A Month of Pink

A Month of Pink to Celebrate October and Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer.  

Come back everyday for the Featured Pink Vehicle Picture of the day!!

PLEASE, PLEASE SHARE THE PICTURES via this link, Facebook (CLICK HERE for post) or any other means.  Lets SPREAD Some Awareness!!

Official Press Release on ‘Month of Pink…Vehicles  http://bowermedia.com/2012/10/month-of-pinkvehicles/

In coordination with I’m Not Just a Girl Clothing & Jewelry Line
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Have a pink vehicle you would like to feature?  email to charlene@bowermedia.com

IF You Would Like to Donate, we are rallying donations through Shelley Krehbiel’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life page.  Bower Media works with them on Dirt Riot and W.E. Rock events.  When you donate, please put in the personal notes either Pink Vehicle or Bower Media
LINK: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=50465&pg=personal&px=9131377&s_src=fbcomments&fb_comment_id=fbc_389901261081700_3398266_389906447747848#f164ad8964 

Oct 1:

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Everyone has a link to Breast Cancer.  My strongest link is from this very powerful lady in my life: Shari Scholte.  We were working together at the magazine when she was diagnosed.  I watched her go through all the stages of emotion, hair loss, weight loss, boob loss and more.  But with her strong will she decided to put all her attention to the build of the Pink Jeep.  I am very excited to Copy and Paste her Post from yesterday, October 1:  “Today is the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Next month marks my fifth year of being cancer free and, statistically, that’s a significant milestone. It officially means I’m a survivor. In this month of education and awareness, I hope you will learn what you need to know to make sure you remain healthy. Check yourself regularly, get your annual exams, and live strong.”


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Is breast cancer the most common cause of death for women?

No. Although many women get breast cancer, it is not a common cause of death. Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women age 40 and above, followed by stroke, lung cancer, and lung diseases. Breast cancer is the fifth leading cause of death.
Ref: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention    http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BreastCancerAwareness/


What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.
Ref: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention    http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BreastCancerAwareness/


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Oct 3:

Can men get breast cancer?

Men can also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. For every 100 cases of breast cancer, less than 1 is in men.
Ref: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention    http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BreastCancerAwareness/


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As the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season winds down John Force Racing driver Courtney Force takes advantage of the month of October and the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway  to show her support for those who have been affected by breast cancer.

This weekend in Reading, Penn., Force will sport a pink Traxxas Funny Car Ford Mustang to commemorate breast cancer awareness month and to raise support for breast cancer prevention and research.

“I’m really excited to be able to run my first specialty car at our next event in Maple Grove. Being that it is pink and brings awareness to breast cancer makes me really proud to showcase this car in Reading. I really hope to get a lot of people’s attention with it and show our support from Traxxas and John Force Racing. It’s really cool to kick-off October with this. My crew guys are just as excited as I am even though it is hot pink because it’s for a great cause,” said Force.

The Action Racing Collectables die-cast of Courtney’s Traxxas Pink Ford Mustang Funny Car is now available to order on www.lionelracing.com.  A portion of the proceeds from each die-cast sold will benefit breast cancer awareness, research and prevention.

“So many women and families have been affected by breast cancer. Driving the Traxxas Pink Funny Car is just one small way I can show that I care and support them as we try to find a cure for this terrible disease,” said Force.

Source: By Sarah Adams    http://www.competitionplus.com/drag-racing/news/22629-courtney-goes-pink-for-breast-cancer-awareness


How can I lower my risk of breast cancer?

  • Control your weight and exercise.
  • Know your family history of breast cancer. If you have a mother, sister, or daughter with breast cancer, ask your doctor what is your risk of getting breast cancer and how you can lower your risk.
  • Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.

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Oct 4:

What Is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is cancer that forms in cells of the breast. The breast consists of lobules (glands that make breast milk), ducts (small tubes that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple), fatty and connective tissue, blood vessels and lymph vessels.

The milk-producing ducts and glands are the two most likely areas to develop cancerous cells. In rarer cases, breast cancer begins in fatty tissues, also known as stromal tissues. Breast cancer may also occur in surrounding lymph nodes, especially those of the underarm.


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Oct 5:

There are multiple events that go on across the country this month to support Breast Cancer Awareness.  One of the biggest in the Desert Racing Community is the MORE Racing Powder Puffrace.  This Geiser Truck is headed to the Baja Racing Texas Chupacabra 300.  We will have people at both races, but Charlene will be at the Off-Road Expo in Pomona with the Full Race Team Store, including Shea Nutt’s Racing for the Cure Shirts, which are also available online!

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Oct 6:

Good Luck to all the Girls at the MORE Powder Puff Desert Race Today!!!! Get ’em Girls!

Risk factors you cannot change: Race and ethnicity
Overall, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than are African-American women, but African-American women are more likely to die of this cancer. However, in women under 45 years of age, breast cancer is more common in African- American women. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.

Source: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/DetailedGuide/breast-cancer-risk-factors


Oct 7:

A Month of Pink Vehicles to Bring Awareness to Breast Cancer! Share with your friends…Lets Make an Impact! More at I’m Not Just a Girl


Risk factors you cannot change: Gender

Simply being a woman is the main risk factor for developing breast cancer. Men can develop breast cancer, but this disease is about 100 times more common among women than men. This is likely because men have less of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, which can promote breast cancer cell growth

Source: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/DetailedGuide/breast-cancer-risk-factors

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A Month of Pink Vehicles to Bring Awareness to Breast Cancer! Share with your friends…Lets Make an Impact! More at I’m Not Just a Girl


Risk factors you cannot change: Aging

Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. About 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45, while about 2 of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.



