Weekly Warm-Up: Raise Awareness through Cropping & Shopping

10/05/2009 at 3:27 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 92 Comments
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meganMy mom is fighting the good fight. Last October, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, she’s been going through rigorous treatments, fighting for her life—fighting for multiple lives, really, as she is the nucleus of our family, the light at the center of it all! It’s because of support and research that my mom is here to fight. You see, she has an aggressive form of cancer that up until relatively recently made it next to impossible for those that had it to survive. Now, I’m delighted to say, there’s a special therapy that greatly increases the survival rate of this kind of cancer. Each and every thing we do to show support makes steps like this possible.

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In the spirit of making strides, we want to welcome October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in a very positive way, by uniting in this good fight.  Like me, so many on our magazine team have first-hand experience with this common killer, just as, I imagine, do many of you. Rather than dwell on this sobering fact, let’s use it as a motivator that springs us into action. Deal? Deal!

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SHOPPING

Whether you need more everyday supplies or are looking to add a little something special to your craft collection, we’ve compiled a list of scrapbooking goodies which, when purchased, proceeds are donated to breast cancer-related causes.

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Adhesives

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L offers a full line of Nat’l Breast Cancer Foundation products, with 5% of each purchase donated.

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Xyron designed its Create-a-Sticker machine in the shape of a pink ribbon, and $0.50 from each purchase benefits the Breast Cancer Research Center. Cute and cool!

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Duck brand tape offers an assortment of breast-cancer specific products and donates $0.10 to $0.20 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Tools

Slice it up, and Making Memories will donate a portion of your purchase to aid in the breast cancer search for a cure.

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Support Susan G. Komen for the Cure with the Sizzix Scrap Pink Kit and 5% of your purchase will be donated.

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Organization

StoneCreek Creations donates $2 from the purchase of every Passion Pink Krafter’s Purse to support the cause and the totes even come with a special pink-ribbon pin.

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Put your stuff in the Neatnix Stuff Buckets; put your money towards a good cause. Plus, as a loyal CK reader, Neatnix is offering you a special 15% off discount. Simply type in “Creating” as your coupon code in the shopping cart.

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Stamps

Half of the money spent on the purchase of this beautiful Celebrate Life stamp set from Technique Tuesday goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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CROPPING

Since you’re already going to be out and about making new and wonderful purchases, why not visit a local scrapbook store participating in the Scrap Pink event? Find a complete list of participating stores and additional information on Scrap Pink here.

WINNING

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To start this incredibly moving month off right, we’ve decided to throw in a giveaway. Four lucky winners will receive an assortment of breast cancer products (assortments shown above). To enter, simply leave a comment on this post by Thursday, October 8. We’ll post our winners next Monday. We’d like to thank the following prize sponsors for donating their beautiful products: EK Success, Fiskars Americas, Per Annum and SRM Stickers.

Breast cancer is far too common, but we’re strong. Together we will find a cure. Together we will offer support for the millions impacted both directly and indirectly. Together we will fight the good fight!

Warmly,
Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

P.S. Don’t forget to check the Giveaways tab at the top of the page to see winners of our most recent giveaways.

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  1. My oldest friend’s mom (with whom I grew up) is having a lumpectomy today to remove a cancerous tumor. I hope and pray that everything is going to be okay, not only because I love her mom but also because her dad is wrestling with cancer too and it’s just too much. Maybe it’s significant that the operation is at a time when much of the country is focused on fighting the disease? Maybe it means that there’s more hope? A better outcome?

    All I can do is pray. (Well, and make her a card with all this cool stuff?)

  2. And, BTW, your mom is a cutie. Can you tell the story of “Schmom”? I’ll add her to my prayers.

  3. I hope that everything works out okay for your mom. I completely understand, as my dad had an aggressive form of prostate cancer. I wish that people gave more attention to prostate cancer also, because just like we don’t want to lose our moms or sisters to breast cancer, we don’t want to lose our fathers or brothers either. Many people think prostate cancer is something only old men get, but this is not true. My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 46 and passed away at age 49, with no family history of prostate cancer. This year, the American Urological Association changed the recommended screening age for prostate cancer from 50 to 40. http://www.urologyhealth.org/search/index.cfm?search=men&searchtype=and&topic=250

    Please tell your fathers/husbands/brothers/sons to get checked for prostate cancer starting at age 40.

