BCPP Diaries

Faces of Prevention, Pt. 3: Heather Buren

Faces of Prevention, Pt. 3: Heather Buren

We NEVER pull up in front of a fully involved burning building and say, “Oh that looks toxic, I don’t think I’m going to fight this fire.” Not on your life! We ALWAYS choose to step into the burning building, we choose to locate, confine and extinguish the fire, while looking for and saving victims along our path.Read More

Kimberly Mulqueen BCPP Board Member Faces of Prevention

For years we at BCPP have been exploring the relationship between occupation and breast cancer and we remain focused on building a healthier workplace.

Hear from our Face of Prevention Lieutenant Heather Buren, San Francisco Fire Dept., Board member of the United Fire Service Women:

Guest Post by Lieutenant Heather Buren, San Francisco Fire Dept., Board member of the United Fire Service Women 

For the past 24 years I have proudly worked alongside my SFFD brothers and sisters saving the lives and property of the residents and visitors of San Francisco. Currently working on a busy engine company in the Mission, I don’t choose when me and my crew fight fire. We NEVER pull up in front of a fully involved burning building and say, “Oh that looks toxic, I don’t think I’m going to fight this fire.” Not on your life! We ALWAYS choose to step into the burning building, we choose to locate, confine and extinguish the fire, while looking for and saving victims along our path. And sadly, we are learning that our actions are in fact taking our lives!

Years down the road, we are being diagnosed with cancer and dying because of the “toxic soup” of chemicals we are exposed to in every fire we fight and because until recently, firefighters were not taking the simple and necessary steps to quickly remove the soot and chemicals off our body, gear, tools, and apparatus. If toxic chemicals weren’t allowed in couches and mattresses and carpets and turnout gear, we wouldn’t be exposed in the first place. Through chemical policy change, it’s crucial that our elected officials do everything they can to protect us from the toxic chemicals linked to cancer.

The science-based approach to prevention that BCPP takes has educated me and my colleagues, causing us to alter our decontamination behavior. Thank you, BCPP, for taking science and making it action-based and helping to protect us all!

I am a Face of Prevention. And so are you.

Heather Buren Firefighter BCPP Climber Face of Prevention 3

I proudly serve the residents of San Francisco, and after 24 years I am still loving the work and challenges I face each day as a SFFD firefighter. Through their focus on prevention of breast cancer through a science-based lens, BCPP has given me the tools to keep myself and my crews safer!

Won’t you please give today and help BCPP continue their vital work in 2022? 

Firefighters, like me, are exposed to many substances linked to health problems, including PFAS “forever” chemicals. Multiple studies have demonstrated that firefighters are at a higher risk for cancer or serious illness through occupational exposure to dangerous substances.

Biomonitoring

About 10 years ago, I was concerned about the breast cancer many of my SFFD friends and colleagues were being diagnosed with. I wondered if we were at a higher risk because of our occupational exposures in the fire service. At the time I could not find a single study that assessed this risk among female firefighters. I was convinced that the absence of data did not equal an absence of risk. So to better understand the elevated risk of breast cancer among our ranks, we (United Fire Service Women) partnered with researchers and advocates like BCPP to create the Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative (WFBC), to collect blood and urine from firefighters and office workers in San Francisco.

Researchers analyzed the blood and urine samples for the presence of PFAS “forever” chemicals, PAHs, and flame retardants and other chemicals of concern and wrote up their findings in this article. It concludes that women firefighters are exposed to higher levels of PFAS chemicals compared to office workers, suggesting that some of these exposures may be occupationally related.

While working with BCPP in this research study I learned that when it comes to preventing breast cancer, only 10% of cases are attributed to genetics. Preventable causes of the disease include exposures to toxic chemicals and other environmental factors.

Policy

PFAS “forever” chemicals in firefighting foam are a major source of drinking water contamination and pose a risk to communities where firefighting foam is used and to the firefighters who use the foam. That’s why BCPP passed a new law that bans toxic PFAS from firefighting foam!

You Can Help

Help us continue this vital work in 2022. Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving, and BCPP is excited to announce this year’s generous partner: Innersense Organic Beauty.

Kick start our matching gift challenge by tripling your donation TODAY! This week you have the opportunity to TRIPLE your impact for advancing breast cancer prevention!

P.S. As a special gift, Innersense Organic Beauty has a special offer for 20% off of products this #GivingTuesday until 12/31/21 for our BCPP community. Use code GIVING20 at checkout.

X3 Match for Giving Tuesday


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Faces of Prevention, Pt. 2: Erica Heywood

Faces of Prevention, Pt. 2: Erica Heywood

Did you know that physical activity reduces your risk of breast cancer? It can also boost your immune system to help your body fight off COVID or the flu. This doesn’t have to be a one-day thing.Read More

Erica Heywood BCPP Climber Faces of Prevention

At BCPP, we work hard to get toxic chemicals out of your daily products. We publish science reports. We advocate for a healthier world. We pass laws to protect people. We also climb, trek, and hike. All for breast cancer prevention.

And today, we’re putting the leftovers away and prioritizing our health by getting outdoors.

Did you know that physical activity reduces your risk of breast cancer? It can also boost your immune system to help your body fight off COVID or the flu.

This doesn’t have to be a one-day thing. What can you do? Regularly get active.

A great way to hit your fitness goals is to join the Climb Against the Odds June 2022 team for an experience of a lifetime! It’s a 3-day guided  journey to climb a 14,179-ft. peak for prevention.

Hear from our Face of Prevention: Erica Heywood

I climb because I had breast cancer. I climb to honor my family members that have also been afflicted with cancer. I climb for my friends and their families to support their current fight with this disease. I climb to fight breast cancer!

I climb because the environmental risks associated with breast cancer can be greatly reduced. I climb because people deserve to know what the risks are and how to avoid them. I climb to help fight this horrible disease by attacking the core of the disease through prevention.

This journey is about ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. Breast cancer survivors, families climbing in honor of a loved one, and inspired individuals committed to BCPP’s vision of stopping breast cancer before it starts. It all comes together for this powerful individual and collective challenge to help reduce the staggering 1 in 8 odds of a woman’s breast cancer diagnosis. Sign up today; you won’t regret it!

I am a Face of Prevention. And so are you. 

Erica Heywood with Linda Helper Corley BCPP Climbers

In the shadow of Mount Shasta for Climb Against the Odds to prevent breast cancer.

