Attend Our 14th Evening of Celebration on April 21, 2018

Who: You, your family & friends and Chix 4 a Cause

What: 14th Annual Evening of Celebration

Where: West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Prairie Center, 1900 S. 18th Avenue, West Bend, WI

When: Saturday April 21, 2018, 5:30 pm – 10 pm

Why: Proceeds benefit cancer patients in southeastern Wisconsin through our Gifts of Love program

Mark your calendar! Our 14th Annual Evening of Celebration is Saturday April 21, 2018, 5:30 pm – 10 pm at the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Prairie Center, 1900 S. 18th Avenue, West Bend, WI. Enjoy live music from Lakeshore Saxophone Quartet, light fare, a live auction, raffles, vendors, silent auction and cash bar. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased either in advance or at the door. Advance ticket outlets include Jeff’s Sprits on Main, 821 S. Main Street in West Bend, and First Bank, 1811 W. Washington Avenue in West Bend. Proceeds from our 14th Annual Evening of Celebration benefit cancer patients in southeastern Wisconsin through our Gifts of Love program.

Be sure to attend our after-party at Café Souerette, 111 N. Main Street, West Bend. Part of the proceeds benefit our Gifts of Love program.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Attend Our 14th Evening of Celebration on April 21, 2018

Join Us for Our 14 th Annual Evening of Celebration

Who: You, your family & friends and Chix 4 a Cause

What: 14th Annual Evening of Celebration

Where: West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Prairie Center, 1900 S. 18th Avenue, West Bend, WI

When: Saturday April 21, 2018, 5:30 pm – 10 pm

Why: Proceeds benefit cancer patients in southeastern Wisconsin through our Gifts of Love program

Mark your calendar! Our 14th Annual Evening of Celebration is Saturday April 21, 2018, 5:30 pm – 10 pm at the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Prairie Center, 1900 S. 18th Avenue, West Bend, WI. Enjoy live music from Lakeshore Saxophone Quartet, light fare, a live auction, raffles, vendors, silent auction and cash bar. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased either in advance or at the door. Advance ticket outlets include Jeff’s Sprits on Main, 821 S. Main Street in West Bend, and First Bank, 1811 W. Washington Avenue in West Bend. Proceeds from our 14th Annual Evening of Celebration benefit cancer patients in southeastern Wisconsin through our Gifts of Love program.

Be sure to attend our after-party at Café Sourette, 111 N. Main Street, West Bend. Part of the proceeds benefit our Gifts of Love program.

We look forward to seeing you!

Join Us for Our 14 th Annual Evening of Celebration

Cancer’s Not Fooling Around and Neither Are We

Did you know that in 2014, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch presented to Chix 4 a Cause founder/CEO Jillian Clark a gubernatorial proclamation naming April 1 “Chix 4 a Cause Day” in Wisconsin? Or, that Washington County Board Chairman Herb Tennies issued a proclamation naming April 1 “No Fooling with Cancer Day”? And, that West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow issued a proclamation naming April “No Fooling Around with Cancer Month”?

These 2014 proclamations recognized Chix 4 a Cause for its 10th anniversary of providing Gifts of Love to cancer patients in West Bend and Southeastern Wisconsin. “We wanted to bring more awareness to the needs of those who are fighting cancer and what we are trying to do to help them, so we contacted state, county and city officials and asked them to help us spread the word: Cancer is not fooling around and neither are we,” stated Jillian.

In 2016, to show additional support for cancer patients, Chix 4 a Cause created the Purple Hair Challenge. Beginning every April 1 and continuing throughout the month, community members of southeastern Wisconsin are challenged to temporarily color their hair lavender—the color for all cancers—in support of cancer patients.

“I want the entire community involved in showing support for cancer patients by temporarily dying or streaking their hair purple or adding a purple hair extension. You can post a picture or video on our Facebook page and/or make a financial contribution to benefit Chix 4 a Cause’s Gifts of Love program. We want cancer patients to know they don’t have to fight their disease alone. They have an entire community behind them,” says Jillian.

