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    • Awareness Ribbon Colors and Meanings

      Awareness Ribbons




      It's the beginning of the year and we will be highlighting different causes each month. To kick things off, here is a  list of some of the common Awareness ribbon colors and causes.  This list is not necessarily all-inclusive, so please feel free to let us know if you would like another awareness ribbon or awareness cause added to our Awareness Ribbon Colors reference guide.


      Black Ribbon: Melanoma, Mourning POW-MIA, Suicide, Anti-Gang

      Black and Clear Ribbon: Street Racing Awareness

      Blue and Yellow Ribbon: Down's Syndrome Awareness

      Brown Ribbon: Colorectal Cancer Awareness

      Dark or Royal Blue Ribbon: Colon Cancer, Anti-Tobacco, Arthritis Awareness, Child Abuse Prevention, Crime Victim Rights, Domestic Violence, Drunk Driving, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Police Officers Lost in the Line of Duty, Reye's Syndrome, Huntington's Disease

      Gold Ribbon: Childhood Cancer Awareness

      Grey Ribbon: Diabetes Awareness, Asthma, Brain Cancer Awareness

      Green Ribbon: Kidney Cancer Awareness, Organ Donation, Bipolar Disorder, Cerebral Palsy Awareness, Glaucoma Awareness

      Lavender Ribbon: Epilepsy, Hysterectomy, Rett Syndrome, Testicular Cancer

      Light Blue Ribbon: Prostate Cancer, Thyroid Disease, Men's Health, Addison's Disease, Grave's Disease

      Multi-color (puzzle piece design): Autism Awareness

      Orange Ribbon: Leukemia, Lupus, Motorcyclist Safety, Multiple Sclerosis

      Pink Ribbon: Breast Cancer Awareness

      Pink and Blue Ribbon: Miscarriage, ARDS, Male Breast Cancer, SIDS Awareness

      Purple Ribbon: Thyroid Cancer, ADD, ADHD, Alzheimer's Disease, Animal Abuse, Cancer Survivor, Children with Disabilities, Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Domestic Violence, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Macular Degeneration, Pancreatic Cancer

      Red Ribbon: DUI Awareness, Heart Disease, HIV/AIDS, MADD, DARE, Substance Abuse

      Silver Ribbon: Abuse of the Elderly, Children with Disabilities, Diseases or Disorders of the Brain, Parkinson's Disease

      Teal Ribbon: Ovarian Cancer, Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome, Sexual Violence, Spaying and Neutering Pets, Substance Abuse, Tourette Syndrome, PTSD, Cervical Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Gynecological Cancer

      White Ribbon: Adoption, Bone Disease, Bone Cancer, Child Exploitation and Abuse, Free Speech, Innocence, Peace, Poverty Awareness, Purity, Student Sexual Assault, Victims of Terrorism

      Yellow Ribbon: Support our Troops, Adoptive Parents, Endometriosis, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Missing Children, Missing Persons, Suicide Prevention, Testicular Cancer

    • Breast Cancer ~ Fundraising Ideas and Tips

      You may have noticed that pink is everywhere! Pink ribbons, pink shoes, socks, or chin guards on football players, pink shirts, pink bracelets, pink cupcakes, and pink packaging on hundreds - if not thousands - of products you purchase every day. When you see pink you can be sure that money is being raised, lives are being changed and we are making great strides in the fight against breast cancer. 


      Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is the most popular time year to raise money that will help to provide mammograms for women who cannot afford it, fund research that will improve cancer treatments, one day wipeout the disease forever and to improve the lives of cancer patients everywhere. Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way and if you have a loved one or friend fighting the disease you may feel very helpless but still feel very determined to find away to help. Fundraising doesn't have to stop in October - it can keep going year round!

      So what can you do to raise money for the cause? There are so many ways and here at Charming Chick we hope to give you ideas and inspire you to make a difference!


      Fundraising ideas:

      1. Clear the clutter and host a garage sale. Donate all proceeds.

      2. Get crafting. Turn your hobby into money for your favorite breast cancer organization. Do you like to take photographs, quilt, knit, sew, paint, or something else? You can sell these items at crafts fairs, bazaars or on Esty.

      3. Are people always asking for your recipes? Make a cookbook and sell it and donate the proceeds.

      4. Just ask! Ask for a donation in any amount for your favorite breast cancer foundation. You can even write a letter to friends and family about why it is so important for you to help raise money for breast cancer.

      5. Participate in Komen for the Cure, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer or any other fundraiser dedicated to raising awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer.

      6. Host a bake sale. Yummmm!

      7. If your boss will let you, you can make a "Casual Friday." Folks interested in dressing down on this day can make a donation of $5 or more each time they want to participate. then that money can go to the cause.

      8. Party with a Purpose. Host a dinner or get together that aims to raise money for breast cancer. You can charge per plate or table and you may be able to get food, entertainment, a venue and decorations donated.