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Oct 8:

Risk factors you cannot change: Genetic risk factors

About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, resulting directly from gene defects (called mutations) inherited from a parent

Source: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/DetailedGuide/breast-cancer-risk-factors

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Oct 9:

Are You Aware How LITTLE Has Changed in Breast Cancer in 25 Years?

“……… I do recall sitting in the recovery room after my biopsy. The nurse entered the room, looked at me and my husband, and burst into tears. I remember thinking, “Oh my. I am going to die.”

Twenty-five years later, I am still here. I don’t know why. Twenty-five years later, and much has changed in the world — the price of gas certainly, and so many other things. But if I were diagnosed today? Not much would be different. I would have the same treatment. And face the same prognosis. And have the same uncertainty. Not much has changed for women with breast cancer.   ….”

Read the Full Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fran-visco/breast-cancer-awareness_b_1947901.html

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What are the different types of breast cancer?

Breast cancers are distinguished by where they start.

There are several different types of cancers that can form in the breast. Doctors generally group the types together based on where in the breast they start, meaning in what type of cells they’re found.

The main cells in the breast that can become cancerous are those of the lobes (glands that make milk, also called lobules) and the ducts (tiny tubes that carry milk from the lobules to the nipples).

Source: http://breast.cancerinformation.com/about/breast-cancer-types.aspx

One of the Many Pink Vehicles at the Off-Road Expo this weekend!

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Oct 10:

What is breast cancer?

Collections of cells that are growing abnormally or without control are called tumors. Tumors that do not have the ability to spread throughout the body may be referred to as “benign” and are not thought of as cancerous. Tumors that have the ability to grow into other tissues or spread to distant parts of the body are referred to as “malignant.” Malignant tumors within the breast are called “breast cancer”. Theoretically, any of the types of tissue in the breast can form a cancer, cancer cells are most likely to develop from either the ducts or the glands. These tumors may be referred to as “invasive ductal carcinoma” (cancer cells developing from ducts), or “invasive lobular carcinoma” (cancer cells developing from lobes).

Source: http://www.oncolink.org/types/article.cfm?c=3&s=5&ss=33&id=8320&CFID=67227683&CFTOKEN=60863540

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How can I prevent breast cancer?

The most important risk factors for the development of breast cancer, such as age and family history, cannot be controlled by the individual. Some risk factors may be in a woman’s control; however. These include things like avoiding long-term hormone replacement therapy, having children before age 30, breastfeeding, avoiding weight gain through exercise and proper diet, and limiting alcohol consumption to 1 drink a day or less. For women already at very high risk due to family history, risk of developing breast cancer can be reduced by about 50% by taking a drug called Tamoxifen for five years. Tamoxifen has some common side effects (like hot flashes and vaginal discharge), which are not serious and some uncommon side effects (like blood clots, pulmonary embolus, stroke, and uterine cancer) which are life threatening. Tamoxifen isn’t widely used for prevention, but may be useful in some cases. Use of Tamoxifen for prophylactic reasons should be considered carefully by an individual and her doctor, as its use is very individualized. For more information on breast cancer prevention, see Risk and Prevention.

Source: http://www.oncolink.org/types/article.cfm?c=3&s=5&ss=33&id=8320&CFID=67227683&CFTOKEN=60863540

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Oct 11:

Wigs and bras and silicone tits

“…. Altogether I’ve got about two weeks off before the next treatment chapter starts. In that time, I’ve got a stack of things to get through. Firstly it’s these two days away, then a heart scan to check that not only do I have one, but it’s working well enought to cope with chemo. Then I have to make an appointment to see a speicalist mastectomy bra fitter to buy a bra, before making a further appointment to meet with the department who will organise a proper breast prosthesis.  I will have a silicone weighted one that fits inside a pocket in the bra. It’s made so that if ever I get the energy again to run for a bus, both sides will wiggle the same way. Then I’ll have to see a dentist because one of the side effects of chemo can be an incredibly sore mouth, so any potential dental issues are best dealt with beforehand. I’m also going to meet with the NHS hairdresser (who would ever have thought there would be such a thing!) who needs to meet me before my hair starts falling out so she can help me choose an appropriate wig – maybe this is my last ever chance to have long, flowing, straw-blonde hair, eh? That would get me noticed, but probably not in a good way! ….”

Read the full Blog: http://yvonnenewbold.blogspot.com/2012/08/wigs-and-bras-and-silicone-tits.html


This is Charlene’s little Pink Bike…an 1986 ATC70 with 88cc kit for around camp 😉

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Oct 12:

98 Percent Of Elective Mastectomy Patients Would Have Reconstruction Again, Says New Study

ScienceDaily (July 7, 2008) — Women who have breast reconstruction after an elective mastectomy are satisfied with their decision, have low complication rates and 98 percent would do it again, reports a study in July’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In addition, breast reconstruction after preventive mastectomy was as safe as or safer than reconstruction in women with breast cancer and had excellent cosmetic results.

READ FULL ARTICLE: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080707113716.htm

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Oct 13:

About NBCAM.org

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

Source: http://www.nbcam.org/

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Oct 14:

‘Lightning Strikes’ When Young Girls Get Breast Cancer

Taylor Thompson was planning to spend her summer vacation by the pool with friends. Instead, she spent a month becoming very familiar with her hospital in Little Rock, Ark.

