosed in September 2011 with advanced stage 3 breast cancer. Her treatment included chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and radiation. Six months after completing treatment, she was diagnosed with metastatic cancer of the lung. Barbra’s valiant journey came to an end on November 7, 2013 but her mission, purpose and play live on.

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There’s still time … Help us, help survivors!

25 Aug

Sponsor. Donate. Volunteer.

ClarkHarbert_bag-journal9There is still time to support BAG IT for the CAUSE 2016!. Become a Sponsor, Patron or Donor to help PWCF to underwrite the cost of bag production. And if your company matches 501(c)(3) contributions, you can double your support!

Every dollar donated goes to produce and distribute Barb’s Bag® for Bag It® for the Cause Day of Service. Any undistributed bags will be distributed free of charge thereafter to female chemotherapy patients diagnosed with breast cancer. In the future PWCF also plans to produce additional bags to offer via its  Bag It® for the Holidays and the “Bag It,® Give It” (aka purchase one, gift one) promotions.

Logo-barbsbag-soloMeet Our Health Partners & Ambassadors

LOS ANGELES: Carla Waddles

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Nurse Navigators of Greater Houston Area

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SARASOTA: The Links, & Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe NEW!

Host: Lois Watson with panel discussion & performance of LIFE in the CANCER LANE by Barbra Watson-Riley

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NYC: Lori Hall Armstrong

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CHICAGO: Wendy Mitchell Gill

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NOTE: Philadelphia has been postponed until next year

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Donate

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! Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc., is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law for private foundations. No goods or services are provided for your gift. Please consult your tax advisor regarding specific questions about your deductions.

Remember to ask if your employer matches 501(c)(3) contributions to double your impact!

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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 Patron or 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. Remember to ask if your employer matches 501(c)(3) contributions.

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Silver Sponsors ($100-2 bags) will be listed on the Bag It® for the Causewebpage and promotional copy. Remember to ask if your employer matches 501(c)(3) contributions.

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Gold Sponsors ($250-5 bags) will be listed on the Bag It® for the Causewebpage and promotional copy and are invited to insert one promotional flyerinto all bags sponsored by said sponsor. Remember to ask if your employer matches 501(c)(3) contributions.

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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 promotionalitem 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. Remember to ask if your employer matches 501(c)(3) contributions.

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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 promotionalitem 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.Remember to ask if your employer matches 501(c)(3) contributions.

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Ruby Sponsors ($2,500-50 bags) will be listed on the Bag It® for the Cause webpage and promotional copy and are invited to insert one promotional iteminto 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, Ruby Sponsor logo and/or website will be included on the webpage and hyperlinked to the Ruby Sponsor’s website and Rubies will receive a “Spotlight” announcement via our blog at Pinkwellchick.org. Remember to ask if your employer matches 501(c)(3) contributions.

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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. Remember to ask if your employer matches 501(c)(3) contributions.

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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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Spotlight: Meet some of our amazing BAG IT™ for the CAUSE Chemo Treatment Partners!

24 Sep

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promobag_topview2Our inaugural BAG IT™ for the CAUSE Day of Service is just days away. We’ve raised $15,000 to underwrite the production and distribution of 300 BARB’S BAGs® to provide care & comfort to women living with cancer and in treatment. The support and enthusiasm for this service project has been both energizing and humbling. Our founder, Barbra Watson-Riley, would LOVE this day of service. Indeed she is absolutely the wind beneath the wings of this effort.

BAG IT™ for the CAUSE would not be possible without the active participation of treatment centers and organizations that service women living their lives “in the cancer lane“. So we are excited to share information with you about three of our treatment partners that have graciously and enthusiastically accepted our call to deliver BARB’S BAGs® to their constituents.

Chicago, Illinois

Cancer Care Unit at Advocate Trinity Hospital

advocate trinity hospitalDedicated to providing excellent health care close to home, Trinity Hospital has more than a century of tradition and commitment to serving your family’s health care needs. Its 300 physicians have expertise in more than 50 specialties and sub-specialties. Serving more than 90,000 patients each year, ATH provides a full range of services from obstetrics and emergency care to medical, surgical, cardiology, diabetes and cancer care.

ATH also offers complete diagnostic services including magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, mammography, computed tomography (CT) and cardiac catheterization. In addition, ATH offers outpatient rehabilitation services such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and physical, occupational and speech therapy. Trinity Hospital is located on the south side of Chicago and services mostly African-American women, predominantly low and middle income.

New Rochelle, NY

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care’s (MECCC) BOLD Program

einstein-logoThe Bronx Oncology Living Daily (BOLD Living) Program, now under the newly formed Integrative Oncology Program, is a free, wellness and support program that was launched in 2008 to meet the particular needs of those affected by cancer in the Bronx. The program grew out of an ongoing psychosocial needs assessment of cancer patients in which the question was asked what services they would want to help them better cope and take charge of their health as they undergo this cancer journey. More than half of patients have asked for mind-body programs, physical fitness/nutrition workshops, creative arts programs, and health education classes with nearly one quarter requesting individual counseling and someone to accompany them to treatment or provide phone support.

In an effort to respond to these needs, the BOLD Wellness Workshop hosts over 10 free workshops per month at four different locations in the Bronx associated with the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care. In any given month, patients and their loved ones can participate in yoga, crochet, scrapbooking, a drum circle, Reiki healing, meditation, Aikido, and a walking group. In addition, there is weekly counseling and support groups lead by mental health counseling interns, and peer counseling through our volunteer-based BOLD Buddy Program. Everything is free, available in English and Spanish, and accessible to anyone affected by cancer in the Bronx regardless of where they receive their medical care. The goal is to empower through education, nurture through support, and serve through understanding our community.

South Florida

Memorial Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program

global-footer-mhs-logoFor years, Memorial’s breast cancer program has been helping breast cancer patients of all ages to become breast cancer survivors. The new Memorial Breast Cancer Center brings the strength of one of Florida’s largest breast cancer programs into one location, so that you can see your entire cancer-fighting team in one day.

When you or someone you love has breast cancer, strong is the only option. With the Memorial Breast Cancer Center on your side, you are stronger than cancer.

MBCC’s care includes:

  • A physician team that is internationally recognized for innovative research and treatment
  • Patient navigators to support you and guide your journey
  • Women’s Imaging Centers, with radiologists who specialize in breast care, so that your doctors get the right images the first time
  • A genetic testing and counseling program, to help to detect signs of breast cancer earlier than ever
  • An extensive clinical trials program and partnerships with leading research organizations, to give you access to the latest cancer treatments
  • An Image Recovery Center, to help in improving the way that you look, boost your mood, and increase self-esteem
  • A holistic approach to healing that includes nutrition, massage, exercise, acupuncture, psychological counseling and other types ofsupport.

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