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Whats New : April 2007

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April 2007

Well Pink Wings will be celebrating 5 years on the internet this October, and we are up and running as strong as ever. We now ship to customers all over the world, including: all of the United States and Puerto Rico, Australia, England, Ireland, Scottland and Germany.

2007 has brought MANY new products. We have over 70 original custom Cloisonne Pink Ribbon pins.  These now include; animals, sports, our popular dated pink ribbon walk pins, annual bust pins, city/state pink ribbon walk pins, and OUR version of the pink ribbon. With so many new pins, people often ask us which is the most popular. And the answer is….the oh so popular Martini Pink Ribbon pin.  This pin continues to out sell every other pink ribbon pin we have, with the Paisley Pink Ribbon pin as a close runner up.

Pink Wings is turning some of our most popular designs into keychains, t-shirts, tattoos and hats. This year- we took our 4 original pink ribbon pins and put them together to make our new “Ribbons 4 A Cure” logo.  This logo now comes on onesies, youth t-shirts, adult t-shirts, and our Hoodie sweatshirt.  This Hoodie is selling so quickly, we are having a difficult time keeping it in stock!!

A book called “Foot Soldiers- Stories of the Breast Cancer 3-Day” came out last year and the Los Angeles chapter is my story. I now carry this book on my website. The auther, Dr. Deborah Douglas, is a breast cancer survivor who lives in Texas. Deborah walked in all of the 3-Day walks in 2004. Way to go Deborah!!

One of our Pink Wings customers is an amazing artist in Denver, Colorado.
I was excited when Evette contacted me to tell me that 2 of the pins we made for her are now in the gift shop at the Denver Museum! Way to go Evette!!! You can view her pins in the Pink Wings Store in the “Custom Pin” section. They are “Celebration” and “Embrace”. We just sent Evette her latest pin titled “Hope” for the Day of Caring event in Denver next month.

Pink Wings continues to participate in events almost monthly through out the year…and sometimes weekly.  We start our year with a Pink Wings booth at the fabulous Young Survivor Conference. Last year’s event was in Denver, Colorado.  This year was the 7th Annual conference and it was held in Arlington, Virginia.  It is such a great event to rekindle friendships, meet new people and learn about the latest info for young survivors. Dikla and her Los Angeles group were all there. Courtney- one of the youngest survivors I have met (20 years old) was at the conference again this year, and I met so many new young survivors. Hello to Christy and her mom…2 of the wilder women I met at the conference this year. Fellow young survivors (and my roommates for this event) Tiffany G. and Debra D. helped me out at the booth in Arlington.  Thanks ladies- I couldn’t have done it without your help!

From Arlington- I flew straight to Las Vegas for another conference, The National Consortium of Breast Centers. This was my first year at this event and I met a lot of new ladies from all over the country. This was another great conference for Pink Wings. Victoria Tashman- founder of introduced me to this event. Thanks Vicki!

In March, I drove back to Los Angeles with my family for our Spring Break.
By the end of the week- I needed a vacation from my vacation. First of all-it is almost a 20 hour drive and I am in a Yukon XL with my husband, 3 young daughters and my baby boy.

I started the week with a Boutique at The Ezralow Group in Calabasas to help their team raise money for the Revlon Run/ Walk.  We love the Ezralow ladies and enjoy getting together to do events with them. The Ezralow team looks great all decked out in pink ribbon jewelry and apparel supplied by Pink Wings. Thanks Judy, Cindi, Carmen and Georgia. Two of the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer 8 city walkers came out to see me. Thanks Martha and Renae for your support!

2 days later- we were in Compton at 6:30 AM for another event at the Southern California Gas Company. This was our 2nd boutique with the So.
Cal. Gas Company and we are well received there. We look forward to going back again next year. Thanks Ana and Angie for another successful event.

Later that day we headed to Universal for another event and then to Anaheim at 7AM the next morning for our last event.

On the days in between my events- I drove from one doctor appt. to the next. I have kept all of my doctors in L.A.  I did my mammogram, bone density test, oncology appt. and blood work. I am a 10 year survivor and I want to keep it that way- so I deligently go to my appts. every 6 months or every year!  Please make sure to make your yearly mammogram appointment!! Early detection saves lives!!

So now it is April and I leave for the ONS conference in Las Vegas next week. In May, I head out to Los Angeles again.  Then on to St. Louis, Missouri for the Essentially Women Focus On the Future conference and back to Los Angeles again for the Revlon Run/Walk for Women.

Sheryl Crow will be the host of the Revlon Walk this year. I have been wanting to meet Sheryl for years as it was her songs that got me through all of my surgeries related to breast cancer. Every time that I went in for a surgery I took my walkman in with me. Yes- this was in the days before the IPOD. The song that I listened to as I went under for every surgery was “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow.

