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Pink Wings Raises $88,000. for Breast Cancer Research

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Pink Wings Team, Chicago 2010


Team Pink Wings was the number 1 team in the country for the 60-mile Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk For The Cure in Chicago last week. We raised nearly $88,000! We had 33 walkers and 4 crew members. Our team was made up of men and women, veterans and virgins (walkers that is), sisters, mothers, daughters, co-workers and friends.

We plan to have another big team in Seattle for the 2011 3-Day walk. Come join us!

– Courtney

Team Pink Wings Co-Captain On Stage

2010 Breast Cancer Awareness Events Calendar

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Upcoming Events

Feb. 26-28, 2010 Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in  Atlanta, Georgia. Visit the conference website at to get more information or to register for the event.
To participate in the The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2010 please go to: The schedule is as follows:

Houston April 10-11th, 2010
Washington DC May 1-2, 2010
Boston May 15-16th, 2010
Chicago June 5-6th, 2010
Rocky Mountain (Denver) June 26-27th, 2010
San Francisco July 10-11th, 2010
Santa Barbara September 11-12th, 2010
New York October 16-17th, 2010
Charlotte, North Carolina October 23-24th, 2010

The 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day For The Cure Schedule:
To participate in The Breast Cancer 3-Day 2010, please go to to register or call 800-996-3DAY to register over the phone.
The schedule for 2010 is as follows:
Boston July 23-25, 2010  Pink Wings has a team in Boston
Cleveland July 30-Aug. 1, 2010
Chicago August 6-8, 2010 Courtney & Team Pink Wings will walk in Chicago
Michigan August 13-15, 2010
Twin Cities August 20-22, 2010
Denver August 27-29, 2010
Seattle September 24-26, 2010 Pink Wings has a team in Seattle
San Francisco Bay Area October 1-3, 2010
Washington, DC October 8-10, 2010
Philadelphia October 15-17, 2010
Atlanta October 22-24, 2010
Tampa Bay October 29-31, 2010
Dallas/Fort Worth Worth November 5-7, 2010
Arizona November 12-14, 2010
San Diego November 19-21, 2010
May 8, 2010 The Revlon Run/Walk for Women’s Cancers Los Angeles is May 8, 2010
June 24-26, 2010 Annual FORCE Conference:
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
FORCE’s 5th annual symposium on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer will take place June 24th to 26th, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. We welcome anyone concerned about hereditary cancer: cancer survivors, high-risk individuals, those with a BRCA mutation or family history of cancer, and health care providers who treat high-risk patients. Please go to to register or for more information.

Pink Wings November Newsletter

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Happy November!

I hope you all had a fantastic October and a fun Halloween. I am happy to report that October was another record breaking month for Pink Wings for 2009 and we also broke the record for the most orders going out in a month in the entire history of Pink Wings!

During this busy month I had a Pink Wings booth at the Albany Walk for the Cause, the Salem Discover Pink Walk and the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Conference. The Pennsylvania conference was in Harrisburg just days before the Philly Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. I had friends participating as walkers in the event as well as on Lunch crew and decided I would make the trip to Philly for the weekend to visit. This turned out to be a very bad idea.

The Philly 3-Day turned into a Philly 1-Day because of heavy rains (they called it Noreasters). The walkers were amazing and many decided to put in 20 miles of walking a day inside the malls outside of Philly. On Saturday, nearly 800 walkers showed up at the King Of Prussia Mall. These walkers were supported by cheering crowds made up of family, supporters and mall goers. The 3-Day supplied lunch and the lunch crew showed up at the mall decked out in their 3-Day costumes handing out bag lunches and bottles of water to the walkers.

