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Bake for the Cure Giveaway

by Meghann on October 22, 2010

Happy Friday everyone!

Here’s a fun story to show just how heavy of a sleeper I am…

Last night before I went to bed my Mom offered to get me out of bed when she got up at 5:00. That way I would have plenty of time to beat rush hour on my way back to Orlando. I have a normal 5:30 alarm that goes off everyday, but didn’t re-set it thinking my Mom would get me up (she gets an odd since of satisfaction waking any of us kids up, I think it’s a Mom thing).

Anyways, the morning came, but my Mom never did. Instead of being woken by my Mom’s loving touch, I awoke to the BEEP BEEP BEEP of my pre-set daily 5:30am alarm.

It took me a minute to realize I should have been up 30 minutes ago. Not a big deal, but this was very unlike my Mom. I ended up finding her downstairs with my Dad, her on the laptop and my Dad eating breakfast (total normal behaviors for 5:30am, right?).

Me: “ I thought you were going to wake me up?”

Mom: “ I thought Maddie was doing the job for me.”

Me: “Huh?”

Turns out when my Mom went to wake me up at 5:00 Maddie was with her and had a field day completing the honor. Maddie went crazy and started jumping and prancing on my bed. I guess she was having a good ole time using my back as a trampoline.

Funny thing is, I didn’t feel a thing. Never knew Maddie was even there!

I guess I’ve grown so accustomed to Maddie being on my bed every night, that her jumping and crazy things don’t bother me one bit. It’s going to take a lot more than that to get me up every morning. 🙂

Sleeping in an extra thirty minutes wasn’t a big deal, I just found it amusing that even Maddie has a hard time waking me up. Thanks for trying though!

I made the 45 minute drive home from my parent’s while it was still dark and had plenty of time to finish packing, shower, and make breakfast before heading to work.

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In the bowl:

  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Attune Munch
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch
  • 1/2 cup Greenwise Flakes
  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 Peach
  • Fig Jam

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Giveaway!!!

During the month of October I have had the honor to participate in the Bake for the Cure Challenge in conjunction with ACH and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund.

I was handed a bake for the cure cookbook and instructed to have had at it. So far I have made…

Flax and Fruit Muffins

Dill Batter Bread

Pizza Crust

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

(p.s. I brought the remaining bars to work this morning and was a little embarrassed by taking credit for them, so I put them in the kitchen without sending out an e-mail stating I made them. It didn’t matter. I had 3 or 4 co-workers coming up and asking if I brought them in anyways. And you know what? They all loved them! I think sometimes I’m harder on myself than others are because I know these aren’t what they were supposed to turn out like. They only saw them as what they were and they all thought they were tasty. 🙂 )

To purchase your own copy of the Bake for the Cure Cookbook head to the Bake For the Cure website. It’s only $2 and all proceeds benefits Susan G Komen for the Cure. 🙂

You can also win a Bake for the Cure Baking Kit right here!

The Bake for the Cure Baking Kit (sponsored by ACH) includes:

  • The full line of ACH ingredients
  • The Bake for the Cure cookbook
  • A pink ribbon baking kit (cookie cutters, sprinkles, spatula and muffin cups)

To enter all you have to do it leave a comment on this post sharing your own story with breast cancer. I know this isn’t an easy one, but there’s not better way to spread breast cancer awareness then to know how many lives this awful cancer has effected. If you choose not to share a story then simple leave a comment stating that you pledge to ‘Think Pink’ or ‘Bake for a Cure’ so that we know you’re out there listening.

I will pick a random winner on Monday.

You all know the story of my Aunt Joan. I love her and miss her everyday and that’s why I Bake for the Cure.

1 maria @ Chasing the Now October 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

I think we are all harder on ourselves than others are. If only we could turn that off!

I’m a hard sleeper, too, at times, but can easily be awoke just by my husband rolling over in the night. Come morning, though, I can’t be woken up!
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2 Kelly October 22, 2010 at 9:42 am

Haha that’s too funny because my mom said she can’t sleep with my cat in her room because she wakes her up all night sticking her nose in her face or something. I have no idea if she does the same thing to me and I don’t feel it, but I thought she stayed calmly at the foot of my bed all night.
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3 Stephanie Norton October 22, 2010 at 9:44 am

I just recently became more aware of what Breast Cancer is.. My mom found out back in June of 2010 that she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.. She had surgery in July (actually 2 surgeries) and just finished up with her Chemo about a week ago. She now has to start doing radiation! Back when I found out about it I was so scared but knew she was in good hands! She’s ben a fighter through it all and she’s one of the strongest people I know! I tell her day in and day out that I have the greatest gift this year and don’t need anything but her!

Funny thing is I’m so close to my mom (she’s like a best friend to me) that I just started running Half Marathon’s back in March and she’s been at everyone I’ve ran.. and I told her that she can’t ever not be there she’s my strength knowing she’s there and seeing her cheer me on to get me through those Halfs!

