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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.

Those battling cancer now have some special encouragement, thanks to a local non-profit group. Project Pink'd and many other volunteers made over 500 "healing hearts" kits Sunday. Each kit is tailored to what kind of treatment a patient is going through.

Project Pink'd hosted 75 breast cancer survivors in Bellevue Sunday for their 2nd Annual Care to Share Thanksgiving event.

Project Pink'd puts on Care To Share Thanksgiving event for breast cancer survivors in Lincoln.

Project Pink'd hosted breast cancer survivors at their Care to Share Thanksgiving luncheon today in Lincoln.

Local breast cancer survivors got a head start to the Thanksgiving celebration. The group Project Pink'd hosted a meal for 150 people at Nebraska Medicine in Bellevue.The survivors shared their stories and offered encouragement to others.

Thanksgiving is a time when we all take stock of what we're grateful for.  That's especially true for those going through cancer treatment.  We'll find out more today about Project Pink'd's Care to Share Thanksgiving program and how you can get involved.

Project Pink'd to Unite Breast Cancer Survivors for Complimentary Nutrition Program
Project Pink'd to Unite Breast Cancer Survivors for Complimentary Nutrition Program

There is nothing more fun than a night out with the girls, great food and someone else to do the dishes-especially when you are a breast cancer survivor. Project Pink’d will bring together over 20 breast cancer survivors tonight at their Fall Chef’s Table event. The program will feature nutrition experts who will dispel the myths of nutrition and cancer and stir up something tasty during their cooking demo. At the conclusion of this program, each participant will be provided all of the ingredients needed to make the recipe demonstrated and tasted so they can make it at home.

“Project Pink'd continues to listen to our community of survivors, and nutrition is a struggle for many. Nutrition is important for good health and learning how we can fuel our bodies in a healthy way before, during and after cancer treatment is vital to our quality of life. Every day cancer survivors are flooded with new information and some of it is fact and some is fiction. By working with local experts in our community, it is our hope survivors will gain the knowledge and tools to support a healthy life,” explained Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink’d Founder and President.

Two women. Two different diagnoses. One organization. Thousands of thrivers.

Meet Cynthia. And Kelly.

Roller skating. Glow sticks. Olivia Newton John. If you love Xanadu you don't want to miss a special screening of the movie to benefit Project Pink'd.

"I do believe my mom taught me to die." Breast cancer survivors and thrivers share a message of hope and sisterhood during this 30-minute special report.

"It was an easy partnership for us," Trevor Towey said. For Towey and Omaha Professional Firefighters, teaming up with Project Pink'd was a no-brainer. For the second straight year, they are working together by selling pink light bulbs and floodlights to help raise awareness and money to support those with breast cancer.

Bushwacker's Presents Project Pink'd With $7364 Donation
Bushwacker's Presents Project Pink'd With $7364 Donation

What’s a better way to spend an evening than listening to two of the areas hottest country bands at Omaha’s premier country venue, Bushwackers? Experiencing all of this for a great cause of course…Project Pink’d!  Event organizers had a passion to create an event focused on local breast cancer survivors and the first Pink Ribbon Rodeo was born.  Even in its first year, the event was a huge success raising  $ 7,364.00. 

“It was with great honor to have found Project Pink’d which led to hosting the Pink Ribbon Rodeo.  I also am very proud of my team’s efforts & the donation made for a 1st year fundraiser”, said Brandon"Brotha B" Deyo, Social Media/ Promotions Advisor, Bushwackers Saloon &  Pink Ribbon Rodeo Event Coordinator.
 
The evening showcased two of the area’s finest lead female vocalists; Christy Owens and Tami Hall. They each played with their bands then came together for a powerful final set.  Breast cancer survivors were brought to the dance floor for an emotional tribute.  A 50/50 raffle, silent auction, sweet treats table, and the sale of Pink Ribbon Rodeo pink t-shirts in an effort to “pink-out” Bushwackers contributed to the evening fun.
 
We are pleased to learn there are more good things to come.  Brandon shared, “I truly look forward to working harder to make the 2018 Pink Ribbon Rodeo an even bigger success and hope to help bring more awareness to the Project Pink'd Organization. Not a day has gone by since the event that I don’t think of all the smiles, hugs and joy that was had by all that special night.” 