On Day 3, the walkers were finally able to put in their mileage outside. It was raining for much of the morning, but the walkers were in great spirits, as they had been all weekend. I helped my friends set up the lunch inside South Philly High School. The cafeteria looked amazing by the time they were finished. Music was blaring and the lunch crew was cheering as walkers began to come in. I was wearing a pair of UGG like boots that were very slick on the bottom. A couple of times over the weekend, I had almost slipped and fallen, but someone was always there to catch me. And then it happened….I took a step with my right foot and began to take a step with my left foot when I slipped on the wet floor and slammed down on my left knee. I heard a crack, but thought it was the sound of my knee hitting the floor. People rushed to help me, but embarrassed, I got up and walked on, telling them that I was ok. I sat down at a table, knowing that I wasn’t ok. I was in a lot of pain. Someone gave me a couple of motrin and some ice for my knee. I sat for about an hour and then got up and walked around some more. Later I drove back to my girl friend’s house in Harrisburg, as I would be flying out early the next morning to get back to Oregon.

By 5am, I was unable to walk. I was pushed in a wheel chair at the airport to my gate. In Chicago, I had plenty of time between my flights and went to the Chicago Airport Medical Clinic where X-Rays were taken. It was there that they confirmed my worst fear- I had broken my knee cap. It was broken clean in half horizontally. My first thought was not, How will I take care of my 4 kids? or How will I get home from the airport?, but Luckily my next 60 mile walk is not until August- I should be healed by then. I truly am a 3-Day addict!

Back in Oregon, I went to see the Orthopedic Surgeon and had more X-Rays. So far, so good. The bone looks to be healing and I am hoping that I will not need surgery. I just had X-Rays taken again on Friday and the Dr. feels that I can get away with just wearing a full leg brace (immobilizer) to keep my leg straight. I have not been able to drive for the past 2 weeks, or to walk without crutches. I have had to bring in more help to get orders packed and shipped and it is driving me crazy to have to slow down during my busiest month of the year. On the up side, I have been forced to slow down, get more sleep spend more time with my kids, and take better care of myself.

So- the craziness of Pinktober is over. Have you had your mammogram this year? Have you done your monthly self breast exam? My 16-year-old daughter Sedona had her first breast exam last week. The Doctor is aware that I carry the BRCA2 gene mutation and my daughter has a 50/50 chance of having this same gene mutation. She explained to Sedona that she should start doing self breast exams to know her breasts and changes in her breasts. Have you talked to your daughters/ sisters/ friends about this? Please remember that early detection saves lives. I would not be here today if I had waited until I was 40 for my first mammogram. I found my lump just after my 33rd birthday. That lump turned out to be cancer.
Team Pink Wings:
For those of you that are new to Pink Wings, the Pink Wings team raised nearly $48,000 for the Susan G. Komen Boston Breast Cancer 3-Day 60 mile walk this past summer. We had 21 team members from all over the country (19 walkers and 2 crew members). One team member, Judy Narde, was unable to walk with us in Boston and switched to the Atlanta 3-Day. She started a Pink Wings team for Atlanta and they just finished their 60 mile walk last weekend. She pulled together 8 Pink Wings team members for the Atlanta Walk and so far they have raised over $13,200!!

Team Pink Wings will be walking in Chicago in August for the 2010 Breast Cancer 3-Day 60 mile walk and we are up to 6 team members so far, including our first male! If you would like to join the team please go to and register for the walk. Use the code POWER10 to get a $35 discount on your registration. Choose Pink Wings for your team and type in the password pinkwings. Our team is open to anyone who is up for the walk. Whether you are a first time walker or a veteran walker, whether you walk quickly or are a back of the packer like me- all are welcome to join Pink Wings!! I just ask that you have a great attitude and are willing to make new friends.

New Book:

I am proud to announce that a new book that I was photographed for has just come out. The book is called, Lives Inspired: Portraits of Breast Cancer Survivors. This book is produced by Carolyn Jones, President and Founder of PrivacyWear Inc.  This beautiful book highlights breast cancer survivors. It is a large coffee table book with wonderful color and black and white photos of survivors young and old. I do not yet know where this book will be made available, but I was so happy to receive my copy in the mail from PrivacyWear.

