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!
My sea to sky community isn’t just about playing hard, working hard, and magic views. It's about supporting each other through thick and thin and of course, when things go sideways. And because they’re true North Westers’, showing up even when it rains.
Just because summertime is no longer here and we don't have to beat the heat, doesn't mean we can slack on making sure we keep our bodies hydrated. This week, B4BC's Health + Wellness Manager Megan Pischke through her struggle with breast cancer, we asked Megs to contribute on a topic that was meaningful to her as a wellness tool. Learn why water is so important in her life and why it should be in yours, and how to seamlessly add infused water to your daily diet!
Boarding for Breast Cancer, the original youth-focused breast cancer education foundation, will celebrate two decades of prevention and support programs for young people, Thursday evening October 6 at the BeCore headquarters in downtown Los Angeles Arts District with a photo and art show called “Amplify” curated by NEMO Design.
Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) was very stoked and thankful to attend the 2016 Vans Warped Tour at the San Diego, Mountain View and Pomona dates as the Tour rolled through California August 5-7! We were able to meet hundreds of young people and promote our ideas of early detection and a healthy, active, and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention.
This summer, there are some villains you won't find in the movie theater. They're lurking right beneath your nose and hiding in plain sight everywhere—where you live, where you work, and where you shop. And even Captain America and Jason Bourne are no match for these noxious thugs.
What an amazing weekend it was at B4BC’s 12th annual Skate the Lake 28-mile longboard-a-thon in Lake Tahoe! Last weekend was an HUGE success, with almost 70 skaters raising over $23K for Boarding for Breast Cancer’s education, prevention and support programs! We had an awesome weekend filled with tons of fun and an overwhelming amount of love and support from the Tahoe community.
You're invited to take part in the 12th Annual Skate the Lake, a 28-mile longboarding marathon that promotes an active lifestyle while raising awareness and funds for Boarding For Breast Cancer's (B4BC) education and prevention programs. Come out and longboard, bike, blade, or rollerskate with B4BC on August 6th!
B4BC rocked an amazing educational outreach booth July 22-24, 2016, teaching people the value of living a healthy and active lifestyle, and sharing important information about breast self exams at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro as thousands of people descended on Oceanside, CA, to experience the largest women’s surf competition in the world. It was a beautiful three days on the beach, with hundreds of people stopping by our colorful booth. Fortunately, we were also located right across from the skateboard ramp where young girls were ripping it in the half pipe, and legends like Carabeth Burnside and Mimi Knoop watched with awe at the new levels of female skateboarding capabilities.
Are you a forgetful person? Does your schedule get so busy you ditch some of your healthy habits? We're here for you! B4BC's free app is packed full with health info that you can access in the palm of your hand. The app teaches you how to perform your own breast self exam, shares our 8 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer, and so much more. The best part? The B4BC app allows you to set a monthly breast self-exam reminder.
If you're like us and have taken the next step in your acai obsession, you're probably making your own rendition of an acai bowl at home. We’re going to show you the key to making the most out of your bowls by packing those babies with powerhouse, cancer-fighting ingredients.
Before there were prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines, herbs and spices were the foundation of traditional medicine practices around the world. Fast-forward thousands of years, and researchers today are now taking a fresh look at the potential in these natural remedies. The Indian spice turmeric is right at the top of the list.
We've always known that life brings us in contact with a staggering number of chemicals, some of which are potentially dangerous in high doses. But we've never had a clear understanding about how many of those chemicals are actually making their way into our bodies—until now.
We are proud to announce that our Chasing Sunshine documentary, directed by Paul Watt and Megan Pischke, and produced by Erika Seward, has been nominated for the 2016 Rockie Awards at the Banff World Media Festival taking place in Banff Alberta, June 13, 2016. What is uniquely special about this nomination is that our B4BC documentary was nominated in the category of “Science and Technology” and selected by an industry jury of professionals working in entertainment and media from around the world.
X Games Austin 2016 has officially wrapped! From onsite outreach and athlete autograph signings to incredible competitions and musical performances, we were honored to be a part of this amazing event. Thousands of X Games goers stopped by the B4BC booth to get educated and learn the importance of early detection and living a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. Despite the crazy weather, we had three amazing days of outreach, competitions, and music! Check out the photos below for a peek into our weekend and find the full album on Facebook!