Brian Mastre Reports: Attacking Breast Cancer Head-On: Mixing Hope with Pink - 30 minute special - Friday, 10/27 at 6:30pm only on WOWT 6 News

1 in 8 will develop breast cancer, and although the fight can be tough, their battle isn't fought alone. Brian Mastre WOWT talks with those who learned to comfort others from their own experiences and examines what's being done on the front lines of finding a cure.

This week’s show featured Kelly Konen of Project Pink’d on Breast Cancer Awareness Month.........

Gloss Salon & Day Spa 4th Annual Beauty and the Bust Act 4 Raises over $6,000 for Project Pink'd
Gloss Salon & Day Spa 4th Annual Beauty and the Bust Act 4 Raises over $6,000 for Project Pink'd

Gloss Salon and Day Spa loves giving back to their community. On Sunday, September 24 they held their 4th annual Beauty and the Bust event in honor of local breast cancer survivors. Not typically open on Sunday, salon staff wearing pink logoed shirts volunteered their time. They offered their full range of products and services with all event proceeds going to Project Pink’d.

Their generosity and hard work paid off as they raised over $ 6,000 to benefit the local breast cancer organization whose mission is to Help Survivors Thrive. Gloss Salon owner Krisha said “Our fourth year has been the most successful to date and our goal is to increase it every year. Each year we have learned what to change to try and make the next even more successful and it helps having such a wonderful organization by our side to help any way they can."

The event services included massage therapy, facials, tanning, nail care, and hair. In addition, there were raffles and product specials. Montez from 96.1 KISS FM was on hand to broadcast on site raising more awareness and promoting the fun,
Volunteers from Project Pink’d were also present.

“Although it always feels good to give back, it creates such a different feeling when so many people from the organization show up to say thank you, educate those attending the event, give to the event, and share their stories. It makes the reason we do this every year more personal and humbling for us to be able to meet so many of the courageous women who have had cancer themselves, know someone who has or want to help those who have, " shared Krisha.

In an effort to continue to provide bold and compassionate programs to breast cancer survivors in Nebraska and Western Iowa, Project Pink’d, Inc., Nebraska Medicine, Whole Foods Market and the Lincoln Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 664 have partnered to make the burden a little easier for those going through treatment and in financial need this holiday season.

On Sunday, November 12 from 1-3pm, at Nebraska Medicine Bellevue and the Lincoln Firefighters Reception Hall, Project Pink’d will host their “Care to Share Thanksgiving” luncheon for up to 150 breast cancer survivors in our community. Survivors will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving luncheon in the company of new friends, meet other breast cancer survivors and hear inspirational stories of 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.

Through generous contributions, Project Pink’d is proud to offer this expanded program free to pre-registered breast cancer survivors who are going through treatment or need a little extra TLC this holiday season. Space is limited and registration is available via www.projectpinkd.org.

Complimentary transportation will be provided to Lincoln from Kearney, Grand Island and York. Complimentary transportation will be provided to Bellevue from Lincoln.

From the moment of diagnosis through end of life, Project Pink’d, Inc. provides tools, resources and a strong network to strengthen and renew the mind, body and spirit of breast cancer survivors in Nebraska and Western Iowa.

Kelly Konen shared the picture on our website and Kelly says Finley, featured in the photo, is the littlest volunteer for Project Pink’d.

The group provides support for breast cancer survivors in Nebraska and western Iowa.

Vice President "Dave" is pictured lending Finley a hand. They're making placemats for breast cancer survivors attending the organization’s upcoming Care to Share Thanksgiving event.

In this second of our series of “WHAT OCTOBER MEANS TO US?” we have an extremely special guest and friend of OneStaff. The founder and president of Omaha’s-own Project Pink’d, the one and only local cancer-awareness hero, and survivor herself, the remarkable Cynthia Sturgeon.

Lincoln Fire Fighters Union is helping light up Lincoln in pink for breast cancer awareness and Project Pink'd.

Lincoln's Fire Union is helping raise awareness for breast cancer this month. Last year they raised $5,000, and this year they want to beat that goal. The donations will go to the origination PINK'D, to help with costs, clothing, wigs, and child care.

The Pink Ribbon Rodeo is happening this Friday at Bushwackers, all to raise money for Project Pink'd. We'll find out what's planned for the evening and learn how Project Pink'd supports patients and survivors.