New Items at Pink Wings:

I have added some new items to the Pink Wings website including new pink ribbon pins, baby I Care onesies and a Pink Camo Romper, teal ribbon bracelets and more pink ribbon socks. The knee socks, tattoos and sweat bands were a hit this October with many of the High School football, soccer, volleyball and dance teams from around the country supporting breast cancer awareness.

Pink Wings Special:

I apologize that there was no Pink Wings special for October. I was doing all that I could just to keep up with the orders that were coming in. For November, I would like to offer items to help cover shipping costs. These free items are good for Retail, Fundraising and Wholesale orders for Pink Wings customers who use the code word Turkey in the shipping comments at checkout. You will receive the item for your ordered amount (before shipping) and ALL the free items below that amount too. Order $501 worth of Pink Wings product and get ALL the free pink ribbon items! These make great gifts or use them for you fundraising.

For orders of:

$1-$25 1 Dozen Paisley Ribbon Tattoos SKU# 1245

$26-$50 Pink Find the Cure lanyard SKU# 1107

$51-$75 Pink Bling Pink Ribbon Pin SKU# 1076

$76-$100 Pink Ribbon and Heart Key Chain SKU# 1504

$101-$150 Packaged pink ribbon scarf SKU# 1505

$151-$200 White Sweat Bands with Pink Ribbon SKU# 1320

$201-250 Pink Wings Bandana SKU# 1191

$251-$350 Pink Ribbon Stretch Bracelet with matching Pink Ribbon Earrings SKU# 1352

$351-$500 A Sterling Silver Ribbon Charm SKU# 1042

$501 and up Dark Blue Visor with embroidered Pink Ribbon (not pictured on website).

For 3 Day Walkers- I have just 2 of the Next 60 Mile t-shirts (sku# 1285) left and they are both size 2XL. Type in the words Event Special to receive free items with this 60 miles t-shirt.

For all walkers of Breast Cancer events, I have a limited amount of the Walking For A World without Breast Cancer shirts (sku # 1455) available. They come in Blue or Grey and I have sizes XL and 2XL left only. These are on sale for just $15 and if you purchase 6 or more (they make a great team shirt), the price goes down to $10 a shirt. You can also purchase this shirt as a Walk Special (SKU# 519) to get free pink ribbon items with your shirt purchase.

I have an I Care long sleeved pink ribbon Onesie on sale for $15. It comes in sizes 3-6 month, 6-12 month, 12-18 month and 18-24 months. Sku # is 1005. This is a great way to keep baby warm, while continuing to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Don’t forget your pink ribbon slippers (sku # 1548) for the cold winter months. These come in sizes 5-11 and in many different styles. They are only $13 a pair and make a great gift.

We are running low on some of the Pink Ribbon Hoodies. Get yours while they last! These hoodies are great for keeping warm during the cold winter days. Perfect for training walks too! I have them in grey in size 3XL only with the Ribbons 4 A Cure logo silk screened on the front of the sweat shirt. This grey hoodie is on sale now for $35.00 The hoodie also comes in a pretty periwinkle blue in sizes L-3XL and in Pink in sizes S-2XL (size Med. and Large are sold out in pink). I also have zip hoodies in sizes S-XL.

You can view all the hoodies by clicking or cutting and pasting this link:[title]=Y&s[short_desc]=Y&s[full_desc]=Y&s[sku]=Y&s[match]=all&s[cid]=0&s[search]=hoodie

Arm Warmers

The pink ribbon arm warmers have been a huge hit on the Pink Wings site. I don’t know of any other Pink Ribbon website that is carrying this item. They come in Black, White and Grey and in 3 different styles. Just type in Arm Warmers in the search on the Pink Wings store to view this popular item.

Kids shirts and onesies:

We have lots of kids pink ribbon shirts and a few onesies left. If you are looking for an item for your son, daughter or grand childern- check out the children’s clothing. We also have a few of the Ribbons 4 A Cure pink ribbon hoodies left in children’s sizes, and plenty of pink ribbon beanie caps for the babies in your life.

