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Panera's pink-ribbon bagels to raise funds for breast cancer awareness

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Panera Bread Co. is teaming up with local organizations to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

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During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company will sell its signature Pink Ribbon Bagel, a twist on the Cherry Vanilla Bagel, a mix of cherry chips, dried cherries, honey, vanilla and brown sugar. A portion of the proceeds of the Pink Ribbon bagel will be donated to local nonprofits across the country. 

Erin Barnhart, community relations manager for a Panera Bread franchise based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said each participating market has its own breast cancer partners.

"The partner really does make a difference," she said. "We appreciate our local partners, as their support can make all the difference in achieving our goals of building awareness and raising funds for treatment and research."

Panera has more than 1,600 locations in 41 states and the District of Columbia. 

Select markets offer a 100 percent donation day, during which the entirety of that day's sales of Pink Ribbon Bagels is donated to breast cancer focused organizations, according to Panera's website.

In Dayton, Ohio, proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit Pink Ribbon Girls and the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.

"We make this campaign a priority every year for a reason," said Sam Covelli, owner and operator of Covelli Enterprises, the Ohio-based franchisee of Dayton-area Panera Bread restaurants. "The funds raised by the Pink Ribbon Bagel are helping to save the lives of local women with breast cancer. There's no better feeling than knowing you can help make difference."

Pink Ribbon Girls provide free direct services to patients and their families undergoing breast and other women's reproductive cancer treatment through their programs.

Mikki Clancy, chief operating officer of Miami Valley Hospital, survived breast cancer and said she benefited from the services of Pink Ribbon Girls and the hospital.

"Pink Ribbon Girls and Miami Valley Hospital were a godsend in my treatment and recovery," she said. "Supporting these community assets serves hundreds of local patients in their fight against cancer."

Twelve participating West Virginia area Panera locations will donate to Susan G. Komen West Virginia.

"We are so excited to partner with Panera Bread for the sixth year to raise funds and awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness month," said Donna DeHart, executive director West Virginia Susan G. Komen. "The Pink Ribbon Bagels are always a big hit with our survivors, volunteers, grantees and supporters. Money raised from the October campaign will be used to provide uninsured and under-insured West Virginians with life-saving screenings and awareness."

According to the Panera website, the franchise has raised tens of thousands of dollars for breast cancer partners through Pink Ribbon Bagel campaigns in the past 10 years.

"It's not a hard sell," Barnhart said. "People want to be involved in whatever way they can. That's what's so great about the Pink Ribbon Bagel. People might say, 'I can't write a check, but I can buy a bagel.'"

Read more at PaneraBread.com.

Komen Atlanta's Race for the Cure

Every day in Metro Atlanta, seven women are diagnosed with breast cancer.  Together, we must fight to change this statistic.  Help run breast cancer out of town and join us at this year’s Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 7 at Lenox Square.

Register today at komenatlanta.org/race and use the code “teamB98.5” for a 10% discount on all adult 5k and 1-mile registrations.  (Not valid on Kids for the Cure or Sleep in for the Cure registrations)

Race for the Cure is Komen Atlanta's biggest event, aiming to convene 10,000 people and raise more than $1.2 million to support its mission to enable our community to detect and survive breast cancer by facilitating access to quality care, providing education and supporting research.  So sign up, lace up, and show up to help make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.  http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/img/photos/2016/04/19/7f/c4/Header_BreastCancer_SurvivorStories.png