Even though the month of October celebrates Halloween and the fall colors of orange, gold and brown, pink is the prominent color associated with breast cancer awareness month. Seven years ago, that shade of pink became a little brighter and bolder when Cynthia Sturgeon decided to form an organization to help fill a need within the community for breast cancer survivors called Project Pink’d. 

"As long as our survivors need us, we will be here."-Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink'd Founder & President

Originating in Irwindale, Calif., the Pink Patch Project consists of members of law enforcement and similar fields wearing pink patches that draw attention to the important issue at hand. Det. Craig Harbaugh said during a Friday interview with the Tribune that the Sheriff's Office is one of five Nebraska organizations that he knows of participating. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit Project Pink'd....

Fire Fighters Encourage Omahans to Light it Up Pink’d

The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 385, is proud to once again partner with Project Pink’d, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting the mind, body and spirit of those diagnosed with breast cancer, on their #OmahaPinkdOut program.

The #OmahaPinkdOut initiative encourages Omahans to “Light It Up Pink’d” by purchasing a pink light bulb or flood light for their home’s exterior and keeping it lit throughout October. The public is encouraged to take photos alongside the lit bulbs and share them on social media with the hashtag #OmahaPinkdOut. For every photo shared using that hashtag during the month of October, the Fire Union will donate $1 back to Project Pink’d.

Bulbs are available for purchase from Sept. 18-Oct. 1 at the Union Hall, 6005 Grover St., for $5 each. Tshirts are also available for purchase at the hall for $15 each. All profits will be donated to Project Pink’d, which reinvests funds into local programs that helps breast cancer survivors thrive.

This is the fifth year the Fire Fighters Association has partnered with Project Pink’d in the fight against breast cancer, and the second year for the #OmahaPinkdOut program. Last year, the #OmahaPinkdOut program raised nearly $13,000 for Project Pink’d, but the need for funding programs that help improve the quality of life of those diagnosed in our community continues.

Businesses that are interested in lighting up pink for the month of October can contact Melissa Rowlet 402.516.4998 or melissarowlet@projectpinkd.org

A breast cancer diagnosis changes your life and it can be overwhelming. After treatment, many survivors find themselves asking “What Now?” They feel stuck and unable to move forward. Project Pink’d, an Omaha-based nonprofit, aims to once again restore the minds, bodies and spirits of those diagnosed with breast cancer in our community.

Applications are now being accepted for the 5rd Annual Project Pink’d Dare to Thrive Renewal Retreat to be held at the Magnolia Hotel, April 6-8, 2018. Applications available at www.projectpinkd.org and accepted through December 1, 2017.

The program leans on bite-sized tools, one-on-one support and a strong community network as a catalyst for addressing everyday life issues that survivors experience after treatment. We help women recognize how cancer has impacted their mind, body and spirit-and how it can lead them towards creating a thriving and purposeful future.

"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. 

Due to the generous support from our community sponsors and benefactors, all Project Pink’d programs, including the retreat, are available at no cost to participants.

Bushwackers to host Pink Ribbon Rodeo on Friday, October 6. Benefitting Project Pink'd, this event will feature Christy Owens & Tami Hall on one stage for one night only. Visit www.facebook.com/pinkribbonrodeo for more information.

The charity they chose to support by donating the couch along with pictures is Project Pink'd, a volunteer organization that supports breast cancer patients.

More than 600 guests, including breast cancer survivors and supporters, joined forces with ONE VO1CE and set a new record, raising over $250,000.

A local woman is now battling breast cancer for the second time. That same woman has been helping others fight breast cancer for quite some time.

This month's Jefferson Award winner is a cancer survivor who founded a local non-profit organization called Project Pink'd.

Meet Project Pink'd Board of Directors Vice President, David Sturgeon
Meet Project Pink'd Board of Directors Vice President, David Sturgeon

It's Personal at Project Pink'd....
Our volunteer-powered organization thrives on the generosity of volunteers focused on improving the quality of life for not only survivors, but our community.

Meet David Sturgeon, Board of Directors Vice President
"I’m a new member of the Project Pink’d Board of Directors, but not a new member of the Pink’d team. I’ve been a participant/volunteer, supporter, donor and fan since the organization’s inception. I came to the organization originally as the supportive spouse of the founder. Being married to Cynthia Sturgeon for over 20 years has led me to many adventures I never dreamed would be part of my world. But when breast cancer rocked our plans for retirement, it became an “all hands on deck” effort to fight back.

