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Honor your loved one with a monthly gift

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By Ellen Schwerin, BCAction member and daughter of former Board member Susan Stone

Susan Stone Circle sidebar smallMy family is too familiar with breast cancer. My mom, Susan Stone, died of the disease in 2002 when I was 31, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer five years later. I was devastated by mom’s death, and I hated that I had to go through my own diagnosis without her.

In the years before my mom died, she was a passionate member of Breast Cancer Action’s Board of Directors. In BCAction, she found a community and a cause that was deeply important to her. To honor my mom’s leadership and activism, after she died, BCAction established a monthly giving circle in her honor: the Susan Stone Circle. Read More »

Where does the pink ribbon $$ go?

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By Marie Bautista, Development Officer

Marie Bautista donation sidebar smallWhen my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, I felt helpless and confused.  Her sister had died from the disease just nine months before, which made my mom’s diagnosis that much scarier. Instead of just worrying, I wanted to do something. So like many others, I began to purchase pink ribbon products and participated in a pink ribbon run. Read More »

#GivingTuesday – Your Donation Will Be Doubled!

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Giving Tuesday 2015I’m Susan, a fellow Breast Cancer Action member, and I will match your donation to Breast Cancer Action if you donate between now and midnight tomorrow. Give today so I can double your impact! Read More »

Thank You For Helping Change the Status Quo in Breast Cancer

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thank you 2015 emailFrom all of us here at Breast Cancer Action, THANK YOU.

Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for your fierce, passionate, committed activism. Thank you for the big and small ways you work to address and end the breast cancer epidemic. Read More »

Heads Up – Dec. 1st is Giving Tuesday!

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Karuna-Jaggar-2015 smallBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Get ready – on #GivingTuesday, a generous donor will match every dollar you donate to Breast Cancer Action up to $25,000, in honor of our 25th anniversary year.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back during the consumerism of the holiday season and this is a great opportunity to double your donation. Read More »

A Powerful Pinktober—Not Stopping Until Our Work Is Done!

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Karuna Jaggar 2015 croppedBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

This Pinktober, you helped expose the American Cancer Society and the Personal Care Products Council as pinkwashers for giving cancer patients toxic cosmetics. Your powerful voices, actions and stories said loud and clear that “Poison Isn’t Pretty” and you revealed the truth about their hallmark Look Good, Feel Better® program. Read More »

3 DAYS LEFT to Take Action this Pinktober!

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By BCAction staff

For more than two decades, the American Cancer Society and the Personal Care Products Council have been bombarding cancer patients with toxic cosmetics through their Look Good, Feel Better program.

Now, it’s time to bombard the inboxes of these industry giants and tell them to change their toxic ways. Read More »

“I’m Outraged I Was Given Toxic Cosmetics”

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By Katy Skahill, Breast Cancer Action member

In December 2014, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and had a bilateral mastectomy that same month.

During my chemotherapy treatment afterward, I saw posters at my hospital advertising the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better® program.

During the Look Good, Feel Better class I attended, patients in cancer treatment who had lost their hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, etc., learned how to wear wigs, tie scarves, and apply makeup. We were also each given a bag of cosmetics products. Read More »

Our Pressure Is Working—Pinkwashers Feel the Heat!

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Alyssa Figueroa 2015 for EALERTBy Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator

Your letters, your stories and your voices are being heard! You’ve been telling the American Cancer Society and the Personal Care Products Council to clean up their Look Good, Feel Better® program, and they’ve been forced to listen. Read More »

Teflon in Makeup? Pinkwashers Give Cancer Patients These Toxic Cosmetics

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Look Good Feel Better Bag With CosmeticsBy Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator

This October, join us in demanding the American Cancer Society and the Personal Care Products Council stop exposing cancer patients to toxic cosmetics through their Look Good, Feel Better® program. But exactly what harmful chemicals did we find in these cosmetics given to cancer patients? Read More »

Tell These Pinkwashers: “Poison Isn’t Pretty”

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Karuna Jaggar 2015 croppedBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

For over a decade, Breast Cancer Action has been taking on pinkwashers: corporations and organizations that peddle products linked to breast cancer while claiming to care about women with the disease. We always think it can’t get worse—until it does. Read More »

Member Perspective: A Call to Think Before You Pink

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By Jeanette Koncikowski, BCAction Community Leader for Change