It started with a casual mention to her mother that she felt a quarter-sized lump in her right breast. Doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer. She was 13 years old.  …..  READ FULL ARTICLE

SOURCE: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/OnCallPlusBreastCancerNews/young-women-girls-breast-cancer/story?id=8766240#.UHsFYGnuUg8

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Oct 15:

Today we are half way through the month of October.  I am amazed at the response that we have received for this Pink Vehicle campaign, thanks to all that have sent in Pink Vehicles and said that they are enjoying seeing them.  It has been fun to do, and I will say I have learned a lot!

Question is…what have you done to help spread the awareness?

The easiest: Hit Share on Facebook

The next easiest:  Hit Share and encourage others to join in on tracking the campaign and sharing at www.facebook.com/imnotjustagirl1

Then the next level: Donate to an organization of your choice.  Susan G Koman foundation, American Cancer Society, and many others.  IF You Would Like to Donate, we are rallying donations through Shelley Krehbiel’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life page.  Bower Media works with them on Dirt Riot and W.E. Rock events, and at the last two national events we were present when Shelley raised $1,972!  When you donate, please put in the personal notes either Pink Vehicle or Bower Media
LINK: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/skrehbiel

Whatever you do, even if you just learn something, I am happy and appreciate your support!

Did you know we have every day’s vehicles and quotes displayed?  Go to  http://bowermedia.com/2012/10/a-month-of-pink/

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Oct 16:

Rascal Flatts, ‘I Won’t Let Go’ – A Tribute to All those lifting Ladies with Breast Cancer

I heard this song on the Radio on Monday…somewhere in Texas, and it reminded me of the impact that this song had when it first came out.  How does a song come along, slide off the radios, and then come back at the most meaningful times.  I think of all the strong men that have stood behind their lady and hugged them while crying.  The best friend that has held the hand of a lady while driving to chemo or puking in the parking lot right after.  You know who you are…you are special.  This song has such strong emotion…I admit I have cried to it…

When I was looking for the music video to post, I found the set of lyrics and the artist story behind the lyrics:  …”‘I Won’t Let Go’ is special to me because I’m a Christian. It felt like to me, because we didn’t define the character in the song, it could be a friend saying it to a friend, it could in some sense be God saying it to someone, it could be you saying it to your husband or wife … So in that sense, the song’s exciting to me, because it’s got an inspirational message. It says something good that lifts people up.   …  I was thinking, if you were quoting what someone was saying in their own words … if they were saying this to someone in the family that’s a soldier that’s over there fighting, or to your mom, dad, wife, husband … I think everyone wants to have someone say to them, “Hey, I can’t stop it from raining on you, but I will be here to help you get through.” ”  Read the Full Article: http://www.theboot.com/2011/03/25/rascal-flatts-i-wont-let-go-lyrics/ 

It’s like a storm
That cuts a path
It breaks your will
It feels like that
You think you’re lost
But you’re not lost on your own,
You’re not alone

I will stand by you,
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
and you can’t cope
I will dry your eyes,
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
and I won’t let go

It hurts my heart to see you cry
I know its dark this part of life
Oh it finds us all and we’re too small
to stop the rain
Oh but when it rains

I will stand by you,
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
and you can’t cope
I will dry your eyes,
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
and I won’t let you fall

Don’t be afraid to fall
I’m right here to catch you
I won’t let you down
It won’t get you down
You’re gonna make it
I know you can make it

Cause I will stand by you,
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
and you can’t cope
I will dry your eyes,
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
and I won’t let go

Oh I’m gonna hold you
and I won’t let go
Won’t let you go
No I won’t

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Oct 17:

Economic Impact of Cancer

The financial costs of cancer are high for both the person with cancer and for society as a whole.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimated the 2007 overall annual costs of cancer were as follows:

Total cost: $226.8 billion

Direct medical costs (total of all health expenditures): $103.8 billion

Indirect mortality costs (cost of lost productivity due to premature death): $123.0 billion

Read Full Article: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/economic-impact-of-cancer

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Oct 18:

The 7th Annual MORE Powder Puff Race took place in the Barstow Desert Oct 6 with nearly 160 entries taking the 22-mile loop challenge including Trophy Trucks, Class 11s, and everything in between.  A Ladies Only Race, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t loads of boys dressed in drag and pink!  $125 of each entry fee goes directly to Cedars-Sinai.  There is also a raffle that has raised over $100,000 in the past.  This is what the Desert Family is all about!   (More details on the 2012 event coming soon!  Come back for update.)


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One of the many Ladies on the MORE Powder Puff Race Course this year was Lacrecia Beurrier. Everyone has a story of giving…Whats Yours?

