I posted earlier about Caribou Coffee and Amy’s Blend coffee and tea.
This week only, Caribou are doubling their contribution to Susan G. Komen! Now 20% of your purchase price of Amy’s Blend coffee, tea, and other merchandise goes to Komen for the Cure.
I can’t speak for the coffee, but the tea (a spiced rooibos blend) really is delicious, so if there’s a Caribou anywhere near you, get in this week and shop for the cure!
I first heard of Caribou Coffee when I moved to Minneapolis last year (they don’t exist much beyond the MidWest). Although I don’t drink coffee, I quickly fell in love with their Earl Grey and with the company’s quirky personality. Then October came and gave me more reason to love them.
Amy’s Blend coffees were created to help with the medical bills when one of Caribou’s roastmasters, Amy Erickson, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Amy lost her battle in 1995, at the too-young age of 33, but Caribou has continued to honor her memory and fight for a cure by offering the coffees every October. They recently added an utterly delicious rooibos-blend tea, along with other merchandise. 10% of the sale prices go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
New this year is Amy’s Garden, an online tribute to breast cancer victims and survivors that will become a living tribute in Minneapolis and Chicago next spring. For every name entered online, a tulip bulb will be planted in these gardens. I love tulips and adore this idea, especially because tulips are perennials; they will continue to “come back to life” every spring for years to come, honoring the memory of those who can’t return to us and those who did.
(Side note: Caribou are to thank for preventing me missing the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year. I went into the store in my current office building on September 30 to buy a tea, and saw the notice that Amy’s Blend was returning. Thank you, Caribou! Now bring back the Caramel Earl Grey Tea Latte Fusion, and I’m yours forever.)
(Don’t forget about Comics Go Pink today!)
Quoted from The State of Breast Cancer:
- Today , a person who has been diagnosed with breast cancer in the earliest stages has a 98 percent chance of living at least five more years, on average, compared to only 77 percent in 1982.
- The overall breast cancer death rate has decreased by about 2 percent each year since 1990.
From “Understanding Breast Cancer” (I recommend visiting this site directly for much excellent information):
- About 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 54,010 new cases of in situ breast cancer will occur among women in the United States during 2010.
- An estimated 39,840 women will die from breast cancer this year.
- About 1,970 men will be diagnosed and 390 men will die of breast cancer during 2010 in the United States.
- As screening programs have become more common, more cases of breast cancer are being found in earlier stages, when they are more easily and successfully treated.
Of course, no discussion of breast cancer awareness and charity would be possible without Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.5 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
My now-local affiliate, Susan G. Komen Twin Cities, organizes a Mother’s Day Race for the Cure at the Mall of America. Last May was their 18th Race and my first, and was the second largest Race in the country. Go, Minnesota!
Each local Komen affiliate donates at least 25% of their proceeds to national efforts, but up to 75% stays local. So most of the money raised at the Mall of America stayed in Minnesota; most of the money raised in San Diego last November stayed in California.
Oddly, I remember the year it happened because of 9/11. I remember that the reason Mom was home when the planes hit the Towers was because she was off work due to going through chemotherapy.
My mother was lucky. Because of the cancer developing near the mammary duct, there were warning signs that caused the doctor to bump the mammogram schedule from once a year to once every six months. Thus, the tumors were discovered when they were still tiny dots on the scan, small enough to be removed with a “simple” lumpectomy. We didn’t know how lucky Mom was until the biopsy revealed that it was a highly aggressive cancer. Had she still been on an annual schedule or had the tumors developed in another location… Well, I’d rather not think about that. Continue reading
What a day!
HF and I were up by 5:45am to get to the Mall of America for the 2010 Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure (the 18th anniversary of the event). The 5K Walk wasn’t until 9:00am, but there was plenty to keep us busy until then. There was the aerobic warm-up led by Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders at 7:00am. There were numerous tents and booths, giving out everything from information to keychains to ribbon-shaped bagels to Yoplait yogurt. And we had to park so far out that by the time we walked all the swag out to the car to drop it off, walked back, walked around inside the Mall some, we figure we added another 5 miles to the “official” 3.1 miles of the Walk. Continue reading