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Pink Wings October 2012 Newsletter and Specials

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It is October- Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is also the anniversary of my diagnosis of breast cancer. On October 2nd, 2012 I became a 16-year breast cancer survivor. I am one of the lucky young women with breast cancer- I beat the disease, not once, but 2 times in just 3 years (by the age of 35). But many other women and men are not so lucky. I have lost so many friends to Breast Cancer in the last 2 years. These were young women with the hopes of getting married, having children, growing old. Things that most people just take for granted. A post on one young stage 4 breast cancer survivor’s Facebook page stated that she has a photo of her with 14 other stage 4 women from last year’s Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference. Of the 15 women in the photo- just a year later- only 3 of them are still alive today. With all the pink out there this month and all of the events going on to raise money- I feel that people are thinking we are beating this disease. But- it has been 16 years since I was diagnosed, 13 years since I started walking the 60 mile 3 Day walks, 16 years since I began raising what is now over $500,000 in the fight against breast cancer…and we are still losing people every day to this disease. Please stop for a moment today in your busy schedule to send prayers out to those who have lost their mother, grandmother, sister, wife, daughter, best friend, aunt, or cousin to this disease. Stop and send a prayer to those that continue to fight for their life. Stop and realize how lucky you are to still be here on this beautiful planet. As I like to say, “Every day above ground is a good day- it sure beats the alternative?”

This fall has been a very busy one for me. I have had booths at the Susan G. Komen Health Expo in Portland, Oregon, the Discover Pink Walk in Salem, Oregon, the Walk for the Cause in Albany, Oregon, the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Conference in Harrisburg, PA and the Girlfriend’s ½ Marathon in Vancouver, Washington. This week I fly out to Orlando, Florida for the FORCE conference (Facing Our Risk Of Cancer Empowered). The first weekend in November, I will have a Pink Wings booth in Los Angeles at the weSPARK Run/Walk on the Universal City Studios Back Lot. I am also shipping out lots of pink ribbon pins, pink ribbon knee socks (for dance teams, volleyball teams, cheer squads, 3-Day Walkers and soccer teams), and pink ribbon sweatbands for football players and other sport teams. I still have plenty of these items in stock, so it is not too late to get an order in.

Komen Health Expo.   At the Seattle 3-Day with my cousins.

PA Breast Cancer Conference               Girlfriend’s ½ Marathon

In September, my sister and I also held our 2nd annual Kick With Force Karate Fundraiser and a Girl’s Night Out Silpada Jewelry and Pink Wings Product Party. We raised over $2,200 for FORCE at these events.

New Product:

Our new cross ribbon pins and cross pink ribbon pendants/charms are now in and selling like crazy. I sold out of the ones I brought to Pennsylvania. These cross pins and pendants are just beautiful. The pins come in pink, teal (for Ovarian Cancer Awareness) and Purple (for Relay for Life, Pancreatic Cancer and All Cancer Awareness). The pendant comes in pink only.


As with all the pins on the Pink Wings website, they are great quality Cloisonne. The pins and the pendant are 1 ¼” tall. Pins sell for $10 and the charm is $12. These are also available to purchase in bulk for fundraising.

The 2012 corsette pink ribbon pins are in and are just adorable. We liked the design so much that we brought in 2 versions. We have a light pink glitter bust pin and a dark pink glitter bust pin. Pins are $10 each.


Our New Black Survivor shirts are a hit and selling out quickly. We already had to bring in a new batch. They come in sizes S-3XL and they run big. They also come without the word Survivor. The new shirts are $20 in white and $22 in black. This design will now be offered as a black zip-up jacket. It is actually like a zip hoodie- but without the hood. The jacket is a very soft, sweatshirt like fabric. It runs a bit small so you might want to consider ordering one size up, however the sleeves are really long. The jacket has 2 muff pockets on the lower front. The back of the jacket is blank. The jacket is $45.00 and comes in sizes 2-2XL. The pink ribbon on the jacket is glitter. The jacket will be in next week, just in time for the cooler weather.

