Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Promise to Make a Difference ~Yoplait Giveaway

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer within her lifetime; that's 12 percent of all women who will be personally impacted by the disease. In September and October, Yoplait makes it easy for people to participate in the fight against breast cancer by saving and mailing in their pink lids from Yoplait yogurt cups. For every pink lid mailed in by December 31, 2009, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, up to $1.5 million, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000. In addition, you can visit YourLidMatters.com to create online lid collection teams. You can also engage and inspire friends, family and colleagues to join the cause.

During the past 11 years, Yoplait has donated more than $22 million to the breast cancer cause through Save Lids to Save Lives and other initiatives, and last year, participants across the country helped Yoplait meet its $1.5 million donation goal to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This year, you can help too!

MyBlogSpark is giving you the chance to help as well as win a great gift. One of my readers will win a "Promise to Make a Difference" gift that will include a free coupon for Yoplait YoPlus Yogurt, a breast cancer awareness bracelet, and a leather jewelry case. MyBlogSpark sent me this gift as well so I am starting my collection of lids to send in. I also have to say how much I love the jewelry case. It is great for traveling. Best of all it helps spread awareness of breast cancer.

In order to win leave a comment here telling me how your life has been effected by cancer.

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Be sure you leave a comment for each extra thing you do. Also make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you. This contest will end on Mon. Oct. 19 at 11:59pm EST and I will announce the winner the next day.


Jennifer said...

Unfortunately breast cancer has hit way to close to home here. We said goodbye (for now) to my mother-in-law on Aug 10, 2005 when her cancer came back after being cancer free for 5 years.
I have YoPlus everyday and have a big stack of lids on my counter to prove it. Wink!

Joshlin said...

I have a story like everyone does. I had cervical cancer a few years ago. It was found very early and taken care of very fast. I have been cancer free for over 3 years now.

I love Yoplait and what they are doing for cancer research. I just want everyone to remember that breast cancer is not the only cancer out there. Cancer has hit more than just me in my family. I was just the lucky one.

plb8156 said...

My sister's best friend died of breast cancer this summer after a long battle...she was 35 years old & left behind 3 little children. Thanks Yoplait for making a difference :) Hopefully other families won't suffer like Bonnie's is.

plb8156 said...

I follow on twitter & tweeted

plb8156 said...

I follow your blog

JC said...

My uncle died a few years ago due to cancer, he was so young at age 39 and left two daughters 10 and 12. I started paying more attention to healthy issues since then.

JC said...

Blog follower.

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Feed subscriber.

JC said...

http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/4909074280 @tcarolinep follower.

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http://tcarolinep.blogspot.com/2009/10/giveaway-tea-and-thee.html blogged.

plb8156 said...

daily tweet

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Anonymous said...

My husband lost his Mom to breast cancer when we were dating. I never had a chance to meet her. Sigh.

Jay said...

Lost an uncle this yr to lung cancer.

Anonymous said...

I have had co-workers and friends suffer from it, but have been lucky that they have fully recovered.


Lynn said...

Breast Cancer Changed my Life

Two years ago, I got a terrible phone call from my mother; she told me she had breast cancer. I was terrified, both for my mother, who I love and consider more than just a mom, but one of my best friends, and for myself. I now have had incidents of breast cancer on both sides of my family. My dad's mother and sister were both long-term survivors. (They have, unfortunately, both passed away, but of non-cancer related issues.)

At the time of that phone call, I weighed 237 pounds and could barely walk around the block. I'd already had incidents of pre-diabetes, severe joint pain and other health issues related to my obesity. (I'm really short, 5'2", so you can imagine how huge I was...)

I decided, after going to visit her that year for Thanksgiving (she'd just had her surgery when I saw her and was getting ready to start chemo/radiation in January) that while I couldn't do anything about my genetics, I could take steps to eliminate other risk factors.

In January 2008, my husband and I joined Weight Watchers. We started small, taking walks around the block twice a week (a little less than a mile), and changed our eating habits.

In January, 2009, I was down 65 pounds, wearing a size 8, I still didn't feel... happy. I didn't feel pretty. I looked in the mirror, and while I could tell I'd lost some weight, I felt like I hadn't really become a thin person, I was just a smaller fat person.

I went to my favorite source, google. I typed in Self-Esteem Help. Among my searches, I came across the Happiness Project.

One thing stood out to me, among all the other "I'm okay, you're okay" crap that I'd read on other sites; "Do good, feel good."

That day, I signed up to give blood. I'd never done it before.

I felt a little better, but it wasn't enough... I tried to think of other things I could do.

I ended up signing up for the Susan G Komen 3-Day walk. If you're not familiar with the event, it's held in 15 cities nationwide, and hundreds of people sign up to walk 60 miles over 3 days. There's a minimum amount of fund-raising ($2,300) in order to actually walk.

Getting ready for the 3-day event took HUGE amounts of time, emotional resources, financial resources, and training. I started my training walks at 3 miles and worked up until I did a fund-raising event in which I walked 24 miles in one day. I went to businesses, friends, and family to raise the money. In the meanwhile, I kept giving blood, signed up to work in a local homeless shelter, and donated time and money to Juvenile Diabetes. (My best friend's child - who also happens to be my child's best friend - is a Type 1 diabetic...)

My husband joined me in my quest: He also joined weight watchers and he's taken up running. In the last two years, together we have lost 177 pounds. I weigh in at a lean 135 now, wearing size 4 jeans. Saturday, I cheered my husband on his first 5K race.

I finished my 60-mile walk last weekend. It was magnificent. I felt a real part of the world, a good, determined part of the greater good. I lost whatever traces of self-consciousness I'd clung to. I danced and sang at intersections, waiting for the light to change, and didn't wonder or care what people thought of "that fat girl dancing." I walked all sixty miles. The words "I can't" have disappeared from my vocabulary. I walked sixty miles. I can do anything I want to.