Monday, October 26, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Barbells for Boobs
[Photo credit: South Tahoe Crossfit]

Every month and everyone has a cause, October just happens to be all about the boobies. Yup, if you didn't know now you know -- it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year I participated, with the local Crossfit affiliate, to help raise funds for early detection. [Read previous posts HERE and HERE.]

The BIG event was Saturday and the community showed up in full force. To date South Tahoe Crossfit has raised $12,000 [and counting]! Donations can be made through December 31! Remember every $80 raised pays for one mammogram!

Back to the event! It was full of love and pink. I finished a scaled version of  'Grace' lifting 55 lbs in 2 minutes and 20 seconds. [Grace = 30 Clean & Jerks for time]

[Photo credit: South Tahoe Crossfit]
Why Barbells for Boobs? Barbells for Boobs is a non-profit organization dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on woman under 40 and men. We all have a right to know. When I worked in LA a co-worker was diagnosed with breast cancer at 28! Due to early detection she's a survivor!

Below is Kim not only is she a member of South Tahoe Crossfit, but she's a breast cancer survivor --due to early detection. You can read her full story HERE.

[Photo credit: South Tahoe Crossfit]
Breast Cancer Facts
- Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, with skin cancer being the first.
- About 1 in 8 women born today in the U.S. will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.
- Approximately 231,340 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
- Breast cancer patients with employer-sponsored health insurance spend $6,553 out-of-pocket.

Early detection is key 
- Even as the second most common cancer among women in the United States, millions of women are surviving breast cancer thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.
- The goal of screening exams for breast cancer is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms (like a lump that can be felt). Screening refers to tests and exams used to find a disease, such as cancer, in people who do not have any symptoms. 
- Breast cancers that are found because they are causing symptoms tend to be larger and are more likely to have already spread beyond the breast. In contrast, breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. 

[Photo credit: South Tahoe Crossfit]
For most U.S. companies, fall marks open enrollment season, which means now is the time you can review your employer-sponsored benefits offerings and choose the health insurance policies that best meet your financial and health care needs. 

Consider additional coverage
Aflac’s cash benefits can help policyholders pay the out-of-pocket costs associated with costly cancer treatments. A cancer insurance policy can be used not only for treatment expenses not covered by major medical insurance, but also for extra child care that may be needed, transportation to and from the doctor or treatments, and even everyday living expenses, such as mortgage payments or groceries.

How Aflac is supporting the cause 
- For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Aflac will be partnering with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) again for its second annual “This Duck Wears Pink” campaign.
- Aflac supports the groundbreaking work of the AACR – the first and largest cancer research organization in the world with a membership of more than 35,000 professionals residing in 101 countries working on the front lines of the effort to eradicate cancer. The AACR backs every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research.

For more information about Aflac’s partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation click HERE.

If you're in a giving mood please feel free to donate to Barbells for Boobs HERE.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. Looks like a wonderful event!!!! :)

  2. Such a cool event for a wonderful cause!! Looks like a lot of fun too :)