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Name: Joyce

State: Tennessee

Breast Cancer Connection: Fierce Advocate

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In March of 2010 I signed up for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day in Washington, D.C.  The walk itself was 60 miles over 3 days, but the journey to get there was 7 months long, and completely changed my life.


A Pink Sisterhood

Submitted by Jo-Anne on April 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

You know those people movers they have in airports? The ones where you think ‘should I or shouldn’t I’ because you know that you really do need the exercise and you should walk but they are so appealing. The way they stretch out for as far as the eye can see, and you don’t really have to move a muscle to get from A to B if you don’t want to. I certainly need the exercise but succumb to its lure almost every time.


Pink Cart Needs Your Help!

Submitted by Jo-Anne on April 7, 2011 | Comments (0)

Our PINK cart community continues to grow by leaps and bounds. When we first launched our facebook page last spring, I asked all my friends and family to 'like' our page and as it turned out I had exactly 19 people in my circle that could do so. 19, how pathetic, but it didn't take long before we hit 1,000 then 10,000 and now we are approaching 30,000, which is remarkable. I love reading everything that people write and I spend too many hours paining over the stories and experiences that people share because I am compelled to listen.


I'm in love with another

Submitted by Jo-Anne on March 30, 2011 | Comments (0)

Last Friday our friends at Borden Waste Away drove their garbage truck all the way up from Elkhart, Indiana to Grand Rapids, Michigan to be part of a photo shoot for INC magazine. Their truck is special, unlike any other garbage truck in the world, as it is wrapped with a huge photograph of four cancer survivors circled around with their hands on a PINK cart. Is it possible to love a garbage truck? If it is, then I definitely have a love affair going on with this truck. I remember the first time I saw it on an very cold and overcast fall day.


This week in Grand Rapids the wonderful Betty White came to town for Laughfest in support Gilda's Club which, most of you know, is a free cancer and grief support community offering children, adults, families and their friends emotional and educational support. It was a wonderful evening with an informal feel to it as Ms. White sat up on stage and casually chatted in front of an audience of over 2,000 people.


Pink Carts are Meaningful

Submitted by Jo-Anne on March 17, 2011 | Comments (0)

I was in Chicago last week at the International Home & Housewares show which displays products from all over the world for inside and outside of the home for retailers. It’s a massive show and simply exhausting but I love attending to see what is new and cool and “in” this year.  Walking the long aisles I wonder why it is that you can buy a spatula in three hundred colors but carts only come in a handful of colors? After all, a spatula hides out in the kitchen drawer and is seen infrequently (particularly by us working Mothers).


Pink is so "Obvious"

Submitted by Jo-Anne on March 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

It is starting to feel like spring is in the air in Michigan. I pulled onto our street after work and noticed all the PINK carts at the end of the driveways sitting pretty waiting to be picked up by our friendly trash collector in the morning. The carts are out every Tuesday evening but usually they are buried in a snowbank or covered by darkness. This evening however was different, this evening they were obvious.


Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

Submitted by Caitlin on January 13, 2011 | Comments (0)

We hear so many stories of women and men who are fighting or have survived breast cancer, we hear stories of rare cases of the disease, people beating unbelievable odds, and sadly people who lose the battle. Out of the hundreds and thousands of stories we hear, they all have one thing in common - they already have the disease. The fight against breast cancer aims to improve treatments, increase cases of early detection, and ultimately find a cure and its long-term goal is to create a world without breast cancer.


We're Thankful for Pink Trash Carts

Submitted by Caitlin on November 25, 2010 | Comments (0)

Thanksgiving is the day when everyone is supposed to gather together with family, friends and the people who mean the most to them to express their "thanks" for all the wonderful things in their lives. Sometimes people take turns telling everyone what they're thankful for and the list usually includes family members, their job, pets, and their health. This year, we're adding something different to the mix. When it's our turn, you can bet that every member of The Pink Cart team is going to say "We're thankful for Pink Trash Carts!"


Pink Trash Cans Cross the Border!

Submitted by Caitlin on November 12, 2010 | Comments (0)

That's right, Pink Cart is moving into Canada! Last week, our team unveiled Pink Carts at the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo in Toronto and they were a hit with haulers and distributors!  These new Pink Carts will benefit our newest partner in the fight against breast cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society.


Stay Pink All Year Long

Submitted by Caitlin on November 3, 2010 | Comments (0)

October was a big month for Pink. Breast Cancer Awareness month this year featured pink ribbons and donation programs tied to everything imaginable - from cat food to diapers, to the NFL. The overwhelming amount of Pink shows us how passionate people are about raising awareness about breast health and breast cancer risks. And we on the Pink Cart team felt the love!