4 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

Just two week ago, we almost lost my aunt to breast cancer – her second bout. She fought it thought with every ounce of strength she has. And what a blessing! She has decided not to dwell on the fact that cancer almost took her life, she instead has decided to make some life long changes. She has quit smoking, she has decided to eat better and exercise. We have not seen her this motivated and happy in years. I’m so proud of her for having a positive attitude when it would be so easy to put blame on the cancer.

5 marie October 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

My breast cancer story is actually positive. I had a lump that turned out to be a benign cyst. It scared the bejesus out of me, but what was fantastic was all the support I got from so many friends, including my friend who’s a 20-year survivor and offered to come with me to my dr’s appointments.

6 Jocelyn October 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

THINK PINK!
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7 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 22, 2010 at 9:55 am

My mom’s sister had breast cancer and is in remission currently.
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8 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 22, 2010 at 9:56 am

What a great giveaway! I personally haven’t experienced breast cancer but I’ve lost a grandmother to it when I was really little. I was really close to her but unfortunately my sister wasn’t really old enough yet to remember. Hopefully all of the money raised, research etc can go towards finding a cure so that others don’t have to lose family members the way that I and so many other people have. Thanks for being part of this Meghann!
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9 Jill October 22, 2010 at 9:58 am

My best friend’s mom fought cancer a few years ago, only to have it return again. After a huge back surgery, chemo, and radiation she is doing great! Her strength and courage inspires me everyday!
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10 Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

I think I’m going to have to try those peanut butter bars…
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11 Cynthia October 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

I don’t have a personal story with breast cancer, but I do pledge to “Bake for the Cure.” I would love this kit!
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12 Marcie October 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

Just love to encourage my mom to make sure she gets her annual mammogram

13 Corie October 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

I have not been personally touched by breast cancer but have some friends that have been. During college I was in a sorority (ZTA) and our philanthropy is Breast Cancer Education and Awareness and we did things in conjunction with the Susan G Komen foundation as well. Throughout college we did a lot of fundraisers for the cause and were able to meet a lot of awesome women who were affected by the disease in one way or another. This cause is something I will continue to support throughout my life!

14 Laura October 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

I’ve been lucky enough to not have to experience first hand the effects of breast cancer. I’m very grateful for the health of my grandmothers, mom, aunts, etc.

15 Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

My mom is a 10 year survivor of breast cancer, but every few years she’s had re-occurrences in other places and has to have radiation and this time she had to have chemo again as well. When she was originally diagnosed she had a double mastectomy. This time while she was on chemo she developed pneumonia as well and it took months for them to figure out how to fight it and she ended up spending a month tethered to IV antibiotics at home. The good news is this last tumor is shrunk and seems to be healing itself. Hopefully they won’t have to do chemo again.

My aunt Lisa passed away two weeks ago from cancer. Originally they said it was colon cancer and then they said breast cancer. Basically, she was so riddled with cancer that they don’t know where it began.

Every year for the past 4 or 5 years I’ve run or walked the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. Including my wedding day where I recruited family, the wedding party, and guests to do the 1 mile fun walk with me in the morning before heading to the salon to start the day. I made t-shirts for everyone with the words “Bridezilla Against” above a picture of godzilla wearing a veil and holding a bouquet while stomping on the words “Breast Cancer.”
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16 Carol October 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

Wow, I am a huge lucky girl that we have no family history but I take preventative measures to keep it that way…it strikes so many and it is something we need to eradicate

17 Emma October 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

My aunt had breast cancer, but she recovered well and now I think she has her eyes on a triathlon, which is pretty inspiring!

18 Noel October 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

My sister was diagnosed at 26 and has survived…we walk the Komen Walk for the Cure each year in MIami!

19 Claire October 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

Six years ago, when I was away from home for my freshman year of college, I received a phone call that I needed to come home for the weekend. When I came home, my parents sat my sister and myself down and told us that my mom had breast cancer, and it wasn’t a mild case. She was going to have to do chemo and have a masectomy. It took about a year from start to finish for my mother to me cancer free and it still remains the hardest year of my life. There were many times I was unsure if she was going to make it, and I am so thankful to still have her in my life. The fear of breast cancer remains with me though. My mom is such a healthy individual and I could never understand how she got the ugly disease. My aunt also had breast cancer a few years before my mother. I just can’t believe that two out of the three sisters have had breast cancer. That really shows us how prevalent it is these days. Although it scares me that I may one day have the same disease, I still try and be the healthiest I can be.
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20 Anna October 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

I have been blessed to not have anyone in my immediate family affected by breast cancer, but I know how it has drastically affected the lives of others! It never ceases to amaze me to hear how strong women can be!

21 Will October 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

My wife had a scare with a lump last year and it made me realize how this disease affects every aspect of your life…your story about your Aunt is very touching!