May 18th and 19th, I will have a booth at the 2nd Annual FORCE conference in Tampa Bay, Florida. This is a great conference for anyone with the
BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.  There is no other conference out there like this.

In July I will be walking my 2nd Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 40-mile walk in San Francisco. My first walk was in L.A. This year I have decided to join the Avon Mini Walks Team. This fantastic group of walkers is raising thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and education. Great job Renae!

In August, I will be walking in my 9th Breast Cancer 3-Day 60-mile Walk for Breast Cancer. I am walking in Chicago this year. Last year I walked in Michigan. I am hoping that my sister will join me. She helped me with a garage sale to raise money for my walk and we raised nearly $1,000 for breast cancer! Thanks Erin!!

If you would like to donate to one of my upcoming walks- please go to the Donate link on this website and it will take you to my donation pages for both the Avon Walk and the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

On September 23rd, my family and I will be participating in the Portland “Race For the Cure” for the 2nd year in a row. Last year we had a team of
14 family members at this event. We had a blast!!  Pink Wings will also have a booth at the Health Expo in Portland on the days before the walk.

On September 29, Pink Wings will be in Tampa Bay, Florida at the FACTORS Breast Cancer Conference for the 2nd year in a row.

On October 6th, Pink Wings will be a part of “Walk for the Cause”. This is a 3.5-mile walk for breast cancer sponsored by the Soroptimist International of Albany (Oregon). As a member of the Soroptimist International of Albany I get to help with the planning of this event.
Last year, Jennifer Lyon was the grand marshal of the event. She was one of the contestants of the television show “Survivor: Palau”. Jennifer is a young breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed at the age of 33. I am excited to see who will be the Grand Marshal of the event this year.

On Oct 16th, I will be going to Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Conference. This will be my 3rd year at this event.  I am so impressed by all that the PA Breast Cancer Coalition is doing for Breast Cancer. This conference is always a good one.

In November, I will be traveling to Arizona and San Diego for the 3-Day Walks. I love to cheer on the walkers, and I love to see them in Pink Wings gear! Over the years I have met so many of the walkers who come back and participate in the events year after year. There are many 3-Day addicts out there….and I am one of them. I can’t imagine life without the 3-Day and Avon Walks!

Well-that will be my year!

If you would like to learn more about any of these events, please go to the Links page or Upcoming Events page on my website. Most of these events have web sites that I am linked up to.

Have a great year and thank you for joining Pink Wings in raising awareness and money for Breast Cancer!

If you know of a gift store or a breast cancer center that you would like to see carry Pink Wings product, please have them check out the Pink Wings site or email me with their name and number.

If you know of an upcoming event that you would like to see a Pink Wings booth at, please contact me at

If you need a speaker at an upcoming event- feel free to contact me.

Courtney Zinszer
2-time survivor
Owner and Founder

About Us

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Courtney Lercara-Zinszer
Founder- Pink Wings

Pink Wings For Breast Cancer

Courtney Zinszer

My name is Courtney Lercara-Zinszer and I am a 2 time Breast Cancer Survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time at the age of 33 and again at 35. Breast Cancer does not run in my family, and I should not have been at risk for this terrible disease that hits one in 8 women. I am now committed to doing something about this disease. I have participated in 8 Breast Cancer 3-Day events since 1999, walking 60 miles from Santa Barbara to Malibu, Boca Raton to Miami, Enumclaw to Seattle, Los Angeles 3-Day, San Diego 3-Day and most recently- Michigan 3-Day. Family members, including my husband, mother, sisters and brother-in-law walked along side me, (my husband and brother-in-law both lost their mothers to Breast Cancer). We participate annually in the the Revlon Run/Walk for Breast Cancer, the Los Angeles Take-A-Hike, and the Pacific Palisades Relay for Life. On September 17, 2006, we had 13 family members participating in our first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Portland, Oregon. I am also a Reach to Recovery volunteer with the American Cancer Society. Pink Wings began as a dream to do something positive to help bring an end to breast cancer. My sisters and I wore Pink Wings on our Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and were known as the Angel Sisters. I felt this would be a great name for a company trying to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer. Thank you for visiting our site.

Click here to read the Courtney’s complete story.

Make A Difference
By purchasing Pink Wings products, you can make a difference. You are showing support and awareness of Breast Cancer. A minimum of 20% of net proceeds is donated to Breast Cancer Organizations. As with our sister site, GardenPaper, if you or any of your supporters purchase from our site, you can have a 10% donation go to your event. Event and Participant Name must be entered in the Comments section at check out. A donation check made out to the event will be sent with the order.

Melanie Aguilar
Co-founder GardenPaper, Inc.