Survivors at the Play for the Cure.                             Our new zip jacket!

The new Wings & Ribbon design is now silk-screened on the back of the Bella tanks, the gradient t-shirts, the pink v-neck shirts and the short sleeve 2fer shirts. They look great with a crystal ribbon on the front and the wings and ribbon on the back.

We also brought a smaller version of the wings and ribbon design in for the kids shirts. SKU # is 1701. The pink ribbon is glitter! Kids shirts are available in sizes XS-L and in many different colors including:

Light Pink, Hot Pink, Black, White, Lime Green, Navy Blue, Carolina Blue, Red, Grey and Yellow. I will get them on the website asap! The kids silk screened shirts are $20.


Kids Shirts         Hot Pink Shirt

The holidays will be here before you know it. Here are some great pins for the coming months. Pins make great stocking stuffers and Secret Santa gifts!!

Camo Warrior           Retro              Santa Hat      Christmas Tree         Menorah

Snowflake      Ribbon Heart            Ribbon Tiger        Believe    Bikers for Boobs DD

As we bring in new pins, we retire others. Here are a few pins that are being retired. Once they are sold out, they will not be re-ordered.

Brown 3 Day or Bust   Brown Bust    White Bust   Flower 3-Day or Bust   Flower Bust


MAD HATTER        PAINT               FAIRY          GROOVY SURVIVOR    2009

ARIZONA           2004 WALK    2005 WALK          2006 WALK           2007 WALK






BUY ANY SHIRT FOR $20 OR MORE (including kid’s shirts) AND RECEIVE free pink ribbon goodies to include: pink ribbon pin of your choice, pink ribbon Find the Cure lanyard, Believe pink ribbon silicone bracelet, pink ribbon bandana, pink ribbon Wings tattoo and a pair of pink ribbon shoe laces. That is over $20 of free pink ribbon items!! Please write October Special in the order comments at check out to receive your free pink ribbon items!!

I have just 2 girl’s Ribbons 4 a Cure hoodies left in youth size Small (about a 3-4). They are on sale for $22. I have about 5 of the Adult Blue Ribbons 4 A Cure hoodies left in size 3XL only. They are on sale for $30 from $45. You will receive all the free goodies mentioned in the list above, plus a free pink ribbon key chain when ordering one of the close out hoodies (while they last)!


Use the code Cure20 and get 20% off your RETAIL order when ordering between October 16th and October 31st. Please note- You will not get a 20% donation to your walk when using the 20% off coupon. The 20% off is for RETAIL customers only.

We do custom pins, pendants/ charms, key chains, lanyards and silicone bracelets for teams, organizations and events. Please go to and click on Custom Items for pricing and more information. We also sell in bulk and at fundraising pricing. Please check out the Fundraising link on the Pink Wings website.

Pink Wings is now doing our awesome ribbon designs in other cancer awareness colors. If you don’t see what you are looking for- just send me an email at and I will be happy to help you.

If you are having trouble placing an order or finding your pass word or username, feel free to call me at 310-663-0482.

I will be participating in my 13th Breast Cancer 3-Day 60 mile walk next summer in Twin Cities. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to join the Pink Wings team!

Have a wonderful week,


2 time Survivor

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So happy to be alive and well 16 years after my 1st diagnosis of breast cancer for my awesome family!!  This photo is of me with my 4 wonderful kids as we dropped my oldest daughter off for her sophomore year of college at University of San Diego.

Pink Wings Pins 2012

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Pink Wings January Newsletter and Specials

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Happy New Year! I hope 2010 is treating you well.

New Products:

I have just added more new products to the Pink Wings website. The FAITH pink ribbon shirt is absolutely adorable. It runs small and comes in sizes Small-XL.  It is a light pink burn out shirt with brown at the shoulders. There is a crystal pink ribbon on the front. The photo should be on the website soon.

