See these gorgeous, young women? Don't they look like they are out on the town for a night of fun?! In fact, I met Lindsay, Leigh and Kelly at the BowlHer event at BlogHer, and I am very glad I did, because these girls are inspiring. See, they weren't partying at the event; they were there to raise awareness about Bright Pink, the only national, non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to breast and ovarian cancer prevention.
What would you do if someone told you that you had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer? Lindsay Avner heard those words at just 22 years of age, which started a personal journey she had feared for years. In 2006, Lindsay started Bright Pink to help teach young women to take control of their own health and to offer education and support to those whose lives have been touched by breast and/or ovarian cancer. She is a passionate young woman with a light around her that attracts others. Lindsay and her her many supporters organization are making a difference.
Lindsay could hardly stand by idly when faced with cancer in her own life; her grandmother and great grandmother had died of breast cancer. Her mom fought and beat breast and ovarian cancer when Lindsay was just 12 years old. Because of breast cancer research, Lindsay was able to learn that she carries the gene for breast cancer and thus had an 87% chance of developing it herself. To find out what she did about that, watch the video on Bright Pink's Homepage--you have the heart of a tree stump if you don't find that video moving and inspiring.I got goosebumps (more than once) listening to Kelly and Leigh share their passion for Bright Pink, which offers the following (and more):
*Education on detection, risk factors, etc.
*E-Reminders for monthly self breast exams
*An active forum offering answers, support and friendship
*PinkPals...One-on-one peer support for young women at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer (volunteers are needed!)
Bright Pink has only been around for three years, but it is growing exponentially, and I want to help. There are so many ways you could make a difference, from easy to difficult:
*Educate your self about breast and ovarian cancer here
*Purchase a pack of Orbit Whitening Bubble Gum next month (it's a pink package) 10% of the profits will go to Bright Pink
*Sign up to join Bright Pink and receive emails about BrightPink events in your area
*Copy the Bright Pink button and put it on your blog, linking it back to Bright Pink
*Purchase one of Bright Pink's adorable tees/tanks (only $15-$20)
*Shop at LuxGodess, which is a proud supporter of Bright Pink
*Make a tax-deductible donation to Bright Pink
*Become a corporate sponsor
Okay, okay, I'll get to the Giveaway already. Since I received so much "swag" goodies at BlogHer and feel so strongly about Bright Pink's, I've collected up a number of freebies (at least ten) and am offering them in this Giveaway in the form of a "Swag Bag" for the lucky winner. Here's what to do if you want to win:
**Add a Bright Pink Button to your website. Choose any of those in this post or in my sidebar (copy and paste and then link to www.bebrightpink.org.) Then let me know that you have done so. This is the only requirement to enter. The remaining two are optional but will count as extra entries...
**Include this giveaway in a post (Friday Fragments are always nice....heehee :) (3 extra entries)
**Donate in some way to Bright Pink (clothing purchase, donation of money, etc.) (10 entries)
The deadline to enter is midnight on Monday, August 3rd. The winner will be announced in my Friday Fragments post on August 7th (That should give me time to verify everyone's entries.)
What are you waiting for? Go on--Be Bright! Be Pink!