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Local breast cancer survivors get together ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. 80 survivors celebrated at the Nebraska Medicine Bellevue clinic Sunday afternoon. The Medical Center and Project Pink'd teamed up to make the event happen. The survivors shared a Thanksgiving. Lunch and connected with other survivors who are now thriving. The goal was to make it a relaxed and intimate atmosphere so they all feel comfortable. Each person was also given an additional complimentary frozen Thanksgiving meal for them to have on the holiday.

Project Pink'd welcomed 80 survivors to their 4th annual Care to Share Thanksgiving event on Sunday. It was a day filled with fellowship, survivorship and Thriving.

Sunday, they held a thanksgiving luncheon right here in Lincoln.

As the holiday season approaches, Project Pink'd wanted to lighten the burden for survivors going through treatment, or those who just need a little extra care.

They hosted a 'Care to Share thanksgiving meal at the Cornhusker Marriott.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.

Anyone can fall victim. Cynthia Sturgeon, President/Founder of Project Pink'd, knows this first hand.

Beyond the physical struggle of tests, treatments, and follow-ups to beat the disease, the diagnosis can mean a daunting drain on financial resources. Many face a crushing $15,000 burden in just 60 to 90 days.

Project Pink'd raises money to provide financial assistance for survivors undergoing treatment.

In this podcast, Project Pink'd Founder & President, Cynthia Sturgeon sits down with Susan and Cynthia from Your Second Season to discuss her personal breast cancer journey, the evolution of Project Pink'd and how she "Gets To" live life to the fullest each day.
Take some time to listen and we promise, you will be INSPIRED!

Project Pink'd Announces Anne Friedrichsen to Board of Directors
Project Pink'd Announces Anne Friedrichsen to Board of Directors

Project Pink'd, a local non-profit, recently announced Anne Friedrichsen to Board of Directors

"Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 35 was certainly not something I had envisioned for my life or my future. To say I was shocked and numb would be an understatement. However, it wasn’t the six rounds of chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomy, 28 rounds of radiation, or multiple other surgeries that I struggled with most. The emotional strain and fear are what nearly broke me. I’ve chosen to firmly believe that there are no accidents in life and there was a purpose for my diagnosis, battle, and ultimately, victory over breast cancer.

My recent appointment to the Project Pink’d Board of Directors is one of those purposes. During treatment, I received numerous supports from Project Pink’d and those supports gave me the opportunity to witness firsthand the direct impact that Pink’d has on survivors in the Omaha metro area and beyond. Having been a 2018 Dare to Thrive Retreat participant allowed me to put my life back together post-treatment and provided me with tools to take my life back without living in constant fear of recurrence. I had been searching for a way to give back and become more involved with Project Pink’d and I simply could not say no when the opportunity to become a board member presented itself.

I bring with me an extensive coaching and mentoring background. As an educator for the past 16 years, most recently as an instructional coach and facilitator, a major focus for me has been building honest relationships and fostering a mutual trust and respect. Working with an individual, understanding where they are on their journey at any given moment, and moving them forward-even the slightest bit forward-is progress and my mission. This philosophy applies to both my work and my personal relationships.

My most important purposes for thriving are my two wonderful daughters, Keary (11 yrs.) and Elise (8 yrs.), and my supportive husband Jason. I simply would not be the person I am today without them and the relationships I have formed with Project Pink’d."

Project Pink'd Founder & President, Cynthia Sturgeon and Marketing Communications Director, Kelly Konen join NRG Media's Neil Nelkin on Issues & Answers.

An Omaha woman once diagnosed with breast cancer is looking to help others going through the grueling fight she had just a few years ago.
During October, Maggie is selling funky and fun socks to help raise money for Project Pink'd, a program that supports breast cancer survivors. She's dubbed the event SOCKtober.