As promised, Pink Wings is doing our part to GO GREEN and has brought in reusable pink ribbon grocery tote bags. These come in 4 fun colors and designs and are just $5 each. These make great gifts for your team or donors if you are participating in a breast cancer awareness walk and drop to just $2 a bag when you purchase 48 or more. I have also added Pink Ribbon gloves and pink ribbon elastic bracelets to the store. These are also just $5 each and make great gifts. The new pins are in stock and ready to ship. We have a Snow Ski Girl pink ribbon pin, Belly Dancer pink ribbon pin and Boobies Make Me Smile pins in 3 Day Walker, 3 Day Supporter and plain. You can view the entire line of new product at Just click on store and then new items. Page 4 of new items is where you will find the grocery totes, socks, elastic bracelets and gloves.

Pink Wings is also adding a Fundraising Kit to the website. This kit will include 1 dozen of many of the popular pink ribbon items we sell and will run $130.00 per kit. When these items are sold at the suggested retail pricing of just $5 each for most items and $10 each for the pins you should have a profit of $470.

Valentine’s is just around the corner and Pink Wings has adorable heart pink ribbon awareness pins for your special Valentine. Check out our A Ribbon Heart pink ribbon pin (SKU # 1423) and Pink Ribbon with single heart pin (SKU # 1546). We also have the popular What’s In Your Heart pendants and charms (SKU # 1342). To view all of the What’s In Your Heart line, just click on the What’s In Your Heart link at the left of the store. These can be customized with a cz pink or teal ribbon charm, birth stones to represent your children, cz initial charms, dog bone charms, etc.

Pink Wings January Specials/ Inventory Clearance

I realize there is just a week left in January and will honor this special through the end of February.  This special is for RETAIL purchases only and will NOT be honored for those of you that purchase at fundraising or wholesale pricing!

For those of you that are small and those of you that are large, or those of you with children- you will appreciate this month’s special. I have an abundance of Children’s paisley ribbon t-shirts, adult size small short sleeve embroidered pink ribbon t-shirts, sweaters and pullover hoodies as well as size L, XL, 2XL and 3XL pullover hoodies in grey and periwinkle blue.

With any purchase of a children’s paisley ribbon shirt SKU # 1247 and 1248

(available in sizes 3, Small, Med. and XL) or a purchase of a size small short sleeve embroidered t-shirt, cardigan sweater or pink pullover 4 ribbon hoodie sweatshirt you will receive a free pink ribbon goodie bag that will include: 1 pink ribbon stretch bracelet with matching pink ribbon earrings, 1 pair of white with pink ribbon sweat bands, 1 pink ribbon scarf, 1 heart with pink ribbon cell phone charm, 4 temporary tattoos (1 of each style), and a heart with pink ribbon key chain. This goodie bag is valued at $28 and will be yours for FREE with each and every purchase of a size small item as detailed above.

Please note that the 4 ribbon silk screened t-shirts and shirts with a crystal ribbon are NOT included in this special!  This special is also not included with the Walk Special or Breast Cancer Awareness Special packages. This special is only good with Retail orders. OFFER GOOD WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!

Please write in January Special in the shipping comments at check out to receive your free pink ribbon goodie bag. This free pink ribbon goodie bag PLUS a pink ribbon Find the Cure lanyard will also be available with each purchase of a size L, XL , 2XL or 3XL periwinkle blue 4 ribbon hoodie or a size 3XL grey 4 Ribbon Hoodie.

You will receive 1 free goodie bag with each item and there is no limit to how many items you may purchase (as long as I have the items in stock).

Purchase the shirt or hoodie for yourself and give the pink ribbon goodies to your friends or supporters, or give the entire package to a newly diagnosed survivor or a friend who has signed up to participate in an upcoming walk.  This is a great chance to start off your pink ribbon collection or add to it. If you have a team participating in an event- this is something each member of your team can purchase.

