Momma Told Me: Welcome-A-Cure With The Pink Ribbon Welcome Mat Project + Giveaway

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Welcome-A-Cure With The Pink Ribbon Welcome Mat Project + Giveaway

Momma Told Me: Cancer sucks.

In general, I have very strong, negative, feelings about the commercialization of cancer causes in general. Few forms of cancer seem to be as exploited as Breast Cancer, a disease which took nearly 40,000 lives last year, alone. As the daughter of a Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor, some of my very first memories are of my mother and the transition she underwent from diagnosis to recovery. At the time the number of cases which had reached her progression, and went on to survival were counted on a hand. I did not live through her ordeal, I was but a bystander who stood witness. I have since used these images as motivation and inspiration daily in every moment since.
Cancer, as a whole, is a vicious, un-yielding, faceless enemy. It does not have the form of bone marrow, breasts, the prostate, or a rainbow of ribbons. It is darkness, uncaring of your age, your race, or how many people do or do not love you dearly. It does not care how rich you are, how healthy a lifestyle you have lived, how old your children are, or what you have yet to accomplish, it will attempt to steal all of that without a second thought. Yes, I have been touched by cancer; I have felt it's impact all around me, as so many of us have; but I do not buy into ribbons and months. Do you take the time to realize how much of what you spend on trinkets and baubles with ribbons actually goes to the cause, or even finding a cure?
Is shaving your head in solidarity of a friend a show of support, or a reminder of their own struggles and loss? Perhaps you should ask them first. When you get that trendy ribbon tattoo on your ankle stop to think whose story you will be telling when strangers ask about your struggle. And when you post your bra colors, or go topless for 'Breast Cancer Awareness,' are you doing it to get attention, or to flaunt the one thing so many women who have survived have lost? Cancer is an enemy, but are so many of our soldiers lost in the sparkle of the war?
Every year I am approached by countless companies and asked if I will write about their Pink Ribbon product. I typically delete them all. Any research into the fine print usually reveals a less than 1% return of proceeds to any actual cause. Further frustrating, the fundraising efforts 'from products sold' ends at the end of October. Does cancer have an off season? It most certainly dos not. If you've been touched by a particular form of cancer, please, do support it's cause through education and awareness. No one form of cancer is identical, and each deserves a cure. But, remember, when you're reaching for those ribbon clad accessories, to double check where your 'support' is going.
This year, I decided I would support the cause of Welcome-A-Cure mats, but Carpet One, for their 10 years of dedication to breast cancer research and fundraising. They were taking donations before it was cool, before every product on the shelf in October had a darn pink ribbon. A generous 25% of the proceeds from each of this year's 12 mat design's sales will go directly into research for the fight against Breast Cancer, and they won't stop until every mat is sold. You can find yours as a perfect reminder, or gift, online at the Carpet One website or in their nationwide stores, today. If you prefer to support the fight against cancer in a direct manner, you can donate directly to the Susan G Komen foundation or Cancer Sucks-Cookie For Kids Cancer.

What Daughter Says: Whether there's a ribbon attached or not, we all need to support every form of cancer awareness and research, every month of the year.






One Momma Told Me reader will win a Welcome-A-Cure Mat, from Carpet One of their choice OR equal value donation to their cancer cause of choice.
Welcome A Cure

20 comments:

  1. As a one year breast cancer survivor I just love all these mats and that they raise money to help find a cure! I have to pick two favorites though, the HOPE one because it is what I always have and the WELL, Hello one just because it tickles my funny bone.

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  2. I actually have two favorites. I love the dirty paws mat, it's really cute. I also like the Beware of Queen mat.

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  3. This is the first I am hearing of these. I too like that they've been supporting breast cancer research for 10+ years. I will enter the contest as well.

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  4. I love Carpet One. They have great quality carpets and that dirty paws mat is perfect for my pups!

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  5. What a great cause. I like the rubber duck one for the bathroom and I totally need a new one for our dog. That one is adorable!

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  6. Both of my parents died from cancer so I know of its evils. I agree with you about the pinkification. These mats from Carpet one are subtle and a great way to help

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  7. Winter Birch is my favorite but if they had one that said GO AWAY I would prefer that lol - both to cancer and the person at my door asking me to buy their cruddy old steaks! I do love the Winter Birch carpet and will enter your giveaway - what an excellent way to raise money for an amazing cause!

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  8. What a great cause! Now I want a rug from them!

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  9. This is pretty awesome and I love the originality. Absolutely in love with the idea

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  10. I love the dogwood flowers mat - so pretty and bright. I love bright colors so I was drawn to it immediately

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  11. I try to be super fussy about what PINK opportunities I take as well. Only took two this year which seemed to have it right!

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  12. I agree with your thoughts on the commercialization of these causes. I have read some on what they call "pink-washing" and find it irritating that companies take advantage. Glad there is a company that really contributes a good amount to the cause.

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  13. Those mats are adorable! I love the designs and colors. Thanks for the awesome giveaway, lady!

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  14. The commercialization of cancer support bothers me as well, especially breast cancer. That being said, having lost multiple loved ones to cancer, I would gladly support a company that donated 25% of proceeds to research. The "Wipe Paws Here" mat is adorable. My mother and her pups would love it!

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  15. I love purchasing anything that is for the cure! My Aunt was recently re-diagnosed with cancer. She was cancer free for about a year but it is unfortunately back.....

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  16. I like the playful paws mat, I support as many charities as I possibly can, but there are a lot of them popping up every year.

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  17. I love the paws print mat. I have three poodles and this is too cute. I support several causes including cancer research.

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  18. I really think the IN and OUT carpet mat is fun and clever! I'd sure love to put that at our front door.,
    Breast Cancer Surviver

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  19. I like the Winter Birch. When I look out my windows that is the scene I see. Winter in northern New Hampshire is beautiful.

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  20. Love "Playful Paws" but there were several I want. The big C has affected my life in a big way and we need to find a cure...

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