Erica Heywood

BCPP Climb Against the Odds '21

Pick your BCPP outdoor adventure to make a difference: 

Climb Against the Odds 2021 Patti_Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

Climb Against the Odds

• June 13-17, 2022
• Mt. Shasta, CA
Learn More & Join us! 

Sacred Treks

Sacred Treks

• March 21 – April 2, 2022
• Patagonia in Chile’s Torres del Paine and Argentina’s Los Glaciares Parks
Learn More 

Ridge Hike

Ridge Hike

• April 10, 2022
• Danville, CA – 10.5 mile hike or 6 mile walk
Register here

Bike for Boobs BCPP fundraiser

Get Active Challenge

• Dedicate any athletic event or goal of your choosing
• Whether you run, bike, or stair climb—help support our lifesaving work.
Sign up here 

Did you know? Top Tip:

Adults should sit less. Do a weekly minimum of 150–300 minutes moderate intensity OR 75-150 minutes vigorous intensity aerobic activity OR a combination of both; do strength training twice per week.


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BCPP’s Faces of Prevention Pt. 1: Kimberly Comer Mulqueen

BCPP’s Faces of Prevention Pt. 1: Kimberly Comer Mulqueen

[TW: breast cancer] Imagine a world without breast cancer. One without the aftereffects of mastectomy, lumpectomy, chemo or radiation, or the loss of a loved one. By being an integral member of our BCPP family, you are helping eliminate the causes of this disease so that others won’t hear the words, “You have breast cancer.Read More

Kimberly Mulqueen BCPP Board Member Faces of Prevention

[TW: breast cancer] 

Guest Post by BCPP Board Member Kimberly Comer Mulqueen 

Imagine a world without breast cancer. One without the aftereffects of mastectomy, lumpectomy, chemo or radiation, or the loss of a loved one. By being an integral member of our BCPP family, you are helping eliminate the causes of this disease so that others won’t hear the words, “You have breast cancer.”

Like you, I support BCPP because breast cancer is personal to me. I cried with my sister as she asked for the most aggressive treatment available so that her 7-year-old could still have a mom. My sister, my family, and so many others helped me battle breast cancer 22 years later. Now, I’m over 3 years cancer-free and incredibly grateful to be able to dedicate myself to stopping this disease from harming others.

I am a Face of Prevention. And so are you.

Kimberly Comer Mulqueen family and Peak Hike team

Me and my beautiful family, and with friends participating in this year’s virtual Peak Hike for Prevention.

Your support puts the power into prevention, so that BCPP can save lives through its science-based advocacy, policy interventions, and shifts in the marketplace that eliminate our exposures to toxic chemicals linked to the disease.

Are you with me for the biggest giving event of the year?

#GivingTuesday – a national day of giving – is coming on November 30, and BCPP is excited to announce this year’s generous partner: Innersense Organic Beauty!

TRIPLE your impact with a x3 match and advance breast cancer prevention during this season of giving.

Together, we can fund important science-based research, change policies, enact laws, and share information to prevent cancer – one person and one community at a time.

Ready to put the power into prevention on Tuesday 11.30.21?

Thank you in advance for your continued support. I am honored to work with you and proud to be the incoming Board Chair of BCPP.

And stay tuned for more Faces of Prevention like you and me in the coming weeks. Our stories and shared mission make BCPP’s lifesaving work possible.

With hope and gratitude,

Kimberly Comer Mulqueen

X3 Match for Giving Tuesday


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What California’s New Safer Cookware Law Means for You

What California’s New Safer Cookware Law Means for You

If you’ve been shopping for cookware recently, you’ve probably seen a slew of labels that say: “PFOA-free,” “PFOS-free,” “PTFE-free,” “PFAS-free.” If this alphabet soup is confusing to you, you are not alone. The good news: help is on the way!Read More

By Nancy Buermeyer, BCPP Senior Policy Strategist 

If you’ve been shopping for cookware recently, you’ve probably seen a slew of labels that say: “PFOA-free,” “PFOS-free,” “PTFE-free,” “PFAS-free.” If this alphabet soup is confusing to you, you are not alone. The good news: help is on the way! The BCPP-co-sponsored CA Safer Food Packaging and Cookware Act, or AB 1200, which Governor Newsom just signed into law, will put an end to confusing and misleading marketing claims about harmful chemicals in your cookware, and ban PFAS Forever Chemicals from paper-based food packaging.

 

For the first time ever, cookware manufacturers will be required to disclose hazardous chemicals in their products, and stop making misleading about harmful chemicals, such as PFAS Forever Chemicals (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, which includes PFOA, PFOS, PTFE and more). More on that below.

 

PFAS Forever Chemicals Victory CA AB1200
And while this is a California law, everyone across the country will benefit since the information will be available on-line as of January 2023 and on the package a year later. Given California’s size, it’s highly unlikely that cookware manufacturers will create separate labels for just this market.

The “miracle of modern chemistry” brought us the non-stick pan, with the brand name Teflon, back in the mid-1940s. Unfortunately, the chemicals that created this modern convenience are part of a class of toxic chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, commonly called Forever Chemicals.

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“Toxic” meaning that they are linked to a stunning array of harms to human health and the environment, including breast and other cancers, hormone disruption, kidney and liver damage, thyroid disease, developmental harm, and immune system disruption, including interference with vaccines. “Forever Chemicals” because literally every single molecule of these chemicals that has been produced since the 1940s is still in our environment and will be for thousands of years to come.

The early versions of Teflon were made with a specific PFAS chemical: perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. As one of the oldest and best studied of this chemical class, it became clear, even to chemical manufacturers, that they should stop using this extremely toxic chemical. To give you a sense of just how toxic, the California EPA recently recommended a public health goal for PFOA in drinking water of 0.007 parts per trillion (ppt)! Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, or PFOS, is a similarly toxic sister chemical with a suggested safe level in of 1 ppt. Even though PFOS is not used in cookware, manufacturers still use its bad name for marketing purposes, claiming pans are “PFOS-free.”