Pink Wings Chicago 3 Day for the Cure update:

I am happy to announce that the Pink Wings team for the Chicago 3 Day for the Cure is already at 17 members! We are adding new team members almost every week and should quickly surpass the 21 team members that we had at the Boston Breast Cancer 3 Day last year.  We have walkers and crew from all over the country.  If you would like to join our team as either a walker or crew member, simply go to and click on register. Choose Chicago for your walk and then type Pink Wings in the search. Click on the blue link that says Register as a team member and type in pinkwings for the code to join the team. It’s that easy!  This is a great way to get in shape, meet new people, have an experience of a lifetime and raise money and awareness for breast cancer. What have you got to lose?!  The Chicago walk is August 6-8, 2010.

Up Coming Events:

For the 7th year in a row, Pink Wings will have a booth at the Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer in Atlanta, GA.  The conference is from Friday, February 26th to Sunday February 28th at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.  For more information go to:

This conference is so important for young women diagnosed with breast cancer and it is the only one of its kind. Over the last several years I have given a guardian angel scholarship so that all young women can attend, regardless of their financial situation. Unfortunately this year, the demand for the scholarships has been much higher than ever before and funds are running out. I challenge other pink ribbon websites, stores and individuals to match my donation of $540 to help young women attend this very important conference. Here is part of the letter I just received from the Young Survival Coalition asking for help:

For over a decade Young Survival Coalition has worked hard to make sure that no

women diagnosed with breast cancer under 40 faced this disease alone. An essential part of that mission is bringing together women, physicians and caregivers, fostering an environment of learning, support and fellowship.

One of the ways we do this is by co-hosting the Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer. As the 2010 conference date approaches, we are both thrilled and heavy hearted to have so many people hoping to attend. The opportunity to attend the conference can be life changing. For many of us, this year has been financially difficult. Through fundraising efforts and sponsorship, we have been able to provide both travel and registration grants to over 350 attendees thus far.   But there are so many more women still hoping to receive a grant to attend and we have simply run out of funds.

This year, we have seen an unprecedented need by potential attendees for financial assistance. To date, we have provided nearly $200,000 in scholarship funds, but many more women who need financial assistance are still hoping to attend. Nearly 100 young women are on the waitlist anxiously hoping that additional funds will become available. Can we count on your support? With your generous support, you can help send more young survivors to this important conference and help them to get the information and support they need while facing one of the most challenging times of their lives.

A gift of:

$600 – will provide a full travel grant to one woman

$250 – will provide two partial travel grants

$135 – will provide a registration grant to one woman

A gift of any amount will make a difference.  You can make a secure online donation by going to this web address and clicking the Donate button. Please put “Conference” in the comment box. You can also mail a check written out to Young Survival Coalition (with the word “Conference Donation” in the MEMO or on a note) and send to:

Young Survival Coalition

61 Broadway Ste 2235

New York, NY 10006

Phone: 646-257-3000
Thank you for anything that you can do. This organization means the world to me as it was here that I learned I was not alone as a 33-year-old diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago.

I will be in Louisville Kentucky on April 20th for the Essentially Women Focus on the Future tradeshow. If any of my wonderful Pink Wings customers live in this area and would like to come out and help me at my booth for this event, I would love to hear from you. Just email me at

I will be in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada from June 10-13th, 2010 for the International Dragon Boat Festival.

Fundraising and Custom Pins: Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions about making a custom pin for your team or organization or if you need help getting started with fundraising.  Go to to set up a fundraising account today!
Have a great week,
Courtney Zinszer

The Pink Wings Newsletter for August 2009

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It is August already and all the commercials are about Back To School…I am still enjoying my summer!

