Thorlos Consumers Choose Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Thorlos supports Living Beyond Breast Cancer this month and beyond with its padded socks specifically for people receiving chemotherapy to treat the disease. 

Thorlos became involved in the cause in 2007 after understanding it had the responsibility to take an active role. A group of employees joined a survivor in a three day fund raising walk that totaled nearly 60 miles. We learned so much that weekend. First, we were surrounded by a sense of caring and love that was incredibly strong yet impossible to put into words. We also quickly saw that our sock products – that are fabulous for foot and blister protection – were “sorely” needed (pun intended). The only question was how should we participate?shop.thorlo.thumb

In the first year we supported a single organization and quickly learned our consumers wanted us to also help other organizations that had helped them. Being a smaller brand we do listen closely to our consumers. Through their encouragement we decided to have them designate how our donations should be allocated. Our program donates $1 from each pair of pink padded Thorlos® sold to a worthy Breast Cancer Charity. Initially it was on two sock styles. We have now increased it to six styles including one for men which can be seen on our website. As you might guess LBBC was one of the organizations our consumers insisted their $1 be given to.

They were right! We have learned that LBBC is a terrific organization of people and programs devoted to the newly diagnosed, young women, those living with metastatic breast cancer, African-Americans, those diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer and LGBT people affected by breast cancer. It complemented the other organizations our consumers wanted their donations to go to.

So our active role is to help people participate year after year in fund raising walks and runs by protecting and taking care of their feet with our specially padded sock products. This year we asked the Institute for Preventive Foot Health – another nonprofit organization we support – to develop and fill three information voids important to fund raisers and those in the midst of fighting the disease. With LBBC we encourage you to review each of the following articles:

Cause Walking: How to Protect Your Feet Before, During and After the Event

Benefits of Regular Exercise for Women with Breast Cancer

How Chemotherapy Can Affect the Feet

Please contact us if we can help you or a loved one with their foot health needs. You will be surprised the difference Thorlos “heart and soul” approach can make (pun intended).

Uniform Advantage and are Excited to Partner With Living Beyond Breast Cancer!

Breast cancer has always been a passionate subject for Uniform Advantage’s employees, as this disease has affected some of our very own. At UA, we are a tight knit family unit with a large female demographic who are passionate about breast cancer awareness. We stand together with Living Beyond Breast Cancer in promoting awareness, education and support services for people affected by the disease.

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Uniform Advantage has been involved in charitable efforts with breast cancer awareness and research since 2009. For several years now, we began designing pink ribbon- themed scrubs to further show our support those impacted by breast cancer. We are proud to say we’ve made hundreds of pink ribbon scrub tops and jackets that are proudly worn by nurses nationwide. Our valued customers are the true heroes giving back with every shift they work. For the first time, through our sister brand, we have designed a male and female chef coat to engage with our chef and hospitality customers about this disease in order to help spread awareness.

Lori Nadeau-Dunlap, vice president of marketing, has a deep appreciation for Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s vision. “We have decided to partner with this great organization because of what Living Beyond Breast Cancer stands for. They connect people with reliable and trustworthy breast cancer information and a community of support so that no one affected by this painful disease should have to go through it alone and we empathize with everyone affected, women and men.”

In partnering with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Uniform Advantage and will donate $1 from the sale of select breast cancer scrub prints and chef coats below. Check out LBBC’s Shop to Support Section to shop our products and support today!

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UA will donate $1 from the sale of each Wild and Pink Black (on the left) and Celebrate Pink Black Scrub Prints (on the right) to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

2models with Breast Cancer Chef will donate $1 from the sale of each Wild and Pink Black Chef Coat for Females (on the left) and Traditional Fit Chef Coat in Hot Pink for Males (on the right) to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

LBBC and Angela & Roi

A&RLogo2 Angela-Roi-handbag-2_mediumAs most of you know, we at LBBC have an initiative called “Beyond October”. We do this because over 300,000 individuals will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year and roughly 1 in 12 of these individuals are diagnosed during the month of October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Given this, the majority of individuals are diagnosed during the rest of the year, hence our “Beyond October” campaign. We have various partners who embrace this idea but today, classic vegan handbags for a cause makers Angela & Roi, are sharing why they’ve decided to partner with LBBC and why they believe in Beyond October…

Throughout our daily life, we often ask the question – is it possible to do what we love, and better the world while doing it?  At Angela & Roi, we believe this is not only possible but also the way that companies should be conducted.  We are founded on the belief that businesses should accept social responsibility for the products they put out, and utilize their resources to positively impact the greater community around them. We believe in using our passions for good. Continue reading

“Cancer, Without You, I Wouldn’t Be The Woman I Am Today”

Dana-Donofree-BioDana Donofree is back on the LBBC blog for part 3 of her story about her breast cancer diagnosis and how it led her towards a completely different life and career direction than she had originally planned…

Cancer had officially taken my life on another path. Only this time, it was one I had always wanted: designing my own line and having my own business.  The concept for AnaOno Intimates came organically from within. After cancer and reconstructions, I’d walked into lingerie stores countless times, enthusiastic at first, but then leaving with nothing but self-loathing and tears because my body was forever altered. It was like I was back in my cancer treatment days, easily identifiable by my head scarf or lack of eyebrows and eyelashes. This time I was walking around with a giant, heavy stamp on my chest: NOT NORMAL. The sheer frustration  became absolutely maddening, but the pain of being “different” or “changed” or in some dark moments, “ruined” was unbearable. I made my mind up, I knew in that moment I never wanted another woman to EVER have to go through what I did; they should feel just as beautiful, confident and sexy as they did the days before reconstructive surgery. Cancer should not and WILL NOT take that away. Continue reading

5-hour ENERGY Goes Beyond October

HeadshotEven though Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, 5-hour Energy is continuing to donate proceeds from the sale of their specially marked Pink Lemonade flavor to LBBC until December 31, 2014. As a partner of our Going Beyond October campaign, 5-hour ENERGY staff member Melissa Skabich is sharing with us why she’s proud to work for an organization who supports the breast cancer cause beyond October. 

I am the director of public relations for the makers of 5-hour ENERGY.  I’m also a wife, a mom to three boys under age 11, a sometimes runner, and a soon-to-be owner of a French bulldog puppy named Mack.   Before I was any of those things, I was a young college graduate who watched cancer kill my 43-year-old godmother in a matter of ten short weeks.  Kidney.

And way before that, I was an eight-year-old girl feeding  teaspoons of chocolate ice cream to my grandfather, who once seemed like the strongest man in the world but the cancer made him so weak he could barely lift his head.  A few weeks later I made my very first public speaking appearance when I read at his funeral.  It was my first real loss, and I missed him so much my chest would hurt.  Now, even 30 years later, I still feel a pang whenever I hear Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” on the radio.  It was my grief anthem.  Lung. Continue reading