22 Jes October 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

These stories are touching. My stepmom had a scare about a year ago, and it turned out to be benign. My heart goes out to all of you that have not had such a positive outcome.

23 Beth October 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

I go each year even though I’m in my 20s because of a significant family history. I will give myself every opportunity to beat this disease should it develop, but we need to find a cure!

24 Alicia at Poise in Parma October 22, 2010 at 10:10 am

I’ve had one aunt who battled breast cancer and won. I’ve had others have false alarms. It just reminds me how important self-care and prevention is. Also, I’ve been participating in the Cleveland Race for the Cure since 2000. I ran the entire 3.1 miles this year – the first time I participated in the timed 5K. I’ll always remember that race and the reason for us all being there that day.
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25 Miranda October 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

My Aunt was diagnosed and had surgery all in the matter of 2 months. She lives pretty far away, so I didn’t get a chance to see her before surgery. Luckily everything went fine!

The scary part is that she had a mammogram, and the doctor’s said everything was n0rmal. The mammogram hurt, and when the pain didn’t go away, she went back to the doctor, who did a more intense mammogram. That’s when they found the cancer. Even doctors make mistakes!

Thanks for doing this giveaway. It means a lot to so many people.

26 Amanda (Eating Up) October 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

My best friend from high school’s mom got breast cancer when we were freshmen. I still remember the tearful call when she told me the news. I thought she was joking. Her mom battled through it, but it recently got worse and spread elsewhere. She passed away this September. There needs to be a cure! My best friend and her mom were always best friends, and so she lost a mother and a best friend.
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27 Sara October 22, 2010 at 10:16 am

My mom is a breast cancer survivor. So is my grandmother; her twin sister isn’t. She suffered for about 14 years with breast cancer that spread from one breast to the other and then to her bones. They had another sister who had breast cancer as well (spread to her liver). One of my father’s sisters had breast cancer also. I had my first mammogram last year at age 30. Also, a few years ago, I thought I felt a lump in one of my breasts. After an ultrasound and an MRI, it turned out to be nothing…except really scary.
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28 Stephanie October 22, 2010 at 10:17 am

My aunt Cindy had a combination of breast cancer and leukemia and died when I was about 14. She was my mother’s closest sister so it hit her the hardest. Luckily, my mother was proactive with her grief and made sure to get herself and me and my sisters (when the time came) checked out routinely. It’s something that still sticks with me.
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29 Chaaron October 22, 2010 at 10:18 am

My mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2007 around the same time my husband began clerking with a 29 year old, Jess, who just finished her breast cancer treatment. Jess offered to be an e-mail buddy with my mother-in-law (they had never met) and they developed a wonderful online friendship while discussing their treatment. I witnessed an amazing connection that formed on shared experience. Because of their shared experience, I donated my hair to the Beautiful Lenths campaign in their honor. Jess has since dived into fitness since recovery and we have done a few races together and we have loved cheering her on as she races and sherpas for the Cancer to 5K program when she did her 10 mile run and her triathalon. They are both such inspirations!

30 Erin October 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

My Dad’s Mom passed away from the disease when he was a teenager. I always wish I had met her. I have heard stories of her and know what a wonderful woman she was. In fact, she is the reason we started running the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as a family.

Then, a couple of years ago, my Mom’s Mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer but it was easily operable and she has had no other problems with it. My mom and her sisters have all had scares with lumps and it is something I have always been aware of.

Sad part is, in the back of my mind…I always assume that I will get it because of family history (I’m leaving out other extended family members). While genetics may or may not cause me to have Breast Cancer, it does show me that I need to be proactive in making sure that I am healthy in other ways. I can’t really prevent Breast Cancer but having so many loved ones being affected by it can make me more aware. Here’s hoping there is a cure soon!

31 Amy October 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

That is too funny about Maddie. I have 2 cats and they can’t sleep with me anymore because I wake up whenever they decide it’s time for calisthetics on my bed!

Also, thanks for doing the bake for the cure. My mom has breast cancer and I appreciate all of the support people give during the month of October. 🙂

32 Caitlin (EatFeats) October 22, 2010 at 10:21 am

My grandmother fought breast cancer a couple of years ago. It was oddly kept sort of hushed, which I think is really dangerous considering I should know what kinds of diseases and problems I may encounter in the future. Luckily, the cancer was caught early, and, after surgery, she was fine. For Christmas, she gave me a porcelain figurine of a woman in a pink dress–I keep it on my dresser as a reminder of my grandmother and her courage.
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33 Colleen October 22, 2010 at 10:23 am

Bake for the Cure!

34 Katrina October 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

Our human resource manager worked for our company for over thirty years. She was a sweet lady with a huge passion for her job. A few years ago she retired… Only to be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer six months later. She passed away shortly after being diagnosed. It’s painful to think she spent her career taking care of everyone, but couldn’t help herself. Whenever I hear “think pink” I try to brighten someone’s day because it’s something she would have done.