  4. I hope everything turns out wonderfully with your mom. Having a parent with cancer is difficult at best. Warm wishes, Jamie

  5. Wishing your family all the best. It’s so sad that so many lives are touched by this awful disease. One of my best friends growing up lost her Mom 17 years ago this month.

  6. Wishing that your mom’s light keeps shining bright. There has only been one member of our family with breast cancer. She never fought it as I think she wanted to join her husband.

  7. I just finished hosting my 2nd Scrap Pink event!! we have no LSS so I took matters into my own hands 🙂

    I watched (sadly from a far) my great aunt fight it for many years & when this opportunity came around I jumped on it!! I am also joining a group of friends & doing the Race for the Cure in Des Moines, Iowa on the 24th!!

    This is a cause I can get behind!!

  8. Best wishes to your family!

  9. wishing you and your family the best.

  10. While there has been great strides in treating breast cancer there is still a long way to go….I will gladly support companies who contribute to the amazing research being done!

  11. Prayers and strength to your mom and family.

  12. What a difficult thing for anyone to have to go through. Thank you for sharing this with us and I truly wish you both all the best!

    What a great post today reminding all of us about this good cause.

  13. Praise God this disease has not hit close to home for me. But I was a Zeta Tau Alpha in college and we focused our philanthropic events towards informing our community and supporting the Susan G. Koman foundation. It amazes me how so many companies are doing something extra special to support women and help find a cure. Wow!

  14. Our small town held it’s annual “crop for the cure” last weekend for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For $20 entry you can crop all day with scrappin’ ladies. There was a raffle, good food, good company. Our town is small, so I think we were able to contribute about $300. This is more than last year. I also try to purchase any “pink” thing that supports this cause. Our prayers are with you and your mom for successful treatment!

  15. First, my thoughts and prayers are with you mom. Second, 3L is an amazing company they support not only Breast Cancer Causes, they also support Make-A-Wish. I love being able to support companies that care. Thanks for letting us know about some of the other companies that care, too!

  16. Apparently I need a new Xyron – that ribbon one is awesome!!

  17. Best wishes and prayers for your Mom–I’ve had several friends with this horrible disease, so far, they all caught it early enough and are on the road to recovery! We need to keep supporting research and get this thing over and done with!

  18. I love your page with your Mom…and I love it when people “reach out” for causes! I have a very good friend that has had breat cancer twice…..she lost both her Mother and her mother’s 2 sisters to it, she is such a sweetheart and I do everything I can to support this, I can think of 3 more people right off the top of my head that has had it too, and my husbands high school friend was lost to this, yes men CAN get this, too! I am praying for you and your family that a cure CAN be found, and for a fsst and speedy recovery for you Mom!! A wonderful article and a wake up call for all us…thanks for sharing!!

  19. My thoughts and prayers are with your mom and your family as she fights the battle to live. My best friend is a 6 year breast cancer survivor and we are doing a scrapbook crop at my house we are furnishing the lunch, supplies, door prizes, etc. and donating all the money raised to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Breast cancer seems to be effecting more and more young people and I feel every penny we can raise for the CAUSE is worth it.

  20. Thank you for this post. I pray for your mom and all others fighting the battle. My mom is a survivor, and I know the continued support and love that is necessary for all out there. Thanks for the reminder.

  21. Prayers for you and your mom. I have always loved to find thing to do to celebrate October for breast cancer research. I try to do all I can to contribute. It’s such a great cause. My husband’s grandma was a breast cancer survivor, and a very spirited lady.

  22. my son’s teacher beat cancer … she is amazing … let’s keep fighting

  23. love your page..I have seen so many women survive breast cancer with early detection..

  24. I am happy to hear that your mom is a fighter. I will pray for her health and strength. Thank you for sharing with us. All the products are awesome.

  25. It is great that your Mom is fighting this! I will be sure to pray for her and for your family! Thank you for sharing these products! I will be making a point to find some of them!

