Life isn't always easy. Struggles and stresses can occasionally bring us down and make us start questioning ourselves, which is where #TeamB4BC comes in to help! Check out our 6 tips to increase confidence, happiness & ultimate stoke levels!
#TeamB4BC loves our mamas! They’ve encouraged us to grow, learn, and empowered us through life. B4BC is extremely honored to have a team of over 18 females, killing it in otherwise male dominated sports industries – snow, skate, surf, and wake. We’re so thankful for all the moms encouraging us to get out there, try new things and roll with the punches (or falls, bruises, broken bones and more). Thank you to all of the moms keeping us strong and inspired! Check out what some of our athletes have to save about their mamas!
Since being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, Michelle lives every day to the fullest by embracing a positive mindset and using the mother nature as her favorite form of medicine. Read more in this week's Its Personal Q & A led by Megan Pischke.
I think a lot of people probably wonder “why should I do a juice cleanse?” You might even think that only hippie-yoga people do it. And people trying to lose weight. But I have learned there are many reasons to be cleaning out your pipes. I started doing juice cleanses years ago when I lost my spleen in a snowboard accident. This was my way to boost my immune system with out having to inoculate myself yearly with a flu vaccine. I found it brightened my skin, re-set my eating habits, and gave me tons of energy after long winters of snowboarding and training. And after years of this routine spring and late summer, I now also accredit my twice yearly cleansed liver for helping to support my cancer treatments, and beating a stage 3 cancer. There are many ways and reasons to do a juice cleanse. A typical one is three days, and my favorite is K
Two years ago Samantha Kuhr's life and body changed forever when she had two cancerous tumors removed, both breasts, and 13 lymph nodes. Samantha shares a powerful blog including a few things a cancer survivor wishes you knew.
With the warming temperatures and more time spent outside and near water, it's important to always be taking care of your skin. Protection from the sun and sunscreen is important, but using the RIGHT sunscreen is equally so. We've decided to put together a list of some information and tips from EWG you should know before heading outside this summer!
Yoga is well known for its healing benefits - physically, mentally and spiritually. We at B4BC strongly believe in the benefits in yoga, especially for cancer patients and survivors. Here are a few reasons it can help survivors.
This past weekend on April 8th, we wrapped up one of the best seasons yet by bringing us back to where we all started with the iconic B4BC Shred the Love Snow + Music Festival at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Thanks to love and support (which was felt radiating across the mountain), and nearly 1,800 people coming out to support our cause, B4BC was able to raise $10k towards our education, outreach, and survivor programs.
Grounding routines and rituals have profound effects on our overall well-being. Finding peace throughout busy days is imperative to regulating stress and anxiety so we can operate at our highest level.
Giving so much of our energy outward requires us to go inward on a daily, hourly basis. Coming back to the present becomes easier when you take time for pauses, micro-meditations, and mini breathing sessions. These simple tools and grounding routines will help you reconnect to your inherent state of calm.
Pomegranates, berries and avocados blended together!? Smoothies are the ultimate way to combine multiple servings of those ultra tastey fruits and veggies that you need throughout the day. We reckon that you combine this list of cancer fighting foods into the best breakfast since sliced bread.
Boarding for Breast Cancer is pleased to host our 7th holistic outdoor retreat with our wellness ambassador, and former pro-snowboarder, Megan Pischke. The Chasing Sunshine Mountain Retreat, tailored specifically towards breast cancer patients and survivors, is led by Megan and her team of facilitators with expertise in yoga, nutritional medicine, life skills coaching, acupuncture, and more. It is a beautifully crafted retreat in Taos, NM, February 26 - March 1, 2017. B4BC is able to grant 6-8 breast cancer survivor scholarships to attend this wellness weekend.
Want better well-being? Try sleeping your way there. Healthy people know that logging Zs is a vital part of their wellness routine, so they prioritize it accordingly. Below are a few bedtime tricks you can steal from them so you can wake up well-rested and ready to tackle the day.
After patiently waiting over 6 months for the return of cold weather and snowboarding, B4BC is stoked to finally make our return to the mountains! Throughout the 2016-2017 season, B4BC will be traveling to over 8 mountain resorts for our winter fundraising series, Shred the Love. Each fundraising technique is different, ranging from lap-a-thons, to rail jams, to night tubing. This weekend we kicked off the series at two of our home mountains, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit!