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Cookware manufacturers eventually stopped using PFOA in pan linings, however many simply moved to a different PFAS chemical like polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE, that doesn’t have the same amount of research or bad publicity.  Yet, PTFE is still toxic and persistent in the environment. It can cause harm three different ways:

  1. To workers and the environment during production
  2. To consumers using the pans at high temperatures
  3. To communities and the environment when the pans are disposed and incinerated

A recent study by our colleagues at the Ecology Center, What’s Cooking? PFAS and Other Chemical Hazards in Nonstick Cooking and Baking Pans, tested the non-stick linings of cooking and baking pans and found not only PFAS chemicals, which were expected, but also the hormone disrupting chemical BPA (bisphenol A). The discovery of BPA was surprising and raised questions like how many pans out there are using BPA, and what other chemicals are in pans that we don’t know about?

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The newly passed California law, AB 1200, requires disclosure not just of PFAS chemicals, but any chemical appearing on a set of 23 scientific authoritative lists. The chemicals on this list are linked to cancer, reproductive or developmental harm, neurotoxicity, hormone disruption, and allergies—as well as air and water contamination.

Another important finding of the What’s Cooking? report was that many of the pans lined with PTFE (the newer PFAS)––made a claim on the package that the pan was “PFOA-free.” While technically correct, advertising a pan as free of PFOA while not saying that it is made of another PFAS chemical is misleading. It gives consumers a false sense that they are avoiding this class of toxic chemicals.

Thankfully, California’s AB 1200 prohibits this kind of greenwashing. Under the new law, labels and websites can’t claim a product is free of a specific chemical if the product contains another one belonging to the same hazardous chemical family.

Cookware joins the list of products—cleaning products, professional salon products, and fragrance and flavors in beauty and personal care products—which now must disclose their ingredients, particularly the hazardous chemicals in the product, thanks to California legislation passed with the leadership of BCPP.

Accurate labeling of the toxic chemicals in products like pots and pans helps us all to make more informed choices when we shop.


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Meet Amy Ana: Mother, wife, fisherwoman, breast cancer survivor

Meet Amy Ana: Mother, wife, fisherwoman, breast cancer survivor

The breast cancer journey leaves a permanent mark, physically and emotionally, on the breast cancer survivors and their families. Having lived through this journey, I believe with all my heart that the best way to stop breast cancer is to prevent it BEFORE it starts! Read More

Meet Amy Ana

I’m writing today with the hope that you will join me in the critical movement to prevent breast cancer, which affects even young mothers like myself.

It was Friday, March 13, 2020, when I got the call at work. I was just about to open the pharmacy for the day when I heard the words that would momentarily paralyze me and forever change my life. “You have breast cancer.” I barely had time to call my husband before the first prescription needed to be filled.

That very same day, we got the news that school would be closing due to a new unknown virus. Up until this point, my husband and I had made a great team in figuring out life’s unknowns and providing comfort and answers to some hard questions for our kids.  For the first time as a mom, I didn’t have the answers. 

When we told the kids the news, they only had one question, “Mama, are you going to die?”  I will never forget the blank looks on their faces and the silence in the room as they waited for my answer.  I projected what calm I could; and in a light-hearted voice, I assured them we would be fine as long as we were together – realizing for the first time, I couldn’t make that promise.  As they finally went to watch a movie, I quietly fell apart. 

Trying to manage a breast cancer diagnosis and a new global pandemic was exhausting, confusing, and terrifying. Three weeks later, with strict COVID protocols in place at the hospital, I headed in solo for a double mastectomy.  It was my 42nd birthday.  I had four kids at home, a great marriage, and a whole life I desperately wanted to see again.

Needless to say, I’ve learned so much on this journey.  I now know we all have a role to play if we want to create change that will result in prevention.  I have joined the fight to prevent breast cancer so that, together, we can make an impact from my story and the thousands of stories like mine.  We all have women in our lives that we love.  Moms, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends… and they deserve their lifetime risk to be less than 1 in 8! 

Our opportunity for change is NOW. Together, we can and we will stop breast cancer BEFORE it starts by helping Breast Cancer Prevention Partners save lives through its science-based advocacy and education, and changing the system to eliminate our exposures to toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer.

Since my cancer wasn’t genetic, like 90% of all breast cancer cases, I am convinced it was caused by what I had been exposed to. This includes what I put in and on my body each day and things outside of my control, like air and water quality.

I am blessed to have the ability to focus on eliminating toxic chemicals for my family, but not everyone has equal access and opportunity. Until we can prevent the breast cancer cases linked to the environment, BCPP is here to help us individually navigate safer choices, while advocating societally for a healthier planet and its people.

BCPP is the only national organization solely focused on the science linking breast cancer to chemicals in our everyday lives. Your support ensures that BCPP can create a safer, healthier world without toxic chemicals in our air, water, products, and communities.

The breast cancer journey leaves a permanent mark, physically and emotionally, on the breast cancer survivors and their families. Having lived through this journey, I believe with all my heart that the best way to stop breast cancer is to prevent it BEFORE it starts!

The time is now. Before October’s Breast Cancer Prevention Month ends, will you join me in honor of the women in your life?

With gratitude from our family of warriors,

P.S. My family is now living a healthier life and I am OKAY. In fact, last June, Jourel and I hosted an inaugural deep sea fishing event called Fishing for the Cause; and our community, family, and friends rose to the occasion by helping us raise $20,000 for BCPP! 


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BCPP’s Breast Cancer PREVENTION Month Shopping Guide 2021 Part 2

BCPP’s Breast Cancer PREVENTION Month Shopping Guide 2021 Part 2

October is almost over – and there are less than 2 weeks to make your shopping count towards breast cancer PREVENTION! We can shop all year round, but it’s not often that our shopping also supports a life-saving cause. Speak with your dollars and check out our Partner Shopping Guide below!Read More

Breast Cancer Prevention Month October Partner Guide 2021 BCAM_2

​​​​​*Smart, safer shopping made easy*

Purchases that support our work in prevention

We call October Breast Cancer Prevention Month. For over 20 years, October has signified the month to promote awareness of breast cancer and shop in support of finding a cure. Yet, 1 in 8 women in the US will still be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s why we continue to shift the conversation from awareness to prevention

October is almost over – and there are less than 2 weeks to make your shopping count towards breast cancer PREVENTION!

We can shop all year round, but it’s not often that our shopping also supports a life-saving cause. Each purchase from our Partner Shopping Guide will support the science, policy, and market-based activities BCPP undertakes to protect you, your loved ones, and our planet from toxic chemicals in our environment. Speak with your dollars and check out our Guide below!

Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty, antioxidant-rich skincare & plant-pigment makeup, has been cleaning up the Beauty space since 2005. Vegan, Cruelty Free, Sustainable, Made with Certified Organic Ingredients and delivered from Farm to Beauty. Clinically validated formulas, authentically organic ingredients so every organic drop feeds your skin.

Oct 21-Dec 1, 5% of each Stem Cellular Collection purchase will contribute to BCPP! Clean Beauty

Henry Rose

Henry Rose

Created by Michelle Pfeiffer, Henry Rose is committed to using only ingredients vetted against the strictest standards for health and safety known today. They’re proud to be both EWG Verified and Cradle to Cradle Certified.

Each Henry Rose purchase helps contribute to a minimum donation of $10,000 to BCPP. Fragrance

Balega

Balega

Balega is on a mission of prevention by encouraging healthier lifestyles for everyone. Encourage yourself and others to never give up with the limited edition Balega Women’s Grit & Grace No Show Socks featuring new inspirational phrases each year.

Make a difference today! $1 per pair of Balega Grit and Grace socks will be donated to BCPP, up to $10,000! Socks

Armitron Hope Watch

Armitron

Since 1975, Armitron has been devoted to nurturing the spirit of individuality with high quality, high-style watches at approachable price points. Armitron is releasing The Hope watch to honor BCPP and its mission to prevent breast cancer.

All October, 10% of the purchase price for each Hope watch will support a $1,500 donation to BCPP. Hope Watch

Ecologic

Ecologic

As a proud annual partner of the BCPP, Ecologic keeps you, your family, and the earth healthy with ground-breaking sustainable packaging technology. By connecting you to a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, Ecologic helps reduce reliance on plastic one eco.bottle® at a time.

Begin your sustainability journey and grab a 16oz eco.bottle® kit from Home Depot or Lowe’s today! ECOLOGIC

GlassesUSA

GlassesUSA.com

GlassesUSA.com, is the leading online eyewear retailer in the U.S. and they are proud to support BCPP’s meaningful work to help prevent breast cancer.

GlassesUSA.com will donate $5 of the purchase price from every Amelia E. Kealia frame sold during October to BCPP, up to $10,000, with a donation of $2,500 guaranteed! Glasses

Crystal

CRYSTAL

CRYSTAL Deodorant™, the leader in natural deodorants for over 35 years, is proud to support Breast Cancer Prevention Partners as we work to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

Each CRYSTAL purchase made helps support a guaranteed donation of $3,500 to BCPP! CRYSTAL

TriggerPoint

TriggerPoint

TriggerPoint develops innovative massage therapy tools that mirror the feeling of a therapist’s hands, so whether at home or on-the-go, people of all lifestyles can achieve their ultimate wellness goals.

In support of BCPP, TriggerPoint is donating 20% of the purchase price of each pink GRID 1.0 and GRID 2.0 foam roller sold during the month of October! Roller

Headsweats

Headsweats

Gear up for your next adventure and go the distance for a better planet! As the world leader in ultra-light, supremely wicking performance headwear, Headsweats is proud to support Breast Cancer Prevention Partners! 

Choose from a variety of unique designs, from their exclusive collection of performance gear. They’re donating 20% of every sale to BCPP! Headwear

Lemongrass Spa

Lemongrass Spa creates natural, effective products free of parabens, sulfates, and potentially dangerous chemicals. They are offering a limited-edition Pink Healing Balm that soothes skin irritations, restores damage, and creates a protective barrier to shield skin from environmental elements.

Get your Pink Healing Balm! From Oct 1 – Nov 1, $3 of the 6 oz. jar and $2 of the 1 oz. stick will be donated with a $4,000 minimum to directly support BCPP. Healing Balm

myChelle

MyCHELLE

MyCHELLE Dermaceuticals®, founder of the Clean Skincare Movement, is proud to support Breast Cancer Prevention Partners and the meaningful work we do to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals linked to the disease.

MyCHELLE purchases help support BCPP with a guaranteed donation of $3,500! Clean Skin

Primally Pure

Primally Pure

Primally Pure products are formulated using real ingredients derived from nature for maximum purity and potency. In order to create truly safe, natural skincare products that offer real, recognizable results, they consult with leading experts in the beauty and wellness industries.

Primally Pure will donate 3.3% of the sale price for each deodorant product sold from Oct 1-31, with a $5,000 donation guaranteed! Skincare

Dapple Baby

Dapple Baby

At Dapple Baby, non-toxic cleaners are tailor-made for households with babies and kids. Join in this month to spread awareness of BCPP and our mission of working to help prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals.

Each Dapple Baby purchase made will help support a $3,000 donation to BCPP! Cleaners

Vibrant Body

Vibrant Body Company

Vibrant Body Company is a proud leader in creating clean first layers – bras, tank tops, and underwear – for women. Their products are free of harmful toxins and free of wires, but always use the most comfortable fabrics and fits. The EveryWear Bras™ are available in semi-demi or full-coverage fit, and tank tops and underwear are made from lightweight, breathable European silk blend fabrics. Wear clean everywhere.

Now through November 15, buy one The EveryWear Bra™ and get the second for free with code BCPPBOGO. 100% of purchase price goes to BCPP! Layers

Nakd Deodorant

Nakd Deodorant

At Vasarii, they believe that all personal care products created should be cruelty-free, natural, & environmentally friendly. Their natural body deodorant is made of 100% premium natural mineral salts. It is effective for up to 24 hours, it dries instantly, and just like all of their products it is not tested on animals.

This month, Vasarii will donate $1 for every nakd. Thai Crystal Deodorant that they sell on Amazon, with a minimum donation of $2,500 to BCPP! Deodorant

Crunchi

Crunchi

Crunchi is a revolutionary line of high-performance, safe, and toxin-free cosmetics that are redefining beauty. Thankfully, you no longer have to compromise your beauty for your health or your health for your beauty.

a. Crunchi and their beauty consultants from across the country are annual supporters of BCPP. Clean Beauty

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen creates solutions to single use products and uses business as a force for good. Your purchase from this family and employee-owned business allows them to donate directly to organizations like BCPP working to make the world a better place.

Klean has been a long time partner of BCPP, donating close to $300K over the years to support this amazing work! Bottles+

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft_kayak

Johnson Outdoors

Johnson Outdoors is committed to building the finest kayaks and canoes in the world. The Ocean Kayak Venus series was specifically designed for free-spirited women. The super lightweight, easy-to-transport kayak, is loaded with features for all day comfort on the water.

