Jonathan Schrader via Crowdrise
October 30, 2013
BENEFITING: National Breast Cancer Foundation
EVENT DATE: Oct 31, 2013
I #PledgePink because I believe people can make a difference.
This year, we were lucky enough to be selected to be in the audience for the Ellen Show Halloween Special this Thursday, October 31, which means getting the chance to dress up and be creative with costumes. I didn't know much about the show before this except that my girlfriend loved it and that is was extremely popular. She quickly got started creating a couples costume for us and it turned out to be a life-size bra where one of us will be a left chest and the other right side. After seeing the costume I thought we could win the costume contest during the show. But besides it just being fun and unique, it also sparked an idea for us thanks to a co-worker of mine.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those of you who don't know, 1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It's a disease that kills more than 40,000 women each year. Breast cancer is a terrible disease that affects not only women but men as well. Thanks to foundations like the National Breast Cancer Foundation, free mammogram screenings and important research are being done daily to beat cancer. Because of organizations like this, MORE THAN 2.8 MILLION WOMEN HAVE SURVIVED BREAST CANCER.
This is amazing to me and why as a couple we decided to do something about it. So at the Ellen Show, in our giant bra costume, we will have fun and look ridiculous but we will also be wearing pink ribbons on each strap with #PledgePink written on them.
What is the Pink Pledge? It is a pledge to donate what you can and if the Pink Ribbon on our costume with #PledgePink gets shown the the Ellen Show, you will double that donation. For example, we have pledged $20 and if the ribbons are on tv, we will donate $40. Each tax-exemptible donation goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/), a 501c3 nonprofit and one of the leaders in breast cancer screenings and research.
Now this is where you come in.
We challenge you to make a similar pledge to show your support in fighting breast cancer and make the final push in these last two days of October. The ribbons are a symbol of unity to show that we are all in this together and we hope that symbol serves as the catalyst to bigger things going forward. Whether we reach our goal or not, it is important to us to do what we can and show our support to such a great cause and hope you do to.
We will be sharing updates periodically throughout the day when we get the chance, hopefully with pictures, including our costumes and day at the show!
So it's simple:
- Take the Pink Pledge.
- Make a donation of whatever you can and it will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
- If the #PledgePink Ribbon on our costume gets on TV during the Ellen Show Halloween Special, double that donation amount.
And the most important part:
Share this with everyone you know and tell them your story about why you #PledgePink.