Project Pink'd EAC Member & Thriver, Stephanie Nichols and Project Pink'd Marketing Communications Director & Thriver, Kelly Konen talk with Lucy Chapman about all things Pink'd. Hear their personal story of how Project Pink'd made a difference in their lives and what the organization does to support breast cancer survivors right here in Nebraska and Western Iowa. It's Personal!

Pink Ribbon Rodeo is a nonprofit organization to help to help survivors thrive in the community.
Brandon Deyo and Kelly Konen visit KETV to promote the event.

Did you know up to 70% of breast cancer survivors report moderate to high levels of fear of cancer recurrence? Project Pink’d, an Omaha-based non-profit, continues to address the REAL issues survivors face after a diagnosis and is set to host a new survivorship program, Let’s Talk Recurrence | Fear. Risk. Reality on Thursday, September 12.

A complimentary event for breast cancer survivors, their caregivers and loved ones, the upcoming live panel discussion will provide a safe place for interactive conversation with 6 distinguished expert panelists. Moderated by Cynthia Sturgeon, Founder & President of Project Pink’d, and a 12 year survivor, attendees will be provided the opportunity to ask their questions during a 60 minute conversation Q&A.

“Survivors and their caregivers are often overwhelmed by the number of opinions given and choices to be made with a breast cancer diagnosis. It takes a multi-disciplinary team to provide the best care for breast cancer survivors and communication is imperative for both the patient and medical team. I am so thankful for the support we have received from our medical community. Their dedication to share information and commitment to patient care is exemplary. We are excited to provide a forum where medical professionals from different disciplines and breast cancer survivors can have an open and honest discussion about an important topic such as recurrence,” stated Project Pink’d Founder & President, Cynthia Sturgeon.

The Let’s Talk Recurrence live panel will be held at Reality Church located at 10659 Portal Road |La Vista, NE from 6pm-7:30pm on Thursday, September 12. Registration is required at www.projectpinkd.org

Program Itinerary:
6pm-7pm | 60 minute conversation and Q&A
7pm-7:30pm |30 minute social hour with light refreshments

Meet Our Expert Panel:
Barbara K. Clinkenbeard, MS, NP | Think Whole Personal Healthcare | Psycho-Oncology
Janet Grange, MD | Your Breast Healthcare | Surgery & Breast Specialist
Patti Higginbotham, AOCN, APRN, ANP | Omaha Surgical Consultants | Breast Health & Cancer Genetics
John Longo, MD | Nebraska Cancer Specialists | Radiation Oncology
Irina E. Popa, MD | Oncology Associates, P.C. | General Oncology
Shannon Wong, MD | Nebraska Medicine | Plastic Surgery

This complimentary program is available to breast cancer survivors in Nebraska and Western Iowa and is made possible by the many generous donors and supporters.

Sponsored by Project Pink'd, Nebraska Medicine experts provided an opportunity for those newly diagnosed to explore their surgical options AND interact with survivors who have been down similar paths at the BARE Event. We are proud of our community partnerships!

CHI Health Named Presenting Sponsor of Project Pink’d EXPOSED: It’s Personal 10th Annual Benefit
CHI Health Named Presenting Sponsor of Project Pink’d EXPOSED: It’s Personal 10th Annual Benefit

When Project Pink’d, Inc. was founded in 2010 by Cynthia Sturgeon, she had a vision to create a local organization that filled the gaps and provided support for breast cancer survivors after a diagnosis. Exposing the real issues survivors faced after a diagnosis and using her personal experiences to help others more easily navigate through the challenges, Cynthia’s vision became a reality. Thousands of survivors’ lives have been impacted by the compassionate survivorship programming and local network of support Project Pink’d provides each day.

For the second year in a row, Project Pink’d is proud to announce CHI Health as the Presenting Sponsor for their upcoming EXPOSED Annual Benefit.

“Serving local women with breast cancer, continually improving their care and dedicating our time and resources to them is a top priority for CHI Health. Having breast cancer is not a single event -- it’s a journey that can be scary and incredibly complex. That’s why the experience those women have is immensely important to us. Breast Cancer touches 1 in 8 women. It’s vitally important that CHI Health offers them an experience that is supportive, comforting, positive and reassuring so that they may thrive outside their diagnosis and create a meaningful future, “ said Kathy Bressler, CHI Health Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.

