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Public Challenge Issued 100 Women, 100 Ways, 100 Days -YWCA Princeton

 

PRINCETON   A challenge has been issued by the Breast Cancer Resource Center (“BCRC”) of the YWCA Princeton to all women. They are being challenged to each raise $100 in 100 days to help the center support local women affected by breast cancer.

 

The aptly named the 100 Women, 100 Ways, 100 Days Challenge,  runs from February 4 to May 13 with the 100th day culminating on Mother’s Day. The goal is to raise $10,000 to support the Breast Cancer Resource Center’s free programs and services to help women from across central New Jersey and Bucks County to live with, through, and beyond breast cancer.

 

Challenge participants can do almost anything to raise the funds, from the simple to the extravagant, from the ordinary to the unusual. Hosting a cocktail party, brunch, or wine & cheese are great options for those who love to entertain. Kids and teens can save their allowance, walk dogs, or coordinate a school talent show or bake sale.  Those who really want to rise to the challenge can pledge to give up Facebook or Twitter for 100 days, stop smoking, or shave their heads in exchange for donations from family and friends! Or simply put a collection jar next to the office coffee pot, ask 10 people for $10, or to write a check themselves.

 

The funds raised through each activity or donation will help BCRC provide local women affected by breast cancer with support groups, professional counseling, peer support, wigs and prostheses, mind/body wellness classes, financial assistance, retreats, lectures and teleconferences, and more. 

 

“Almost everyone knows someone who has had breast cancer – a mother, sister, wife, aunt, grandmother, daughter, friend, co-worker or neighbor,” says Kara Stephenson, BCRC’s Director.  “But many of these women will have gone through the breast cancer experience without the crucial emotional and physical support that is the cornerstone of our mission.  We want to make sure that no one has to go through breast cancer without information or support, but we need help to make that happen.”  The 100 Women, 100 Ways Challenge offers everyone the opportunity to make a very big difference by doing something small, and all those small contributions will add up to something extraordinary!

 

Individuals, schools, churches, clubs, teams, moms’ groups, scout troops, corporations, small businesses, community groups, and industry associations are all invited to participate in the challenge.  Although the project is titled 100 Women - girls, boys, and men of all ages are encouraged to take action.  

 

“The 100 Women, 100 Ways, 100 Days Challenge is a celebration of community, energy, and the incredible spirit of goodness we all have inside us,” says breast cancer survivor Betsy Bell, founder of Head2Hope, which began making head scarves for breast cancer patients and has grown into a full line of wraps, scarves, neck warmers, headbands and soothing blankets.  Betsy has participated in the challenge for the past 2 years, exceeding the $100 goal both times.  She will be participating in the challenge again in 2012, and encourages everyone to get involved and do their own project to help meet the challenge goal.  Ms. Bell says, “I’m excited to be part of the 100 Women Challenge again this year, because I believe in what Breast Cancer Resource Center at the YWCA Princeton does. I have benefited from their services personally. Every $100 the challenge raises will truly make a difference in the life of someone coping with breast cancer. ”

 

To join in the 100 Women, 100 Ways, 100 Days Challenge, visit www.ywcaprinceton.org/100women for a registration form along with additional information on the challenge. Or, contact the Breast Cancer Resource Center directly at (609) 497-2100, ext. 346 or  bcrc@ywcaprinceton.org.

 

 

YWCA Princeton

Established in 1922, the YWCA Princeton is a local not-for-profit organization with thousands of women, men, children and families as members. It serves Mercer County and central NJ through educational and recreational classes, social services, advocacy, and leadership development. Programs include summer camps, aquatics, arts and crafts, breast cancer resources, community events, dance, early childhood education, English as a second language, gymnastics, martial arts, American Red Cross and lifeguard certification classes, Newcomers Club for those new to the area, and its Women’s Group. The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world with 300 U.S. affiliates and locations in 106 countries. It is a safe community building strong women leaders, empowering women, and eliminating racism. For more information, call (609) 497-2100 or visit www.ywcaprinceton.org.