      9. Have an auction or raffle. Depending on the laws for your state you can put on a silent auction or raffle off items with proceeds going to benefit breast cancer research.

      10. Have a Car Wash

      11. Chili Cook-off are fun and a great way to raise money!

      12. Donate your birthday for a cure. Let friends and family know that in lieu of gifts this year you would like them to donate to your favorite breast cancer organization.

      13. Many restaurants will donate a portion of their days proceeds to raise money for certain organizations. Approach several. It never hurts to ask around.

      14. Sell flowers, fruits or veggies out of your own garden.

      15. Have a friend that does home parties like Tupperware, Partylite, Pampered Chef, etc.? Offer to donate your hostess rewards and/or see if they will donate a portion of their sales to the cause.

      There are really so many ways you can raise money to help fight breast cancer. Get creative. Be Passionate. You will succeed!

    • Breast Cancer Awareness ~ Dallas/Fort Worth Area

      approximately 1.3 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and despite our best efforts -- there is still no cure. Often times, when a loved is diagnosed with breast cancer family and friends feel very helpless but they will also do whatever they can to be of assistance and show their support. One way that folks honor survivors, remember those who have lost their battle to cancer, raise funds to help those affected by the disease and work toward a cure -- is by participating events designed to do one or all of those things. Here are just a few of the events we have going on here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.



      Komen Dallas Race for the Cure -- North Park Center ~ October 15, 2011

      "The Komen Dallas Race for the Cure® is an annual 1K and 5K fundraising walk/run event held at NorthPark Center. It is a co-ed race and great fun for the entire family.  The Race is in its 29th year and is part of a national 5K series sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The goal of the event is to raise funds, heighten awareness and educate people about breast health as well as to recognize and celebrate breast cancer survivorship.  The Race is the largest fundraising event for local breast cancer screening, treatment, education and research in Dallas County.  Last year our affiliate granted $1,912,000 into the immediate Dallas community for these vital services.  $679,829 was directed to cutting edge research at the national level." For more information visit www.komen-dallas.org 

      Pink Pride Brides -- Bridal Fashion for a Cause ~ October 18, 2011

      "Pink Pride Brides – Bridal Fashion for a Cause is a bridal fashion show which supports the fight against breast cancer. Brought to you by Hitched Events, and featuring Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories from Mockingbird Bridal Boutique, Pink Pride Brides is your chance to get a glimpse of the latest wedding fashions while enjoying an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine. From sleek sophistication to delicate lace, the fashion show will have something for everyone! There will be a drawing for prizes from local wedding vendors, plus the first 100 brides to register will receive a goodie bag.

      The event fee is $10 (when registered in advance), and all proceeds benefit The Bridge Breast Network, a local not-for-profit organization that links uninsured and under insured women in North Texas with diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer." (information via www.pinkpridebrides.org)

      Pink Sunday --  Komen Greater Fort Worth ~ October 23, 2011
      "Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has developed Pink Sunday in an effort to partner with local churches to educate congregations on breast health and breast cancer, and to raise awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection. This year, the Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate has designated October 23, 2011 as Pink Sunday. Pink Sunday is sponsored by The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. We invite local churches and other faith based organizations in our service area to join us in the fight against breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month by participating in Pink Sunday." For more information visit http://www.komengreaterfortworth.org/get-involved/pink-sunday/
      Komen 3-Day for the Cure ~ November 4 - 6, 2011
      During this 3-day event, participants raise money by walking an astounding 60 miles! There is careful planning involved. Participant train for the event so they are prepared for the long journey, they receive fundraising support so they can make the most of all their efforts and they get to meet and interact with brave survivors, wonderful caregivers and other folks just wanting to help make a difference in the war of breast cancer. During their journey stories are shared, as well as laughter and tears. At camp the participants are treated to tents, warm showers, hot meals, entertainment, shopping and some well deserved relaxation. As they cross the finish line the participants will be amazed by those around them but also by their own personal strength as well. 
      These events and countless others like them going on around the country aim to wipe out breast cancer forever! While there still is no known cure and we don't know exactly what causes the disease -- each year treatment options improve and the survival rate increases with early detection. We encourage you to support these groups and others like them so one day no one will have to lose a loved one to cancer!
    • Breast Cancer Awareness ~ Self-Exams Save Lives






      Breast cancer occurs when cancer cells form in the tissue of the breast. There are many different types -- and the disease can differ by individual, age group and the tumors themselves.  Women should be aware what is and what isn't normal as far as their breasts are concerned and should call their doctor if they feel a lump, mass, or hardening of the tissue. This type of cancer is not exclusively a women's disease though they are the largest group with 200,000 diagnosed each year. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation - 1,700 men will be diagnosed each year and 450 will die from the disease.