New in 2018: send photos showing off your purple to purplehairchix@gmail.com. Every Friday in April, we will feature one lucky winner on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be chosen at random and will win a free ticket to our Evening of Celebration on April 21, 2018, at 5:30 pm. A grand prize gift basket winner will be announced at the Evening of Celebration as well.

Show your support for cancer patients by participating in our Purple Hair Challenge. Visit chix4acause.org or facebook.com/Chix4ACause/ to learn more today.

Cancer’s Not Fooling Around and Neither Are We

Practicing Gratitude While Battling Cancer

Frequently practicing gratitude helps you stay mentally healthy. It may even increase your physical health by strengthening your immune system, lowering your blood pressure, and decreasing your symptoms of cancer. You might sleep better and be more equipped to tolerate your aches and pains. Even on days when you feel worried or scared, you should be grateful for what you have, no matter how small.

Practicing Gratitude
You can practice gratitude in many ways. For example, you can name three things to be grateful for each day. You can write down in a personal log what you feel gratitude for. You could think about three things you are grateful for without speaking or writing them down. Or, you could write a thank-you note to someone who makes a difference in your life.

Being Detailed
When practicing gratitude, be detailed about your choices for the day. For example, think about three specific moments where things went right or were OK. Challenging yourself to go beyond the obvious choices, such as family and friends, will make you engage in the activity and truly think about your answers.

Living in the Moment or Shifting Your Focus
Practicing gratitude helps you to live in the moment when things are good and move beyond the moment when things are not going your way. You may feel more optimism and fewer adverse emotions by changing your perspective. Shifting your focus, if only for a short time, redirects your thoughts to what you have emotional ties with rather than the adverse experience you may be having.

Believing There is Good in the World
Your goal in frequently practicing gratitude is to stretch your mind as you wait for procedures, labs, test results and follow-up visits. Believing that there is good in the world and that you have benefitted from
that goodness is life-affirming. The more you are actively grateful for, the better your attitude and ability to deal with things as they come.

One thing we hope you are grateful for is Chix 4 a Cause. We provide Gifts of Love to people in southeastern Wisconsin battling cancer. In April 2018, we plan to launch Gifts of Love Boxes that may be shipped to any cancer patient in the United States. Learn more at http://www.chix4acause.org today.

Practicing Gratitude While Battling Cancer

How Mindfulness Can Benefit Cancer Patients

As a cancer patient, stress may be a constant in your life. Countless trips to medical appointments, financial strain, and concerns about loved ones may be common for you. Because stress can affect your overall wellbeing and worsen your symptoms, it is important that you find ways to control your levels of stress. Here is where mindfulness can help.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction practices help a cancer patient learn to be present in the moment. The practices teach you to take things as they come and not react to everything. Regularly practicing mindfulness can improve your ability to focus, accomplish tasks, reduce pain, sleep better, and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.

You may practice yoga, which incorporates mindfulness of the body and its movements. Or, you may practice meditation for as little as 10 minutes at a time. Because meditation can be done anywhere for any length of time, without special clothing or equipment, it is an inexpensive habit to adopt. Regularly practicing meditation can decrease the levels of depression, anxiety and other emotions that often occur with a cancer diagnosis.

Meditation can be done by sitting in a comfortable position on the floor or in a chair, or by lying down straight and facing up with a small pillow under your calves. Focus on relaxing every part of your body, beginning with your toes and feet and working up to your eyes and forehead. Remain still. Be aware of your surroundings and your place in it. Allow your thoughts to enter, then release them. Breathe quietly and deeply through your nose or mouth, whichever is more comfortable. Notice how your breath comes in, goes through your body, and goes out. If needed, focus on a specific word in your mind that keeps you from distractions. Experiment to see what works best for you, whether it is guided meditation, a group class, or simply being meditating by yourself.