Johnson Outdoors donates 1% of Venus kayaks gross sales to BCPP! Kayak

Innersense

Innersense

Support Breast Cancer Prevention with this limited edition BUFF® CoolNet UV+® Multifunctional Headwear exclusive from Innersense Organic Beauty!

For all of October, 100% of the purchase price ($13) will be donated to support BCPP’s Peak Hike. Headwear

North Face

The North Face

The North Face’s Pink Ribbon Collection proudly supports partners such as BCPP, focused on breast cancer prevention and an active lifestyle. Since 2006, they’ve partnered with BCPP with a shared goal of working towards a world without breast cancer.

Proceeds from this year’s collection contribute $50,000 to BCPP’s mission. Collection

Donate for Charity

Donate for Charity

Have a car you no longer use… been sitting in your driveway forever? Just don’t want to put more money into maintenance for an older vehicle? Please consider donating it on our behalf. We’ve raised over $1 million for BCPP through vehicle donations over the past 20 years.

Call 866-392-4483 or submit a form. BCPP will make 10% more from your donation this October! Car

True Liberty Bags

True Liberty Bags

True Liberty® Bags are ‘The ORIGINAL All-Purpose Bags and Liners’ for people who cook, freeze, camp, hike, bike, hunt, fish, move, store, garden, or grow. Their industrial-strength bags are produced in the USA from FDA-approved, BPA-free nylon: a durable, food-safe material used in countless ways.

Based in N. California, True Liberty® is a woman-owned and community-focused company that prioritizes sustainability, service and partnerships, and is proud to support BCPP. Bags

REMINDER: These products come from fabulous companies that financially support our efforts to prevent breast cancer, so purchases you make also support BCPP!

You can also donate directly to prevent breast cancer.


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BCPP’s Breast Cancer PREVENTION Month Shopping Guide

BCPP’s Breast Cancer PREVENTION Month Shopping Guide

This month, we teamed up with incredible businesses to bring you products that give back to our life saving work. Check out the great brands and goodies below! At BCPP we only partner with socially responsible and like-minded companies.Read More

Breast Cancer Prevention Month October Partner Guide (BCAM) 2021

​​​​​*Smart, safer shopping made easy*

Purchases that support our work in prevention

We call October Breast Cancer Prevention Month. For over 20 years, October has signified the month to promote awareness of breast cancer and shop in support of finding a cure. Yet, 1 in 8 women in the US will still be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s why we continue to shift the conversation from awareness to prevention

At BCPP we only partner with socially responsible and like-minded companies. You’ll never find our product guides full of junk. All of our incredible partners share BCPP’s commitment to protecting the health of people and the health of the environment.

This month, we teamed up with incredible businesses to bring you products that give back to our life saving work. Check out the great brands and goodies below!

Crunchi

Crunchi

Crunchi is a revolutionary line of high-performance, safe, and toxin-free cosmetics that are redefining beauty. Thankfully, you no longer have to compromise your beauty for your health or your health for your beauty.

October 6-10, every order $150+ will receive a complimentary Lipgloss, free shipping, and Crunchi will donate $5 to BCPP. Clean Beauty

Vibrant Body

Vibrant Body Company

Vibrant Body Company is a proud leader in creating clean first layers – bras, tank tops, and underwear – for women. Their products are free of harmful toxins and free of wires, but always use the most comfortable fabrics and fits. The EveryWear Bras™ are available in semi-demi or full-coverage fit, and tank tops and underwear are made from lightweight, breathable European silk blend fabrics. Wear clean everywhere.

Now through November 15, get 50% off when you buy a complete first layer with code BCPP2ND50. 100% of purchase price goes to BCPP! Layers

Lemongrass Spa

Lemongrass Spa creates natural, effective products free of parabens, sulfates, and potentially dangerous chemicals. They are offering a limited-edition Pink Healing Balm that soothes skin irritations, restores damage, and creates a protective barrier to shield skin from environmental elements.

Get your Pink Healing Balm! From Oct 1 – Nov 1, $3 of the 6 oz. jar and $2 of the 1 oz. stick will be donated with a $4,000 minimum to directly support BCPP. Healing Balm

Balega

Balega

Balega is on a mission of prevention by encouraging healthier lifestyles for everyone. Encourage yourself and others to never give up with the limited edition Balega Women’s Grit & Grace No Show Socks featuring new inspirational phrases each year.

Make a difference today! $1 per pair of Balega Grit and Grace socks will be donated to BCPP, up to $10,000! Socks

Headsweats

Headsweats

Gear up for your next adventure and go the distance for a better planet! As the world leader in ultra-light, supremely wicking performance headwear, Headsweats is proud to support Breast Cancer Prevention Partners! 

Choose from a variety of unique designs, from their exclusive collection of performance gear. They’re donating 20% of every sale to BCPP! Headwear

Primally Pure

Primally Pure

Primally Pure products are formulated using real ingredients derived from nature for maximum purity and potency. In order to create truly safe, natural skincare products that offer real, recognizable results, they consult with leading experts in the beauty and wellness industries.

Primally Pure will donate 3.3% of the sale price for each deodorant product sold from Oct 1-31, with a $5,000 donation guaranteed! Skincare

GlassesUSA

GlassesUSA.com

GlassesUSA.com, is the leading online eyewear retailer in the U.S. and they are proud to support BCPP’s meaningful work to help prevent breast cancer.

GlassesUSA.com will donate $5 of the purchase price from every Amelia E. Kealia frame sold during October to BCPP, up to $10,000, with a donation of $2,500 guaranteed! Glasses

Henry Rose

Henry Rose

Created by Michelle Pfeiffer, Henry Rose is committed to using only ingredients vetted against the strictest standards for health and safety known today. They’re proud to be both EWG Verified and Cradle to Cradle Certified.

Each Henry Rose purchase helps contribute to a minimum donation of $5,000 to BCPP. Fragrance

Dapple Baby

Dapple Baby

At Dapple Baby, non-toxic cleaners are tailor-made for households with babies and kids. Join in this month to spread awareness of BCPP and our mission of working to help prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals.