  26. My mother also fought a very aggressive form of breast cancer. She was diagnosed at stage 3 and unfortunately, the treatment was not enough to save her life but I am comforted in the knowledge that what her oncologists learned from her struggle will help another woman fight and survive breast cancer.

    Thanks for posting the info about the products. I always make it a point to buy products that donate some of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

  27. Don’t enter me in the drawing as I am lucky enough not have a close-close brush with this horrid disease…but I did want to say that I’m wishing your mom lots of strength and health and all good thoughts! I know she is grateful to have you and the family beside her as she faces this, but it has to be hard to be the one who makes everyone worry when her job has always been to be the one to take care of everyone else! Truly, best wishes for the future for you both!
    Charlene

  28. My grandmother and aunt and my kids’ awesome first-grade teacher all beat breast cancer. I also understand having a parent with cancer, as my father has metastatic prostate cancer. Cancer is horrible and has also hit several other friends this year. Anything people can do to defeat this horrible disease is wonderful. Wishing your mom well in her fight!

  29. Thanks for sharing this. Sending many prayers your mom’s way. So glad to hear about the new therapy.

  30. I am so thankful there are scrapbooking companies that are willing to share for this great cause. I pray for complete healing for your mom and one day, a cure will be found and we will not have to face these fears ourselves.

  31. What a great thing to have an entire month dedicated to finding a cure. My MIL is a survivor so it is a very personal thing in our family. Thanks for supporting this great cause!

  32. I love that so many companies are starting to support breast cancer research. Wonderful to see!

  33. We will stick together and fight this terrible disease together and we will find a cure!

  34. What a wonderful giveaway! My sister walks the 3-Day Breast Cancer walk so these items would be great for her fundraising as well as pages in the album I’m doing for her.

    I hope that LOTS of money is raised with the purchase of all these products. Let’s beat cancer of all kinds once and for all.

    Good luck to all! 🙂

  35. I have been so blessed to not have anyone I know with breast cancer, but it’s there everyday and something to aware of and keep up with monthly self examinations! It’s wonderful to see these companies donating to the cause!

  36. Megan, my heart goes out to you and your family. My mother has had three bouts of malignant melanoma, and two preventative treatments within the last five years. It is very scary to watch. I hope for the best, and will keep your family in my prayers.
    I also find it wonderful that so many business and communities support such great causes. Thank you for keeping us updated on the many new products that support breast cancer research!

  37. My good friend lost her mom to breast cancer last summer. She battled it THREE times! What a fighter! I will pray that your mom wins her fight. Thank you for the chance to win .

    Christine

  38. Sending good thought to your mom and family. I love that the scrapbooking industry has gotten into supporting breast cancer. Thanks for the pink giveaway.

  39. Love your layout and I adore the fact that all these companies are working to find a cure! I will be on the lookout for these products when I shop!

  40. What a great giveaway!

    Hoefully one day there will be a cure!!!!!!!!!!

  41. It’s truly awesome how people can come together and support, pray, love, hope and fight alongside those who are battling cancer or know someone who is. I pray that your mom will continue to be strong:)

  42. I’m praying that every thing works out for your mom. My mom is also a breast cancer survivor. She has been cancer free now for about 20 years now. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  43. Thank you so much for supporting this cause!

  44. Great showcase of the wonderful suppliers who embrace and support Breast Cancer Research. Keep up the good work. Great layout.

  45. Praying for all those affected by this cancer, and other cancers. I love the giveaway items. If my husband gets a job before these are all gone I’ll have to pick something up, I’m just not sure which I’d be able to limit it to!

  46. So many lives are affected by this terrible thing – such an amazing show of support by these companies. Thanks for sharing your story.

  47. love all the pink and support

  48. your mom is on our prayer list! please keep us posted….

  49. Megan, I LOVE the layout of you and your mom (and dad) and your running for the cure! Just beautiful w/ the sprinkling of buttons and brads across the page. Just beautiful like your mom, who like many others, continues to fight and hope!!
    Thanks for the focus on breast cancer awareness products too. Gosh, why have I not seen that cute pink Xyron already??!