Karen's Story - What Cancer Cannot Do

Submitted by Pink Cart on October 22, 2010 | Comments (0)

Wanted to pass along a little nugget that continues to inspire me throughout my cancer journey (I am 2.5 years cancer free of Stage 3 B, invasive lobular breast cancer!!). May you always find the silver linings and gifts in this life!

Name: Karen

State: Michigan

Breast Cancer Connection: Breast cancer survivor of 2.5 years

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What Cancer Cannot Do


Mom went to Meijer to buy a Pink Cart!

The bright pink rolling trash cart that has captured the hearts of online shoppers has gone retail! Yes, you can still get Pink Carts through local haulers, distributors, but some of you can also simply go to your nearby Meijer and buy a 64-gallon Pink Cart along with a gallon of milk or a couple cans of paint.

The 64-gallon Pink Cart can be found at these Meijer stores.


10K on 10-10-10

Submitted by Jo-Anne on September 24, 2010 | Comments (0)

Can we reach 10K by 10-10-10? Please do it for Pink Cart and me!

What’s special about 10-10-10, other than numerical symmetry? It’s the day Cascade Cart Solutions hopes to have 10,000 Facebook friends for Pink Cart! Can we do it? Yes we can, but we need your help!

10-10-10 is also my birthday. Want to get me something very special? Become a Pink Cart fan on Facebook or ask some of your FB friends to become fans. The more people who understand the importance of increasing breast cancer awareness, the faster we’ll get there!


The Pink Cart is Filling Up!

Submitted by Pink Cart on September 16, 2010 | Comments (0)

It wasn’t that long ago that the first Pink Cart rolling trash can appeared on a curb and people stopped and said, “What’s THAT all about?” Now there are over 10K Pink Carts on curbs across the nation and thousands of people are discovering how easy it is help fund the breast cancer awareness work of the American Cancer Society® (ACS) and make a bold statement about their commitment.


Brenda's Story - A True Inspiration

Submitted by Pink Cart on September 14, 2010 | Comments (1)

My sister was 40 years old when she got breast cancer. She was a strong person, perhaps the strongest I know. She lived for about one year after we found out. Our world would never be the same; she suffered so much. During her last year of life she had many surgeries including brain surgery but it had spread all through her body by the end. She fought hard though. She told me once that everything she went through was worth it if she got just one more day with her family. She left behind not only one brother and three sisters, but a parent, five children, and a grandchild.


Hello Friends,

Well today is September 1st and the 24th anniversary of my Mum passing from breast cancer and even though my heart is heavy on this day for the first time ever I think hope and joy have crept in to co-occupy the space. Today also marks one year since we started The Pink Cart. This was the year that my path became clear and I was blessed with an opportunity to collide my personal life and my career with the desire to help Kick Breast Cancer to the Curb.


Andrea's Story

Submitted by Pink Cart on August 3, 2010 | Comments (0)

My name is Andrea Harris and I am 44 years old.  In October of 2009, the great love of my life asked me to be his wife.

In May of 2010, I found a lump in my left breast.  I knew something was seriously wrong when the sonogram technician kept rolling over the site of the lump asking me over and over, "So breast cancer does NOT run in your family?"


Cheryl's Story

Submitted by Pink Cart on July 27, 2010 | Comments (0)

My name is Cheryl Rodriguez, I am 43 years old. I became a cancer survivor on December 24, 2008. On December 8, 2008 I had my yearly exam and my doctor reminded me to schedule my mammogram, so I dutifully did so for December 10th. On the 11th I received a phone call from the hospital stating there were areas of concern on my left side and I needed to return for a second scan. By the 15th I was instructed that I needed a biopsy and one could be scheduled after the first of the year.


In June of 2008 I went for my annual mammogram, and as usual I had to go back for further testing. I didn’t think anything of it. Then I got the call that I needed to see a surgeon for a biopsy. I still wasn’t worried; I'd gone through this once before. This time was different.


Danielle's Story

Submitted by Pink Cart on July 7, 2010 | Comments (0)


My name is Danielle Horner. I am a 37 year old mother of 4 from Brookfield, WI. Ten years ago, while pregnant with my second daughter, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. The oldest of 3 children, I reacted emotionally but quickly composed myself and began to show support and encouragement for both my mom and younger siblings. My mom went through a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation and seemed to be on the road to recovery.


Independence is a wonderful feeling, one we’ll celebrate for the 234th time on July 4. It’s a birthday of sorts, and the gift is freedom. While the cake may be strawberry shortcake, apple pie or fresh watermelon, the candles are always sparklers that light up a night punctuated by the sounds of John Philip Sousa and blossoming fireworks over the lakes and across the baseball fields.