“Our story began in 2008, I read an article in an off road magazine about an off road race with only women drivers and co-drivers in an event benefiting breast cancer research. Out of the blue one day in late September, I told my husband that I would like to race our Rhino in that race. He told me that if I could get enough sponsors to cover the cost of going to the event that we would do it. I was amazed at how easy it was to collect donations for such a heartfelt cause. I did my part and raised an incredible $1000.00 He spent countless hours with sleepless nights to build me a safe off road race car that we would race in just 2 weeks. We were hooked on the race game but our favorite race, the one that holds a special place in our hearts was the MORE Powder Puff Race for the Cure….”  READ FULL ARTICLE AND WEBSITE :http://offroadforlife.com/

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Oct 19:

Remember the Oct 11 post?  Wigs and Bras and Silicone Tits…  Here is Yvonnes Reply to my posting on her blog that I used her comments:

Hi Charlene,
Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog, and for posting on more widely – you have really brightened up an already lovely day for me. I love the pink cars on your main site too, and it really is so encouraging for those of us who are fighting the fight to know that there are people like you, complete strangers with the kindest of hearts, who are banging the drum for all of us. Today, the blog readership increased four-fold, with a huge Stateside contingent all reading the same post from a few weeks ago…. and now I know why! I’d love to know how you stumbled across it in the first place, and you might be interested to see the most fun I’ve had doing the blog by looking at the post I uploaded yesterday – showing off all my new eccentric hats and my fabulous new wig……. and even being brave enough to show the world my very bald head!! If you google “Yvonne Newbold Bllogspot The Cancer Photo Shoot” you should find it.
Very many thanks once again, not just for drawing people’s attention to the blog, but also for the tireless effort you are putting in the raise awareness of breast cancer.
If you’re happy for me to do so, I’ll mention you in my next post.
All the very best,
Yvonne xxxxx

So of course, I must go and see her Hats!  You can tell by the glow she was having fun!  …Amazing the difference a Wig makes!!…   http://yvonnenewbold.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-cancer-photo-shoot.html

And Today she posted a little blurp on the Pink Vehicle Campaign:

The best news (well, not really, but hear me out) is her dad had Prostate Cancer and she said she would help me with information about that as we flip the calendar into November!

Look outside your box today and say hello to someone new.  You never know what joy they may bring, or how they may add a positive impact to your life….when all you are trying to do is add a positive impact to theirs.

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How many women alive today have ever had breast cancer?
The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 2.6 million US women with a history of breast cancer were alive in January 2008, more than half of whom were diagnosed less than 10 years earlier. Most of these individuals were cancer-free,
while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment.

Source: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-030975.pdf

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NOW TELL ME WHICH “COLOR RIBBON” MOST AFFECTS YOU and for what disease listed!   www.facebook.com/imnotjustagirl1 or in the comments below.

THANK YOU!!     ….and did you know there were so many colors?!?!?….

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PinkFireTrucks.org Mission Statement:

We drive pink fire trucks and pink police cars across America bringing the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” and Pink Heals Movement to a city near you! We simply provide a program for your community leaders to adopt, helping them fund raise for people rather than causes. We focus our labor of love on the women of this country and wage war on anything that may harm her starting with cancer!

“The Pink Heals Tour and the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” program is about our community, our family, our neighbors, and our leaders and how it will help bring us back together to focus on our own people now, rather than on promises that were never kept, opportunities that were lost, and things that might have been. Pink will heal as long as we do it in service to our women and what they mean to us in our communities, not just because they are sick or stricken with cancer. Because if we use illness as the sole motivation for action, once the sickness is gone, so is our cause for coming together.”  ~ Dave Graybill


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Oct 20:

Obesity, Physical Activity, and Diet

Obese breast cancer patients have about a 30% higher risk of death compared to those who maintain a healthy weight.

Research suggests that exercise during and after treatment improves outcomes, but it is uncertain if dietary modifications, including a low-fat diet and increased fruit and vegetable consumption, have a similar effect.  One large randomized controlled trial reported increased disease-free survival after an average of 5 years in patients with breast cancer randomly assigned to a low-fat diet.  However, another trial found no effect from a low-fat, high-vegetable/fruit diet on breast cancer prognosis.  The American Cancer Society recommends that breast cancer patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight through exercise and a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat.  In addition, regular physical activity should be maintained regardless of weight concerns.

Source: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-030975.pdf

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Increasing Age

Besides being female, age is the most important risk factor for breast cancer. Table 5 shows a woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at different ages. These probabilities are averages for the whole population. A woman’s breast cancer risk may be higher or lower depending on her personal risk factors and other factors not yet fully understood.  Currently, a woman living in the US has a 12.15%, or a 1 in 8, lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. In the 1970s, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer was 1 in 11.  This increase in the likelihood of being diagnosed with breast cancer is due to longer life expectancy, as well as increases in breast cancer incidence due in part to changes in reproductive patterns, menopausal hormone use, the rising prevalence of obesity, and increased detection through screening. Lifetime risk reflects an average woman’s risk over an entire lifetime, including the possibility that she may die from another cause before she would have developed breast cancer, and should not be confused with risk over a shorter time period.

Table 5. Age-specific Probabilities of Developing
Invasive Female Breast Cancer*
The probability of
If current developing breast cancer

age is … in the next 10 years is: or 1 in:
20yr old –  0.06% or 1:1,681
30yr old –  0.43% or 1:232
40yr old –  1.45% or 1:69
50yr old –  2.38% or 1:42
60yr old –  3.45% or 1:29
70yr old –  3.74% or 1:27
Lifetime risk 12.15% or 1:8
*Among those free of cancer at beginning of age interval. Based on cases diagnosed 2005-2007. Percentages and ”1 in” numbers may not be numerically equivalent due to rounding.
Probability derived using NCI DevCan Software, Version 6.5.0.
American Cancer Society, Surveillance Research, 2011

Source: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-030975.pdf

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Oct 21:

Antron Brown ‘tickled pink’ with second straight win, bigger points lead in Countdown and leading Matco’s ‘Tools for the Cause’ fight

“….  October is “Breast Cancer Awareness” Month and pink is the featured color. That’s why Brown, whose mother-in-law is and friends are breast cancer survivors, will don a pink firesuit and pink helmet while driving a pink DSR dragster this weekend at Maple Grove. Brown’s Matco Tools crew will wear pink shirts throughout the weekend.