Cati Diamond StoneNearly six years ago, at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  My cancer was aggressive, and so was my treatment: chemotherapy, radiation, a mastectomy and numerous reconstruction surgeries. But one treatment ultimately saved my life: a medication called Herceptin, which was made by possible by funding from Susan G. Komen.  Not very long ago, women with my diagnosis generally did not survive. But I did, thanks to Komen and its many supporters. But did you know that, in our 25+ years of service, Komen Atlanta has also enabled more than one million Metro Atlantans to access life-saving breast health education and screenings, ensuring the survivorship of so many? Help run breast cancer out of town and join us at this year’s Race for the Cure on May 7th at Lenox Square.  Race for the Cure is Komen Atlanta's biggest event, aiming to convene 10,000 people and raise more than $1.2 million to support its mission to enable our community to detect and survive breast cancer by facilitating access to quality care, providing education and supporting research.  So sign up, lace up, and show up to help make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.  Register today at komenatlanta.org/race and use the code “teamB98.5” for a 10% discount on all adult 5k and 1-mile registrations.  (Not valid on Kids for the Cure or Sleep in for the Cure registrations)Susan FulginitiI am a breast cancer survivor.  As I reflect on my journey, one thing is clear:  knowledge is power in the fight against breast cancer.  Eleven years ago I noticed an abnormality in my right breast, and just after my 40th birthday, I went in for my first mammogram.  Two weeks later my life was turned upside down, as I met with a breast surgeon to chart a course of action for how to combat my breast cancer diagnosis.  Eight rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and full reconstruction surgeries filled the next year of my life.  That was over a decade ago, and this year I will celebrate my eleven-year cancer-versary!  But, the following advice still remains incredibly important to my family and me:  Understand your risk.  Know your normal.  Get screened.  Ask questions.  Komen Atlanta empowers people in our community with information and resources so they, too, can detect and survive breast cancer.  Help run breast cancer out of town and join us at this year’s Race for the Cure on May 7th at Lenox Square.  Race for the Cure is Komen Atlanta's biggest event, aiming to convene 10,000 people and raise more than $1.2 million to support its mission to enable our community to detect and survive breast cancer by facilitating access to quality care, providing education and supporting research.  So sign up, lace up, and show up to help make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.  Register today at komenatlanta.org/race and use the code “teamB98.5” for a 10% discount on all adult 5k and 1-mile registrations.  (Not valid on Kids for the Cure or Sleep in for the Cure registrations)Taurus DotsonWhen I was 42 years old, my first, routine mammogram led to a biopsy, which later revealed a breast cancer diagnosis.  My son was 2 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I knew right away that I would fight as hard as I could to be here for him.    After discussing my options with doctors and family, I settled on the course for my treatment: a mastectomy along with a tram procedure, followed by reconstructive surgeries.  My outlook on life has been transformed by breast cancer, and my needs have changed too.  As a breast cancer survivor, I know first-hand how important it is to empower yourself with the knowledge and tools to lead a healthy life and the importance of organizations like Komen Atlanta.  I was referred to TurningPoint for physical therapy that changed my whole world.  TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation is a Komen Atlanta grant recipient, so much of that organization’s work - and the work of so many others in Metro Atlanta - is made possible by Komen Atlanta and its many supporters.  Help run breast cancer out of town and join us at this year’s Race for the Cure on May 7th at Lenox Square.  Race for the Cure is Komen Atlanta's biggest event, aiming to convene 10,000 people and raise more than $1.2 million to support its mission to enable our community to detect and survive breast cancer by facilitating access to quality care, providing education and supporting research.  So sign up, lace up, and show up to help make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.  Register today at komenatlanta.org/race and use the code “teamB98.5” for a 10% discount on all adult 5k and 1-mile registrations.  (Not valid on Kids for the Cure or Sleep in for the Cure registrations)Lila HertzWhen I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 1998, I was preparing to send my daughter to college and training for a marathon.  I could not let the diagnosis slow me down.  Through early detection, excellent medical care and healthy life choices, I was able to make a full recovery.  I had a lumpectomy and radiation, and it was exercise that gave me the energy to keep going. Exercise became an emotional and physical outlet for me, and an integral part of my journey.  I completed the marathon and beat breast cancer!But in Metro Atlanta, the race is not over.  Women in Metro Atlanta have higher breast cancer mortality and late-stage diagnosis rates than other cities in Georgia. And Georgia has higher rates than the United States as a whole.  We must not stop until everyone in Metro Atlanta has access to lifesaving breast cancer services and treatments.Donations to Komen Atlanta save lives.  75 percent of funds raised stay in Metro Atlanta to provide breast health services for people who might not otherwise be able to afford them, and the remaining 25 percent of funds raised support national research efforts to find cures for breast cancer.  Help run breast cancer out of town and join us at this year’s Race for the Cure on May 7th at Lenox Square.  Race for the Cure is Komen Atlanta's biggest event, aiming to convene 10,000 people and raise more than $1.2 million to support its mission to enable our community to detect and survive breast cancer by facilitating access to quality care, providing education and supporting research.  So sign up, lace up, and show up to help make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.  Register today at komenatlanta.org/race and use the code “teamB98.5” for a 10% discount on all adult 5k and 1-mile registrations.  (Not valid on Kids for the Cure or Sleep in for the Cure registrations)

