Ten years ago if someone asked me what my life would look like on the brink of my 27th birthday, my response probably would have gone a little something like this- “well….I will have completed my Master’s and be a successful psychologist with my own practice and be married to Dave Grohl and just starting to raise our first child together by the beach.” I am absolutely positive I am not alone when I say that my life right now looks nothing like I thought it would. Cancer has changed my life in so many ways, I could write an entire saga about it that would go on longer than Grey’s Anatomy has even been on the air. I had this long post typed out about all my treatments, doctors, physical changes, but I feel like that is only a slice of this whole journey/experience/story/(insert pseudonym for “incredibly crappy situation” here). I have fough
Over 65 skaters, longboarders, bikers and scooter(er)s joined us in Tahoe on July 29th for B4BC's Skate the Lake. Throughout the weekend, B4BC was able to earn $27,000 towards our outreach, education and survivor programs. Check out our full recap of the event here!
Dew Tour – you were all time. 2017 marks the first year of an all-time, all-rad friendship between Dew Tour and Boarding for Breast Cancer. We were so stoked to be on-site at one of the biggest skate contests in the world. Taking place right along the beach in downtown Long Beach, it was the ultimate community gathering for those who wanted to experience some of our favorite things – skateboarding, music, and art. Skate contests included Pro Bowl, Pro Street and a Team Comp. Let’s just say, the competition was pure fire with stacked style, charm and attitude. From frontside flips, frontside disasters and 50/50 to fakies in the pro bowl, then a kickflip nose manual, cab back tail and kickflip frontside lipside in the pro street finals, we were impressed from start to finish. Ultimate congrats to the champs: Kevin Hoelfer in Pro Stree
The weather is starting to heat up and all you’re craving is that ice cold water to quench your thirst. While drinking cold beverages might be the norm in our modern time, here are some few thoughts to ponder on why drinking warm water may change your health.
In the past week, there's been a lot of talk about the Paris Climate Agreement and what it means for our country moving forward. Our friends at Snowboard Mag reached out to a few snowboarders to hear some of their thoughts on all of this. There were words of hope, wisdom and inspiration to share, from their thoughts and opinions about what this could mean for the snowboard community.
Sweet, sweet summer time! With warming temps and more time spent outside and on the go, smoothies are the perfect opportunity to combine your fruits and veggies into a delicious drink to enjoy on the run. Enjoy this smoothie recipe for an early morning breakfast or after a big hike with friends; it's the summer tropical bomb!
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.
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.