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Let’s Stand Up to Cancer

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Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) – September 7th at 8p ET


On September 7th, the entire group of A-list celebs are going to be together helping Stand Up to Cancer during the third SU2C primetime television fundraising special on Friday, Sept. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET /PT).

Gwyneth PaltrowJulia RobertsMatt DamonMichael DouglasJessica BielSamuel L. JacksonJeremy RennerSeth RogenEmma StoneTaylor SwiftColdplayAlicia KeysTim McGraw and SU2C Co-Founder Katie Couric will all appear in the broadcast! Stars Taylor Swift,ColdplayAlicia Keys and Tim McGraw will also be performing as a way to show their support.

Stand Up to Cancer continues to help build public support for groundbreaking translational research accelerating the delivery of new therapies to patients, getting them from the “bench to the bedside” as quickly as possible. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to collaborate.  Without collaboration, new cures can’t be found!

Stand up to Cancer is a great organization, so please consider helping support their cause. Not because there are a bunch of celebs behind it, but because they do good work!

Stand Up to Cancer was founded in 2007 by a group of women, including Katie Couric, who had all been affected by cancer. Their hope was to enlist the media and entertainment industries in the fight against the disease.

Stand Up to Cancer will be broadcast live on Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. ET.

Event to Air Commercial-Free Simultaneously on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC,

plus BIO, E!, ENCORE, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN (Lifetime Movie Network), Logo, MLB Network, mun2, Palladia, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STYLE, TBS and VH1   8:00 PM ET AND PT / 7:00 PM CT

 

http://www.standup2cancer.org | facebook.com/su2c | Twitter: @SU2C |

Tune-in: http://youtu.be/7O_P_Fr4S1E

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

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It was another proud moment yesterday watching Hannah up on the stage sharing our family’s story. She worked hard to improve her presentation and it really showed. Remember, she’s only 9!

It was a touching evening overall –the videos and the stories really touched my heart. I can relate to much of it and it’s comforting to hear from others going through the same thing. It’s sad that we all are a ‘family’ because we have had to deal with some scary challenges in our lives, but it is what it is and you come together to help one another the best you can. This year they are also going to honor caregivers.

As a caregiver of a cancer fighter myself — I know it’s a really hard job in every way. So honoring those that care so much is so worthwhile!

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life sounds like a very fun event —

  • Overnight relay-style event
  • Teams of people camp out around a track
  • Members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event
  • Food, games and activities provide entertainment and fundraising opportunities
  • Family-friendly environment for the entire community

Because it’s a Relay, you’re not required to be there the entire time…but it’s so fun, you’ll probably find it hard to leave!

Now – we all have charities we support, so when looking into one –make sure that it meets your own goals and also look into how they spend their money. I am often dismayed to find out how Non-profits use the money we all donate. Be a smart with your donations and make sure they are doing what they said they were going to!

I like events that give people the opportunity to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease.

Raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project

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I had already decided that today was going to be a forced Rest Day – even though a part of me totally wanted to challenge myself with the workout today. But I got home late and had a great night last night — headed to Jimmy’s in Herndon to guest bartend and hang out with our fellow athletes to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. We raised $600 selling raffle tickets for tshirts, memberships and talking about the great cause. A great time and great group of people.

This morning, ESPN sports center was on the tv and they showed a clip of Football players training waiting for the lockout to run its course. The players were doing exactly the same training we do at CrossFit. Med balls being thrown to the ground (woodchops), ropes being waved, running ladders, pulling sleds (although they were pulling the big tires).  Think about it – I am doing the same training that professional Football players are doing – how cool is that? Am I ready for the NFL — hell no.

So – not everything is coming up roses. The last 2 days I have totally been slipping in my focused Paleo eating and I can feel it. I have eaten pure junk food, which is totally not like me. I’m not sure if its all the stress that I have been under or what — but eating MM’s out of the bag is not a good thing after all the work I have done. I am not going to beat myself up about it. It happens, acknowledge it, and get back on track.

Tomorrow, I am helping oute at YouthFest 2011 at the Brambleton Town Center 3p-7p in Ashburn VA . The event features local youth bands and performers, attractions, interactive exhibits, food and more. Created and run by teens. The CFI folks want to promote their CrossFit Impavidus KIDS/TEENs program and will be holding an interactive demo at 4P. Should be fun to talk about CrossFit and meet some local teens!

Cancer Sucks! Cure by Design Event tonite!