My mom, Rosemary, was diagnosed in 2000 with Stage 3 breast cancer. When we told friends and family about my mom’s diagnosis, there was an immediate outpouring of support. People made meals. They helped with transportation to chemo. People sent cards and called daily. We met survivors and made cherished friends. Our community gave us solace. And they gave us pink ribbons. My mom didn’t really need them because she already had a bunch. She already wore a pink ribbon lapel pin; there was a pink ribbon magnet on the fridge; and she had accumulated quite a collection of pink ribbon t-shirts from walks and runs for the cure to honor her younger sister, who had been diagnosed a few years before her. Read More »

6 Ways to Get Ready for Pinktober

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Sahru-Keiser-smallBy Sahru Keiser, Program Manager

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (or as we call it, “Breast Cancer Industry Month”) is around the corner.
Over the years we’ve seen it all: pink fracking drill bits for breast cancer, pink doughnuts, pink trashcans, pink handguns. Unfortunately, a whole lot of pink ribbon promotions do more for a corporation’s bottom line than for women at risk of or living with breast cancer. And some pink ribbon products even harm our health because they contain cancer-linked toxins, a hypocritical practice we call pinkwashing. Read More »

An Evening with Sandra Steingraber: California Fracking and Public Health

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By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Sandra Steingraber smallThis October, we’re honoring acclaimed ecologist, activist, and author Sandra Steingraber, PhD with the Barbara Brenner Hell Raiser Award at our 25th anniversary event on October 8th (I look forward to seeing you there!) Read More »

Join us for Breast Cancer Action’s 25th anniversary event

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Karuna Jaggar 2015 croppedBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

For 25 years, Breast Cancer Action has put women’s health first. Our founders never imagined that 25 years after they gathered in a living room together, BCAction would be 60,000 strong. Thank you for being part of this amazing grassroots community committed to women’s health and social justice.

Please join us on October 8 for our 25th anniversary event where we’ll honor all we’ve achieved together and recommit to all the work still left to do.

Breast Cancer Action’s 25th anniversary event
Thursday, October 8, 6 – 9:30PM
465 California Street, 16th Floor, San Francisco, CA

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Sandra Steingraber

Get your ticket today. Come with your friends and enjoy an additional 10% discount on a table for eight.

We’re thrilled that Rose Aguilar, longtime host of KALW’s show Your Call, will emcee the event. And we’ll be honoring acclaimed biologist, author and activist Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. with the Barbara Brenner Hell Raiser Award for her exceptional work on environmental toxins linked to breast cancer.

If you can’t be there in person, be there in spirit by purchasing a tribute ticket. And it’s not too late to support Breast Cancer Action by becoming an event sponsor.

I feel so grateful for all you do to support BCAction. I hope you can join us on October 8 to honor 25 years of independent, grassroots activism for women’s health.

Last Chance! We’ll Match Your Donation TODAY.

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BCAction's Board of DirectorsWe’re so close! You have one more day to help Breast Cancer Action raise $12,500, which will be doubled for a total of $25,000! Read More »

Twice the impact for the truth about breast cancer

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Ngina (left) with her partner, Byllye.

By Ngina Lythcott, BCAction Board member

I’ve been living with breast cancer for 27 years. My diagnosis was terrifying and I know how important it is to have accurate, evidence-based information about this disease from a trusted source. I serve on the Board of Directors of Breast Cancer Action because I believe that every woman needs independent information about treatment decisions, free of charge. Read More »

I will double your donation to Breast Cancer Action

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By Shobita Parthasarathy, BCAction Board member

My name is Shobita, and I’m a member of Breast Cancer Action’s all-volunteer Board of Directors. For more than ten years, I’ve admired BCAction’s fiercely independent advocacy on behalf of women’s health, and I was honored to join the Board in 2014. Read More »

Donate Today – Your Gift Will Be Matched!

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BCAction's Board of DirectorsWe have an amazing opportunity right now.

We are the all-volunteer national Board of Directors who love Breast Cancer Action and donate our time and talent to steward this powerful grassroots organization.

Breast Cancer Action depends on members like you to fund our vital and independent work. As the Board of Directors, we are acutely aware of the need for its independent, unbiased work to continue.

That’s why we, along with several former Board members, are pledging to match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $12,500 between now and June 30th.

BCAction donate button 2014BCAction was founded by a small group of women 25 years ago. Today, we are 60,000 members strong and we have accomplished things our founders never imagined.

Donate today to double your gift. Help us raise $25,000 for Breast Cancer Action, in recognition of 25 years of fearless activism for women affected by breast cancer.

Like you, we each bring something unique to this work. We range in age from our 20s to our 80s. We live in seven states across the country. Some of us have been diagnosed with breast cancer; others have lost a loved one to the disease. But we are all united by our passion for and commitment to Breast Cancer Action.