“Wearing my pink suit and driving that pink dragster will be just like flying Matco’s red, white and blue colors. It’s great to be part of Matco and be able to help others,” Brown said.
“That’s God’s way and the American way.”

The pink attire will be put on eBay.com with all proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® after the season.  …”

Read the Full Article and see the most up to date race information: http://antronbrown.com/2012/10/03/brown-tickled-pink-with-second-straight-win-bigger-points-lead-in-countdown-and-leading-matcos-tools-for-the-cause-fight/

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Hormonal factors
Reproductive hormones are thought to influence breast cancer risk by increasing cell proliferation, thereby increasing the likelihood of DNA damage, as well as promotion of cancer growth. Early menarche (<12 years) and older age at menopause (>55 years) may increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by increasing lifetime exposure to reproductive hormones produced by her body.  Postmenopausal women with high levels of endogenous hormones (estrogen or testosterone) have about twice the risk of developing breast cancer compared to women with the lowest levels.  Few studies have examined this relationship in premenopausal women, and the results are mixed.

One reason for the discrepancy may be due to the complexity of measuring hormone levels in premenopausal women because
levels vary throughout the menstrual cycle. Younger age at first full-term pregnancy (<30 years) and a greater number of pregnancies decrease the risk of breast cancer over the long term; however, there also appears to be a transient increase in breast cancer risk following a full-term pregnancy, particularly among women who have a first birth at older ages.  Interestingly, recent studies suggest that reproductive patterns are more strongly associated with risk of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer compared to triple-negative breast cancer.

Breastfeeding has been shown to decrease a woman’s risk of breast cancer, with greater benefit associated with longer duration. In a review of 47 studies in 30 countries, the risk of breast cancer was reduced by 4.3% for every 12 months of breastfeeding.  Recent use of oral contraceptives may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer; however, women who stopped using oral contraceptives for 10 years or more have the same risk as women who never used the pill.

Recent use of menopausal hormones (previously referred to as hormone replacement therapy [HRT] or menopausal hormone
therapy) with combined estrogen and progestin increases the risk of developing and dying from breast cancer, with higher risk associated with longer use.  Risk is also greater for women who start hormone therapy soon after the onset of menopause compared to those who begin use later.  The increased risk appears to diminish within 5 years of discontinuation of hormone use.  Estrogen alone can be prescribed for women without a uterus, and it is less clear if this therapy increases risk of breast cancer. Results from the Women’s Health Initiative study suggest there is no increased risk of breast cancer associated with estrogen-only therapy.  However, several other studies found slight increases in risk associated with use, particularly among lean women and for women who began therapy soon after menopause.

Source: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-030975.pdf

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Oct 22:

Where Can You Walk For Breast Cancer?

Woman’s Day put together a list of 11 different organizations that host walks to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness.  Some are just during the month of October, and others like the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer that criss cross the country and walk year round.  Look at this Great List and see if there is one near you, and if it has already passed, log it in for an option for next year.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/find-a-breast-cancer-walk-near-you-111595

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“Chemobrain” and Other After-Effects

“… Two of the biggest hurdles women with breast cancer face post-treatment are fatigue resulting from chemotherapy and/or the accumulated effects of other treatments, and a phenomenon some women have dubbed “chemobrain” — mental changes such as memory deficits and the inability to focus. If you tried, you probably couldn’t pick two more frustrating and troubling side effects for women handling busy lives, managing careers, and caring for families.

“You expect them to go away as soon as treatment ends, and they don’t,” says Mary McCabe, RN, director of the Cancer Survivorship program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.  ….”  READ FULL ARTICLE: http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/guide/life-after-breast-cancer-treatment


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Top 11 Medical Expenses – #3

Cancer: $72.2 Billion

More than 11.7 million Americans have some form of invasive cancer, and more than 560,000 die each year, making cancer the nation’s second leading cause of death. It’s also the third most expensive U.S. health condition, after heart disease and trauma, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The good news: Overall, cancer rates have been falling since 1999. Experts say environmental causes, including poor lifestyle choices, cause up to two-thirds of cancer cases in the U.S. Reduce your risk by eating healthy, exercising, taking recommended screening tests, and not smoking.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/medical-cost-disability-11/slideshow

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Oct 23:

15 Cancer Symptoms Women Ignore

“…    Of course, some women are as skilled as men are at switching to denial mode. “There are people who deliberately ignore their cancer symptoms,” says Hannah Linden, MD, a medical oncologist. She is a joint associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle. It’s usually denial, but not always, she says. “For some, there is a cultural belief that cancer is incurable, so why go there.”

Talking about worrisome symptoms shouldn’t make people overreact, says Ranit Mishori, MD, an assistant professor of family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. “I don’t want to give people the impression they should look for every little thing,” she says.

With that healthy balance between denial and hypochondria in mind, WebMD asked experts to talk about the symptoms that may not immediately make a woman worry about cancer, but that should be checked out. Read on for 15 possible cancer symptoms women often ignore. ….”    READ MORE: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/15-cancer-symptoms-women-ignore

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Refined – not defined!