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Great WOD today compliments of Coach Nate at CrossFit Impavidus. My brother Jon is in town so I brought him a long as well.

Warmupx2
Sampson Stretch
10 Pass thrus
10 Whirly Birds
10 Bendy Whirly Birds
10 Hollow Rocks
10 OHS

Skill
Rope Climb

WOD
w/Partner Mike K
800m run
100m tire flips
move 300# 50m
100m Sleds
5 rope climbs or 20 burpee pull ups for each climb substituted
40m bear crawl
800m run
time: 33:08  Mike ended up doing 2 rope climbs so we did a lot of burpee pull ups. I believe I did 37 and holy crap, it was torture!

Mobility stretches

Now I have to go get ready for Cure By Design and my husband, Scott’s catwalk debut! I’m so excited for this event — to honor those that have survived cancer is so important and it benefits a great cause because we all know Cancer Sucks.

Cure by Design is an event in which the fashion, design and retail communities join forces with the local corporate community to benefit the American Cancer Society. The focus of this special evening is a fashion show that spotlights designer fashions and, more importantly, the cancer survivors who model them. These survivor models are living proof of the strides we are making in the fight against cancer, and their vibrant smiles portray a message of hope for the cure.
The money raised at Cure by Design enables the American Cancer Society to fund cutting-edge research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and life-affirming patient services. By supporting Cure by Design, you are partnering with the American Cancer Society to help cancer patients in your community.

Cure By Design – American Cancer Society Event June 18, 2011

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Scotty is going to be a cancer survivor model in this Cure By Design Event and I am of course going to be there to root him on. The tickets are a bit on the pricey side but it’s for a great cause and should be a great time — Would love to have some friends there as well if possible…

Cure by Design is an event in which the fashion, design and retail communities join forces with the local corporate community to benefit the American Cancer Society. The focus of this special evening is a fashion show that spotlights designer fashions and, more importantly, the cancer survivors who model them. These survivor models are living proof of the strides we are making in the fight against cancer, and their vibrant smiles portray a message of hope for the cure.

The money raised at Cure by Design enables the American Cancer Society to fund cutting-edge research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and life-affirming patient services. By supporting Cure by Design, you are partnering with the American Cancer Society to help cancer patients in your community.

Please join us for a fabulous fashion show, elegant reception, and exciting live and silent auctions, as we celebrate survivorship and fashion!

Please join us as we celebrate survivorship and fashion!

Tickets on sale until June 16, 2011 (or until the show is sold out).

Fashion Show and Reception
$200 per person

Fair Market Value of $75; $75 of your purchase is a tax-deductible donation.

Reserved section of 10 for the Fashion Show and admission to the Reception
$2,000 for section of 10 attendees

Cure by Design

June 18, 2011

Grand Hyatt Washington @ Washington Center

6:00 PM-9:00 PM

6:00 PM Registration

7:00 PM Cocktail Reception/Silent Auction begins

Sponsored by The George Washington Cancer Institute

8:00 PM  Survivor Fashion Show / Live Auction

9:00 PM Survivor Toast

 

My Colon Cancer Coach

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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

There is new tool called My Colon Cancer Coach to help patients become more in the know about what’s happening to them. It’s the first patient-focused online tool for those newly diagnosed with colon cancer.  I will never forget how scary it is to be told you have a certain kind of cancer — and have no clue where to go so that you can get some clarity and information about what’s going on —

The Cancer Coach asks you to answer some questions and then returns an individualized treatment report that addresses your specific diagnosis –ultimately leading to a more informed dialogue between patients and their healthcare providers. An informed patient is the best kind of patient in my opinion!

I never understood how people who find out they have some ailment hand over all their trust and power to their healthcare provider. Yes they will do their best – but you have the absolute right to ask questions, suggest other options, and give your opinion. This is your life– they are working for you! And tools like this help you make the right decisions for your or your family’s care!

Tomorrow is Dress in Blue Day for Colon Cancer Awareness

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Dress in Blue Day.

When is Dress in Blue Day?

It is celebrated on the first Friday of March. In 2011, Dress in Blue Day is Friday, March 4th.

What is Dress in Blue Day?

The purpose of Dress in Blue Day is to promote awareness about colon cancer and encourage people to get their colon checked.

Why do we need to raise awareness of colon cancer?