ATTENTION BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS + LOVED ONES: Boarding For Breast Cancer is pleased to host our 6th holistic outdoor retreat with our wellness ambassador, and former pro-snowboarder, Megan Pischke. The Chasing Sunshine Ocean Retreat, tailored specifically towards breast cancer patients and survivors, is led by Megan and her team of facilitators with expertise in massage therapy, yoga, nutritional medicine, life skills coaching, acupuncture, and more. It is a beautifully crafted weekend in Encinitas, CA, September 29-October 1, 2016. B4BC is able to grant 8-10 breast cancer survivor scholarships to attend this wellness weekend.
We are so excited to introduce you all to our newest partner, Four Sigmatic! These guys are bringing the amazing health benefits of mushrooms to our everyday lives. Everyone can upgrade or add few small things in their current diet with higher quality options. Food happens to be one of the easiest elements to start out with. It's like the white belt in Karate, everyone needs to do that first before moving to the next level.
Although it may sound a bit unconventional, loving yourself is one of our 8 Steps to Stomp out Cancer. Maintaining a positive attitude when it comes to your mind, body, soul, and life can help to assure good overall health— physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. When we stop comparing our lives, our bodies, and beauty to anyone but ourselves, that’s when we can shine as the best and unique versions of ourselves. We're bringing you 10 Body Positive Commandments from fitness guru Lorna Jane to help you be your best self today!
I don’t know about you, but the smell of Febreeze, cleaning agents with bleach, or anything that smells like flowery chemicals just doesn’t sit right with me. It also gives me a head-ache. For years we have been shown/told/sold products that not only make us sick (literally), but that are detrimental to our planet, inhabitants, waters, and soils. Not to set off a guilt-trip here on myself or any of you, but there are a lot of inexpensive eco-friendly alternatives to your standard cleaning products.
We sure do have some pretty amazing women surrounding us! Take today (and every day) to celebrate the phenomenal women you have in your life. We absolutely love loving the wonderful women we call our mothers & today we're featuring love from our wonderful Team B4BC athletes! We want to give these mamas some much deserved appreciation for raising the amazing women, athletes, and philanthropists that we are lucky to call our team!
Happy Cinco de Mayo friends! We hope you're getting festive and celebrating today! Just because it's a special day doesn't mean we can drop our healthy habits. We've got two of our favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes to keep you on track and give you an extra cancer-fighting kick during your celebrations.
There is a few things in my morning ritual that I think are key to me having a successful day. Warm lemon water, some yummy stretching, and a good, well here comes the awkward one: a good poop. I don’t know about you— but my day always seems to go better when I have a good morning poop. It's something I cherish actually. For many years I had to deal with constipation, food allergies and sensitivities, and it took me quite awhile, and a lot of personal research and perseverance to figure out what works best for me.
We are SO excited to debut our brand new & extremely beautiful Chasing Sunshine Project logo!! This amazing new piece was designed by our friends at Perspektiiv in South Lake Tahoe and perfectly captures the essence of Chasing Sunshine. Alison, the founder of Perspektiiv shares some words below about why she was inspired to help us with the redesign. Thank you so much Alison, we are in love with our new logo!
Typically we associate papaya with a tropical wonderland... But it's time to start looking at this fruit as more than just a pretty face. It's packed with cancer-fighting properties and has some serious health benefits! Here are 5 reasons you should snack on a papaya today!
Boarding for Breast Cancer successfully celebrated two decades of prevention and support programs for young people, Saturday, April 2nd at Sierra-at-Tahoe resort. Hosted by iconic action sports commentator Sal Masekela, the 20th Anniversary B4BC Snowboard + Music Festival couldn’t have been better, as the gathering of the tribes of pro riders, including feature appearances by Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Anderson, a Big Air Expression Session, a Photo + Art Exhibition, yoga, as well as musical performances by EFG, Panic is Perfect and the Family Crest. More than $30,000 was raised from ticket sales, raffles, and vendor village fundraisers, and donated to the 501(c)3 non-profit. Check out the video below for a peek into the event & stay tuned for details on the 2017 event!
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.