Thanks for working with such a great organization!
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35 MaryZ October 22, 2010 at 10:29 am

My husbands aunt was diagnosed 6 years ago with breast cancer. She went through surgery, radiation and chemo and is now cancer free. Her positive attitude was what kept her going. She continued on with her daily life and did the best she could on those bad days. I was so glad to see her at our wedding 4 years ago so happy and healthy.

36 Sarah October 22, 2010 at 10:34 am

One of my Mom’s best friends (and someone I’ve known for 15 years) was diagnosed with breast cancer about 8 years ago. Fortunately she beat it and is now in remission but she inspired us to do the Komen 3-Day Walk (60 miles) two years in a row. Doing that walk was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life and I hope to participate again in the years to come.

37 Mary October 22, 2010 at 10:37 am

The mom of my best friend in high school passed away from breast cancer during the summer before our freshman year. It was (and still is) so sad to me that she never got to meet many of her grandchildren (my friend’s older sister has 5 kids now).

38 Jul October 22, 2010 at 10:39 am

One of my neighbors growing up was diagnosed with breast cancer… much of it is too personal to share here, but her daughter was one of my playmates, and it hurt like hell to see her crying for her mom.

39 Tyler October 22, 2010 at 10:39 am

I don’t have a story to share, but I pledge to Think Pink!

40 JW October 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

I will THINK PINK!

41 kristin October 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

my friends mom is a survivor! i dont have any other personal stories – but I wanted to do my part to help so I did the 60 Mile breast cancer walk last summer – and raised $3,000 to participate! It was an amazing experience.

42 Nicole October 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

About 8 years ago, my Aunt go breast Cancer. She caught it early, had a lumpectomy, did radiation, and hoped everything was good. But then it came back. And that’s when she decided to get checked for the ovariona/breast cancer gene. Both her sisters had breast cancer, and her Mom had died from it. When the results came back and said she did have the gene, she went ahead and had a hysterectomy and full masectomy. She’d already had cancer twice- she wasn’t sure she’d survive the 3rd time.
She is related to me by marriage, so I don’t have to worry about the gene, but my cousin, who is a year younger than me, does. She is trying to live her life a little before she gets tested for the gene, but I know it is something in the back of her mind. Meanwhile, my aunt is healthy and happy, and vigorously involved in breast cancer fundraising.

43 Rae October 22, 2010 at 10:44 am

My aunt is a survivor of breast cancer- she had a rough time with it, but has really gained a new appreciation of life on the other side!!

44 AceRunn October 22, 2010 at 10:51 am

Oh my goodness, I want to win! =)

Breast cancer, well cancer in general in something that runs very deep in my family. My grandma had it when she was in her 60’s and thankfully was able to BEAT IT! She had a double mastectomy and sent that cancer packing and told it never to come back! She never lost her fight or her hope through the whole process, and her and I were so, so close. She passed on 8/4/06, exactly one year to the day before I got married.

Since, 3 of her daughters have all joined her in Heaven, 2 from breast cancer and 1 from cancer in the lungs. Such a family history has encouraged a lot of my fmaily to get the genetic testing done for the BRCA gene (the gene for breast cancer) and my sister was able to start getting her mammies early. I am not old enough yet for the mammies, but I am having the testing done next month. We have found that my brother has the gene as well. We will NEVER give up our fight, but I fight my odds with the strength of my grandma, NEVER GIVE UP…NEVER SURRENDER =)
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45 Casey October 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

No personal stories but I do have some personal cancer ones I’d rather not share. But I definitely pledge to bake for a cure!

46 Fallon October 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

As soon as you posted about the donation of $2 and the awesome cookbook you get, I signed up ASAP. The muffins looked amazing when you made them. Can’t wait to see the other goodies it has!

I don’t know anyone who has had breast cancer but I did participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k back in May. It was AMAZING! So many survivors participated. It was nice how people supported their love ones by making special shirts. It was beautiful and I can’t wait to run it again next year. Such a great cause!
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47 Book Worm Runs October 22, 2010 at 10:58 am

My Mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2004. She went through almost a year of chemo and radiation and she has been in remission now for 5 years!! I ran my first 5k ever to honor her and to raise money for Susan G Komen :o)
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48 Kristyn October 22, 2010 at 11:04 am

Hi Meghann!
I am a first grade teacher and when I was in college I looked up to a first grade teacher in a school that my mom was the superintendent of. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, and then she retired. She went through all the hospital junk (as I call it) to help her get better. She is a survivor, I am happy to say, and to this day I still get advice from her about teaching the little first graders. She gave me all of her supplies she had gathered over her teaching career just after she retired. So having all those things and knowing she was fighting breast cancer while I was using her first grade teaching material made all that work and crafts the students did that much more meaningful. Every time I pull something out from her materials, I think of her and how much of a fighter she was and is. I ran a Pink Ribbon Classic 5K this past weekend in Maryland in her honor. It felt great to know I was out there supporting her and everyone else.