  50. Thanks for sharing. I love all the breast cancer support that is being shown.

  51. I think it is a great thing these companies are doing. Thanks for sharing your story.

  52. Best wishes and God bless to your Mom!

  53. I’m praying too for your mom! It is important to acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness!

  54. My grandmother is 93 years young and a 40-year breast cancer survivor! Thanks for keeping us aware! And, good luck to your mom and your family!

  55. My aunt is two-time breast cancer surviver. What a great month!

  56. I really enjoyed todays post, I never knew there were so many products that donated their proceeds to breast cancer-related causes. I’ll be on the look out for some of these products! Thanks for the chance to win.

  57. I’ve carried a pink ribbon on my backpack for years now, in honour of those in my life who has fought against – and won over – breast cancer. Thank you for bringing focus to this important cause!

  58. I am so very fortunate that no one that I know has breast cancer but my MIL has lung cancer that has metastisized to her bones and she has never been a smoker. Thank you for sharing all of these Awareness products from these awesome companies. I had no idea that there were so many available.

  59. My thoughts are with you and your mom, as well as with everyone touched by breast cancer.

  60. I “pink” for my friend Lissa.

  61. Sinding well wishes and strenghtn to your mom. My Sil is still fighting the good fight against breast cancer and has been for almost 10 yrs. We found out she had breast cancer around the same time my dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer. We lost him in 01. So I support cancer reaseach in all of its forms.

  62. I am a 3 yr breast cancer survivor. My sister has been a survivor for a little over a year. We are section of the breast cancer survivor population which is not as well researched or even as well funded… we are young survivors with a genetic predisposition. I am very happy to see so many companies supporting the cause… but it’s not awareness we need. We are all aware! 🙂 It’s the funding to continue the fight and continue making progress so that this will be a different disease for our daughters, maybe even one they won’t have to fight like we did.

  63. I’m thrilled to hear that your mom is responding well to treatments. I wish her continued and complete healing.

    My mom as diagnosed last August with breast cancer. She has her last Herceptin infusion this Friday. I am so thankful for the research that made this medicine available to combat the HER2 protein.

    For my mom’s 60th birthday this year, our family and friends gathered at a local park as a suprise to her. We all wore our pink shirts. In her honor, we let go 60 pink balloons. Each balloon contained a message reminding women to perform their monthly self-exams and to get their annual mammograms.

    We were not able to do the Race fo the Cure this year due to mom’s treatment schedule, but my mom, my daughter, and I did crop at our local scrapbook store during the ScrapPink event.

    I love scrapbooking and am thrilled that the companies that make scrapbook supplies take such an active role in the fight against breast cancer.

  64. I’m sure every family has been touched by breast cancer in some way. Thanks for letting us know about these products that can help find a cure!

  65. My mom, too, is fighting this awful disease – for the second time. Her final chemo treatment is this Friday. I am sorry that your mom is going through it, too 😦 Let’s keep fighting together to come up with a way to prevent it!!!

  66. what an awesome way to raise awareness! your family & your fight is in my thoughts!

  67. So glad your Mom is fighting and progressing for the better. i am so glad these companies are taking the time to donate to this worthy cause! Plus, I’d love to win these goodies!

  68. Meghan – thanks for sharing your story and the companies that support the cause. I love that so many of us can come together to truly make a difference within (and outside) of our community. We’re all so strong and with each others’ support, we can inspire one another to fight anything!

  69. Breast Cancer has also affected our family. Four years ago, our 21 year old daughter was diagnosed and just Friday, my sister-in-law. I don’t think I know a single person that has not had someone close to them battle this disease. Thanks for helping to make a difference.

  70. Megan,
    Thoughts with your mom on her good fight. Never let her think anything but that she can win. Our family has also fought this fight—too many times, but I remain hopeful that there is a cure out there. ScrapPink and other movements like it help us toward that day!

  71. I am wishing your mom the best!

  72. I love donating to the cause! I”m saving up my yogurt lids to send off! Avon products donate 100% of the profits go to the cause!

