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Walking 60 Miles again!

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I am sure many of you are pinked out by now- the color seems to be everywhere. I am hoping that the funds being raised this October and through the year are going to bring this dreadful disease to an end sooner rather than later. I lost 2 young friends to breast cancer this year and another young friend is currently fighting for her life. My 3-Day Walker Coach from one of my first walks back in the year 2000 is also fighting the disease. She is just 38, single and has no kids. She lost both of her breasts to breast cancer in April and is on chemo right now. She lost her mom to breast cancer 8 years ago. Enough is enough! I am angry about what this disease is doing to my friends- what this disease does to families.

As I have said in the past- I will walk every year until we find a cure. Little did I know that I would still be walking 12 years later- with no cure in site. In 2009, the Pink Wings team raised nearly $48,000 for the Boston 3 Day. In 2010, the Pink Wings team was the #1 team in the country for the Chicago walk, raising nearly $90,000!!! This year I am walking with a much smaller Pink Wings team in Dallas the first weekend of November. I have raised over $700 so far. I have $1,600 to go to reach the required minimum of $2,300.

With your help, I can meet this goal.

Just 2 weeks ago I celebrated 15 years as a cancer survivor. I am one of the lucky ones. I was here to help my daughter get off to college and to send my son to kindergarten. I am here to see my girls dance in their dance recitals and to watch my son play in his football games. Others are not so lucky and this is why I continue to walk. Every time I meet a young girl or boy who has lost their mom to breast cancer, I wonder why. Why did their mom die and I lived? Why are my children so lucky to have their mom here with them still, when others have had to watch their moms pass away? I will never know the answer- but I can feel good about keeping up the fight and continuing to walk and raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.

I know that times are very tough right now and that people are losing their jobs and their homes. I also know that cancer does not care about this and that many more women have just been diagnosed with breast cancer during the time I am writing this letter.

Please donate whatever you can to my Dallas 60 mile walk. Those that can’t donate- please send good thoughts my way as I begin my walk November 4-6. The “no blister” thoughts and “no rain” thoughts are the best ūüėČ

Here is a link to donate directly to my walk. I find it the fastest and easiet way to make a donation and I get an email to let me know that I am closer to my goal.

Thanks again,

Courtney Lercara Zinszer
Owner and Founder of
2-time breast cancer survivor
12-time 3-Day walker

I am walking again in 2011! This year the Pink Wings Team will be walking in Dallas. Please consider making a donation. Here is the link:
I walked in my 11th 3-Day 60 mile walk in Chicago August 6-8th, 2010. Team Pink Wings (there were 37 of us) raised nearly $90,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Thanks to all of you who donated. We were the number one team for fundraising in all the country for the Chicago Walk!
My sister and I were interviewed for the news here in Oregon about our committment in the fight against breast cancer and the 3 Day walks we participate in. To view the newsclip and other press about Courtney and Pink Wings, just go to this link:
Thanks for helping me to Make a Difference in the fight against breast cancer!
To donate to my 3 day walk- go to this link:

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

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60 mile walk in Chicago, 2010

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Well, todays the day. I am leaving for Chicago for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60 mile walk. This will be my 11th 3 Day walk in the past 11 years. I am proud to say that my team Pink Wings has remained the #1 team in the entire country for fundraising and we just hit $80,000 last night with more money coming in. I can’t even believe what a great feeling this is- to know that I am helping to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

For those of you that have donated- THANKS!!!! I can’t continue to do this without you.

For those of you that have not yet donated- there is still time. However, today is the last day that the money will count towards what they announce onstage Friday night for the money our team has raised.

I am less than a couple hundred short of my goal of $2,300. I have been donating money I have raised at events to other team members and to my 16 year old daughter who is walking with me again this year and just met her goal last night!

At this point- if you can even donate just $5 or $10 it would get me that much closer to my goal. If you are unable to donate, please just do me a favor and keep team Pink Wings in your thoughts this weekend for a safe, great weather, no blister walk!!

Thanks again for helping me to make a difference!

Here is the link to donate:

or you can send a check written out to Susan G. Komen f3 Day for the Cure

and mail it to me at

Courtney Lercara Zinszer
1934 W. Thornton Lake Dr. NW
Albany, OR 97321

Owner and Founder of
2-time breast cancer survivor
11-time 3-Day walker

I am walking my 11th 3-Day 60 mile walk in Chicago August 6-8th, 2010. Team Pink Wings (there are 39 of us) has already raised over $60,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure this year. Thanks to all of you who donated. We are the number one team for fundraising in all the country for the Chicago Walk!
My sister and I were just interviewed for the news here in Oregon about our committment in the fight against breast cancer and the 3 Day walks we participate in. To view the newsclip and other press about Courtney and Pink Wings, just go to this link:
Thanks for helping me to Make a Difference in the fight against breast cancer!
To donate to my 3 day walk- go to this link:

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.