WE’RE OBSESSING OVER just about every mushroom, tonic and superfood the guys over at Four Sigma Foods have to offer. Four Sigma is truly on the forefront of the mushroom “movement”, bringing a few traditional and powerful superfoods and fungis into the spotlight in a super-accessible way. Recently we got a chance to sit down and nerd out with one of the company’s main men, Tero Isokauppila. Tero is the spitting image of health – his eyes are crystal clear and his skin radiates a glow that only comes from living a life so in tune with nature. Naturally, we drilled him on every one of his wellness and nutrition secrets to understand how he maintains his glowing state. From the uber-natural supplements and green powders he cannot live without to the more radical practices that are a part of his daily routine, find out what this mushroom man
For those of you who don’t know Barrett Christy-Cummins, she throws down. On snowy booters, willow to pillow lines, in the office and on dance floors. BUT, you probably already know her. She not only was a part of our original Olympic snowboard team that went to Japan, but she now mentors and advocates for young female up and comers to chase their snowboard dreams. Being my best friend, its pretty easy to sit here and praise away, but Barrett is beyond the athlete turned team manager, she holds a special place in the snowboard worlds heart, and yes, she has graced the covers of Pop-Tart boxes, and various snowboard media magazines, is an all time record holder for X-Games medals, and probably Banked Slalom Pendleton blankets, but my favorite element to witness her in, is being a mother to her two kids and partner/wife to the infamous @Tu
Spending time in the mountains year-round and staying in shape are essential parts of my life. Now that I’m back from filming my part with Absinthe Films in Haines, Alaska—safe and healthy!—I’m getting back into my off-season activities, like biking, triathlons, and rock climbing. Rock climbing, in particular, has become a crucial element of my season. In Alaska, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the massive mountains and steep terrain, but when I arrived there this season I felt way more comfortable than I had expected. I credit this to all the time I spent rock climbing over the past few years.
Low doses of chemical preservatives widely used in cosmetics, shampoos, skin lotions and other personal care products may be linked to breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The preservatives are parabens, found in more than a fifth of the products in EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database. It's been known for more than a decade that parabens, which mimic the hormone estrogen, can disrupt lab animals' endocrine systems, but some scientists argue the concentrations in people are too low to worry about.
Exposure 2016 marks the 5th year of this amazing event and it's safe to say it was the best one yet! We had so much fun hanging out in the sponsor village and checking out all of the different contests. From 'Learn to Skate' clinics to Pro competitions, there were ladies at all levels shredding all day long! Check out the results here!
Do you ever have the desire to more deeply connect with nature? Do you often feel like you don't have the tools to help the environment? Do you care enough to help? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please accept a digital *applause* from me and the like-minded public. The truth is, we often do, as people of this Earth, feel a desire to connect with nature. We want to help, but we feel like we don't have the resources to act in a way that makes a real difference. That's where this list of actionable ideas and useful resources comes in. May they help turn you into an everyday steward of planet Earth. Mother Nature (and your conscience) will thank you.
If you’re already suffering from post-Labor Day beach withdrawals, this video of pro surfer Malia Manuel might help — and inspire you in the process. Born and raised in Hawaii’s surfer paradise, she’s been shredding the islands’ crystalline waves since childhood, gliding her way to the U.S. Open of Surfing championship title at just 14, making her the youngest person to ever achieve that honor.
I was just beginning in the snowboard world. I had a few idols that were supporting a good friend through a rough diagnosis of breast cancer at age 26. Monica, my friend, had fought to get doctors to listen to her when she thought the lump in her breast was a problem.
When one finally did listen, it was too late, as it had metastasized. She wanted everyone to know you are never too young to get this disease, and to advocate for your own health. She wanted to share this message through her community, which was the snowboard community.
So many great things and relationships always come out of these weekends, our young women’s retreats, and it’s truly an honor for me to be hosting, and having an opportunity to be so inspired. At our 12th B4BC Chasing Sunshine retreat, September 30-October 1, 2016, we had more than double the amount of applicants than ever before for the 10 Survivorship positions we had available. This shows the need for doing more!
This month our society will be invaded by pink everything… pink ribbons, pink football socks, pink headbands, pink flags; pink to represent breast cancer awareness and advocacy. It is easy to be distracted by the mass amounts of pink without really picking up on what it is representing or what we each can do to join the brigade in a meaningful way.
On October 6th, 2016, we celebrated our 20th anniversary of Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) with hundreds of supporters, photographers, artists, and athletes in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District, hosted at the BeCore warehouse space. It was one of those special nights to remember where a gathering of people who have supported B4BC over the years came together, along with icons in art such as Man One, RISK, Marcel “Sel” Blanco, Ernesto Yerena, Caia Kooman, and Shepard Fairey who joined forces to help fundraise for B4BC and spread the word about the need for ongoing education, awareness, and after-care support for young breast cancer survivors.
There is so much you can do to lower your risk for cancer. But please don't wait until you get the diagnosis—you have to take preventative steps NOW. It's much easier to prevent cancer than to treat it, once it takes hold. We believe you can reduce your risk of cancer and chronic disease by following these relatively simple strategies!
Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to providing breast cancer education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large.