(Our Sister Site…literally)
In 1999 GardenPaper was founded on an idea and a shoestring budget. From the beginning, we agreed that an important element of owning our own business would be having the power to contribute to causes that were close to our hearts. Since my sister had battled breast cancer 2 times by the age of 35, it was quickly decided that the GardenPaper focus would be to join in the fight against breast cancer. In January 2002 we launched Think Pink, a line of breast cancer awareness apparel and stationery. From this line we contribute a minimum of 10% of all retail and wholesale sales to organizations supporting breast cancer awareness and education.

April 2007 Pink Wings Breast Cancer Awareness Newsletter

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Well Pink Wings is gearing up for a busy May- so I decided I had better get on the ball and get the April Newsletter out.
March was a great month for Pink Wings- the best part was- I went back to Los Angeles for a week for Spring Break with the entire family and did a few shows while I was there.
Our first show was a boutique at the Ezralow offices. 2 days later we did a show at the Southern California Gas Company in Compton and later that day another show in Universal City. We then headed out to Anaheim for our last show. At one of the shows I met the owner of Save the Ta-Ta’s. What a great lady, and she has a wonderful website, with 5% of orders going to breast cancer organizaitons.

As usual, at the shows- the “Ribbons 4 A Cure” hoodie sweatshirts were a big hit, as was the black tote bag with pink ribbons. Our best selling hat was the pink baseball hat with our Pretty In Pink ribbon embroidered on the front. The Martini Pink Ribbon pin sold out (as it always does) and our “Ribbons For A Cure” pink t-shirt, and our Pretty In Pink cardigan sweater were great sellers also.

We were able to make donations to the Revlon Run/ Walk for Women from 2 of these shows.

This month I head to the ONS conference in Las Vegas for 4 days. In May, I will be in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Missouri and Tampa Bay, Florida for shows. We are hoping to have our Zip Up Pink Ribbon Hoodies at these shows. We should also have our pink ribbon t-shirts with the “Ribbons 4 A Cure” design silk screened on the front (just like the hoodie sweatshirt) in all sizes within the next couple of weeks.

Check out the Pink Wings website for lots of new product. Our Rodeo Horse pink ribbon pin just arrived today. It is adorable!

The new clothing should be on the site to purchase later this week- it can be viewed on the BLOG link under the file titled April 2007:

We have our “Ribbons 4 A Cure” design on pink onesies and white onesies in sizes 6 months, 12 months and 18 months. They also come in white. In a t-shirt they are available in white or pink in sizes 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and youth sizes: 2, 3, 4, 5-6, 7 and 8-10.

The “Walking For A World Without Cancer” logo is now available on white or blue onesies and on t-shirts in sizes 6 months through youth size 8-10.

Our “Pretty In Pink” Logo is embroidered on a white or pink cardigan sweater for only $25.00 For now these are only available in sizes small and medium.

We brought in a fun tye dye tank top (it comes in size small only) for just $10, and our “Walking For a World Without Cancer” t-shirt is available in a cool denim colored t-shirt in sizes small and medium.

Our APRIL special is:
Buy a shirt, hat, visor, hoodie or tank top at RETAIL pricing and get a free travel wallet. These wallets are great for the walks. There is a place for your ID and credit cards, and a zippered area for your bills. Your free wallet comes in black or navy blue. Please mention “wallet” in the shipping comments at check out and include the color wallet you would prefer. If you order 3 t-shirts, you will get 3 wallets, and so on.

Teams: If you need a large quantity (1 dozen or more) of t-shirts, hats, visors, hoodies, keychains, lanyards, etc. please contact me and I can get you quantity discounts. It looks great at the walks when teams are dressed in the same shirts and hats..and we have many to choose from!

We continue to put in custom pin orders almost every month. Please email me at if you are interested in designing a custom pin for your team, business, organization or fundraising. If you have your own logo already- that is great! If not- we can help you create one.

Do you need help with your fundraising?
Check out and read the FAQ link. We can help!

Are you thinking of cutting your hair? I am still collecting pony tails (10″ or longer) for Locks Of Love”, and donations for Dr. Susan Love. You can read more about this on the “Cut For Love” link on the front page of my website. I have raised just over $2,400 to date for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and hope to raise $25,000 before I go gray 🙂

If you would like to join me in raising money for Dr. Love’s Research- please contact me. I have several survivors who are helping me to raise money by selling Pink Wings product to celebrate their 1 year, 5 year and 10 year anniversaries.

Are you participating in a 3-Day or Avon Walk?
I will be walking in my 9th Breast Cancer 3-Day 60 mile walk in August in Chicago and my 2nd Avon 40 mile walk in July in San Fran.
The Avon Mini Walks team has set up a great program to help walkers to raise the $1,800 needed to participate in the walk. Email me if you would like more info. on this. Click on the Upcoming Events link to see all of the upcoming walk dates.

As always,
If you want to be removed from this newsletter- please let me know.

Have a great APRIL!!