“Once over the shock of the diagnosis, you may power through your treatment with the goal of getting your life back to normal as soon as possible. But watch out – you might be in for another shock! You may discover that your diagnosis was a one-way ticket to a new destination, your new normal. Exploring unfamiliar territory can be unsettling, but also exciting, and along the way you may find yourself traveling down paths you never considered before.

Many things can cause the loss of your old normal. The breast cancer journey can be filled with unexpected gifts (with a no return or exchange policy) and valuable life lessons, but often is also accompanied by profound physical and emotional changes.  ….” READ FULL ARTICLE: http://www.beyondboobs.org/support/beyond-diagnosis/treatment-beyond/

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Oct 24:

On October 13th team Keeping em Real hosted the second annual Crawlin to a Cure. It is a Rock Race in Eagle, Colorado.  Crawlin to a Cure event raised $15,000 for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer fund. This year they also worked with area breast cancer foundations to set up a scholarship fund for high school seniors that have been affected by the disease. For More Information Contact: Team Keepin em Real crawlintoacure@gmail.com or Vikki Hobbs.
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West Side and Twin City Collision Repair Partner Up to Give Back to Lafayette Community

Lafayette, IN – West Side Tractor Sales Co. and Twin City Collision Repair have kicked
off a breast cancer fundraiser to support the YWCA Greater Lafayette Women’s Cancer Program. The
public can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a pink John Deere Gator, named Allie Gator,
custom designed by West Side and Twin City Collision Repair. The winner of Allie Gator will be
announced in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds from the raffle tickets
will be donated to the Women’s Cancer Program.  Tickets can be purchased up to the Event on Tuesday Night October 30 at 6pm (Indiana Time!)   READ MORE and GET MORE INFO: http://www.westsidetractorlg.com/Documents/Ctrl_Hyperlink/Press_Release_-_Gator_uid42320121049541.pdf

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For Caregivers

Cancer doesn’t just affect the person diagnosed, it affects her loved ones—partners, parents, siblings, friends and children all face the diagnosis with her. If you help offer the crucial emotional, physical, financial or spiritual support that a young woman needs, you are a caregiver. On these pages, you’ll find information, resources and tips to help you in this vital role.   READ 5 BULLET POINTS OF GREAT INFORMATION! http://www.youngsurvival.org/breast-cancer-in-young-women/living-with-breast-cancer/caregivers/%20

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Oct 25
7 Days Left in October~ You may not have money or a walk that is local or convenient to you, but everyone has a voice!  I used mine to put this project together, you get to use yours to share the information via facebook, email, twitter, pinterest, etc. ~Please~

Month of Pink…Vehicles

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign hosted by I’m Not Just a Girl and Bower Media

MESA, AZ      OCTOBER 23, 2012:  The Pink Vehicle Campaign, started on October 1st through October 31st, features all types of vehicles that are painted pink.  As each vehicle is featured on I’m Not Just a Girl and Bower Media, there is information posted with it from disease statistics, to economic impact, to snippets from survivor’s blogs, to features on race teams that changed their car color to pink this month and more.  “I started this campaign because I don’t have much money to give to any organization and I know many others are in a similar situation, but we all have a voice and I believe in the importance of spreading information.  Pink Vehicles sounded fun, adding information sounded right, and all we are asking is for everyone to share it, it’s simple!” said Charlene Bower, owner of Bower Media and I’m Not Just a Girl.  “The response has been amazing!  People have sent me so many pink vehicles that I had to start posting 2-3 vehicles a day!  And everyone is commenting on their favorite pink vehicle when I see them, which indirectly to me also means they have probably learned something, I know I have learned a lot!”

The impact of the campaign is hard to quantify 23 days into the month, but with 37 Pink Vehicles already posted and many more to come, they are accounting it as a success.  How do you support the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign?  It’s simple: 1. Look at the awesome cars, and Learn from the messages attached.  2. Share with your friends.  Everyday multiple vehicles are posted at the bottom of http://bowermedia.com/2012/10/a-month-of-pink/, they are also featured on I’m Not Just a Girl Facebook page (www.facebook.com/imnotjustagirl1) or Bower Media Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bowermedia).  There is a link at the top of the Bower Media post that can be utilized for donations to the American Cancer Society if you feel obliged.

Starting November 1st, the color will change, but the theory will remain the same.  “Prostate and Testicular Cancer is not spoken about as openly in the male community, but we need to make it as mainstream as breast cancer.  We will be turning our month of November to educating on these two male dominated cancers,” said Charlene Bower.

For More Information            : http://bowermedia.com/2012/10/a-month-of-pink/

About Bower Media: Bower Motorsports Media, established in 2009, is a PR firm that writes press releases, takes pictures, produces videos, tracks race teams, promotes events, is interactive in social media and is very successful at executing at events.  Bower Motorsports Media works for Companies, Event Promoters and Racers.  Bower Media has built a strong Social Media presence and uses the same techniques for others.  The team specializes in the offroad market, but has expanded into many different categories.  www.BowerMedia.com


About I’m Not Just a Girl: I’m Not Just a Girl is a Clothing and Jewelry line in response to Bower Media participating in events across the country where there wasn’t any nice, respectful and fun clothing for Ladies that fit properly from XS-4XL.  Multiple styles are currently available, and more are being created.  ‘I’m Not Just A Girl’ applies to all girls, women and ladies that strive to be more everyday: I Drive, I Ride, I Surf, I Ski, I Fly, I Shoot, I’m a Mom, I’m a Survivor, I’m a Veteran, I’m a Racer and so many more…  www.ImNotJustAGirl.com