  73. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your schmom and your family. 🙂

  74. May God bless you, your mom, and your family with the strength it takes for keep fighting this fight.

    I had my own scare with breast cancer twice and I don’t want to face another one.

    Thank you for encouraging all of us women to help each other and thank you to your sponsoring companies!

  75. This is awesome! How cool is it that so many manufacturers are getting involved! Love it!

    God Bless your mother and anyone who is effected by this horrific disease. Race for the Cure!

  76. It’s frightning to see even rather young friends (in their early 40’s) getting this cancer. Supporting the research is so importing and I am happy to see the pink ribbon movement has become world wide. Best wishes to your mum and to all of you who has fought this battle, and hugs to all of you who have been effected by it.

  77. Hello. Your page is gorgeous! I ran last year in the Race for Breast Cancer in Chicago. I ran with a friend and her sister in memory of their mom (and my “mom”). She was like the mom to all of us. When they packed their stuff up in our last year of highschool to move to Arizona it was heart breaking. When we all heard they were returning to Chicago it was heartbreaking as well. She was returning to be closer to family that could support her and help her fight her battle. The breast cancer didn’t kill her. She survived. She survived just long enough to find out she had a brain tumor. Anyways, Im getting all teary eyed now, so I just wanted to say, your mom is in my prayers. Keep fighting the fight! Good Luck!

  78. Hey Megan, this is a great post.Your story is nice. I love your layout. I attended Scrap Pink with the Manhattan Scrapbooks about 2 weeks ago. Check out my blog- http://scrapinsweetheart.blogspot.com/2009/09/scrap-pink-and-more.html
    to hear about my time at Scrap Pink. All the money raised that day went to breast cancer.

  79. So good to see all those scrapbook companies doing their best to fund research. My MIL had a breast removed just after my DS was born and now, almost 7 years later she is still doing great!!!!!

  80. I wish your mom health and a long and beautiful life that is Cancer free. Peace to her and all the have to deal with his disease.

  81. This is such a great charity! and I all for saving the breast! I also participate! in a different way I enjoy doing “SURVIVOR CROP” Outscrap, outlast, outraise, crafters, Unite for the Cure! This is the second largest fundraiser in San Diego, California after the walk. It is the 8th annual survivor crop for the cure a 24 hour scrapbook/paper crafting marathon. it is sponsor by my favorite scrapbook store EVER AFTER SCRAPBOOKS and if you live in souther california and want to be involved there still time! go to http://www.scrapbooks.info or call 760-630-crop (2767) The dates are October 17-18, 2009

  82. What an awesome giveaway. Thanks for promoting awareness!

  83. It’s so great to see companies donate money to such a great cause. I hope your mom’s treatment continues to go well!

  84. Thanks for sharing your story! Best wishes to your “schmom”!

  85. What a wonderful way to bring about awareness…thank you for sharing your story, that’s what it’s all about after all. Bringing people together.

  86. Great strides are being made every day in this awful battle. Keep the faith, God is in control. 🙂

  87. It is ironic that on Breast Cancer Awareness month, I would find out that one of my dearest friends has been diagnosed with the disease. She is the 3rd person I know who has to battle a form of cancer.

    I am touched by the urgency in the need to find the cure for women like her and I hope and pray that we continue to seek new ways of knowledge to fight it.

  88. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you fight the battle of this disease. This was an excellent article and thank you for promoting the companies who support the research in finding cures.

  89. I’ll say some prayers for your mom. I’m receiving chemo right now for breast cancer and I thank God everyday that they have made such leaps and bounds with breast cancer research. I hope someday that all cancers can be treated with a vaccine. Eradicate it like polio. It will happen.

  90. I am counting my blessings this time of year thinking about how lucky I am to not be touched by breast cancer. No one in my extended family (including 3 sisters) have had breast cancer. To be honest, I have only known one woman who fought breast cancer and unfortunately she did not make it. It saddens me reading all the cancer stories-praying for a cure real soon!

  91. I’d love to win this giveaway as I am doing a volunteer project at my local hospital and would love to win supplies to use for that.

  92. […] Cancer Support Speaking of products, earlier this week Megan shared some scrapbook products that correlate in some way with the fight against breast cancer. I […]


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