It is not too early to start thinking about the holidays. I have great pink ribbon pins including a Christmas Tree, a Santa Hat and a Menorah pink ribbon pin. These make great stocking stuffers. I also have lots of bracelets, lanyards, scarves and earrings for under $8 each.

Custom Items:

We continue to design custom pins, key chains and tattoos each month for walkers, teams, organizations and businesses. Please email Courtney at for more information on how to design and make your own items. We can do any color ribbon for any cancer awareness!

That’s it for now.

Have a safe and happy November.


Pink Wings September Newsletter

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Pink Wings September Newsletter

So school has started and the house is actually quiet for the first time in months. Even my little guy (Slayton is 3-years-old) is off to pre-school a couple of days a week.

Just this week, I received the nicest letter from the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation, thanking me and my Pink Wings team for raising over $46,000 for the Boston Breast Cancer 3-Day 60-Mile Walk. That was really cool. I have already signed up for next years walk and have 4 people on my team so far. Lori, my wonderful co-captain from the Boston walk (I couldn’t have done it without her), will be joining me. My 16-year-old daughter will also walk with me again. She is the one who picked our walk for 2010….and…. drum roll please…… Team Pink Wings will be walking the Chicago Breast Cancer 3 Day next summer.

We had a team of 21 with us in Boston. We were the 3rd largest team and raised the 4th highest amount of money. For Chicago I would like to have an even bigger team and raise lots more money. If you have ever thought about participating in one of these walks, I encourage you to join our team. Just go to and click on 2010 events. Then pick Chicago and click on Pink Wings for your team. The password is pinkwings. Use the discount code POWER10 to get $35 off your registration fee. This discount is only good til November. You can choose to walk (you must raise $2,300 in donations) or crew (there is no required donation amount that you need to raise). Please feel free to email me with any questions. Joining early gives you a great advantage with fundraising (you have over 330 days til the walk) and October is a good time of year to start your fundraising (because it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month).

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The Pink Wings website has lots of great teal ribbon products for Ovarian Cancer Awareness, including hats, shirts, key chains, earrings and pins.


September 11-13th I will be in Seattle cheering on walkers at the Breast Cancer 3-Day.

September 18th and 19th – I will have a booth at the Portland, Oregon Health Expo for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Sunday, September 20th – I will be walking with my family and several other Pink Wings team members in the Portland Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

October 3rd – I will have a Pink Wings booth at the Albany, Oregon Walk for the Cause.

October 10th – I will have a Pink Wings booth at the Salem, Oregon Discover Pink Walk.

October 14th – I will have a booth at the 2009 Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Annual Conference at the Harrisburg Hilton in Harrisburg, PA

Asking for your help:

American Express, in partnership with NBC Universal is holding a competition to Shine a Light on an inspiring small business. There is an opportunity for Pink Wings to win money (and I mean a lot of money) to help with marketing. Here is the link to the site :

At this link, you will see my story. To vote for Pink Wings, you must click on the tab at the top of the page on the right that says Register. To register, all you have to do is fill in your name, address, email address, etc. It only takes a minute, but you MUST first register to be able to vote. After you register, click on the link that says Nominees and then type in Pink Wings in the box next to the word Nominations at the top of the page and then click GO. My story will pop up and you can vote for me by clicking on the link on the left that says Endorse this story now. Please make sure that the number of endorsements goes up by one when you vote so that you know your vote counted. I need 50 votes to even be considered by the judges and so far I have 6 (thanks mom). Voting ends September 13th, so I need your support ASAP. If you know of others who may want to vote for me- please forward this information on to them. Thanks in advance for your support!


