Saturday, October 3, 2015

New Release in Honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month ***Giveaway***


Hello everyone.  As many of you may be aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM).  BCAM is an annual health campaign organized internationally by major breast cancer charities each year in October in order to both increase awareness of the devastating disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.   Additionally, the campaign also offers information and support to those individuals affected by breast cancer.

I'm sure that you probably know someone who's life has forever been altered by the calamitous effects of this ravaging disease.   It is stated that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012.  

Other staggering statistics include:
  • Belgium had the highest rate of breast cancer, followed by Denmark and France.  However, Belgium also had the highest proportion of breast cancer survivors still alive five years after their diagnosis, followed by Denmark and France.
  • The highest incidence of breast cancer was in Northern America and Oceania; and the lowest incidence in Asia and Africa.
  • The highest proportion of breast cancer survivors still alive five years after their diagnosis was in Northern America and Europe; and the lowest incidence in Africa and Asia.
This year in Canada,  it is estimated that 25,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer (26% of all new cancer cases in women) and that 5,000 women will die from it (14% of all cancer deaths in women).  When you break that down it means that on average, each and every day there will be 68 Canadian women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, and that we will lose 14 to the effects of this disease. While breast cancer in men is rarer, it still happens.  It is also estimated that 220 Canadian men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 60 will die from it.  

When it comes to the United States the stats are just as bleak.  This year, it is estimated that among women in the United States, that there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and that 40,290 will succumb to the disease.  Among men in the US, it is estimated that there will be 2,350 new cases and that 440 men will die from the disease.

Even though the statistics are alarming and we may currently know someone fighting to survive we still have one very important thing that we can keep with us each day--HOPE.  We need to keep hope alive in our hearts that those we love will survive and that one day there will be a cure.   

For there to be a cure, more research needs to be done and for more research to be done, more funds need to raised.  To help provide some incentive, Kris and I (Lisa D.) have created some designs that we will give for FREE to anyone of you who can provide us with proof that you have donated funds (a minimum of $5.00) to your local cancer charity or organization.  Simply send an email to (Lisa) at decossesdynamitedoodles {at} yahoo {dot} ca (don't forget to replace the 'at' and 'dot' with the appropriate symbols), with the subject heading, "Cancer Donation", including a copy of any donation receipt you have made from September 1st, 2015 to October 31st, 2015 (just be sure to erase or black out any private info you don't want us to see--ie. account info, address, tel. number, etc).  This opportunity will remain open until October 31st.  For each person who does so, you will receive for FREE as our way of saying thank you for donating to the cause...

From  Kris...
The absolutely adorable set called Angel Bear with Ribbon.  Not only do you get two different versions of the image, plus several sentiments, but you also get three bonus papers...


As you'll see from the samples our DT provided below, the great thing about this set is that it just doesn't have to be used solely for Breast Cancer.  With the black and white image you can colour the ribbon whichever colour you want.    Barb coloured her ribbon burgundy to represent Multiple Myeloma, which is the 2nd most common blood cancer.    If you are interested in finding out all the different ribbon colours and their meanings, click HERE

Here are some wonderful samples made by a few of the DT to help provide you with some inspiration...


From  Lisa...
For my portion, I have created a set of 12 digi papers including six patterned and six textured...


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Giveaway Time!!
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Would you like to win the, Angel Bear with Ribbon set and/or the Fight Like a Girl digital paper set, as shown above?  To be eligible, simply leave a comment with the answer to this question...

  If you won the Angel Bear with Ribbon set, how would you use it?  Do you have a friend or family member that is battling cancer or another disease that you would create a card for?

You have until 6:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 13th, to get your answers submitted.  One person will win the Angel Bear with Ribbon set AND the Fight Like a Girl digital paper set, one person will win the Angel Bear with Ribbon set and one person will win the Fight Like a Girl digital paper set.

We will announce the winners of these sets on Thursday, Oct. 15th!

Even if you don't have the funds to donate you can always do your part by reaching out to encourage or support someone dealing with this in their life.  Alternatively, you could also let a survivor know you haven't forgotten the struggle they went through and how proud you are that they never gave up their fight.  There are so many true heroes around us surviving the daily battles that life throws at them.  Why not let them know how much you care.

Please help to spread the word of this fundraising event and giveaway by adding a copy of the badge that you can find at the very top of this post to your sidebar and linking it to this post.  With your help we can let more people know and hopefully raise more awareness and funds to help.

 

References:
Author Unknown. (2015). Breast cancer statistics. Available: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/breast/statistics/?region=bc. Last accessed 27th Sept. 2015.
Author Unknown. (2015).  Breast Cancer Statistics. Available: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/FactsandStatistics.html. Last accessed 27th Sept. 2015.
Author Unknown. (2015). Cancer Facts and Statistics . Available: http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/index. Last accessed 27th Sept. 2015.
 Author Unknown. (N.D.). National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Breast_Cancer_Awareness_Month. Last accessed 27th Sept. 2015.

8 comments:

Granmargaret said...

My daughter is a breast cancer survivor still on medication. I am a cancer survivor (womb). We had two friends die this year after having breast cancer (cancer spread to the brain). I have donated over the past few years to the Australian cancer fundraisers but can't afford it any more. I love the angel bear set. If I won the set I would send cards to others with cancer. Thank you for making this lovely set.

Susan Renshaw said...

Cancer has affected our family in many ways - those who have suffered as victims and those who have suffered because our nearest and dearest have had the disease. I have donateded quite a lot of my cards to the local hospice - with this set I think I could make more that would be appropriate...

Sheena Mckee said...

I think one way or another we are all affected by this horrible disease,we either know someone within your own family or a friend thats going through it,millions and millions of pounds each year are funded to try and find a cure.Every year I do a 5k walk(race for life) to raise money for this great cause,not alot of money is raised,but I know that I have done my bit.

Sarah said...

Unfortunately Cancer is a big part of our world. My sister is a Breast Cancer Survivor, my Mom past almost 6 years ago with Pancreatic Cancer, and I have had Melanoma 5 times and almost died this past June because of it and still having problems from that. I make cards and send out to people in my church and with this set I would be able to make them personal with the color of ribbon that goes with their cancer. I actually hate the word cancer now more than ever. Take care. Sarah W

KT Fit Kitty said...

What a wonderful digi set and paper set! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win. I don't have anyone left at the moment who is a survivor or who has cancer - they've passed unfortunately, so although I do not have an immediate need for them, I would still love to have them, thank you for the chance.

Marji Franklin said...

These are both pretty sets! I lost an Aunt this year to cancer, cervical. I would make cards for her surviving sisters and mother as encouragement notes.

Lori m said...

This horrible disease has taken the life of my grandmother and two of my cousins and friends are survivors.

If I won this beautiful digi set and papers, I'd make cards for both cousins and some friends dealing with the disease.

Thank you for the chance to win and supporting this so worthy cause.

Hugs, Lori m

Kathy D. said...

I would love to win this set. I don't know anyone currently fighting breast cancer but I do know 2 men fighting different types of cancer. I make cards for people at work so I would use this set to make cards for people to give their friends that are fighting cancer.
Kathy D.