Run for the Rescues 5K & Festival

Saturday, March 26, 2016Suwanee Town Center Park330 Town Center AveSuwanee, GA 30024REGISTER HERE

Join B98.5 for the Georgia SPCA 6th Annual Run for the Rescues.

We encourage everyone to bring their dogs for this event to benefit homeless pets. Awards will be given to the Top 3 Dogs crossing the finish line in the 5K.

After the race, stick around for raffle prizes, food and beverages, arts and crafts, inflatables for the kids and treats for dogs, cats and runners alike. Vendors of all kinds will have samples and products for sale.

Planned Pethood will be providing low-cost vaccinations, and the Georgia SPCA will be providing microchipping for dogs ($25.00).

REGISTRATION FEES: $25 - 5K $30 - 5K after March 11, 2016 $15 - Fun Run $20 - Fun Run after March 11, 2016

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Festival 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fun Run 8:30 a.m. 5K Race 9:15 a.m. Raffle Prizes for Runners 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Linda and Xena (the Warrior Puppy) 12 p.m. – 12:10 p.m. Contest: Longest & Shortest Ears 12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. Gina Adepoju of Dog Authority"Teaching Your Dog Tricks" 12:20 p.m. Best Trick Contest 1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Games You Can Play with Your Dog (Gina) 1:15 p.m. Dog/Owner Look-Alike Contest 2 p.m. Tallest/Shortest Dog Contest 3 p.m.

Komen Atlanta's Bubbles & Bling

On January 30th, join B98.5's Madison James for Komen Atlanta’s 3rd annual Bubbles & Bling at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, this year featuring an 80s theme!

Guests will enjoy delicious 80s themed foods and an open bar, an 80s band, a silent auction and a raffle for a one-carat diamond.

All net proceeds from this event benefit Komen Atlanta’s mission to enable our community to detect and survive breast cancer. So get out your 80s prom dresses, tight roll your jeans, hairspray those bangs and buy your tickets today at komenatlanta.org/bubblesandbling.

Jeff & Melissa Save Christmas Toy Drive

Photos: 2015 Met Gala red carpet

Pass the Plate Challenge

Since its founding in 1971, Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless Food (HFTH), a Christian international aid organization, distributed more than $3.0 billion in food, clothing, medical, educational, toiletries, furniture and cleaning supplies to 16 Georgia counties, three states and to the Philippines, the Ivory Coast and Uganda. The organization maintains an average administrative overhead of 14 percent -- ensuring the poor receive 86 percent of all donations.

Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless follows the principle that education and self-help must fortify charity work so recipients learn to break the cycle of poverty. HFTH prevents homelessness by providing rent, mortgage, and utility assistance, financial literacy and GED classes, distribution of school supplies and book bags to children, annual Christmas children’s party, intensive case management and support to programs to teach recipients how to develop small businesses and co-ops while providing leadership training to independent farmers.

Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless was founded in 1971 by civil rights icons Rev. Hosea and Juanita T. Williams. Their vision was instrumental in guiding Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless as it became one of the most significant human services organization in the Southeast United States providing services for some 50,000 people per year. In 2000, Afemo and Elisabeth Omilami, who have extensive experience in program development and an in-depth knowledge of meeting the basic needs of families in crisis so those families don’t become homeless especially the  working poor and the homeless, tripled the numbers served and expanded HFTH to a year-round human service organization. Mrs. Omilami assumed the Presidency in 2000 and provides the leadership for Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless during this time of explosive growth.