      When detected early enough, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98%. Advances in detection and treatments have made this possible. This is why it is so important that women do monthly breast self-examinations (BSE) starting at age 20.  BSEs are a self-inspection of one's breasts using hands to feel for lumps or hardened tissue -- and eyes to see if there appear to be any visual changes. Mammograms are the most effective tool in catching breast cancer early but it is important for women to be familiar with what is normal for them and their breasts so they can note any changes. Also according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, if you do find a lump there is no need to panic because 8-10 lumps found are not cancerous -- but you definitely want to get it check out by your doctor.

       According to BreastCancer.org there are 5 steps to performing a BSE:

      Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.

      Here's what you should look for:

      • Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color
      • Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling

      If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor's attention:

      • Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
      • A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)
      • Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling




      Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.

      Step 3: While you're at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).




      Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

      Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.

      Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you've reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your ribcage.



      Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in Step 4.




      If you have any other questions or still aren't exactly sure how you should do a breast self-exam talk to your doctor.


      In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month it is important to spread the word about early detection, prevention and treatments. It is also a great time to donate to any causes dedicated to finding a cure for this disease.

    • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

      September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  This is a great time to support ovarian cancer organizations and to help raise awareness about this disease. Teal is the color used to represent and bring awareness to ovarian cancer.  The signs aren't always obvious - symptoms are sometimes described as the ovarian cancer whisper, which is why it is important for women to know their bodies. If something is causing concern, be sure speak with your doctor. There are very few warning signs, but talking to your doctor if you feel like something isn't right can be the best defense against the disease.  Actually, when detected early enough the 5 year survival rate is 93%.


      The main symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

      * bloating or internal gas

       * pelvic, abdominal pain or lower back pain

      * nausea, lack of appetite or feeling full quickly

      * urinary frequency or urgency

      * unexplained changes in bowel habits

      * unexplained weight loss or gain

      * decreased lack of energy that is ongoing


      If you have a combination of these symptoms and they last for 2-3 weeks be sure you consult your doctor.



      While the exact cause of ovarian cancer isn't known, there are some factors which can put certain people at a greater risk of developing the disease than others.

      * Age -- more specifically women over 45 years old

      * Genetics -- if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer you are at risk of developing ovarian cancer. If you have had breast cancer your risk for ovarian cancer also increases.

      * BRCA1 or BRCA 2 -- an inherited gene mutation that puts women at a much higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

      * Infertility or No pregnancies


      It is important to remember that all women are at risk and that why it is so important to bring awareness and donate to cancer research organizations so they will have the funds they need to learn more about early detection, prevention ans treatment. While yearly gynecological exams do not always test for ovarian cancer, getting a routine pelvic and rectal examination is a good first step. Also, ask your doctor about the CA125 blood test, which tests the level of a substance in the blood that increases when a cancerous tumor is present. While the test can be a good tool for those at high risk of developing the disease, it isn't recommended for women of normal or ordinary risk. This is because the test can miss over 50% of cancers and can be raised by benign conditions.

      Since September is ovarian cancer awareness month, be sure to talk to the women in you life to ensure they know about the risks and symptoms associated with the disease. In addition, if you are concerned that you maybe be at risk for developing ovarian cancer have a talk with your doctor and ALL women should be getting regular check-ups.

    • April is Cancer Control Month

      B. C. Awareness Crystal Ribbon Pin


      Cancer has touched the lives of just about everyone, in one way or another. Most of us have had a family member, friend, or perhaps even ourselves -- diagnosed with cancer. In recent years, great strides have been made in cancer research, knowledge about prevention, and treatments -- but despite all that, new cases of cancer are increasing each year.    


      Sterling Silver Survivor Ribbon Necklace    

      The good news is, some cancers can be prevented. Those cancers which are caused by tobacco and heavy alcohol use, could be completely prevented; according to the American Cancer Society's Facts and Figures 2010. Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and staying away from things known to cause cancer can help decrease your chances of developing the disease, as well. Also, make sure to participate in the cancer screenings recommended by your doctor. Early detection of cancer, is really the key to surviving the disease. Ask your doctor which screening are appropriate for you age and family history.   


      Swarovski Crystal Ovarian Cancer Awareness Charm


      According to ACS, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States -- Heart Disease is #1.  The most common types of cancers - in both men and women - are skin cancer and lung cancer. This is why it is so important to take preventative measures like; applying (and continuing to re-apply) a sunscreen of SPF20 or higher before going out in the sun, staying away from indoor tanning beds, quitting smoking, avoiding second-hand smoke, etc.

       If we can all educate ourselves, our family and our friends -- we may be able to deduce the number of cases. If we all bring awareness and do what we can to support these organizations that are working hard to raise money to find a cure -- we may actually see a cure for cancer in our lifetime.
      If you or someone you know has cancer contact the American Cancer Society for information, assistance, or support. They have many programs available to help. 




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