Beyond the Pink

I mentioned in my previous post that I created a video to contribute to the Breast Cancer Fund’s Beyond the Pink campaign.  Although breast cancer awareness month is over, I encourage you to still check out the amazing stories they compiled and take the pledge to go beyond the pink yourself.

Don’t be fooled by all the pink-washing when you shop. The very can of soup that boasts pink ribbons may very well be lined with BPA , a toxic chemical associated with increased risk of breast cancer!  Not only are many of these campaigns misguided, but it’s time we shift our focus towards prevention instead of awareness. I have seen what a “cure” looks like and I have seen someone very well aware of breast cancer die from the disease. It is clear that something more is necessary to end this disease.

Beyond the Pink moves past consumer pink flag waving about awareness and towards action, advocacy, and prevention. The campaign encourages us all to become advocates for ourselves and others to work towards prevention and action to remove environmental causes of cancer present in our everyday products.

Check out this awesome campaign, submit your own story, and take the pledge here: Beyond the Pink

You can also check out my video below:


From Mountains to Advocacy (and back to Mountains)


It’s been more than 6 months now since I climbed Mount Shasta, it’s amazing how time flies!  My experience with the mountain climb and with the Breast Cancer Fund was life changing.  My lifestyle has become much healthier than it was a year ago thanks to the training for the climb and my newfound knowledge about environmental causes of breast cancer. Perhaps if I had discovered the Breast Cancer Fund 10 years ago instead of 3 my mom could have taken this journey with me. Although it is too late for her, I am sure that I owe this organization a world of thanks for making me aware of what I can do to prevent myself from getting breast cancer. I hope that with what I have learned from them (and continue to learn) and because of all their efforts to eliminate toxins in consumer products that I may not face the same fate as my mom.

My life was transformed by this journey and because of that I plan on continuing this blog and my efforts to support the breast cancer fund and their endeavors. I very much wanted to climb Mt. Shasta again this year, but I simply was not up to the challenge of raising $6,000 again so soon.  Perhaps next year.  As climb season rapidly approaches I am a little nostalgic and sad that I will not be climbing Mt. Shasta again this year, but I encourage you to check out the inspirational team members of the 2014 climb team and consider helping one of them reach their fundraising goal.

But since the climb I have continued to be an advocate. In October I contributed a video to the breast cancer fund’s “Beyond the Pink” campaign and attended the Vermont annual breast cancer conference. I’m also planning on hiking Mt. Washington next fall with the New England group at Breast Cancer Fund as part of their new climb “New England Peaks for Prevention” (don’t worry, I’ll post links to donate soon!).  Please continue to check back to hear more about my mountain climbing adventures and advocacy for this wonderful cause.