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The Hunt for Pink October – how much pink is too much?
“I appreciate the annual movement to remind women to have regular mammogram’s and I am not unfamiliar with the disease. I lost my only sister to Breast Cancer, my Mother and Aunt fought it and they won. I dated two women who had mastectomies and I personally know many others that have been hit by this illness. Globally, almost a half a million women die every year from Breast Cancer. One in eight women will contract breast cancer over their lifetimes. Curing or ending breast cancer is certainly a worthy cause to contribute to.
That being said, just how much ‘pink’ is too much? Yesterday, I talked with one of my friends who had a mastectomy in 1995 and she beat her own Breast Cancer. She was a major NFL Football fan long before the NFL went ‘pink’ every October. She has no particular alliance to any team and she watches several games every week but she ranted on and on to me about the “horrible” pinked uniforms, shoes, helmets, hats and goal posts she has to watch during the NFL games in October.   …”  READ THE FULL ARTICLE Click Here  http://www.dtvusaforum.com/blogs/fringe-reception/211-hunt-pink-october-how-much-pink-too-much.html
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Oct 26:

Recurrent and Metastatic Breast Cancer

We know you really don’t want to be here, reading about breast cancer recurrence or metastasis. If you’ve had breast cancer, the possibility of recurrence and spread (metastasis) of breast cancer stays with you. You may be here because you fear this possibility. Or you may be here because it’s already happened.

Keep in mind that a recurrence of breast cancer or metastatic (advanced) disease is NOT hopeless. Many women continue to live long, productive lives with breast cancer in this stage. It is also likely that your experience with treatment this time will be somewhat different from last time. There are so many options for your care and so many ways to chart your progress as you move through diagnosis, treatment, and beyond.   …” READ FULL ARTICLE: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/recur_metast/

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When to take a break from chemo?

Q-Linda: When is a chemo break reasonable?

A-Eric Winer, M.D. Again, this is an area where we can individualize treatment. In a woman who had very severe symptoms from her metastatic cancer and who is tolerating chemotherapy beautifully, I often continue chemotherapy for a long period of time, because studies have shown that the longer you continue, the longer the cancer will remain under control.

But with women who did not have such severe symptoms or who are tolerating chemotherapy poorly, I often stop the chemotherapy—because those same studies say that even though the cancer may start growing again, we can use the same treatment or other treatments at that time, and the long-term results will be very similar.  READ MORE: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/recur_metast/ask_expert/2003_09/question_20

Levi Shirley Racing at the W.E. Rock Dirt Riot National Rampage Event

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Oct 27:


“Provide a forum for those who have lost loved ones to cancer while aggressively raising money to find a cure. No one should have to go through what millions of cancer victims, survivors and those left behind have endured.”

Cancer Sucks was established out of the pain and frustration that comes from losing a loved one to cancer, combined with the desire to do what we can to prevent anyone from experiencing the same loss. The 1996 death of Donna Holland White was a devastating event and one that will never be forgotten. While undergoing treatments, surgeries, and the emotional roller coaster that comes with cancer, Donna still had time to think of others by making arrangements to have her body donated to cancer research at the time of her death. Cancer Sucks is a living memorial started by her family and dedicated to Donna. The organization is run by volunteers that have all been touched by cancer and focused on raising as much money for cancer research as possible. Corporate partnerships fund our overhead expenses allowing us to donate ALL the proceeds from our events to cancer research. For more information on Corporate Partnerships, volunteer opportunities, merchandise, donations, or to start your own Cancer Sucks fundraising event visit CancerSucks.com.

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Columbia University study shows breastfeeding reduced risk for ER/PR-negative breast cancer

Breast-feeding reduces the risk for estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer, according to a study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Researchers examined the association between reproductive risk factors, such as the number of children a woman delivers, breast-feeding and oral contraceptive use, and found an increased risk for estrogen receptor- and progesterone receptor- (ER/PR) negative breast cancer in women who do not breast-feed. The results also indicated that having three or more children without breast-feeding was associated with an increased risk for ER/PR-negative breast cancer. ER/PR-negative breast cancer often affects younger women and has a poor prognosis.  READ FULL PRESS RELEASE: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-10/cums-ssb101812.php

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Oct 28:

Host your own Save the Ta-tas® Fundraiser:

Save the Ta-tas Foundation was introduced to the world with the sole purpose of finding a cure for breast cancer. The first donation received was $160 from ZogSports in New York.  Through Play For Your Cause, their coed adult sports league teams can embrace their altruistic side by designating a charity which they play for during the season! We are happy to report that they continue to support the foundation to this day.

It’s as easy as 1…2…3… to start today:

1)  Decide how you would like to get involved!

2)  Complete the application included in this packet and learn about our logo use


3)  Visit our website: savethetatas.com to become familiar with our company

Philosophy and products

4)  Order your promotional items and merchandise

5)  Promote your fundraiser event (ask us how we can help with that!)

6)  Host your amazing event

7)  Thank your attendees and donors for helping fund independent cancer research

8)  Send the donations to the Save the Ta-tas Foundation

9)  Repeat as desired!

Read All the Information:  http://www.savethetatas.org/

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What are the risk factors for breast cancer?