Go Team Pink!

49 Julie B October 22, 2010 at 11:05 am

I’m from Long Island and for whatever reason, growing up it felt like everyday someone else’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was one of the incredibly lucky ones whose mom was never diagnosed, but my best friend’s mother lost her battle to breast cancer when we were only 10 years old. Every year I try to do what I can in honor of my friend’s beautiful mother and her family.

50 shannon October 22, 2010 at 11:05 am

thanks for sharing your story with us, as well as your baking adventures! i especially love seeing your variations on the dill bread as well as what you did to make the leftover cottage cheese more palatable (i, too, cannot stomach it solo).

my grandmother died of breast cancer 2 months after my birth. she was such a big part of my parents’ life – and mine for those few months – it’s tremendously difficult even now to look at photos of us together. we shouldn’t have lost her so soon.

i also have a friend who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 26. she has already outlived her doctor’s predictions and is fighting so terribly hard. her spirit is absolutely amazing and just reminds me how unfair life can be.

thanks for giving everyone a space to share their story. i’m encouraged by all these efforts at increased visibility for such a deadly illness.

51 Cathy October 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

I have lost 2 Aunts to breast cancer. I will bake for the cure and Think Pink!

52 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

My mom passed away from breast cancer in 2006. Every year a big team of my family and friends does the Run for the Cure in her honour.

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53 rebecca lustig October 22, 2010 at 11:08 am

my grandmother battled breast cancer, twice and now my mom is at a great risk, which only puts me at a higher risk. Nonetheless, I think it has made me feel closer to my mom and grandmother– knowing we all have similar fears and something that unites us, when we are otherwise so different.

i guess i try to look for the positive with each and every experience
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54 Maribeth October 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

Fortunately, I don’t have a family history of breast cancer. But I do have friends who have lost family members to it. I can’t wait until there is a cure and I pledge to bake for a cure. Gooooo, Pink!!

55 Danielle October 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

My very best college friend lost her mom to breast cancer. I have so many special moments hearing about what a wonderful woman she was – I am so sad that I did not have the opportunity to meet her. Thank you for raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research!

56 Nicole October 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

As women, it is so important that we stay educated about breast cancer. I have had several women in my life impacted by this disease. Thankfully, they all have stayed strong and battled hard.

Think Pink!

57 Jess October 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

I have been blessed to not have anyone very close to me have breast cancer. Although one of my close friend’s mom died from it a few years ago. Since then, we have done many events at our swim meets- we “pinked the pool” last year at Nationals to raise money and it was a great success.
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58 Jessica F October 22, 2010 at 11:20 am

My aunt had breast cancer around 10 years ago. I believe they were able to catch the cancer early which greatly improved the situation. Mammograms! Get your mammograms!

59 Kate October 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

I am so lucky to be able to say I’m going to ‘Think Pink’ – because I honestly have not been personally touched by breast cancer. I realize how rare and lucky this makes me – so I’m vigilant with my self breast exams to try to keep it that way!

60 sweetersalt October 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

Such a great cause! My aunt and godmother is a breast cancer survivor and is one of the most important people in my life. She is a brave woman and never pities herself. My cousin ran the Boston Marathon this year in honor of her and raised money for cancer research – love that!

Thanks! Laura
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61 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather October 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

I don’t have anyone close that has gone through breast cancer but every year my mom and I participate in the race for the cure. It’s just a little thing but every bit helps in the fight against breast cancer.
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62 Christina October 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

I don’t have a personal story with breast cancer, but I do pledge to “Bake for the Cure.” I would love to get this kit :]

63 Kelsey October 22, 2010 at 11:39 am

Although I have not been personally affected, does not mean that myself or people I know won’t be in the future or that thousands of other women won’t. Breast Cancer awareness is an amazing cause!

64 Allison B October 22, 2010 at 11:41 am

I am very blessed to not have a story related to breast cancer. At this time, it has passed by my family and friends. But I am very aware of the disease and pledge to think pink and bake pink for October! (and the rest of the year…awareness shouldn’t be limited to one month!)

65 Erica October 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

hahhaha I totally know how this goes. Frank likes to sleep on my head…not even kidding. I barely notice when I get kicked in the face anymore. My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer about 8 years ago. We are VERY close (she lives right down the street from me) and it was hard for all of us. She is so healthy….We just couldn’t (and still can’t ) grasp why she got breast cancer. She is doing AWESOME now and I am thankful every day
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66 Clare @ Fitting It All In October 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

I have been lucky enough to not have any close relatives deal with breast cancer. I did, however, find out that a girl I know has stage 3 breast cancer at age 23!! That is crazy and far too young, but I’m sure she’ll have the strength to beat it.
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67 amanda October 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

i don’t have any experiences with breast cancer in my life or those of my family and friends, but i certainly work to support finding a cure and raising awareness!