The Project Pink'd EXPOSED: It’s Personal 10th Annual Benefit, will be held at the Embassy Suites La Vista on Friday, August 16. This event is SOLD OUT.

A record 900 supporters will come together to Paint the Town Pink'd on August 16. Making their brushstrokes count, event guests will celebrate and honor those diagnosed with breast cancer at our EXPOSED: It's Personal Annual Benefit. Guests will enjoy signature Pink’d martinis & hors d’oeuvres, silent & live auction, Gifts of Hope, inspiring Survivor Celebration and be amongst the first to witness the unveil of thriving masterpieces. Embracing their What’s Raised Here Stays Here philosophy, all proceeds from the evening will directly benefit survivors in NE and Western IA.

"We welcome CHI Health's continued role and increased support for our mission as Presenting Sponsor for our annual fund-raising event. It is vital to our success in helping survivors that leaders in our community, like CHI Health, validate our efforts through their support. We will continue providing services to survivors in our community so CHI Health and all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers are proud of what we accomplish together,” said Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink’d Founder and President.

Nebraska Medicine is partnering with Project Pink'd for a personal event for breast cancer patients and survivors.
The groups will host its second Breast Awareness Reconstruction Event.

Women facing a breast cancer diagnosis joined together at a special event Wednesday night to get help on their next steps.
Nebraska Medicine teamed up with "Project Pink'd" for the breat cancer reconstruction event, known as "BARE."

Project Pink'd continues to address the REAL issues breast cancer survivors face after a diagnosis-including lymphedema.
We are proud of our continued partnership with Methodist Hospital and pleased the Partner Grant Project Pink'd awarded to them is being used to provide lymphedema garments to Medicare breast cancer patients, like Anne.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Project Pink’d for their generosity for paying and providing lymphedema garments. I have suffered from this debilitating disease since 1998 after having a mastectomy with eleven nodes removed on my left side. Unfortunately, over the years, it has become necessary that I wear custom garments to keep my lymphedema under some control. I live on social security and these garments are way beyond my income. I am so grateful that I have been able to obtain the appropriate garments through your program.” Anne

The event hosted by Nebraska Medicine and Project Pink'd, will be back for a second year on April 17. It's open to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer or those at high risk for developing the disease.

Unique Program to Educate Newly Diagnosed Women on Surgical Options

Women facing a breast cancer diagnosis may initially feel helpless. But a unique event at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Center aims to empower them to make informed and personal choices about their surgical options. BARE: Breast Awareness Reconstruction Event includes discussion on lumpectomy, mastectomy and reconstruction with Nebraska Medicine surgeons. Women who attend will also meet face to face with cancer survivors. Those cancer survivors will serve as live models to share their own surgical results and discuss their experiences fighting cancer.

Nebraska Medicine is teaming up with local breast cancer non-profit organization Project Pink’d to offer the event for the second time.

“At Project Pink'd, it's more than a ribbon, it's personal.” says Cynthia Sturgeon, the organization’s founder and president. “It is important for every breast cancer patient to be informed of their options throughout their journey. BARE provides access to vital resources in a thoughtful, personal and intimate setting and we are proud to be a part of this event.”

Women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer or those at high risk for developing breast cancer are encouraged to attend. Family members and supporters are welcome, but only breast cancer patients will meet with the models. Programming on support and coping will be available for family members and friends while patients meet with the models. Those who plan to attend should RSVP to Haley Armstrong at 402.552.2249 or harmstrong@nebraskamed.com prior to Monday, April 8th.

WHAT: Educational event for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer or those at high risk for developing breast cancer
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17th from 6 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
OTHER: RSVP Date for the event is April 8th.