If someone you know is battling cancer, reach out to Chix 4 a Cause today. Learn more about our Gifts of Love program at http://www.chix4acause.org.

How Mindfulness Can Benefit Cancer Patients

How the Mind and Body Connect to Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients

Both scientific research and human experience show that our minds and bodies are connected. In other words, we can accomplish what we set our minds to do. Because of this ability, cancer patients may be able to modify the progression of their illness through various relaxation techniques.

Randomized trials show that a cancer patient’s state of mind, how they experience symptoms, and their level of depression and anxiety can be helped through structured programs that include mediation/mindfulness, relaxation, yoga and/or music therapy. Quality of life, happiness and feelings of well-being play a vital part in improving longevity and cure rates for cancer patients.

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Simply sit quietly and breathe deeply. If desired, repeat a word or phrase that helps you control your thoughts and breathing to help you relax. You may choose to participate in mindfulness mediation, where you focus on only the present moment and your breathing. Or, you can simply take deep breaths from your diaphragm, hold for a few seconds, and slowly breathe out. Any form of meditation can help ease stress, improve coping skills and enhance well-being. Even meditating for a few minutes each day can help you relax.

Progressive muscle relaxation relaxes your entire body, one muscle group at a time. It can help cancer patients manage side effects of treatment such as anxiety, stress, depression, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, pain, and trouble sleeping. Simply lie down somewhere quiet, then tense and relax each group of muscles. Begin with your feet and work your way up. Flex and relax your toes, feet, ankles, lower legs, upper legs, belly, chest, fingers, arms, shoulders, neck, and face. When you reach your head, you should feel calmer and more at ease.

Guided imagery and visualization harness the power of imagination. One session daily can help ease stress and anxiety, slow your heart rate and breathing, and lower your blood pressure. One session daily can also boost your immune system to help you heal more quickly, relieve symptoms of cancer, and manage side effects of treatment. Simply sit or lie down in a quiet room and close your eyes. Deeply breathe in and out. Picture a calming, pleasant image, such as a lake with mountains in the distance. Engage all of your senses. Feel the breeze on your face. Smell the flowers. Hear the wind blowing across the water. Imagine your stress in a small boat moving away from both the shore and you. Watch the boat float away into the horizon until it is no longer visible.

Yoga and tai chi blend deep breathing and relaxation. Both types of exercise can ease anxiety, depression and stress while lessening pain and fatigue. They can also improve the immune system, enhance sleep, and improve both quality of life and emotional well-being. Join a class or watch a DVD for guidance on practicing yoga or tai chi.

If you or someone you know is battling cancer, reach out to Chix 4 a Cause to learn more about our Gifts of Love program. Visit http://www.chix4acause.org today.

How the Mind and Body Connect to Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients

Mark Your Calendar for Our 14th Annual Evening of Celebration

Who: You, your family & friends and Chix 4 a Cause

What: 14 th Annual Evening of Celebration

Where: West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Prairie Center, 1900 S. 18th Avenue, West Bend, WI

When: Saturday April 21, 2018, 5:30 pm – 10 pm

Why: Proceeds benefit cancer patients in southeastern Wisconsin through our Gifts of Love program

Mark your calendar! Our 14 th Annual Evening of Celebration is Saturday April 21, 2018, 5:30 pm – 10 pm at the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Prairie Center, 1900 S. 18th Avenue, West Bend, WI. Enjoy live music from Lakeshore Saxophone Quartet, light fare, a live auction, raffles, vendors, silent auction and cash bar. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased either in advance or at the door. Advance ticket outlets include Jeff’s Sprits on Main, 821 S. Main Street in West Bend, and First Bank, 1811 W. Washington Avenue in West Bend. Proceeds from our 14th Annual Evening of Celebration benefit cancer patients in southeastern Wisconsin through our Gifts of Love program.

We look forward to seeing you!

Mark Your Calendar for Our 14th Annual Evening of Celebration