68 Liza October 22, 2010 at 11:46 am

My mother in law battled breast cancer almost three years ago. She is such a strong person! Cancer could not beat her! The really terrible part is that while she was undergoing treatment, her husband passed away of ALS. It was so incredibly hard for my husband and his family. The bright spot is that she did beat it though. Her prognosis was not good, and we all know how lucky we are that she is here with us today.
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69 Hope October 22, 2010 at 11:46 am

My grandmother had breast cancer and my boyfriend’s aunt had breast cancer. There are a few other personal stories that I have but I don’t feel comfortable posting. I definitely think pink all the time! We have to fight for a cure!

70 Katy T October 22, 2010 at 11:48 am

My Aunt Joy is a breast cancer survivor. She’s a wonderful mother of six kids and one of the most loving people I know.

71 Lauren October 22, 2010 at 11:56 am

My aunt was diagnosed last year and I just found out yesterday that a co-worker and good friend of mine was diagnosed this week. She is having surgery on Monday but has such an amazing outlook on this. My heart breaks for her but she is so much stronger than I would be.
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72 Meghan October 22, 2010 at 11:59 am

My aunt was diagnosed this past Spring, and just had a double mastectomy this month. It’s been a trying time for our family, but made me realize how susceptible I am to getting breast cancer, so now I know that as I get older I have to be aware and on top of my game when it comes to detection.
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73 Jess October 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Sadly, I know many people touched by this disease and have lost several. The more we talk about it and get it out there, the closer we will be to a cure.

Thanks

74 Lindsay October 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Thankfully, I don’t know anyone close to me who has had breast cancer. However, I volunteer at the cancer center in my city’s hospital. Many of the women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer wear pink when they come in, and at Christmas, we decorate a tree with ornaments in the color of each person’s cancer awareness color. It’s really crazy just how many of the ornaments are pink and how many women come in wearing pink. It makes me think about how many people are affected.

75 mary October 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Breast Cancer is such an awful thing. It takes the lives of so many loved ones. I am an advocate of prevention. Being a Nurse, I always tell everyone my patients included how important it is to do self breast exams, etc. Prevention and early detection is key 🙂
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76 Alison October 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I can sleep through ANYTHING, i totally know how you feel.
I have always been very involved in breast cancer awareness and SGK. Both my aunt and grandmother were diagnosed, but pushed through and are now survivors of the cancer! I am so thankful that they were able to get through it, but I know many are not as lucky, so it is extremely important to support this cause in order to find a cure for such a prevalent disease!

Thanks for all you are doing with this organization!

77 Susan October 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

My grandmother was a breast cancer survivor. Her stregnth was incredible. I would love to bake for a cure!

78 Biz October 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Glad your audition went well! And, not only do I not know how to Twitter, I couldn’t figure out how to leave a fricken comment on Ford’s facebook – I am so not technical when it comes to social media – I’ll cheer you from the sidelines though!

My sister in law and two of my cousins are 5+ year breast cancer survivors – they don’t leave near me, but they went through a lot – losing hair, having scared kids thinking they are going to lose their moms.

Great giveaway!
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79 Melanie October 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I’m thinking pink right now as I’m sitting at my desk in our company-sponsored “pink-out” shirts!

80 Mimi October 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I believe that “Bake for the Cure” is a great cause, not only because of what it benefits, but for the immediate joy it brings. Sometimes the whole world could be going to pieces, but a cookie just makes things better. (:
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81 Erin October 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

This past week at work, my office celebrated “pink hair for a cute.” We had a salon come in and as you made a donation they put a pink hair extension in your hair. And for those gentlemen who were unable to sport a pink extension, they were given pink hair gel. Basically everyone participated and we raised over $500 fo breast cancer that day!

82 Gina G October 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I pledge to think pink and bake for the cure! 🙂

83 Niki October 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I learned about breast cancer at an early age, my aunt Robin died from it when I was about 6 or 7, I have run one 5k in her honor.

84 Natalie October 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Our very good family friend was diagnosed with breast cancer about 5 years ago. At that time her two kids were little. I watched the kids once a week when she went to chemo and we would always bake! She’s been in remission now for two years and her family started doing a bake sale during Breast Cancer Awareness month to go to Susan G. Komen!
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85 Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest October 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I pledge to THINK PINK because I do not know anyone who has had breast cancer.
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86 Sara October 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Every year I run the Race for the Cure in honor of breast cancer research. Think pink!

87 Lauren October 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I pledge to bake for the cure. Think Pink!!

88 Jessica@tastyandtrim October 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I know many amazing women who have fought breast cancer and their strength has truly been an inspiration to me. Think pink!

89 Amanda October 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

My grandmother was a breast cancer survivor. I champion the cause and THINK PINK all year, especially in October. I also have an awesome think pink pin that I wear throughout the month.