Big News at Pink Wings

We are now branching out to All Cancer Awareness!! If you have a cause with a ribbon color other than pink- we can help you out. Any of our popular pink ribbon pins, key chains or temporary tattoos can now come in other cancer awareness colors with a min. order of 25 pins or key chains or 1,000 tattoos. We have over 150 original designs to choose from! Some of the options can be seen at These items would be special order and take 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Pink Wings had a fantastic team at the Boston Breast Cancer 3-Day 60 mile walk July 24-26. This was a big walk for me as it was my 10th Breast Cancer 3 Day, my 10th year walking and I was now over 10 years cancer free. We had 19 walkers and 2 crew members from all over the country. All 19 members of the Pink Wings team wore pink wings as we walked to Boston (except for on the first day when we had torrential rain from the start of the walk to mid-afternoon). My 15-year-old daughter Sedona walked along side me for the first time…or I should say- ahead of me. She was also part of the opening and closing ceremonies, carrying the banner that said For My Mother. I got to go up on stage with her for closing ceremonies as her honoree. What a special treat that was!
I have to send a special thank you to Lori Rice, my co-captain from Chicago. She helped to grow the team (almost ½ the team was from Chicago), pick out team gear, put together goodie bags for the team members and arrange fundraising events. Our team ranged in age from 15 to 50 and consisted of 4 female Chicago cops, 2 mother/daughters, 3 sets of sisters, 2 survivors and 2 women who had lost their mother’s to breast cancer. Almost every team member was having a birthday within a month of the walk (many within a week of the walk) and our wonderful teammate Kara, picked up a big birthday cake with pink ribbons and brought it to our team dinner the night before the walk. This is where we also gave out the pink ribbon goodie bags to our team members. We found out later we were the envy of other teams having dinner at this restaurant as they were wondering Where are our goodie bags? and Why don’t we have a cute pink ribbon cake?
Pink Wings was the 3rd largest team and raised the 4th highest amount of money for teams in Boston. We have raised $45,000 with money still coming in! The Boston Walk had 1,600 walkers and raised over 4 million dollars for breast cancer research and education. I think that is pretty incredible!
On the last day of the walk, just after breakfast, my daughter and I chopped off our hair for Locks Of Love. My daughter cut off 14” and I cut off 11”. You can view a photo of this on the front page of the website. You can also view an article written for our hometown newspaper about my participation in the 3 Day by clicking on the link on the left of the home page that says Press.
I am hoping Pink Wings will have a team for the 2010 Twin Cities 3 Day. Please contact me if you would like information on joining the Pink Wings team.

Pink Wings will have a booth at the Play for the Cure in Salem, OR on August 15th. This is an awesome softball tournament with proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
On August 22nd Pink Wings will have a booth at a health fair in Santa Monica, California at the 3rd Street Promenade (between the 1200 and 1300 blocks). If you live in Southern California, come on down. Mention that you receive the Pink Wings newsletter and get a free Pink Ribbon pin with a purchase of $10 or more. If you are fundraising for an upcoming walk- this would be a great opportunity to view all of the pink ribbon pins that are available at fundraising pricing. The new Fight Like A Girl pins are in and they look awesome in person!

In September, Pink Wings will be at the Portland Race for the Cure. I am hoping to have a booth at the Race for the Cure Health Expo in the convention center again this year too.

On Sept. 26th, Pink Wings will have a booth at the Factors Annual Breast Cancer Conference in Tampa, Florida. This year the conference will be held at Higgins Hall located on the campus of St. Lawrence Catholic Church at 5221 N. Himes Ave. Tampa, Fl. 33614

On October 14th, Pink Wings will be in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Annual Conference. This conference is held at the Harrisburg Hilton. For more information about this conference, go to