Plattsmouth Police Chief Steve Rathman and Plattsmouth Fraternal Order of Police Secretary/Treasurer Bob Sorenson presented a check for $4,000 to the Project Pink’d organization in December. Project Pink’d Director of Development Helen Wobig accepted the check at the Cass County Law Enforcement Center.

A few times each year, Project Pink’d (www.projectpinkd.org) assembles volunteers to deliver Healing Hearts Survivor Kits to breast cancer survivors in the community. This year, distributions were made in June and September.

Dozens of women affected by breast cancer were able to relax and enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal Sunday. The event was part of the second annual Project Pink’d “Care to Share.” Project Pink’d cares for women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Project Pink'd hosted over 100 breast cancer survivors for their 2nd annual Care to Share Thanksgiving luncheon.

Project Pink'd hosted their third annual "Care to Share Thanksgiving" luncheon Sunday. Breast cancer survivors were treated to food, fellowship and survivors sharing their stories.

Project Pink'd helped start off the holiday season right for dozens of breast cancer survivors. Sunday night, the organization provided full Thanksgiving meals for survivors as well as stories of inspiration from other survivors.

Project Pink’d, Inc. (www.projectpinkd.org) continues to strive to address the real issues breast cancer survivors face after a diagnosis. The fourth topic in their Straight Talk: Ask An Expert series, titled “Living with the Fear of Recurrence,” will be held on Tuesday, December 4 from 7–8 p.m.

Learning how to balance your diet is important, but learning how to balance your diet after going through cancer might just save your life.

Project Pink'd, an Omaha non-profit, treated 30 breast cancer survivors to their complimentary Fall Chef's Table.

The team of breast cancer specialists at Nebraska Medicine participate in shared decision making with the patient. There is no ‘one size fits all’ option when it comes to reconstructive surgery. To support this kind of personalized approach, Nebraska Medicine and Project Pink’d teamed up and offered patients diagnosed with breast cancer an evening to remember.

Project Pink’d, Inc. and Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel have partnered to make the burden a little easier for those going through treatment and in financial need this holiday season.

On Sunday, November 11 from 1-3 p.m., at Nebraska Medicine Bellevue, Project Pink’d will host their “Care to Share Thanksgiving” luncheon. Up to 175 breast cancer survivors will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving luncheon in the company of new friends, connect with other survivors, and hear inspirational stories from survivors who are now thriving. At the conclusion of the event, each guest will take home a complimentary Thanksgiving meal to enjoy with their family.

Project Pink’d, Inc. will host their inaugural Sexual Wellness After Breast Cancer Conference on Saturday, October 27 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Downtown Omaha. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration is required at www.projectpinkd.org.
The complimentary conference, in partnership with Brier Jirka, LMHP, CPC, CST, a licensed mental health practitioner and sex therapist, will bring healthcare professionals together to provide a comprehensive agenda with an emphasis on empowerment, self-knowledge, and self-care in regards to sexual wellness among breast cancer survivors. The conference will be designed in a “round-robin” forum so that each participant is able to attend a session on every topic in a smaller group setting.

On Sunday, November 11 from 1-3 p.m., Project Pink’d will host their “Care to Share Thanksgiving” luncheon at The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. Up to 175 breast cancer survivors will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving luncheon in the company of new friends, connect with other survivors, and hear inspirational stories from survivors who are now thriving. At the conclusion of the event, each guest will take home a complimentary Thanksgiving meal to enjoy with their family.

Kelly Konen with Project Pink'd and Brandon Deyo with Bushwacker Saloon join KETV NewsWatch 7's John Oakey in studio to talk about the upcoming Pink'd Ribbon Rodeo fundraiser.

Project Pink'd had a big night on Friday as they celebrated nine years of work.

There’s nothing more fun than a night out with the girls, great food and someone else doing the dishes-especially when you are a breast cancer survivor. In July, Project Pink’d (projectpinkd.org) offered a favorite on their survivorship program menu, Chef’s Table, to local survivors.