90 Jacqui October 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Cancer hits home for me as well. My mother in law has been battling and winning the war against mouth cancer since this past February. She had radiation for 6 weeks and never complained one bit about the pain and burning it caused! She is a super woman!
I pray everyday for those who have cancer! Thanks for the opportunity to Bake for a good cause.
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91 Lindsay October 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Breast Cancer awareness is near and dear to my heart; unfortunately, it has touched several women in my family. After a personal scare earlier this year and my first ultrasound, I resolved to join the cause.
This spring, I raised $2,500 for the Avon Foundation and walked 40 miles in the Avon 2-Day in Washington DC. It was a phenomenal experience, and I plan to participate annually.
Just last week I received unfortunate news about a fellow walker and friend. She had been training for and looking forward to the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk two weekends ago, but a terminal sentence and worsening condition prevented her from participating. I will continue to walk and raise awareness in her honor.
Thank you for your commitment to raising awareness, Meghann, and I hope someday all of our combined efforts will be enough to save others from this disease!

92 Rachel October 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I have 4 women in my life who are breast cancer survivors! My grandmother, my aunt, my mother in law and my best friend’s mother. To know so many women that have been affected and have beaten this disease is inspiring and even more reason to promote early detection! I’d love to “bake for the cure”!

93 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Wow, I wish I could sleep that hard. I hear the slightest noise and am awake!

94 Julie October 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I have a close relative and the mother of a close friend who are both breast cancer survivors. I did the run for the cure in their honour this year, and seeing all of the survivors, and all of the families running in honour of those who didn’t survive, really brought home how important it is to find a cure.

95 claudia October 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I had a great teacher who passed away from it. She had undergone chemotherapy but it came back, and it took her life.

96 Lindsey October 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Both my grandmother and my aunt suffers from breast cancer. Both also had a double mysectomy last year and are still in the process of undergoing traetment. It truly scares me that this disease is so prevelant in my family history. My doctor basically told me that there is almost an 80% chance that I will hvae it sometime down the line.

97 Natalie S. October 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

No one in my family has ever had breast cancer, but my grandma used to volunteer at a breast cancer organization all the time after she retired. A few years later, she developed colon cancer (which has killed several members of my family). With her incredible strength, she fought it, and she’s still peppy and lively and wonderful today — and every day! I love her so much.

98 Hillary October 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Two of my mom’s best friends who are like Aunts to me have both had breast cancer and are suvivors. Both underwent a double mysectomy. Now every year we walk or run in the Race for a Cure.
While in college I helped raise $50,000 for the Susan G. Komen during October on Bradley University’s Campus.
Plus I Pledge to Think Pink!!

99 Meredith October 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm

On August 6th my mother in law passed away after battling breast cancer for over 10 years. She was the most courageous and strong-willed person I have ever met. My husband and I hadn’t even been married 2 months when she passed away and she was perfectly fine at our wedding, you wouldn’t have known she was sick in our wedding pictures. My husband is her only child and there is no doubt in my mind she was living to see her son get married…it really goes to show that some people find the will to live when something means that much to them.

While my husband and I obviously miss her very much, we’ve tried to keep her memory alive rather than dwell in our sadness. I got a pink hair extension to last for the month of October as part of a local fundraiser to raise both awareness about breast cancer as well as money for a local agency that provides free mammograms to women that would not be able to otherwise afford them. And this weekend my husband in riding in the Livestrong Challenge, a 65 mile bike ride, in honor of his mother.

In honor of my mother in law, and in celebration of my maternal grandmother who is a +20 year survivor, I pledge to THINK PINK!!
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100 Whitney October 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm

My Gran had a bout with breast cancer and after a double mysectomy, she was doing well… and then they found she has ovarian cancer. But, true to her plucky self, she beat that too. She’s an amazing woman who I aim to be like.
🙂

101 Wendy October 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I pledge to Think Pink!

102 sals October 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Glad you are supporting such a great cause! I have had several friends whose mothers have battled breast cancer. Such a tough thing to go through.

103 Heather October 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Thankfully I haven’t had anyone in my family face Breast Cancer (knock on wood), but I have lost loved ones to lung cancer. Any form of cancer needs to be stamped out ASAP!

My friends and I are walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in a couple of weeks as well.
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104 Christie October 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I have 2 aunts (one on each side) who have had breast cancer and been able to detect it before it became too bad. It’s such an awful thing to have to go through. Because of their experience, I try to be diligent about checking myself and taking care of my body.

105 Allison Lore October 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I support breast cancer awareness and want to “bake for the cure!”

106 Andrea October 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Social Work and worked as an intern at a Cancer Center. I learned so much about various cancers, including breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the more deadly cancers because of where and how quickly it spreads, but it is also one of the most treatable – so regular exams and check ups are very, very important! My supervisor received a grant from the Koman Foundation specifically for breast cancer patients that enabled us to help several of our patients pay for expensive bills (electric, mortgages, etc). I have become very passionate about working as an oncology social worker – and am presently trying to work more with children diagnosed with cancer. I love reading/hearing about people actively participating in spreading awareness and fundraising to find a cure for all cancers.