Each Dapple Baby purchase made will help support a $3,000 donation to BCPP! Cleaners

Nakd Deodorant

Nakd Deodorant

At Vasarii, they believe that all personal care products created should be cruelty-free, natural, & environmentally friendly. Their natural body deodorant is made of 100% premium natural mineral salts. It is effective for up to 24 hours, it dries instantly, and just like all of their products it is not tested on animals.

This month, Vasarii will donate $1 for every nakd. Thai Crystal Deodorant that they sell on Amazon, with a minimum donation of $2,500 to BCPP! Deodorant

Innersense

Innersense

Support Breast Cancer Prevention with this limited edition BUFF® CoolNet UV+® Multifunctional Headwear exclusive from Innersense Organic Beauty!

For all of October, 100% of the purchase price ($13) will be donated to support BCPP’s Peak Hike. Headwear

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen creates solutions to single use products and uses business as a force for good. Your purchase from this family and employee-owned business allows them to donate directly to organizations like BCPP working to make the world a better place.

Klean has been a long time partner of BCPP, donating close to $300K over the years to support this amazing work! Bottles+

North Face

The North Face

The North Face’s Pink Ribbon Collection proudly supports partners such as BCPP, focused on breast cancer prevention and an active lifestyle. Since 2006, they’ve partnered with BCPP with a shared goal of working towards a world without breast cancer.

Proceeds from this year’s collection contribute $50,000 to BCPP’s mission. Collection

myChelle

MyCHELLE

MyCHELLE Dermaceuticals®, founder of the Clean Skincare Movement, is proud to support Breast Cancer Prevention Partners and the meaningful work we do to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals linked to the disease.

MyCHELLE purchases help support BCPP with a guaranteed donation of $3,500! Clean Skin

TriggerPoint

TriggerPoint

TriggerPoint develops innovative massage therapy tools that mirror the feeling of a therapist’s hands, so whether at home or on-the-go, people of all lifestyles can achieve their ultimate wellness goals.

In support of BCPP, TriggerPoint is donating 20% of the purchase price of each pink GRID 1.0 and GRID 2.0 foam roller sold during the month of October! Roller

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft_kayak

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft is committed to building the finest kayaks and canoes in the world. The Ocean Kayak Venus series was specifically designed for free-spirited women. The super lightweight, easy-to-transport kayak, is loaded with features for all day comfort on the water.

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft donates 1% of Venus kayaks gross sales to BCPP! Kayak

Donate for Charity

Donate for Charity

Have a car you no longer use… been sitting in your driveway forever? Just don’t want to put more money into maintenance for an older vehicle? Please consider donating it on our behalf. We’ve raised over $1 million for BCPP through vehicle donations over the past 20 years.

Call 866-392-4483 or submit a form. BCPP will make 10% more from your donation this October! Car

Crystal

CRYSTAL

CRYSTAL Deodorant™, the leader in natural deodorants for over 35 years, is proud to support Breast Cancer Prevention Partners as we work to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

Each CRYSTAL purchase made helps support a guaranteed donation of $3,500 to BCPP! CRYSTAL

Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty, antioxidant-rich skincare & plant-pigment makeup, has been cleaning up the Beauty space since 2005. Vegan, Cruelty Free, Sustainable, Made with Certified Organic Ingredients and delivered from Farm to Beauty. Clinically validated formulas, authentically organic ingredients so every organic drop feeds your skin.

Oct 21-Dec 1, 5% of each Stem Cellular Collection purchase will contribute to BCPP! Clean Beauty

True Liberty Bags

True Liberty Bags

True Liberty® Bags are ‘The ORIGINAL All-Purpose Bags and Liners’ for people who cook, freeze, camp, hike, bike, hunt, fish, move, store, garden, or grow. Their industrial-strength bags are produced in the USA from FDA-approved, BPA-free nylon: a durable, food-safe material used in countless ways.

Based in N. California, True Liberty® is a woman-owned and community-focused company that prioritizes sustainability, service and partnerships, and is proud to support BCPP. Bags

REMINDER: These products come from fabulous companies that financially support our efforts to prevent breast cancer, so purchases you make also support BCPP!

You can also donate directly to prevent breast cancer.


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Erika Wilhelm _BCPP

Take PFAS Forever Chemicals Out of Our Takeout

Take PFAS Forever Chemicals Out of Our Takeout

When it comes to paper-based packaging or cardboard style containers, this natural-fiber derived food packaging often comes coated with a layer of non-stick chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as ‘PFAS.’ Read More

Update: Victory! California Governor Newsom signed the BCPP co-sponsored California Safer Food Packaging and Cookware Act (CA AB1200) into law October 5, 2021. Thank you for all your support! 

By BCPP Senior Policy Advocate, Lisette van Vliet

In our busy lives, food on the go is a regular feature, whether it’s takeout or home deliveries, eating at the food truck, or grabbing a bite at the local café. While you may have thought about the health of that food in terms of nutritional content, or the volume of trash generated from that meal, there’s something else you may not have heard much about: the toxic chemicals leaching from the packaging into your food and posing risks to your health.

When it comes to paper-based packaging or cardboard style containers, this natural-fiber derived food packaging often comes coated with a layer of non-stick chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS or Forever Chemicals.

cardboard takeout containers

These toxic PFAS chemicals are known as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down when exposed to the elements – sun, rain, wind, heat, soil. They are often used in materials that contact food to confer grease and water resistance. Who wants a French fry packet to turn into a soggy pulp and stick to your fries and your fingers, right?

The problem is that the PFAS in the paper wraps, bags, sleeves, liners, plates, bowls, trays, molded fiber clamshells and even straws move out from the packaging into the food and ultimately into us. Luckily, alternatives are already available that allow us to avoid both the pulp and poison.

PFAS are linked to serious health problems. On the list are breast cancer and other cancers, birth defects, hormone disruption, kidney and liver damage, and thyroid disease. Scientific research has also linked PFAS exposure to immune system impairment, including decreased antibody response to vaccines. During a worldwide pandemic, that constitutes some very concerning news.

Moreover, it’s not just when it leaches into food that this PFAS-laden packaging poses a problem for our health. Workers are exposed to PFAS in the facilities that make the packaging, compost made with the packaging can contaminate our agricultural soils with PFAS, and the litter that washes into waterways can contaminate our drinking water.

burger wrapper

While ultimately the problem of PFAS should be handled at federal level, states are acting because the FDA has not done its job. While the FDA has banned a handful of the worst PFAS, the scientific consensus is that we must ban the entire class of over 9000 chemicals to protect our health and the environment. So long as the FDA is not moving to regulate the whole class of PFAS chemicals, states need to, and will continue to, take the lead in protecting our health.