There’s nothing more fun than a night out with the girls, great food and someone else doing the dishes-especially when you’re a breast cancer survivor. Recently, Project Pink’d (projectpinkd.org) debuted a favorite on their survivorship program menu, Chef’s Table, to survivors in Lincoln.

Making Survivors Smile
He’s the magic behind the lens, capturing the beauty of over 100 bold, brave Thrivers since the Pink'd Movement began. Project Pink'd volunteer, Joe Grimshaw volunteers his time, shares his talents and gives his heart to provide beautiful treasures that last beyond a lifetime. His most recent works of art will be unveiled at the EXPOSED Annual Benefit in August.

Project Pink’d (www.projectpinkd.org) is proud to announce CHI Health as the Presenting Sponsor for their upcoming EXPOSED Annual Benefit, a magical celebration of hope, inspiration and survivorship.

Project Pink’d Expands Chef’s Table Survivorship Program To Lincoln
Project Pink’d Expands Chef’s Table Survivorship Program To Lincoln

There’s nothing more fun than a night out with the girls, great food and someone else doing the dishes-especially when you are a breast cancer survivor. Project Pink’d, an Omaha-based non-profit, will debut a favorite on their survivorship program menu, Chef’s Table, to breast cancer survivors in Lincoln, NE this week.

Attendees will fill-up on nutrition information as Chandy Lockman-Hoke, certified oncology nutritionist dispels the myths of nutrition and cancer and our healthy cooking experts stirs up something special during a cooking demo and tasting party. At the conclusion of this deliciously fun evening, participants will be provided all the ingredients needed to make the recipe demonstrated so they can make it at home.

Chef’s Table Lincoln will be held at the Non-Profit Hub (211 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE) on Wednesday, June 27 from 6pm-8pm. Breast cancer survivors interested in attending this nearly sold-out program are encouraged to reserve their apron by visiting www.projectpinkd.org.

"We are excited and proud to welcome Lincoln to our Chef's Table family. As we work each year to expand our reach, it was natural to include Lincoln as a host location this year, just as we expanded our Care to Share program to Lincoln last year. This is one of my favorite Project Pink'd programs, because I've always believed that good nutrition can play a big role in how we feel and how much energy we have to further our thriving goals. Learning to improve our lives and having a good time doing it - sounds like a great recipe to me. We appreciate our sponsors and donors for making it possible to bring Chef's Table to Lincoln and we thank the community for welcoming us," stated Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink’d Founder & President.

This complimentary program is available to breast cancer survivors in Nebraska and Western Iowa and is made possible by the many generous donors and supporters.

CHI Health Named Presenting Sponsor of Project Pink’d EXPOSED: 9th Annual Benefit
CHI Health Named Presenting Sponsor of Project Pink’d EXPOSED: 9th Annual Benefit

Project Pink’d is proud to announce CHI Health as the Presenting Sponsor for their upcoming EXPOSED Annual Benefit.

“CHI Health is very proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for 2018 EXPOSED: That’s How We Roll Annual Benefit. As a breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how much events like this mean to patients, both for fundraising purposes and for emotional support. Groups like Project Pink’d and its Gift of Hope program are so very important,” said Kathy Bressler, CHI Health Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.

The Project Pink'd EXPOSED: That’s How We Roll 9th Annual Benefit, will be held at the Hilton Downtown Omaha Grand Ballroom on Friday, August 17. The event is officially sold out with an expected attendance of over 650 guests.

"We welcome CHI Health's new role and increased support for our mission as Presenting Sponsor for our annual fundraising event. It is vital to our success in helping survivors that leaders in our community, like CHI Health, validate our efforts through their support. We will continue providing services to survivors in our community so CHI Health and all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers are proud of what we accomplish together,” said Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink’d Founder and President.

