Oct 182011

Have you noticed lately that I have been posting more about Breast Cancer? Not only am I joining a lovely group of ladies in 2012 for a 39 mile weekend walk benefiting Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, but this weekend I attended a fundraising event for breast cancer called Project Pink [Link, Facebook].

Project Pink

 We were greeted at the door of North Cypress Medical Center by men in tuxedos with trays of mimosa’s… perfect for a Saturday lunch, no? There were silent and live auctions to be won, a fantastic lunch and dessert to be had, inspiring stories and educational doctor notes to be heard and an energizing fashion show to view. Amazing, Jos. A Banks submitted suits to be modeled, I wish I had pictures from the men hamming it up for all of the ladies Wooing after them during the show, one gent had on hot pink trouser socks and received dollars for his support, if you know what I mean! Super Amazing, I cannot believe, Clear Channel provided a $32,000 advertising package to be auctioned off at the live event and it went for UNDER $10,000! Besides supporting me in my walk in 2012, I totally recommend you allocating your donation budget on this event in the future!

One of my beautiful friends, Sandy, was the survivor liaison at the fundraiser, doesn’t she look beautiful? She has an amazing testimony, after marrying and transplanting to Geneva, she found out that she was unable to carry a child and sent back to the great USA. Her next blow was a diagnosis, one that a successful, multilingual business woman was not supposed to have. Breast Cancer. Sandy and Me at Project Pink

I learned A LOT from this party, like cancer does not care how old you are, your education, what you career aspirations are, how many kids you have or how soon you have had them and even family history. I am a strong advisor of women’s annual exams with your OB-GYN, if you don’t have one, hook up with a Woman’s network to find your right fit. My friends in the Houston area, hook up with Houston Women’s Care Associates for your annual exam, mammogram and information! Did you know that most insurance companies support breast reconstructive surgery? Isn’t that just amazing? I told B just the other day: ” A world without boobies is like a world without water.” So True!

In Celebrity News: Giuliana Rancic just announced she is in it to win it with breast cancer. I have to admit, I just love her story, she caught the beast early and she is so real and confident of her victory. If you don’t know part of her story, her and her husband have been trying for years to become pregnant through IVF. We [E! viewers] all thought her big announcement was she was finally carrying – it broke my heart to hear her words of beginning a new battle when she was already amidst a completely different one. She is so encouraging and is In It to End It! If you didn’t catch the story on E!, you can check it out here.

I would love for you to support my Avon Walk, the money I raise will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those that most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures. I will be just one of thousands of people that will walk up to a marathon and a half over a weekend, raising awareness of the cause and educating even more people. I cannot do it without your help.

From September 27 through October 31, all orders placed from my Etsy shop: SweetgumWay will be allocated 100% to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Team Band of Bosoms! Did you know you can also score 15% off any purchase with SWEETGUM15! Keep checking back, new items will hit the market soon.

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