107 Danielle J October 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm

My grandmother is a survivor and after a my friend’s mother was diagnosed last year we decided to participate in the Avon Walk. Together we raised more than $5000 to fight for the cure and spent an incredible weekend walking the streets of Washington DC with survivors, family members and supporters.

108 sarah October 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm

my mother had breast cancer when i was in high school (read: a self centered, whiny teenager). it was a very humbling experience to go from spoiled child to caregiver while she was going through chemo. i would do it again in a second if i had to, but thank goodness she is now happy, healthy and cancer free. what a great giveaway 🙂 go pink!

109 Jessica October 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

My mom just celebrated her 5 year anniversary of being breast cancer free! I would love to share this Bake for the Cure baking kit with her!!

110 Nhung October 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm

My mom has a follow up appointment to see if her lump is anything serious. It is really scary to face the situation of knowing that someone you love might have breast cancer. I think its good to spread the word and make the world more aware.

111 Jae October 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I pledge to think pink

112 Wendy Boothe October 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I am going to Think Pink and support the cause by making a donation in honor of my neighbors Mother who is fighting this illness.

113 April October 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I am a young nurse. Everyday I come across someone who has had breast cancer, I swear. The variety of stories is what makes it so interesting. For example I had this elderly lady who had an infection from radiation. She was informed that they would in fact have to remove her breast. I asked her how she felt about it and she said “I freaking told them to take it all off in the first place but my husband still wanted it! I’ll tell him he can put it in a jar or something”…my goodness lol classic responses heard by a nurse!

114 laura October 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm

i try to participate in at least one breast cancer walk/run every fall!

115 Jessica October 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago. After a tough battle including a mastectomy, chemo, and radiation, she is now in remission. I would love to win this Bake for the Cure Bakin Kit for her!

116 Laura T. October 22, 2010 at 11:04 pm

im definitely interested in getting this book and baking for the cure!

117 Amy H October 22, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I, fortunately, do not have a personal story to share about breast cancer, but am very thankful for such. I always try to purchase things that donate proceeds to Breast Cancer awareness/cure because although I have not personally had an encounter with breast cancer, I am a woman and I have breast and therefore I care deeply about the cause. I pledge to think pink.

118 Lindsay October 23, 2010 at 9:01 am

Two of my family’s longtime friends found out they had breast cancer right about the same time. Our family was shocked that this terrible disease could enter our life so suddenly, affecting two people we love dearly. Through much prayer, tears, girl’s night outs, and simply being there for one another, I am blessed to say that both my friends are in remission and doing well. I have learned not to take life for granted…every day is a gift.

119 MaryBe October 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

I am grateful that I don’t have anyone close to me with this terrible disease. But, I am adopted and I don’t know any family history. None. So I have a mammogram every year to be safe
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120 Katie R October 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

There has been no breast cancer diagnosed in my family…but there have been numerous scares. Several suspicious lumps, several sleepless nights before biopsy results were available…a cure for this disease is needed. ASAP.

121 Natalia - a side of simple October 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I thank God that my family, friends, and I have not been directly affected with Breast Cancer, but I am fully aware that this can change at any moment. So I pledge to always Think Pink and work for the cause. Thank you to all those who have shared your stories. You are in my prayers 🙂
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122 Danielle October 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

My Aunt Pat unfortunately fell victim to breast cancer. She was a fighter and an incredibly strong woman. I look to those hard times that she had to push through as motivation. Especially on those days where when nothing seems to go my way, I have to remember that it could be worse, and I should be grateful for what and who I do have.

123 Kelli October 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I pledge to bake for the cure while wearing pink 🙂

124 Lindsey October 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

My grandmother had breast cancer. Thankfully she is healthy and with us today but I can’t wait for the day that no family has to deal with this terrible illness.

125 gabi October 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm

my grandma had breast cancer, but she had radiation and it is thankfully in remission!

126 Joseline October 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I pledge to think pink!

127 Natalia October 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I have been blessed to not have close family affected with Breast Cancer, but my heart goes out to all those who are, you are in my prayers. I pledge to think pink!
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128 Yin October 24, 2010 at 12:56 am

I know someone who was in the early stages of breast cancer and survived but I don’t think it’s my place to share her story. I pledge to Think Pink though!

129 Katie O October 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I will bake healthy foods for cure for my 30 your old friend that beat breast cancer already.

130 Rachel S October 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I’ve had several family members(2 aunts and a grandmother) battle breast cancer, and thankfully, they are still here today. This is definitely a cause that is close to my heart, as it is with so many people.

131 Lori October 24, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Breast cancer has affected too many of my friends. Thankfully, they have all beat it but it was an awful battle. I was thrilled to be able to run the Livestrong Run with my friend, a survivor yesterday.

132 Laura October 25, 2010 at 9:07 am

Think pink!! 🙂

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