Tag Archives: informative

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organized originally by breast cancer charities, internationally, to bring awareness to the disease and raise funds. Bringing research to the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, as well as info and support to those afflicted by breast cancer.

“NBCAM was founded in 1985 in October as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, producer of several anti-breast cancer drugs). The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.

In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol, though this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize breast cancer: a 68-year-old California woman named Charlotte Haley, whose sister, daughter, and granddaughter had breast cancer, had distributed peach-color ribbons to call attention to what she perceived as inadequate funding for research. In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.” Source

breast-cancer

Today lots of work is being done to bring awareness and raise money through donations or fundraisers by the “National Breast Cancer Foundation.”

What is the National Breast Cancer Foundation?

“National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34.  At the time of her diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and she was forced to make a decision about her health with few options.  After her treatment, Janelle made a commitment to help women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.”

What is the Mission of the National Breast Cancer Foundation?

The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.

Breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. There is currently no known cure for breast cancer, and its early diagnosis is critical to survival.

However, with increased healthcare costs and a rapidly increasing percentage of uninsured women, many simply cannot afford the cost of screening tests. These women are at a significantly higher risk of dying from breast cancer if later diagnosed.   

That’s why NBCF provides free mammograms to women in all 50 states through our network of hospitals. We are now joining hands with people around the world to provide breast cancer education.”Breast-cancer-awareness-breast-cancer-awareness-5965326-1024-768.jpg

Here’s where and how you can help!

Above all, I always recommend that you do your research before donating to a charity. Make sure you know which percentage of money given and how money is used by any charity. 

11 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

National Coffee Day

“Ah, the perfect cup of java.  According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor. From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance a roasted bean casts.” Source

falling_coffee_cup-1920x1080

If you are residing in The States then let me wish you Happy National Coffee Day! Although the origin is unknown, September 29th has become the day to recognize this beautiful nectar of the gods, coffee. It is officially my favorite drink, as I have mentioned before. This day was made for me and I’m sure to be hyped up on caffeine by day’s end!

If you are looking to celebrate, there are multiple places that are getting in on this day of honoring “the java” with giveaways or other offerings. Here is a link to a list of spots you can check out that are participating in one way or another. National Coffee Day 2016 Freebies and More

And for those of you interested in a little info on the honored guest, here are a few tidbits on coffee. Enjoy and happy sipping!

“When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.

The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.

There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.

In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest.  The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore.  It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.

Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia.  More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.” Source

7 Comments

Filed under Love of..., Uncategorized