Created to help destitute people in the United States, Hosea Feed The Hungry has forged a spirit of cooperation between individuals, corporations and churches of the First World and of the Third World. Established as a 501(c)(3) charity, HFTH collects funds and Gifts-in kind year-round. Hosea Feed the Hungry was named one of the top charities in Georgia for its Katrina relief program to over 6,000 hurricane survivors by the Georgia State Senate.

Simple Steps to participate in the Pass The Plate Challenge:

  1. Change your social media profle picture to the OFFICIAL Hosea 15 day challenge picture (found on our FB page): https://www.facebook.com/4hosea?ref=bookmarks
  2. Fast for 10 hours (save the money that you would have used to eat with during the 10 hours of fasting)
  3. Donate the funds saved (a mimimum of $10) to Hosea via the Ga Gives site: https://www.gagivesday.org/c/GGD/a/4hosea
  4. Tag 10 of your friends to take the challenge 
  5. Create a video urging your friends to get involved and make a difference with the Hosea Pass The Plate 15 Day Challenge

We need each of you to join in and help us help another family.  We are entering into the holiday season and no one should go without a hot meal.  Please help! 

Remember, we are here to be our brother's keeper. We are here to lend a helping hand. We are HOSEA HELPS!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Omilami

CEO of Hosea Feed The Hungry

Movember

WHAT is Movember?

Movember is a movement committed to changing the face of men’s health by challenging men to grow moustaches during Movember (the month formerly known as November) to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

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WHEN

Movember started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. It is now seen around the globe every November 1st – 30th, with campaigns in 21 countries.

WHY

To create conversations about men’s health and to find breakthrough solutions that produce tangible improvements in the lives of those dealing with prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

HOW

Men (also known as Mo Bros) sign up online. Start clean-shaven on November 1st then donate their face for 30 days by growing and grooming the best moustache they can muster, raising funds and awareness along the way.

Women, (also known as Mo Sistas) play a key supporting role by signing up as team captains, recruiting Mo Bros, helping to raise funds, and also encouraging the men in their life to action when it comes to their health.

FUNDS

Funds raised are committed to combatting prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems and have supported over 800 men’s health programs to date.

Specifically:Prostate Cancer - Men living with and beyond prostate cancer have the treatment and care needed to be physically and mentally well.

Testicular Cancer - Men living with and beyond testicular cancer have the treatment and care needed to be physically and mentally well.

Mental Health – Men are mentally healthy and take action to remain so. Those who experience mental health problems take action early and live lives free of stigma and discrimination. 

 

About The Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health.   The Movember community has raised $559 million to date and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.   The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won't stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist.

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How you can give to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

The scale of the devastation in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Haiyan is immense.  The death toll is over 1,700 and rising.  Many predict it to reach over 10,000.Those who have survived have gone days without food or fresh water.  Doctors are desperate for medicine to treat the wounded.Air Force Capt. Antonio Tamayo told the Associated Press:  "It's overwhelming.  We need more medicine. We cannot give anti-tetanus vaccine shots because we have none."The longer survivors go without help, the greater chance of disease.According to the AP:  "a reporter drove through the town for around 7 kilometers (4 miles) on Wednesday, seeing more than 40 bodies. He saw no evidence of any organized delivery of food, water or medical supplies, though piles of aid have begun to arrive at the airport. Some people were lining up to get water from a hose, presumably from the city supply."How can you help?There are many organization which have set up websites for funds for disaster relief.   The American Red Cross will take your donations online.  The link for its website is here.  UNICEF reports an estimated 4 million children were affected by the storm.  You can also give via 'UNICEF Responds' by clicking this link. UNICEF will also accept donation via text. Just text RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10.Save The Children has set up a Typhoon Haiyan Children's Relief Fund.  You can access the information here.The Salvation Army has a web page for you to give as well.  Here is the link.  According to the Salvation Army, you can also text TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10 and reply YES to confirm your donation.CARE is asking for donations which can be made via this online link or by calling 1-800-521-CARE within the U.S.

Unfortunately, there are also thieves ready to steal your money during this horrible human tragedy.  Clark Howard has more information on how to donate and not get ripped of by clicking here.

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