41 posts tagged breast cancer
Today we honor recent breast cancer survivor, Laura Milstead and how she’s giving back to her fellow survivor community. Laura shares our compassion to support the breast cancer community through nature-based wellness experiences that enhance a survivor’s path of healing and long-term survivorship; and she’s doing just that through a Yosemite Wellness Retreat, May 17-19.
As a part of the B4BC Survivorship Fund we’ve been working in tandem these past few months with Laura to help support her efforts! Follow the link below for more on her personal battle with cancer & the retreat…
(Pic: Laura on a hiking adventure at Yosemite last summer, 2012)
We want to extend a shout out of THANKS to the UCLA Snow Team for hosting their annual B4BC fundraiser earlier this week in Westwood, CA. This year’s event marked a decade of support from the Bruin Shredders, with current members & alumni coming out in full force to support B4BC!
Also, many thanks to our partners The North Face, Nixon, Von Zipper, Bonfire, & Electric for providing product giveaways for this active bunch of humans.
If you’re interested in getting your Ski & Snowboard Team/Club involved, please visit http://b4bc.org/get-involved/
We are SO excited to announce our newest partnership with Pura Vida, who created this custom bracelet benefiting B4BC! They are 100% waterproof, so they wont stop you from shredding the love with us while you’re surfing or snowboarding.
In case you missed it: Dateline NBC aired a great segment this week on toxic chemicals and hormone disruptors in our homes and everyday objects. The clip shows NBC News’ Andrea Canning raise and lower her body levels of thalates, triclosan and BPA, which are linked to breast cancer, by modifying the lotions, make-up, soap, plastic containers and canned foods she used in a 24 hour period.
Pay attention to what you put in your body, people!
Here is the Dateline NBC clip: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/51320243#51320243
IT’S PERSONAL // GRETCHEN SNYDER
Last week in Vail we met an awesome gal named Gretchen Snyder. Gretchen approached our educational booth rockin’ all pink ski gear & explained that it was in honor of her Aunt & Grandmother who both passed away from breast cancer. Gretchen’s zest for life is infectious and we love that she keeps her Aunt & Grandmother in mind every time she hits the slopes! Tune in below to hear more of her “It’s Personal” story…
GIVING THANKS // Wanted to give a shout out to B4BC volunteer & friend Frank Alvarado. We met Frank 4 years ago when he joined us at our annual Skate the Lake event where he was pushing in honor of a friend who was losing her battle with breast cancer.
Frank’s been rolling as a part of the B4BC family ever since & has taken his volunteerism to the next level by hosting two annual events benefiting B4BC called Ride The Tide (13.1 mile skate) and Paint & Destroy Cancer (skate art show). Last month Frank rallied his community (the city of Manteca, CA) to come together for these two awareness & prevention events, collectively fundraising over $5,000 for B4BC’s efforts!
Frank has a heart of gold and B4BC couldn’t do what we do if we didn’t have people like him helping us fundraise & spread the good word along the way .
So THANK YOU Frank and to all of our amazing volunteers who continuously inspire us to keep charging, we’re grateful to have you a part of our team! xo
The holidays are for spending quality time with the people that you love, but for many of us, the holidays turn into the most stressful time of year. To help you get through, we’ve compiled 5-tips for a stress-free holiday…
1. BREATHE // Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. Slow deep breathing can restore balance in your nervous system, which is impaired when you’re one big ball of stress! SOOOO BREATHE. *Count to 10 as you inhale and then again as you exhale. Repeat for 10 to 15 minutes daily.
2.GET ORGANIZED // Keep it simple by getting organized. Map out your social commitments, but don’t over do it! It’s ok to say no. Organization also helps when it comes to holiday spending. Create and stick to a budget so you don’t have to stress as much over the financial strain of the holiday season.
3. EXERCISE // Make sure that you keep up your exercise routine over the holidays to help reduce stress while also burning off those holiday cookies! Exercise produces endorphins, which will help you feel happy and relaxed.
So hit the hill and go skiing/ snowboarding, or do simple activities with the family like building a snowman, hike up a snowy hill and sled at lightening speed down. Engage the family in some light yoga. Not as fun, but even shoveling snow is a good workout to get the endorphins pumping.
4. TAKE A HOLIDAY TIME-OUT TO LAUGH // Laughing can significantly decrease levels of stress hormones. Pick up a funny holiday movie or engage with family & friends in a classic game of charades to take off that holiday edge.
5. TREAT YOURSELF // Flavonoids in cocoa relax your body’s blood vessels so that arteries can dilate reducing blood pressure, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. Look for dark chocolate or cocoa powder, which have more of the stress-busting compound than milk chocolate, and keep it to one serving.
From all of us at B4BC…Happy Holidays! xo
(B4BC’s personal holiday movie pick - National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)
Stress Relief Tips: www.womenshealthmag.com
How to Cope With Holiday Stress: www.huffingtonpost.com
The snow is flying, but are you in “shredding shape”? Strength, balance, agility, and endurance are not only important in helping you improve your mad skills on the hill this season, but they’re also important for preventing injuries. Check out this great article from FitSugar to see what the pros are doing to improve and stay healthy on the hill….http://www.fitsugar.com/Snowboarding-Workouts-From-Olympic-Snowboarders-20457917?_nz=32
Ever wonder which part of the breast, cancer most commonly occurs? We found an interesting infograph that illustrates just that. According to CE Essentials Radiography’s graph, 41% of lumps occur in the upper outer quadrant of the breast. Many people don’t even realize that your breast tissue extends as far as your collarbone and under arm area. So please be your own advocate and take some time to learn how to properly check yourself here, http://b4bc.org/early-detection/check-yourself
Today we give thanks and support to our friends at Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach for the programs they provide cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.
B4BC’s grant of $3500 will provide (20) individual counseling sessions, (1) month of support sessions and (1) special workshop for breast cancer patients and survivors. All is due in part to the tremendous fundraising efforts of this year’s Skate the Coast participants!