Because:

  • * Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
  • * Approximately 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer each year.
  • * Colon cancer often has no symptoms at all until it’s at an advanced stage.
  • * Colon cancer is 80% preventable when detected early.
  • * You can reduce your risk through regular screenings.
  • * Beginning at age 50 (or earlier if you have a family history), everyone should get their colon checked.

 

Susan G. Komen Foundation Elbows Out Charities Over Use Of The Word ‘Cure’

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I am hoping this is a case of misreporting — I often tell people to make sure they know where their donation money is going. Every non-profit is required to publicly account for their money. We owe it to the cause and ourselves to ensure that our money is indeed going for its intended purpose —

In addition to raising millions of dollars a year for breast cancer research, fundraising giant Susan G. Komen for the Cure has a lesser-known mission that eats up donor funds: patrolling the waters for other charities and events around the country that use any variation of “for the cure” in their names.

So far, Komen has identified and filed legal trademark oppositions against more than a hundred of these Mom and Pop charities, including Kites for a Cure, Par for The Cure, Surfing for a Cure and Cupcakes for a Cure–and many of the organizations are too small and underfunded to hold their ground.

via Susan G. Komen Foundation Elbows Out Charities Over Use Of The Word ‘Cure’.

Breast Cancer: How much pink turns into green?

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Breast Cancer: How much pink turns into green?

How much pink turns into green?

It can be hard to know what good comes from buying products that promise profits to breast cancer causes. The American Institute of Philanthropy gives out grades to help clarify the choices.

Pink toothbrushes, pink bottles of wine, pink debit cards — there’s a chance to donate to breast cancer pretty much everywhere you shop. But how can you tell how much good comes from each piece of pink?

It’s a reasonable question, considering the complexity of charitable giving and the millions of dollars involved.

“People of every age are very sympathetic to breast cancer and willing to help, and fundraisers take advantage of that,” says Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy, a nonprofit organization in Chicago that helps donors make informed giving decisions. “They are motivated to help, but may not look into whether or not they are being efficient.”

The makers of some pink products donate proceeds only for a limited time, says Borochoff. These products may command a higher price tag, and sometimes they will remain on sale after the donation period ends — even with the higher price.

Companies often place a cap on the amount they will give to a breast cancer cause no matter how many items are sold. And while some manufacturers promise to give a percentage of total profits, in a poor economy, those profits may be scarce.

“It’s really tricky because there’s a lot of fine print,” Borochoff says.

The American Institute of Philanthropy gives grades to charities so that donors can see which ones will use their money most efficiently. The highest grades are awarded to organizations that spend most of their revenue on their mission — not on fundraising itself.

The top breast cancer charities include the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (A+), the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (A), the Breast Cancer Fund (A-) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure (B+). The Fs went to charities with similar-sounding names: American Breast Cancer Foundation, United Breast Cancer Foundation and Coalition Against Breast Cancer.

To earn an A, charities had to spend at least 75% of the money they raised on the mission they claimed to support, with the rest going to fundraising activities and employee salaries. C-range companies devote about 60% of their revenue to their stated mission. But there’s a gray area — sometimes an organization counts a fundraising plea as part of its mission to educate by tacking on a reminder to get a mammogram.

“As long as direct mail includes some kind of ‘education,’ then they think they can count that as one of their programs,” says Laurie Styron, an analyst at the American Institute of Philanthropy who combs through the finances of charities to separate fundraising from programs.

To Styron, the most surprising grade went to the Avon Foundation for Women, which sponsors the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The organization gives 69% of its fundraising dollars to programs, but it was penalized for blurring the line between the foundation and the beauty products corporation.

“The bottom line is to buy the best product for the best price,” Borochoff says. “Any money you save you can donate to charity, and then you get the tax deduction.”

Dulles Plane Pull to help VA Special Olympics

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Hi Friends,
I am participating in a special event here in Northern Virginia to raise money for the Special Olympics. As you all know –  2 years ago, I made changes in my life that has me focused on living a healthy and fit life! As part of my  change, I regularly participate in different activities and events that give back to the community. With my trainer- Michael Thrash – Plumbline Training – a group of 25 Plumbline followers will be pulling a plane at the18th Annual Dulles Plane Pull! www.dullesday.com to raise money for the Special Olympics. And while we have already reached our goal of $2500, this non-profit could always use more!  I would appreciate if you could offer your support to this great charity and support me as we show those other groups that Plumbline sets the bar!

http://bit.ly/bG2z9u

I know many of you have causes you currently support so no pressure if you are not able  —

thank you!
steph

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