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease, such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. For example, exposing skin to strong sunlight is a risk factor for skin cancer. Smoking is a risk factor for cancers of the lung, mouth, larynx (voice box), bladder, kidney, and several other organs.

But risk factors don’t tell us everything. Having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease. Most women who have one or more breast cancer risk factors never develop the disease, while many women with breast cancer have no apparent risk factors (other than being a woman and growing older). Even when a woman with risk factors develops breast cancer, it is hard to know just how much these factors might have contributed.

There are different kinds of risk factors. Some factors, like a person’s age or race, can’t be changed. Others are linked to cancer-causing factors in the environment. Still others are related personal behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, and diet. Some factors influence risk more than others, and your risk for breast cancer can change over time, due to factors such as aging or lifestyle.  SEE THE LIST: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-risk-factors

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Oct 29:

Breast Cancer Rates by State

In the following maps, the U.S. states are divided into groups based on the rates at which women developed or died from breast cancer in 2008, which is the most recent year with numbers available. The rates are the numbers out of 100,000 women who developed or died from breast cancer each year.

Incidence of Breast Cancer by State

The number of people who get breast cancer is called the breast cancer incidence. In the United States, the risk of getting breast cancer varies from state to state.

SEE FULL MAP: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/state.htm

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31 Breast Cancer Action Ideas

Whether you are doing good for the cause or doing good for you and your loved ones, there are tons of way to support and prevent this month! READ THIS GREAT LIST: http://spryliving.com/articles/31-breast-cancer-action-ideas/#ixzz2Aj27JipS
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The fundraising ideas library at www.The3Day.org is your best source for real-life fundraising ideas from other Breast Cancer 3-Day participants. This is an additional 101 Fun Ways to Raise Money.  Even if you aren’t out to raise money for ‘Breast Cancer’ this is a GREAT List!   SEE THEM ALL: http://www.sheknows.com/sheknows-cares/articles/810164/101-fundraising-ideas
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Oct 30:

Mattel to Manufacture Bald Barbie Doll

(CBS News) – Big news for the campaign for a bald Barbie: Mattel has agreed to manufacture a hairless doll.

Mattel company spokesman Alan Hilowitz told HealthPop that the company will produce a friend of Barbie that will have wigs, hats, scarves and other accessories to give children “a traditional fashion play experience.” The kids will have the option to remove the wigs and head coverings.

Friends connected by cancer campaign for bald Barbie

The company stated that they will not be selling the dolls at stores, but instead will donate them to children’s hospitals and other hospitals, as well as the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.  …”  READ FULL ARTICLE: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57407196-10391704/mattel-to-manufacture-bald-barbie-doll/

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Oct 31:

“Halloween Queen” Overcoming Breast Cancer

“….    Lewis says celebrating Halloween with her entire community has helped her get through some tough personal times.  “For the past 12 years I’ve had breast cancer,” she said. “It started in 2000 and I was in remission for 5 years and then it came back in 2005 and I have been on some form of chemotherapy for the past 8 years.”   But through years of struggle, she still finds so much joy in life.   “Each day is a blessing,” she says. “I’ve never thought of this journey as anything but a blessing.”    …”  Read and Watch More! http://www.cbs19.tv/story/19938109/ha

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The End of Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ An Awesome and TO THE POINT Personal Blog

This is the end of breast cancer awareness month and it made me think (yes that can only mean I need to  blog). BEFORE I got stupid dumb breast cancer I was a huge supporter of this cause, like massive. Just ask any team member of Cure or Bust and they will tell you how hard I tried to raise money for CNY Komen. I have a love for emails especially.  I always wanted the team to focus on the celebration of life, whether it is the lives fighting, surviving or lost I wanted to celebrate their battle, nothing says celebrate more than Jello-O shots! I wanted people to go to the race and be empowered by the pink sea of survivors, to see their family walking next to them to show their support and to see the friends who are wearing tutus honoring their friends. The day is really incredible! Did you register yet? I owned pink tie dyes with ribbons and other paraphernalia to show support. I would have people say to me “When did you have breast cancer?” I would reply “NO NO NO I never had it I am just supporting the cause”. I was all about breast cancer awareness before then WTF May 5th came and smacked me.  …”  READ MORE:  http://stupiddumbbreastcancer.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-end-of-breast-cancer-awareness-month.html

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The Final Post: 

Wow! What a month of Pink Vehicles!  Thanks to all of you for participating, it has been an amazing and growing experience for me.  I know I have learned a lot about Breast Cancer, and I know that I have added at least two new ladies to my group of friends through reading and utilizing their blogs in this project.  I also know that you have enjoyed it to some degree…whether it be liking just one of the cars thinking they were cool to liking and sharing or commenting.  Thank you for all your work in spreading the word.


This is my last pink vehicle that I am posting, but there are more on the website that I haven’t been able to get to!  Please go and check them out: http://bowermedia.com/2012/10/a-month-of-pink/


Thank you for sharing the pictures.  Thank you for learning.  Thank you for supporting everyone with Breast Cancer, and those that don’t…yet!  You are Awesome!


Tonight is Halloween, Have a Blast!


Tomorrow we get to change it up.  It’s November 1st and we will be….. well, I’m not gonna tell you.  Watch for a newsletter to hit tomorrow.  To get the info (From the Showroom Floor of SEMA!) to your inbox please take a minute to sign up for our newsletter.  www.bowermedia.com/newsletter


See you tomorrow  😉


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And then there are some more that I didn’t have time to post….

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