Supporters and survivors are invited to this magical celebration of hope, inspiration and survivorship as Project Pink’d honors those diagnosed with breast cancer. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, Gift of Hope Program, Silent and Live Auction, Breast Cancer Survivor Ceremony and the most anticipated moment of the evening, the revealing of thriving survivors like you’ve never seen before. Embracing their What’s Raised Here Stays Here philosophy, all proceeds from the evening will directly benefit survivors in NE and Western IA.

In the breast cancer community, the rebuilding of one’s life after treatment is referred to as the “Second Battle,” a battle that is much different than the first because survivors are dealing with long-lasting side effects from the treatments they receive. Project Pink’d, Inc. understands survivors are apprehensive to talk about issues such as body image and intimacy because they seem trivial compared to a life-threatening diagnosis. However, the treatment for breast cancer often leaves the survivor with more than just physical scars. Emotional and mental scars can be just as difficult to overcome and often become long-term psychological side effects.

Survivors are invited to join Project Pink'd and Brier Jirka, LIMHP, CPC, CST, a licensed mental health practitioner and sex therapist on July 25, 2018, from 7pm-8pm for an interactive live video stream, to explore the bold and brave topic, Breast Cancer & Body Image: Accepting the New Me.

The interactive Straight Talk: Ask An Expert Series, offered by Project Pink’d, explores issues of particular interests to breast cancer survivors and provides LIVE access to professionals (both medical and non-medical). With the ease of just a click on participants phone, iPad, or computer, the live video webcast format enables survivors and their families living throughout the state of Nebraska and Western Iowa the access to chat directly with the professional. Participants will have the option to join the interactive LIVE video webcast anonymously as well as ask questions anonymously.

"Each and every day, Project Pink'd works to tackle the hard topics that are often hard to discuss such as body image. As many as 2/3 of breast cancer survivors struggle with body image and intimacy challenges and we are excited to address this topic in our July Straight Talk live video stream. Bringing together survivors in a safe and real-time environment without the barriers of geography is one more step we can make to helping survivors thrive in our community,” stated Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink'd Founder & President.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Interested participants must pre-register at www.projectpinkd.org to attend.

This program is complimentary to breast cancer survivors in Nebraska & Western Iowa and made possible by many donors.

Project Pink'd" is a group that knows all too well the dangers of breast cancer. So it has made it's mission to give those suffering a little peace of mind by making kits. It's called "Healing Hearts," and the kits come in three different types...

In May, Project Pink'd received its first national grant award after it was selected as one of six grant award winners by the American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation at the 2018 American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) Annual Meeting. Each year the Foundation funds grants for breast cancer and breast health research, community outreach, education, and conferences. These grants are given to provide critical support for underserved populations.

“Our grants make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients in need each year and support research that can make an impact for years to come,” said Beth Boyd, RN, Chairman of the ASBrS Foundation. “We’re honored to support these great programs that help men and women affected by breast cancer and other breast issues, saving lives and improving their quality of life.”

The grant will be used to help fund the Sexual Wellness Conference to be held in October. The conference will collaborate on empowerment, self-knowledge, and self-care in regards to sexual wellness among breast cancer survivors.

"Receiving this grant award is super exciting as it is recognition from a national organization that Project Pink'd programming is beneficial and worth investing in," said Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink’d Founder and President. "We are eager to use this grant award to help survivors in our community understand, celebrate and thrive in their beautiful new body!"

Banker Bonnie Allen said that she will be donating during Omaha Gives! to Project Pink’d and The Jansen’s Foundation. Both organizations are close to her heart. As a nine-year breast cancer survivor, Allen has been impressed by the programs and services Project Pink’d offers throughout the community to underserved breast cancer survivors...….

Project Pink’d Founder and President Cynthia Sturgeon shared her story of battling breast cancer, and talked about what her organization does to help fellow women with all of the issues that are related to that diagnosis.

Interview at 15:51.

