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Making Strides

As we all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month is focused on raising money for research and life-saving programs like mammograms and other forms of early detection.

Not sure if you noticed or not but everyone is taking part.  Basically, anything they can paint pink and sell they will.  Many of the charities are worthy causes but some are not.  Look at some of the pink products before you buy them so you know where and how much money they are actually donating if you purchase.

I took part in the month by participating in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event which was on Saturday, 10/20/12. This is a charity I can fully support.  They hosted a 3.2 mile walk called “Put On Your Pink Bra,” at the Shoppes of Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, Florida.  This is their 20th birthday!  (Fun Fact:  This is also the 20th Anniversary of the “pink ribbon” which was introduced by Self Magazine back in 1992 to raise awareness.)

It is an empowering event where individuals walk in overly decorated pink bras and pretty much anything pink.  I saw a guy in a pink robe and several dogs were painted pink.  The symbol of the pink bra represents the very personal nature of breast cancer and that is why they chose it to be their symbol.  While I think we are bombarded during the month with information and requests for donations the fundraiser by the American Cancer Society was by far the most influential and inspirational for me. They are saving lives and truly making a difference in the fight to end breast cancer, thanks mostly to each and every one of people making donations. So thank you to all of those who did!  I ended up raising $565, which was well over my goal of $500.

Above is my pink creation.  But, even though there were hundreds of other participants I was still embarrassed to walk around with a bra on the outside of my clothes.  Sorry!  But, there were so many people there it became clear very quickly we were all in this bra-on-the-outside-day together.  I did see some girls wearing underwear outside their pants but I don’t remember signing up for that.  But seriously, check out the pictures below that show the awesome spirit.  There were men, women, children, dogs, mascots and even TV anchors all sporting pink bras.

If these guys can wear pink bras, so can I!

Rob didn’t wear a bra but he donated his shirt to my friend Shannon.  She brought her two kids, Hunter and Tanner who also trekked the 3.2 miles around the mall and new hospital.  Unfortunately, she did not have time to make a bra.  My friend Jen Straw was our team captain but we didn’t have time to get a picture with her.  Jen was a busy bee!

Shannon and I before the walk.

Tanner who is only 5 really made the day.  “Mom, today is best day of my life!”  Love it!

Anytime I can rock hot pink lipstick I do.

 Even the horse was into it!

According to the American Cancer Society, you can help reduce your breast cancer risk by maintaining a healthy weight throughout life, being physically active on a regular basis (at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week) and limiting alcohol intake to less than 1 drink each day for women (2 drinks for men).

WHAT DID YOU DO THIS WEEKEND TO STAY ACTIVE? 

 

 

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