The California legislature has passed a bill to ban these chemicals in paper-based food packaging, following on the heels of other states like New York, Connecticut, Minnesota and Vermont. The California Safer Food Packaging and Cookware Act (CA AB1200) is on Governor Newsom’s desk for signing as of September 21, 2021. 

The danger to our health is too serious to ignore. If AB1200 becomes law in California, we will more than double the number of people living in states banning PFAS in paper food packaging; that could be a game-changer for packaging manufacturers, pushing them to get all of us to a safer packaging future much sooner.

And that means better prevention of breast cancer and other diseases, for everyone.

Get Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer Out of our Stuff!

Help reduce and eliminate our exposure to chemicals linked to breast cancer through our action center.


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Lisette van Vliet BCPP Policy Coordinator

BCPP Bulletin 3 2021: Spotlight on Prevention

BCPP Bulletin 3 2021: Spotlight on Prevention

As summer closes out, BCPP’s advocacy and science-backed policy work continues to ramp up. September always means a lot of activity, as we prepare for October’s Breast Cancer Prevention Month. See below for updates on both current and new projects you might not have heard of yet.Read More

As summer closes out, BCPP’s advocacy and science-backed policy work continues to ramp up. September always means a lot of activity, as we prepare for October’s Breast Cancer Prevention Month. See below for updates on both current and new projects you might not have heard of yet.

Safer Beauty Bill Package

Federal Cosmetics Legislation

Momentum continues to build for stricter federal cosmetics safety legislation. BCPP is championing a Safer Cosmetics Federal Bill Package to address key areas of cosmetic safety: 1) protections for women of color and salon workers, 2) mandatory fragrance ingredient disclosure, 3) supply chain transparency, and a 4) national ban on the “worst of the worst” chemicals in beauty and personal care products. With bills authored by four diverse, passionate, and powerful female members of Congress, there are now over 100 NGOs and businesses supporting this package. This legislation could play a critical role in reducing our daily exposure to chemicals in the products we use every day and prevent breast cancer and the other chronic diseases that are on the rise. We anticipate that the bill package will be introduced the week of September 20. View the Press Briefing here.

No PFAS in our Food

On to the Governor! CA Safer Food Packaging & Cookware Act

The BCPP-sponsored California Safer Food Packaging & Cookware Act of 2021 (AB 1200 – Ting) continues progressing efficiently through the legislature. Over the past 10 months, we wrote the bill, recruited 4 co-sponsors and 53 organizations, 3 public agency associations and 6 companies/industry organizations to sign on in support of the bill. We negotiated a series of 12 amendments to ensure that the bill language was precise and clear enough to address the concerns of 8 industry associations, from the chemical and paper industries to the Chamber of commerce and retail and restaurant associations.

In tandem, we met with CA legislators and their staffers on both sides of the aisle to ensure that these lawmakers understood this bill’s potential to protect our health by reducing our exposure to PFAS chemicals linked to breast cancer, other diseases, and environmental harm. As a result of all of our outreach, advocacy and negotiations with opposition, AB 1200 passed the Senate floor with near-unanimous bipartisan support and will be moving on to the Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk in the next coming weeks. If passed, AB 1200 would – for the first time in the nation – force disclosure of toxic chemicals in bakeware and cookware and drastically reduce our everyday exposure to toxic PFAS pollution. Learn more about AB 1200.

Safer Black Beauty

Advancing Safer Black Beauty

BCPP is in the midst of a collaborative project, working with scientists and leading non-profit organizations working to improve Black women’s health to develop a list of “safer” Black-owned beauty brands that make/sell/market beauty and personal care products to Black women. Beauty products marketed to women of color contain the most toxic ingredients commonly used by the cosmetics industry, including chemicals linked to breast and ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, reproductive harm, and more. This toxic exposure is of particular concern to Black women because they purchase and use more beauty products per capita than any other demographic and face many health disparities, including the highest breast cancer mortality rate of any U.S. racial or ethnic group. In addition to creating a list Safer Black Beauty List, we will also create a Retailer Red List of toxic chemicals to avoid in the products retailers sell and work with our partners to conduct outreach, education, and dissemination of the Safer Black Beauty List to local leaders and Black women throughout California. Through this project, we will raise awareness about the hazardous chemicals in ethnic products, equip Black women with a resource they can trust and empower them to make safer choices, train community leaders on how to share the issue and resource with their constituencies, and elevate companies that create safer beauty and personal care products for Black women.

Paths to Prevention

Paths to Prevention Anniversary & Resources

This month is the one-year anniversary of our action plan: Paths to Prevention! While 2022 will be a big year for implementation of the Plan, we continue to develop and promote resources to better serve communities across the state and beyond. Check out our new website buildout on breast cancer risk factors and our published fact sheets on Race, Power & Inequities, Alcohol, and our newest: Breastfeeding.

Balega Grit & Grace

Feeling creative? Submit a Grit & Grace quote!

A longtime partner of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Balega has partnered with us each year to debut a new line of Grit & Grace socks. With inspirational phrases like “Brave Badass,” “Embrace Kindness,” “Defy Gravity,” and “You Are Enough,” Balega imparts its motto that in life, light reflects light, and so do some extraordinary people. Balega is on a mission to prevent breast cancer by encouraging active lifestyles, and for each pair of Grit & Grace socks purchased, $1 goes back to BCPP! Get your pair of this year’s annual Grit & Grace collection.

Peak Hike Kick-off

The wheels are in motion as we get ready for our first hybrid virtual/in-person Peak Hike. To continue building excitement among our hikers, we hosted a free, short Zoom event on Tuesday, September 14, where participants learned more about Peak Hike and how hitting the trails helps save our bodies (and the environment) from toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer. Re-live the party here. It’s not too late to join the team – in person on October 16th, at the Point Bonita YMCA or a favorite trail near you.

With October’s Breast Cancer Prevention Month right around the corner, we’re preparing to finish the rest of the year with a big bang. Thank you for being a big part of our journey and for all that you do to move prevention forward!