All of the new Fight Like A Girl pins and tattoos are now in stock and shipping daily. The 2009 Bustier pin and the 2009 3 Day or Bust pin are on the Pink Wings website and will be in at the end of August. You can pre-order yours today.
I have just a couple of the new Fight Like A Girl wicking shirts left. If you are a size Small or size XL, you are in luck. Please note-these shirts run big.
The Pink Ribbon flip flops are in and selling like crazy this summer. These are available in light pink with pink ribbons or dark pink with pink ribbons and in sizes 5-11. They make great shower shoes for those of you participating in the Avon or 3 Day walks.
The pink ribbon arm warmers are finally on the website and in stock. You can view these under New Products. They come in many different styles. These were very popular at the San Diego and Arizona 3-Day walks. I have white with pink ribbons, black with pink ribbons, white with crystal ribbon, black with crystal ribbon, grey with pink ribbon and black with pink ribbon.
The pink ribbon socks have been a great addition to the Pink Wings website. They are also a popular seller at all of our shows and events.
Pink Ribbon Slippers will be on the website soon. These are adorable and will be great for keeping your feet warm as the weather starts to cool off.

Pink Wings is going green. If you have been to any of our events lately- you probably have noticed that we are no longer giving out plastic bags. By September, we hope to have pink ribbon re-useable shopping bags on our website and at our shows. At home, we are no longer using plastic water bottles. I am trying to cut down on the footprint my family and I are leaving on this earth. We have also started to use Earth Friendly Melaleuca products. If you are interested in going green and would like to hear about the wonderful line of Melaleuca products, please feel free to email me at

For the month of August we are having a recession buster sale. Please mention AUGUST Special in the shipping comments when checking out to receive these specials as this is only for Pink Wings customers who get the newsletter.
1. Buy any adult pink ribbon t-shirt, hat, sweatshirt or fleece jacket at retail pricing (this includes sale priced items) and get a free pink ribbon cell phone charm, Pink Bling Pink Ribbon Pin, Pink Ribbon Find the Cure Lanyard and pink ribbon Fight Like A Girl temporary tattoo. Mention August Special in shipping comments when checking out.
2. Purchase 12 of any of our exclusive Pink Wings Pink Ribbon pins or key chains and receive a Bakers Dozen (13 for the price of 12). This does not include pins in the Custom Pin section of the website. Mention Bakers Dozen in the shipping comments when checking out to receive this special.
3. Purchase 12 of our heart pink ribbon cell phone charms and get a 13th free. Mention Bakers Dozen in the shipping comments when checking out to receive this special.
4. Purchase a dozen of our Pink Ribbon temporary tattoos (they come in 4 styles) and receive a dozen free. Mention Buy 1 get 1 free in the shipping comments when checking out to receive this special.
**Make sure to check out the sale items on the website under Specials. I have sweatshirts, fleece jackets and children’s shirts as well as some of the pins on sale now**

If you need custom pins made for your work, team, organization or fundraising please contact Courtney at You can have as few as 25 custom pins made with a $55 mold fee and free artwork. We can also create custom key chains, charms and temporary tattoos. It’s easy. All you need is an idea!

Are you participating in an upcoming walk or event? We can help you with your fundraising. Just go to and fill out a fundraising application or email Courtney at If you have a fundraising account and you can’t remember your login, it is usually your last name with first letter capitalized for your username and pinkwings for your password.

Do you know of a cancer awareness store near you that should be carrying Pink Wings product? Tell the buyer to go to or and I can get them set up with a wholesale account in no time.

We are retiring some of the Pink Wings pins and t-shirts.
We are selling through the Paisley Ribbon t-shirts (now available in size small in a pink or white t-shirt only), the Sophia Ringers with 4 Ribbon (size Medium and Large only) the Spaghetti Top/ Pajama Top (available in grey only in size Large only). I have the dark pink 4 Ribbon t-shirts available in size small only and a few of the grey 4 Ribbon t-shirts in most sizes.
We are almost sold out of the Walking For A World Without Cancer T-Shirts (available in blue in sizes XL and 2XL only and in Grey in size XL only).
The White Bustier Pin is retiring as well as the apple pin (cancer busters) and the Fairy Pink Ribbon pin.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. Wear sunscreen and be safe.
Courtney Zinszer