The Signal Factoids #1-5

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Protective and Risk Factors

  1. Obesity increases the risk of breast, endometrial, colorectal, kidney, and esophageal cancer.  (via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  2. The use of alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of getting breast cancer. Women who have one drink a day have a very small increased risk. Those who have 2 to 5 drinks daily have about 1½ times the risk of women who drink no alcohol.  (via American Cancer Society)
  3. People are 66% less likely to die from cancer if they engage in four healthy behaviors.  Reduce your risk by not smoking, eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, and limiting alcohol consumption. (via National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III Mortality Study)
  4. Know Your Family History.  A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer increases if her mother, sister, and/or daughter have been diagnosed with the disease, especially if they were diagnosed before age 50. Having a close male blood relative with breast cancer also increases a woman’s risk of developing the disease.  (via National Cancer Institute)
  5. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes known as tumor suppressors.  Harmful mutations of these genes have been linked to hereditary breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  (via National Cancer Institute)

Circle of Hope is sponsoring 21 Factoids in The Signal as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Circle of Hope’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events and Activities

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October is a National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to educating the public about breast cancer and honoring those who have been affected by this disease. Needless to say, it is a very busy (but fun!) month ahead for us at Circle of Hope.

Signal Subscribers, be on the look out for Circle of Hope sponsored factoids. The Signal will be featuring 21 breast cancer factoids throughout the entire month. These snippets are to provide information on protective factors, risk factors, screening, types of breast cancer, and other pertinent details. Factoids will also be posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Circle of Hope will be featuring Barb Heinzel’s “Ease the Journey Tips.” Barb is our Director of Program & Services and a breast cancer survivor. Barb wrote these tips for both breast cancer patients and their caregivers to give personal insight on what helped her through her journey to survivorship.

Commemorate a loved one who has battled breast cancer by submitting a tribute to be displayed on the Wall of Honor.

The 8th Annual Circle of Hope Tea will be taking place on October 15th, from 1-4 p.m. at a private Sand Canyon Estate. You are cordially invited to join us for “A Year in the Garden of Hope.” We will be celebrating a year’s worth of holidays, seasons, and festivities with decorated tea rooms that host 8 to 10 people. Tickets are sill available. We look forward to seeing you at this Circle of Hope tradition.

We are beyond grateful for the generous support of local businesses and organizations. In addition to our Tea, we have six fundraising events and opportunities this month!

  • For every painting job scheduled in the month of October, A. Allbright Painting will give back 10% of the project cost as part of its Paint It Pink program. The first 5% (up to $100) will be donated to Circle of Hope in honor or memory of anyone you choose. The remaining 5% (up to $100) will be given back to you, the customer. In this way, as you enhance the beauty of your home, you also support families affected by breast cancer and receive a little cash reward! You can download the flyer here.
  • Brighton Collectibles has supported breast cancer charities for almost a decade with its Power of Pink bracelets. For each bracelet purchased at the Valencia store, $5 will be donated to Circle of Hope. These bracelets are beautiful keepsakes and sell out quickly! Brighton Collectibles is located at the Valencia Westfield Shopping Center on Level 2 in the new Patios section.
  • The Soroptimist Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley will be hosting its 8th Annual Bras for a Cause on October 2nd, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at the Oaks Grille-Tournament Players Club. This year’s theme is “Denim and Diamond Hoe-Down.” Tickets include general admission, 1 drink ticket, and a commemorative wine glass. Tickets are available for $65.00 at the Soroptimist’s website.
  •  Mark and Brian from 95.5 KLOS are holding their 1st Annual OktoberBrest as a celebration of breast, body, health, and longevity. The event will be taking place on Saturday, October 8th at the Grove at Anaheim. Entertainment includes live tributes to the music of Queen and Journey and other fun. This is a big event and we are so excited to be involved! Click here for more information.

  • Celebrity Beauty Supply & Salon will be having live demonstrations, refreshments, free gifts, and all store items available for 15-50% off on October 11th. Come to the Copperhill Store Location (23868 Copperhill Dr.) on October 11th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. 5% of all sales will be donated to Circle of Hope. Download the flyer for more information.
  • Come join us on October 19thfrom 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Souplantation located on Town Center Drive. 20% of the sales generated by Circle of Hope will be donated to us. Please note that:
    1. You must purchase a beverage with meal in order for us to receive credit.
    2. Coupons or discounts cannot be used.
    3. You must present this flyer at the time of purchase.

Did we mention that we have a lot going on for the month of October? We are so fortunate for these opportunities to assist in furthering our mission and increasing breast cancer awareness. Thank you to all who have dedicated their time and services to make this possible.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 661.254.5218 or

Wall of Honor Pays Tribute

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In preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Circle of Hope is proud to announce its Wall of Honor, a virtual commemoration to loved ones who are battling or have battled breast cancer. You can submit your own tribute with personalized message, text, and picture for a $5 donation.  We wish to honor all the brave souls who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and to remind everyone how many people this disease impacts. 100% of the proceeds will be used to further Circle of Hope’s mission in assisting uninsured and underinsured individuals with breast cancer, their families, and the community.

What message am I able to choose from?

You can choose either “In honor of…” or “In memory of…” your loved one.

How long can I make my personalized message?

Due to size constraints of the template, you have 100 characters of personalized text. We ask that you do not use the Wall of Honor inappropriately or as a means of promotion.

What kind of photo can I submit?

We ask that photos are submitted as JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, or PDF files. Photos will be sized to be 150 x 150 pixels.

What if I do not have or wish to submit a photo of who I want to honor?

The pink ribbon image displayed below will be used.

How long does my submission stay on the Wall?

Your tribute will remain active on the Wall of Honor for one calendar year. You will receive an email notifying you when it has been uploaded.

How do I submit my tribute?

You may visit our website and complete the Wall of Honor submission form. It’s that simple!