Pink Wings is adding new items monthly to our online store. This month you will see pink ribbon slippers, pink ribbon knee high socks, gloves, scoop neck shirts in black, light pink and raspberry with a crystal pink ribbon, and pink ribbon arm warmers in many great styles and colors. We also have new pins: a yellow motorcycle pin (support the troops), Peace-Love-Cure pink ribbon pin (arriving late September), Flip for the Cure pink ribbon pin (arriving late September) and 2 new teal pins (teal ribbon with 2 flowers and Teal Survivor Ribbon). Our 2009 Bust pink ribbon pin is in and proves to be a very popular pin. It is a pink with green bustier and has flowers at the top. It comes in 2 versions- plain and 3 Day or Bust. Our Fight Like A Girl pins and tattoos are also great sellers.

Last but not least- we will be adding Pink Ribbon Flying Wish Paper to the Pink Wings website just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You have got to check this out! You write down your wish, dream, or ambition on a piece of Flying Wish Paper and then roll it into a tube. Place the tube of paper on the Flying Wish Platform. Light the tube and watch it burn down. At the last moment, your wish magically lifts off of the platform and rises to the heavens. This would be great for any team walking in a Breast Cancer 3-Day, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Race for the Cure or Relay for Life. Flying Wish Paper also makes a great gift for someone newly diagnosed, just finishing treatment or for a 1 year anniversary cancer free.


If you are fundraising for a cancer walk, please make sure to sign up for a fundraising account with Pink Wings. You will get special pricing on most of our Pink Wings products so that you can resell the items to raise money for your organization. As a recession buster- we have lowered the amount of pins that must be purchased to receive this pricing from 100 to just 50. You can mix and match pins and do not have to purchase 50 of one style.


If you have a logo, a sketch or just an idea that you would like to have made into a beautiful custom Cloisonne Pin or Key Chain, you have come to the right place. Email Courtney at for more information and pricing. You can have as few as 25 pins or as many as 10,000 pins made. There is a mold fee of $55 per design. Art work is free. Custom pins are great for teams, organizations and businesses. The pin can be any design (does not have to be pink ribbon), but please do not submit artwork that is not your own. This is a great way to raise funds for your team or organization.


Order any Pink Wings adult size shirt, sweatshirt, fleece jacket or hat at retail pricing and receive a free pink ribbon pin, temporary tattoo, lanyard and stretch bracelet with each of these items purchased. You can purchase as many of these items as you want through out the month of September to get your free items. For example- purchase a shirt, a hat and a sweatshirt and get 3 pins, 3 tattoos, 3 lanyards and 3 stretch bracelets for free. Just make sure to write the code SEPT FREE ITEMS in the shipping comments when checking out. Order any of our little girls t-shirts or pink ribbon sweatshirts at retail pricing and receive a free temporary tattoo and a free cheerleader pink ribbon pin. Please write the code CHEER in the shipping comments at check out.

**Please note- these specials are only for retail orders and will not be honored when ordering items at wholesale or fundraising pricing.

LOGGING IN to your accounts:

I get many emails each month from people that do not remember their login info. If I gave you a wholesale or fundraising account, your username is usually your last name (first letter capitalized) and the password is pinkwings (unless you changed your password). Feel free to email or call me if this does not get you in to your account.


Many of you are having problems ordering with your credit card on the Pink Wings website. We are trying to correct this problem. For the time being, you will need to make sure to check the box that says you are using the SAME address for shipping and billing when paying by credit card. If you want your order shipped to a different address than your billing address, please indicate that in the shipping comments when checking out. Simply type in the address you want me to ship to where it says SHIPPING COMMENTS. The credit card will not process if your shipping and billing address are not the same on the form and I will not receive your order.

Please feel free to email or call me if you are having a problem getting your order to go through.


For the best selection in Pink Ribbon product get your orders in early for October as some items will sell out in September. We do our best to keep items in stock, but this is our busiest month of the year. Stores are ordering in hundreds of pins at a time and dozens of shirts and hats.

Don’t delay- order today!

Have a great month!



P.S. As usual- if you wish to be removed from this mailing just email me at or login to your account and click on Opt Out for mailing.