We must meet this match by June 30th, the end of our fiscal year. Your support means we know we will have the funds to advance our work. Please join us by making a donation today.

Your generous donation will support our work as the watchdog on screening, diagnosis, and treatment issues. Work like:

  • One-on-one patient support that provides invaluable evidence-based, independent resources for women and their caregivers.
  • Ensuring that drugs and devices approved by the FDA are safe and effective by testifying about new breast cancer treatments and pushing back against legislation that threatens to weaken patient safety standards.
  • Responding to breaking breast cancer news with tell-it-like-it-is analysis so that women have evidence-based information that goes beyond the media headlines.

BCAction’s strict conflict of interest policy means we’ll never take corporate funding from companies that profit from or contribute to breast cancer. Your support matters now more than ever. Donate today—your gift will be doubled by a dollar-for-dollar match up to $12,500.

Thank you for your commitment to and support of Breast Cancer Action.

Sincerely,

Breast Cancer Action’s current and former Board of Directors

Why I Told My Friends “Don’t Pink for Me”

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By Julie Morgan, Member, BCAction Board of Directors

In 2011, when I was 37, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was devastating to me and my whole community.

My friends and family wanted to show their support and love while I was going through treatment. I was pretty vocal from early on after my diagnosis that I wasn’t into the pink ribbon culture. And even years before my diagnosis I voiced my concerns about carcinogens being sold in the name of breast cancer. Read More »

Two ways to help BCAction today

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By Sahru Keiser, Program Manager

dont-pink-4-me-200x150Every year it starts earlier and earlier. Companies jump on the breast cancer bandwagon with their pink ribbon promotions. The latest outrageous example? A porn company is asking women to hold a Coke can between their breasts and take a picture to “raise awareness of breast cancer.”

Our 2015 Think Before You Pink® campaign planning is starting now. Here’s how you can help and get involved:

  1. Send us the worst, most offensive, egregious pink ribbon products or promotions you are seeing. Member input is vital to our campaign planning. What pink ribbon products and promotions are you seeing that push empty “awareness,” spread misinformation, simply boost corporate profits, increase our risk of breast cancer, degrade women, and obscure the harsh realities of the disease? Join us in pushing back on pink ribbon promotions that prioritize corporate profits and do nothing for women’s health. Send your examples to Alyssa Figueroa, BCAction’s Campaigns Coordinator.

  2. Support our activism by starting your own “Don’t Pink for Me©” fundraising page. Each year members like you tell us your friends and family want to support you. Don’t Pink for Me© emerged as a direct response to everyone who is tired of Big Pink. Help keep us independent by asking your community to make a donation to Breast Cancer Action in your honor instead of buying pink ribbon products. It’s easy! Just go to http://dontpinkforme.causevox.com/ to create your fundraising page today. Help us meet our fundraising goal in June. 

We depend on you, our members, who join us to demand accountability and transparency from corporations and charities engaged in pink ribbon marketing and promotions. You are the reason we can go toe-to-toe with the cancer industry. You are the reason we are independent and able to do this vital work that no other breast cancer organization is doing.

Thank you for joining us to stand up to pink profiteering in the name of women’s health.

25 years of putting women’s health first

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Karuna Jaggar 2013By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

This year marks Breast Cancer Action’s 25th anniversary – 25 years as the watchdog for the breast cancer movement.

For 25 years, we have challenged the status quo in breast cancer to ensure that women’s health comes first. Since our fearless founders came together to create Breast Cancer Action, we have been driven and supported by people like YOU. And we’ve grown from 8 founders to a grassroots membership of 60,000 today. Read More »

Honor Barbara Brenner’s Legacy

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Sarah and BBBy Sarah Harding, Development Director

Everyone who knew Barbara Brenner personally or by reputation knows she was fearless and direct in her questions and in her answers. One of her favorite lines was “change happens only because we demand it.” She taught me that if you don’t ask, you won’t get. Today, I am taking Barbara at her word. Read More »

4 Days Left to Donate

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Karuna JaggarBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Breast Cancer Action is one of the smallest and most efficient organizations in our field. We are small but we are mighty. And we accomplish a lot with your donations. 

We raise almost 25% of our budget in the month of December. Our members are our strength. We cannot do this work without your support. Read More »

Watch Breast Cancer Action on The Daily Show

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Our executive Director Karuna Jaggar talked with Samantha Bee of The Daily Show about why pink drill bits “for the cure” are ludicrous and not the solution to the breast cancer epidemic – and why BCAction will never take corporate funding from any company that profits from or contributes to breast cancer. Support our independent voice and make a year-end gift today.

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