30 Oct Get Your Breasts Checked: Here’s What Happened When I Did
As a registered dietitian who lives a healthy lifestyle, I make an appointment every October to get my annual mammogram. I also always post on Facebook, twitter, and my other social media outlets reminding folks to get their big, small, and every size in between checked. This year, after my mammogram I received the call from my doctor that they had found something and I needed further testing.
As it turns out, I have a 8mm “something” in my left breast that has become more visible over the past 2 years. The doctors wanted to rule out any cancer, so they had me go to an ultrasound. When that came up inconclusive, they sent me to do a biopsy. Of course, I decided to have that done the day after I returned from the annual Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo and the day before my 44th birthday. I figured, I would be so exhausted, that I couldn’t even muster the energy to worry. Luckily, on my birthday October 25th my doctor called and told me everything was normal and that I will need to follow up after 6 months.
I was lucky, but not every woman comes out with a clean bill of health. I recently came across a innovative fundraising campaign started by two sisters who lost their mother to Metastatic Breast Cancer.
What is Bake It Happen?
While over 41,000 individuals die from Metastatic Breast Cancer in the United States alone, very little funding for research is allocated to this deadly disease. Judy Levin, a talented baker/cook and mom sadly lost her battle with Metastatic Breast Cancer. As a result, Judy’s daughters, Shari and Stacy, have been the driving forces behind a creative fundraising campaign aimed at helping accelerate treatment options for patients battling this most aggressive form of breast cancer.
“Even throughout her six year battle with Metastatic Breast Cancer, our mom’s kitchen was a communal table for family, friends and even strangers who embraced the tastes and love emanating from her dishes,” says Stacy. Her sister, Shari adds, “After receiving multiple requests for our mom’s recipes, we realized we could spread Judy’s culinary love — all in the name of Metastatic Breast Cancer research.” And so, in 2012, the Bake it Happen campaign was born.
The Bake It Happen campaign was first introduced on Shari’s food blog My Judy the Foodie, which is dedicated to her mom and her amazing recipes. In its first year, the campaign was shared by influential parenting and food bloggers across the country who lent their support and digital influence to the fundraising effort. Over time, thousands of supporters across the country began to pass on Judy’s culinary legacy and hope for a cure. After five years, the Bake it Happen campaign achieved its goal: to build the baking campaign into a national fundraising movement where supporters would bake and share Judy’s recipes or donate to the cause. To date, the Bake it Happen campaign has raised over $100,000 for breast cancer research and this year, Shari and Stacy are determined to raise even more.
The Bake It Happen campaign is now in its sixth year with the help of strategic partners The Cancer Couch Foundation, Taste Buds Kitchen, Carousel Cakes and Ford Warriors in Pink. The fundraising effort – which honors the legacy of Judy Levin, – requires only that participants “bake” and “share” photos of Judy’s recipes on social media. An anonymous donor will donate $5 for every Bake it Happen photo “shared.” 100% of the funds raised from Bake it Happen go directly to The Cancer Couch Foundation. The funds all get matched and go to support Metastatic Breast Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
To help with this fundraising campaign, you can go to My Judy the Foodie website and share one of Judy’s recipes. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BakeItHappen or tag @ubakeithappen when posting. Although the campaign ends on October 31st, you can still go to the Bake It Happen website and all funds will be donated to The Cancer Couch to fund research for Metastatic Breast Cancer.
You can find several of Judy’s recipes here, including Lemon Squares, Judy’s Black Bottom Cupcakes, Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf, and Molasses Sugar Cookies.
And if you haven’t scheduled your mammogram, please do so today!