Cynthia and I learned and grew from our cancer experiences and Cynthia began an immediate search for steps to take which leveraged our learnings to help others through the fight we’d already experienced. Cynthia has a passion for learning, organizing, networking, and making a difference. Competitive to a fault, she needed to punch back in this fight. I was happy to hold her coat and provide encouragement.

Until recently, I saw my role as a strictly supportive. She had or grew the skills she needed to build and grow the organization she envisioned to assist others. She didn’t need my help in organizational leadership. Now that our situation has changed again with her re-diagnosis it became time for me to move from the background to a more direct role in the current work and future of Project Pink’d.

Maybe there would be times where she couldn’t be there or be strong enough to get things done the way she wanted. Maybe she wouldn’t be there anymore at all, then what would happen with Pink’d? These are worries she didn’t need to be concerned with, but without more direct involvement I wouldn’t be positioned to step in and help.

So I’m here offering my 38 years of business experience working for Union Pacific and BNSF Railway, hoping I can make a difference the way Cynthia has. As a native Nebraskan who appreciates immensely the way the community rallied around Cynthia in her cancer fight and in supporting her work in Pink’d, I’m honored to be accepted on the board. One thing for certain, I won’t let her or Project Pink’d down."

One $30,000 Donation. Hundreds of Survivors Lives Impacted.
One $30,000 Donation. Hundreds of Survivors Lives Impacted.

On that beautiful Sunday, June 25, the Pink’d Ribbon Golf Tournament kicked-off with an emotional moment, President and Co-Founder of Onestaff Medical, Todd Livingston, placed a pink ribbon on the tribute wall with his mom’s name on it. It was a reminder that it wasn’t just a day of golf, it was a day of remembrance, support and honor.

Todd Livingston lost his mom to breast cancer over 2 years ago. Now, as part of his healing process, he’s giving back and giving hope in her honor.

A true example of a company with a pay-it-forward culture, Onestaff Medical embraced the Project Pink’d mission by hosting the Pink’d Ribbon Open Golf Tournament on June 25.  Onestaff Medical engaged their employees, customers, business partners, survivors and the community and together, they raised $30,000 for Project Pink’d.  “Onestaff Medical is honored and privileged to have such a great partnership with Project Pink’d. Knowing that we have the ability and desire to impact so many lives within our community-it was a great honor presenting Project Pink’d with the proceeds from the 2017 Pink’d Ribbon Open. Thank you goes out to all that participated making the outing a HUGE success,” stated Todd Livingston, President/Co-Founder, Onestaff Medical.

On Monday, July 10, Onestaff Medical presented Project Pink’d with a check for $30,000 .

 “Todd Livingston and Onestaff Medical far exceeded any and all expectations for the generosity shown in raising $30,000 through the Pink’d Ribbon Open. To say that we are humbled and honored to be the beneficiary of such a great event is an understatement. Thank you to Todd, his family, and the Onestaff Medical team for their dedication, generosity and commitment to helping survivors thrive in the community. The monies received will help hundreds of survivors in our community,” said Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink’d Founder & President.

Project Pink'd Invites Breast Cancer Survivors to "Find Your Inner Goddess"
Project Pink'd Invites Breast Cancer Survivors to "Find Your Inner Goddess"

Project Pink’d is pleased to continue their summer yoga series “Love & Light Yoga.” This complimentary program hopes to introduce survivors to a few different types of practices that will suit each individual’s mood and spark a journey towards healing. The summer program will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM and participants may sign-up for as many classes as they would like. The program runs through August 30, 2017.

The classes are structured for beginners but all levels are welcome. Classes are held at YogaMed, 11915 Pierce Plaza, Omaha, NE and taught by certified RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, Tonya Baker. Participants are to sign-in at class and are encouraged to bring their own mat; however, mats and other props will be provided if needed. Each class is limited to 15 people and are made possible by the many generous donors of Project Pink’d.

Volunteers with Project Pink’d, an Omaha-based nonprofit dedicated to helping cancer patients, assembled and delivered 250 chemotherapy, surgical and radiation kits on June 5 to Nebraska and western Iowa hospitals and medical centers.

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