Project Pink'd to Host 5th Annual "Dare to Thrive" Renewal Retreat for Breast Cancer Survivors
Project Pink'd to Host 5th Annual "Dare to Thrive" Renewal Retreat for Breast Cancer Survivors

Battling breast cancer can be an extremely exhausting fight-one that is draining physically, emotionally and financially. Through an upcoming three-day retreat this weekend, Project Pink'd, Inc., an Omaha-based nonprofit, aims to once again help 20 survivors recognize how cancer has impacted their mind, body and spirit-and how it can lead them towards creating a thriving and purposeful future.

Introduced in 2014, the 6-month "Dare to Thrive" renewal retreat program leans on bite-size tools, one-on-one support and a strong community network as a catalyst for addressing everyday life issues that survivors experience after treatment. A life-changing survivorship program offered to breast cancer survivors in Nebraska and Western Iowa, the retreat program is designed for women who have been treated for breast cancer and are at least one year post-diagnosis. The retreat is most beneficial for survivors who seek to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and who are receptive to the work of personal transformation.

"We often hear from survivors that they feel lost and alone after treatment. These women are taking a bold and brave step toward their future. With intention, they are making the choice to move forward in spite of their diagnosis and the challenges that come with it. Each of them is making a daring decision to thrive and I could not be more proud of them. It’s wonderful to see these courageous women walk away from the retreat experience with a renewed sense of hope and possibilities for their future." said Project Pink'd President and Founder, Cynthia Sturgeon.

Among other activities, Renewal Retreat participants will take part in a photo shoot that will challenge them to be bolder, braver and even more beautiful in the face of their fear. In the process, they build positive experiences out of some of the same emotions of uncertainty they are faced with while battling breast cancer. Their thriving journey will be depicted in beautiful art and unveiled August 17 at the 2018 EXPOSED Annual Benefit. Twenty images of hope with the goal to both lift the spirits of individuals who have just been diagnosed with breast cancer and raise awareness for the organization and the support it provides.

Project Pink'd, continues to strive to address the REAL issues breast cancer survivors face after a diagnosis. Survivors are invited to participate in the first of four interactive Straight Talk: Ask An Expert Series, Genetic Testing & Breast Cancer on Wednesday, May 2.

The new interactive Straight Talk: Ask An Expert Series, offered by Project Pink’d, explores issues of particular interests to breast cancer survivors and provides LIVE access to professionals (both medical and non-medical). With the ease of just a click on participants phone, iPad, or computer, the live video webcast format enables survivors and their families living throughout the state of Nebraska and Western Iowa the access to chat directly with the professional.

Survivors are invited to join Project Pink'd and Gwen Reiser, MS, LCGC, on May 2, 2018, from 7pm-8pm for the first live video series, Genetic Testing & Breast Cancer. Ms. Reiser is a licensed and certified genetic counselor at the UNMC Hereditary Cancer Clinic. She will help participants understand genetic testing relative to breast cancer and answer questions during the live video broadcast.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Interested participants must pre-register at www.projectpinkd.org to attend.

The Following Topics Will Be Discussed:
· Understanding Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer
· Risk Factors
· Who should get tested and what the genetic test actually tests for
· What is covered by insurance
· Address why counseling is so important
· What should I do if I am positive

"I could not be more excited Project Pink'd is able to launch the Straight Talk: Ask An Expert program for survivors in our community. In the hustle of daily life, survivors struggle to gain access to information, particularly those in non-metro areas. This new program breaks through the location barriers and allows us to provide information directly from professionals in an easy and convenient way," stated Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink'd Founder & President.

This program is complimentary to breast cancer survivors in Nebraska & Western Iowa and made possible by many donors.

Project Pink'd Provides Different Kind of Prescription to Breast Cancer Survivors
Project Pink'd Provides Different Kind of Prescription to Breast Cancer Survivors

Each ribbon tied with love. Each inspirational message folded by hand. Project Pink’d, Inc. volunteers, many of which were survivors themselves, gathered to assemble over 200 Jars of Hope for breast cancer survivors in the community.

A different kind of prescription, the beautifully decorated Jars of Hope provide 31 days of inspirational messages to warm a survivors’ heart when they need it most.

