The Power of Pink Challenge!

Four years ago, Hubby had just moved to India for a 3-month work assignment. It was summer and I was living on my own for the first time in a while. The day after he left, my mom called. She had breast cancer… It wasn’t a good diagnosis, but she seemed optimistic. After a mastectomy, very aggressive chemo-therapy, followed by 30 days of radiation, my mother had beaten the cancer. It was a very difficult time for the entire family. My mom stayed optimistic throughout the whole ordeal. She loved to take off her wig when you had your back turned just to scare the crap out of you when you turned around.

It seems that now everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, I present this challenge to you:

make something PINK

It can be anything as long as it’s pink. While you’re doing it, think of the people in your life who have been affected by this disease. Do your monthly self-exam or your mammogram (ok you might not want to do this while you’re cooking/baking, but at least think about it and remember to do it in the shower or to call and get a mammogram appointment). This disease can be beaten especially with early detection and increased awareness.

Here are the rules:
1. Make something, anything, that comes out pink – use any ingredients you want (you can double this up for another blogging event if you’d like)
2. Post your pink food by October 31
3. Include the logo and link back to this post in your post
4. Email me at beantownbaker[at]gmail[dot]com – include:
      - Your name and location (city/state/country)
      - Name of your blog
      - Link to your post
      - Picture (or permission to pull one out of your post)
If you don’t have a blog and would like to participate, just send me your information as well as the recipe used and I will post it here for you.

I dedicate this challenge to my mother and her two sisters who have also had breast cancer.

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17 Responses to “The Power of Pink Challenge!”

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    Katie — October 1, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    OH MY GOSH JEN! This is SOOOOO perfect!!! I am making pink items for my fundraising giveaways! I’m so entering this. And if you want some free baked goods, feel free to check out my blog and email me about it! :) :)

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    CB — October 1, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I think this is an awesome dedication to your mom and aunts. You know I’ll totally do something. I look forward to all the pinkness this month. :)
    /Clara

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    Kayla — October 1, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    This is a great idea and an awesome tribute to the great women in your life. I’m totally going to do this one!

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    Jen — October 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks everyone – I can’t wait to see all the pink yumminess that will be coming this way. It’s going to be fun. And Katie – I’m emailing you right this second.

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    Megan — October 1, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I had the girls photgraphed just last week! I hope to participate!!!

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    Jen — October 1, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Good for you Megan! Hope you can participate.

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    Yasmeen — October 9, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks Jen for raising the awareness
    I can’t imagine the suffering your mom and aunts had to go thro fighting the disease. Hats off for there courage and optimism.
    I’ll sure try to send a recipe in pink.

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    Jen — October 10, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Thanks Yasmeen. Looking forward to the entry!

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    raaji — October 10, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Jen,
    My firt time here….Came through yasmeen’s blog….This challenge is something that every women should be aware of and be a part of it……Good luck dear……

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    superslush — October 10, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    still trying to decide what i want to bake, but im gunna bake something!

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    Sunshinemom — October 13, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Kudos to your mom for such optimism! Since I do not use artificial food colouring you are really really challenging my skills!! Let me see whether I can come up with something:)

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    Jen — October 14, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Welcome to my blog Raaji!

    Slush – I’m sure anything you make will be delish.

    sunshinemom – there are some natural ingredients that are pink in color – goos luck finding something that you can make. I’m entering a salmon dish once I get it written up…

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    Kitchen Flavours — October 14, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I just you my entry. Please check out.

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    Nazarina A — October 17, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Even through all her pain, your Mom still had the humor to make others laugh. That just says a lot about her!!! Unselfish and a beautiful soul. Bless her heart!!

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    Ivy — October 18, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Count me in. Just found a perfect recipe I made back in summer ;)
    Thanks for raising awareness and no woman must suffer mastectomy if they know what to do.

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    Bharti — October 27, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Hi Jen
    First time here. I would’ve been stumped otherwise but i just made something pink a few days ago. Will blog it soon and send it your way. I like how you are trying to raise awareness about this..every little bit helps, good for you.

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    Carrie — October 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful event! I made some yummy pink whoopie pies!!

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