The Crazy Suburban Mom: UPDATED - A pink giveaway to feel good about... Two actually...

Monday, October 19, 2009

UPDATED - A pink giveaway to feel good about... Two actually...

 Pink Together Logo_SM

*This post has been updated *

*I'm offering 2 of the pink together packs*

 - explanation at the bottom -

I don't do a lot of sponsored giveaway type things; hardly any actually.  I guess y'all have figured that out by now.  And when I do them I don't paste ad copy.  But Blogspark sent me one about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month  announcing the Pink Together site on MySpace and I decided to do it...

And there will be verbatim ad copy .  Because this:

The site is part of Pink Together®, a national campaign to support those impacted by breast cancer and to help raise awareness of the disease. To support Pink Together, General Mills is donating $2 million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and is turning the packaging pink next month on an assortment of its most beloved brands. 

General Mills will also donate $1, up to $20,000, each time you post a comment of encouragement, send a virtual flower bouquet or share a story on in October. 

Doesn't need to be said any better. 

My mom died of cancer less than a  month after my son turned one. In fact, the last pictures of her were from his first birthday party.    My mom and I didn't always have the best relationship, in fact, it wasn't good a lot. 

I haven't talked about this on my blog before but - My son was conceived after my mother was diagnosed with cancer.  I spun my wheels for years trying to decide the exact right moment to have a child.  Is this right? Is that?  Do I have enough money? Do I live in the right place?

After my mother's diagnosis my wheels stopped spinning, I might have more time but she might not.  And she didn't.  I spent most of my life in New Jersey - but my son was conceived and born in North Carolina.  I moved back to New Jersey when my son was a month old and have been here since.  In my mother's eyes her grandson was the best thing I'd ever done and was without a doubt, a gift.

Life, in all it's forms, really is a gift.  His first year was her last. The time she had with her new baby grandson was the most wonderful and joyful thing in that last year. It was healing for me as well.  It bandaged a lot of hard feelings I'd been hanging on to.  I got to see her the way I'd always wanted her to be; as the loving person I was seeing with my own child.

My mother didn't die of breast cancer but the devastation of cancer is familiar to me.   The important thing here is... I know people who have had breast cancer (emphasis on the word had) - Friends.  Who are still my friends today, living and working and raising their kids... maybe even having a few more babies.  

And people like my mother who lived long enough to meet and know her grandson.... for even a little while is something they wouldn't have gotten that long ago... And because of hope and progress and donations like the $2 million General Mills is donating  to Susan G. Komen for the Cure ... maybe those same people can live much longer than a just a little while.

Pink Together Inspiring Hope Gift Pack_Small

There is a giveaway with this and it's pretty adorable.    I'm getting one and I have another one to give away.  But to be honest, I would have done this with out the adorable Barbie-pink Cinch-bag, etc....  It's just the right thing to do. Just leave me a comment and your email address please - Oh! Please leave me your email.  

I don't normally ask people to do anything other than comment here  but I'd really like to get as many comments on the Pink Together site as possible.  

If you could link back to me or tweet or something it would be wonderful because General Mills will donate a dollar each time you post a comment of encouragement, send a virtual flower bouquet or share a story on in October (up to $20,000). And wouldn't it be wonderful if that much could be raised?

Since this is through October I'll just let this run until the end of October -  Halloween at 11:00 pm - eastern time!  I know that's a loooong time. But maybe with your help I can get lots of $1 donations and help cure one woman at a time. 

virtual flower or post some words of encouragement for others;
And since this is not my giveaway - US residents only

* Here is the Monday morning update *

 I asked Blogspark if I could give away 2 of the pink together packs and they said, "absolutely!"  I hope this will generate more comments on the pink together site.  

I didn't mention it before but the items in the giveaway come  from, and 25 % of the merchandise purchased there benefit "Susan G. Komen for the Cure®" in the fight against breast cancer.

So the extra giveaway is win-win for everyone!

Thank you for you're support, everyone.

As an aside - I know some people don't comment because they don't want to be entered into the giveaway.  I understand.  If you want to comment because you have something personal to say, but do not want the giveaway just let me know IN the comment and I will leave you out when doing the drawing.


Twincerely,Olga 10/17/09, 9:37 AM  

wow! great post and giveaway!! Stopping by from SITS

Amy 10/17/09, 6:56 PM  

I wanted to say Thank you for sharing such a personl story. My grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer. My Mom had me and my grandmother like your son spent the first year of my life with me. Then she was gone. I get to hear stories about her and that is how my daughter got her name. I like how on the site others could share their stories. Then they get a new support system. Thanks again. I hope you have a great weekend. I would love to get a chance to win this bag. My e-mail is on my profile. If you need it just let me know. You can just tell me on my blog. Thanks again.

Tim 10/17/09, 8:27 PM  

My wife would love this! It is true when they say everyone deserves a lifetime.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog 10/17/09, 8:29 PM  

Count me in. My email's on my profile and I'll tweet you in a minute...

Maureen 10/17/09, 10:36 PM  

I posted on the Pink Together site. I lost my mom to cancer when I was a teenager and I was devastated. It's really time to find a cure for this nasty disease.

P.S. I hope this doesn't sound rude but I'm trying to downsize my life so don't count me in for the giveaway.

Jeve (aka John and Steve) 10/18/09, 7:54 PM  

Such a great thing you're doing!

Mary 10/19/09, 11:16 AM  

Thank you for sharing that story.

marybtanck at gmail dot com.

Anonymous,  10/19/09, 2:11 PM  

Great post, Trace. I like it when you show your more serious side sometimes.
And as a cancer survivor (and even if I wasn't a cancer survivor!) I applaud your efforts, your good heart.

(And I don't want to be entered in the giveaway -- see, that does sound rude or snotty or something , that's why I never comment on a giveaway!!!)

Lynette 10/20/09, 7:19 AM  

I would love to win this to share with my girlfriend. She just had to have her breast removed only to be told that more was found. Now she is starting chemo. Her 3 yr old daughter just does not understand what is going on.
Let's all help fight this horrid cancer.

Sofia Smils 10/20/09, 6:20 PM  

Wow, I'm pleased just to make a comment. My mom died of cancer (not breast cancer) and then I survived it, and seeking the cure is a cause close to my heart. I'll be popping over to the pinktogether site and leave a comment there as well. Hugs!

Mom Mayhem says: 10/22/09, 1:28 PM  

I'd like to be entered -Great post and sharing of your story! I think everyone has been touched by cancer in some way or another-My FIL passed away last yr. of cancer.

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