With a pay-it-forward spirit, many of the volunteers gave back their time and talents on because-“It’s Personal.” One volunteer, a survivor, received a jar while going through treatment and wanted provide the same encouragement she felt to another going through a similar battle. Another young co-survivor, Shawn, lost her mother to breast cancer in 2001 when she was six years old. Yesterday was her mom’s birthday. She celebrated by making a difference, lending a hand to provide hope, one message at a time.

In 2017, Project Pink’d, Inc. distributed over 400 Jars of Hope, resulting in over 12,400 inspirational daily messages. With continued support from the community and volunteers, Project Pink’d, Inc. hopes to increase their distribution in 2018. Jars of Hope are distributed to individual survivors and healthcare facilities in Nebraska and Western Iowa.

Superior Honda and Acura of Omaha Donate $10,600 to Project Pink'd

Superior Honda and Acura of Omaha have customers saying “I’ve Been Pink’d!”

Long time supporters and partners of Project Pink’d, Superior Honda and Acura of Omaha have done it again, raising a combined total of $ 10,600 in October for the local nonprofit! They achieved all this through their 5th annual I’ve been Pink’d campaign. Excitement and awareness were also increased around the great programs Project Pink’d provides to communities in Nebraska and Western Iowa.

For customers who purchased a new or used vehicle during October, the dealerships made a $50.00 contribution for each to the local organization whose goal is Helping Survivors Thrive after a breast cancer diagnosis. Project Pink’d volunteers were on hand each Saturday to represent the programs that have made such a difference in their lives and to congratulate customers who had just been Pink’d with a purchase. Smiles were everywhere!

The reality of cancer hits close to home for dealership owner, Kevin Woodard. “With my own experience of having throat cancer and my New Car Sales Manager, Kathy Jo, passing away from breast cancer, I take cancer personally. I know there are support groups out there, but when this idea was brought to me, I loved the idea. I saw what Project Pink’d does for survivors and thought this was a great partnership opportunity.”

Project Pink’d is honored to share in the journey with community sponsors such as Superior Honda and Acura of Omaha. They share a common goal of impacting the lives of local breast cancer survivors. With these partnerships, Project Pink’d will continue to make a difference, right here at home!

West Omaha Martial Arts Donates $1500 to Project Pink'd
West Omaha Martial Arts Donates $1500 to Project Pink'd

Through their passion and commitment, Noel and Shannon Ginsburg of West Omaha Martial Arts are making a difference in Omaha. Both are Second Degree Black Belts and they strive to instill a “never give up” attitude through their training. During the month of October 2017, WOMA, their students, and families shared this mission with a $1,500 contribution to Project Pink’d!

The school encouraged all to participate in this effort. “Every year we sell pink items; belts, t-shirts and the like and we also collect and donate the proceeds from trials to the cause. It becomes a virtuous cycle as more and more families decide to participate. It’s the right thing to do," says Noel.

Noel indicates “West Omaha Martial Arts collects for many causes, but this one is growing in importance to us. Over the last two years breast cancer has touched very close to our home. Both my wife’s mother and sister have been diagnosed and have undergone treatment for breast cancer." Shannon’s sister became aware of Project Pink’d and their role with helping survivors thrive locally. As a result, the Ginsburgs knew they wanted to help. The check was presented to Project Pink’d at a Belt Ceremony so as many families as possible could be present. Shannon’s sister also received a Project Pink’d Jar of Hope during the presentation. Noel shared, "Our vision is to grow this annually and become a major partner with Project Pink’d."

We can’t wait to see what they will do!

A new program that launched earlier this year is making strides in helping improve the lives of Breast Cancer patients. Project Pink'd kicked off a program called Healing Hearts in June. Through the program, volunteers create chemotherapy, surgical nd radiation kits for distribution to area hospitals, oncology, surgical and radiation centers. On Sunday, volunteers put together 500 kits at the Onestaff Medical Building.