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Erika Wilhelm _BCPP

This Make-A-Will Month, Prevent Breast Cancer

This Make-A-Will Month, Prevent Breast Cancer

August is National Make-A-Will Month! In honor of this purposeful occasion, I sat down with estate planning attorney and BCPP Board Member Ellen Kahn. My hope for the interview was to demystify the will-making process and clear up any misconceptions about who should be prioritizing wills on their to-do list.Read More

Interview with estate planning attorney Ellen Kahn, BCPP Board Member and 2X Climb Against the Odds climber

August is National Make-A-Will Month! In honor of this purposeful occasion, I sat down with estate planning attorney and BCPP Board Member Ellen Kahn. My hope for the interview was to demystify the will-making process and clear up any misconceptions about who should be prioritizing wills on their to-do list. If you think will-making is just for those ages 65 and over, think again! 

Research says that only about 30% of Americans have a will. Yet, my guess is that most people would prefer to have their affairs in order and assets protected when it’s their time to go.

Ellen Kahn BCPP Board Member

Estate planning attorney Ellen Kahn, a BCPP Board Member and 2X Climb Against the Odds Climber

Making a will ensures that you protect the people and causes you care about. Not only does it leave your affairs in order for your family, doing so ensures your legacy and the impact you want to leave behind.

So, whether you are 18 or 80, everyone needs a will. And there’s no better moment than now to find some peace of mind in planning for the future.

Ellen, thank you for sitting down to answer these questions for our supporters.

  1. Is making a will still applicable to someone who doesn’t make a lot of money or own property?

Yes, making a will sets out how you want to leave your assets. If you do not make a will, state statutes direct how your assets are distributed when you die. It is always much better to make this decision yourself.

  1. A common thing we hear from people is that their family knows what they want. If this is true, is leaving a will still necessary?

Yes, a will is necessary because it is not your family’s decision where your assets should be distributed. It is your decision. If you do not have a will, it is not up to your family to distribute your assets. The state statutes will control the distribution of your assets. This is particularly important if you are in a second marriage and have children from a first marriage. And if you have minor children and do not direct in a will for assets for them to be held until they reach a certain age, they will receive their inheritance when they are as young as 18. That is rarely a good idea.

  1. Is making a will complicated and does it require a lot of time and expertise?

Each state has its own rules about how to write a will. The more complex your affairs, the more complex the will – you might even need a trust. A will should cover the following topics:

  • Who will receive your assets? Is the distribution of dollar amounts, specific items, or percentages?
  • Who receives the assets if your beneficiary is not alive? Maybe the beneficiary’s children, maybe the other beneficiaries, or maybe one or more charities?
  • If your beneficiary is a minor, should assets be held in a trust until the beneficiary reaches a certain age? Say, 30?
  • Who should be the executor (the person who handles your affairs)?
  • Who will you name as guardian for your minor children?
  1. In addition to including family beneficiaries, can I include a nonprofit in my will or estate plan? Are there extra benefits of doing this?

Yes, you can always name a charity as a beneficiary of your estate plan. If your estate is very large, it will reduce estate taxes.

  1. What else should someone think about in preparing an estate plan?

When doing estate planning, it is important to think through the following:

  • Share with your named executor where you will keep your will.
  • You need other estate planning documents too – such as an Advanced Health Care Directive and a Durable Power of Attorney for Property Management. These documents are important in the event you are ever incapacitated and unable to make your own health care or financial decisions.
  • Make sure you have created a list of your assets so that your executor can step in and handle your affairs rather than looking throughout your house to try and find what you own.
  • If you have passwords or a key to a safe deposit box, make sure that your trusted family members or your executor knows where you keep this confidential information. This is not information to be shared lightly, so be certain you trust the individuals with whom you share this information.
  • Talk with your family members or other trusted members of your circle about your burial or cremation plans. Your family should not have to figure this out following your death.
  • Talk with your health care agent (the person you name in your Advanced Health Care Directive) in advance of illness about your thoughts on end-of-life decision making. Review this issue regularly.

 

Ellen says that you need to be thoughtful about estate planning. These are not easy topics, and most of us do not like talking about our own deaths, or the deaths of those we love. But it is important that we do it. And once we do it, we need to review it every 3 or 4 years, or when something major changes in our lives (such as getting married, having a baby, moving from one state to another, or having a serious illness). The drafting of documents needs to be precise and is best done with a lawyer, although this can be expensive. There are online programs that assist people in writing wills and other estate planning documents, although Ellen does not vouch for any particular company. Some states, such as California, permit an individual to write their own will in their own handwriting without witnesses. This is called a “holographic” will, and the rules for it need to be followed carefully (we are not setting out the rules here). But generally, a will requires witnesses.

In addition to protecting the people you care about, you can combine your desire to support breast cancer prevention with your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals. You can leave a portion of your estate to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners in your will. A planned gift gives you a special connection to BCPP and will help ensure that we can continue our work for years to come.

Sample Language

Here’s a quick blurb to use:

I bequeath [the sum of _________ dollars] [all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate] [an amount equal to _____ percent of the remainder of my estate] to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (EIN: 94-3155886), located in San Francisco, CA. 

 

“For me, it never felt quite like the time to consider, let alone start working on a will. I’m 31, healthy, and living life up. And then COVID-19 hit last year. I knew in my heart that now was the time to do it. Both my mom and I decided we would tackle our affairs together and get it done! Getting started was half the battle. But once I found an online service that I could trust working with, the process was smooth sailing. I encourage all to do what makes you feel comfortable and confident for your legacy giving. We went with LegalZoom, but there are many options including finding a local attorney to do most of the work for you. For my mom’s estate planning we needed to complete paperwork for power of attorney, an advanced health care directive, a living trust, and a last will and testament. For myself, I just went with a living trust. The process was easy and painless, and both mom and I felt at ease once we had these documents done. Little did we know, my mama would unexpectedly pass away just a year after signing her estate paperwork. Losing my beautiful and wise mom has been the hardest experience of my life. But because mom was proactive with getting her estate planning done, my little sisters and I don’t have to carry an immense burden of scrambling and stressing to get the probate court what they need. My advice? Take care of yourself, loved ones, and future generations by getting your will done and designate a legacy gift to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners!” 

Erika Wilhelm

BCPP

No matter how much you leave, you want to make sure it goes to the people and causes you care about.

For questions or more information, check out Ways to Give or contact us.

 


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Julie Pofsky BCPP Director of Development

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