Screw Cancer, Feel your boobs, Win cash

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When Philips Healthcare emailed me to ask if I was doing any posts about breast cancer awareness this month, I almost screamed SCREW CANCER and slammed my laptop shut. Writing about breast cancer appeals to me about as much as a horse’s ass right now.

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It’s been a rough year. My Grandma Gladys passed away from breast cancer in March, and my friend Marta just underwent a double-mastectomy earlier this month due to, you guessed it, breast cancer – her second round, no less, after 9 years of remission. It hurts to see people I love have their cells betray them and attack their bodies from the inside – the inside that I know is beautiful and radiant and full of personality and love that doesn’t deserve to go through the havoc that cancer causes. It’s bullshit, and at the end of the day, I’m left with anger and frustration that there’s not much I can actually DO about it.

Except that in my own small way, there is something I can do. I can do my self-exams every month. And I can encourage other women to do them, too. And I can share with my readers that they can do this too, and maybe one of us will help ourselves or someone else detect breast cancer early on before it reaches a critical stage.

In a weird way, I’m really glad that Philips Healthcare sent me an email that made me react so strongly. I’d be singing a different tune if they were another pinkwashing company, but they’re not. They’re actually putting their money where their mouth is and investing in breast cancer research, spreading awareness for early detection resources, and facilitating free testing for women globally.

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Last week Philips Healthcare brought their Mammography Truck Road Show to St Louis Park to provide educational resources to women and unveil their Micro Dose Mammography system. Mammography is the most effective method of early detection, and the Philips Micro Dose Mammography technology uses targeted, guided diagnostics for women with a radiation dose that’s 40% lower than other full-field digital mammography systems.

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Studies show that mammograms can spot tumors up to three years before they might be detectable by feel, greatly improving the prognosis. Early detection of breast cancer also means a wider range of treatment options, including less aggressive surgery and adjuvant therapy according to the Breast Cancer Society.

The sad reality is that many of us will have our lives touched by breast cancer. We’ll grieve for someone we’ve lost, like Levi and I have for my grandmother, or we’ll cheer on someone like my friend Marta that kicked cancer’s ass once and is fighting to kick it again.

Today, though, I’m saying Screw Cancer in a different way. There IS something we can do. I’ve shared my story, and lots of other bloggers have shared their personal connections, too.

Breast cancer touched the lives of all these women, and they were willing to share their experiences with others. The message I took away from all of their stories is that breast cancer is a scary experience, but there’s a community of supporters out there whether it’s just a scare or an actual diagnosis.

Cancer sucks. It’s a reality in our world, but we can all DO something about it. Let’s start with two things.

1) Yell really loud SCREW CANCER!

I’m serious. It feels good. Trust me. I even throw in the F-word for good measure.

2) Put some of Philips Healthcare’s money to good use

Wanna do something good for other people? Philips is providing a $100 Visa gift card for me to give away to one of my readers so they can do something good for someone else. They’re awesome like that.

Contest ends Friday, Nov 1, 2013. Open to US residents only.



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  1. Marissa DeHart says:

    I just said “Screw Cancer” & felt myself up for ya! Ha!

  2. I would buy snacks, utensils, cups, plates…for our local hospice. My Mom just passed away from breast cancer that metastasized and we spent a week at hospice. I know for a fact how important all those items are for families staying there and don’t want to leave.

  3. I would use the money to support Operation Christmas Child.
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  4. Christina A. says:

    I would give the gift card to my friend Laura. She is in her late 40′s, the most at-risk group for breast cancer, so she can use it towards a mammogram. She is currently without health insurance because she is self-employed, and hasn’t been able to afford a screening mammogram. I am fortunate enough to have great insurance with no age requirements for screening mammography, so I just had mine done on Friday. As a cancer survivor, I am at higher risk and have one annually, even though I am only 34. But Laura is not so fortunate.

  5. Marissa DeHart says:

    I’d donate the money to help kiddos in my sons school!

  6. Mya Murphy says:

    I would use the money towards the homeless. Just recently being homeless, I could feed and clothe a couple families.

  7. Michelle Bartley says:

    I would give to a friend that is out of work

  8. Violeta V Gill says:

    I would buy a toy for Toys For Tots!

  9. I agree F*** cancer!

  10. ellen beck says:

    I would donate to Toys for Tots they just started their campaign this year again.

  11. I would use it towards the family we are getting presents for this year who don’t have much!

  12. Ashley Winkelmann says:

    I would take Grandma out to just have a nice getaway. Grandpa has dementia and she takes care of him but sometimes forgets about herself. She loves theaters so I bet Wicked would be a great one to see

  13. Samantha Odo says:

    I would take my 4 yr old daughter and have her pick out gifts for kids at the battered women’s shelter that my mom volunteers at.

  14. Sandra Delawder says:

    I would use the money to help someone out for the Holidays. It’s getting on that time of year when people with children really start to worry. I always feel bad because we never have much money to spend on our kids but they are really little and we have a large family who always gives the boys TONS of stuff! I feel for the people who don’t have large caring families!

  15. Deb Moretti says:

    I say @&ck to cancer. It took my mom unexpectedly when I was 7 months pregnant three years ago. Very devastating.

    I would use this to brighten a few of my students’ Lives during Christmas. I work at a Title 1 school.

  16. rebekah emard says:

    I would use this to buy groceries for my mawmaw :)

  17. I would buy my family groceries

  18. Kimberly Frazee says:

    Id give it to my mom. She is struggling as much as the rest of us and She is a survivor of Breast Cancer. She makes Holiday dinners for everyone and this would help her out with it.

  19. Renea Pike says:

    I would adopt a family to provide Thanksgiving dinner. We were blessed enough to have had someone help us out last year during the holidays.

  20. Amanda S-K says:

    I’d buy Christmas for a child who needed it.

  21. My aunt is a recovering alcoholic who has done SO well in sobriety, but she really did have to hit rock bottom, and since recovery, she has received a lot of bad luck. I know some people might consider it her “fault” since she was an alcoholic, but the things happened to her when she was sober and trying to improve her life. It’s a long story, but she had to get rid of everything she owned and moved into my Mom’s because of something that was not her fault. I really would like to remodel her bedroom and make it her own space as a way to say “I’m proud of you and glad you’re back in my life.”

  22. Jennifer frank-lopez says:

    I would pamper my mom for the day. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer & recently finished up her chemo treatments. My hope is that one day screening for ovarian cancer will be as readily available to women as breast cancer screening is. I think the more publicitity & awareness that is brought to these terrible diseases will help in early detection & one day prevention in more & more cases. Cancer certainly does suck.. But we all need to remember no one fights alone.

  23. Erica Bradley says:

    I would buy gifts for my kids since we won’t be able to at the moment due to some financial circumstances.

  24. I would use the money to help the homeless shelters for the holidays

  25. Rhiannon Rowland says:

    I just finished my second round of Chemo! Two more to go and then onward in my fight! I don’t have breasts anymore, I currently don’t have hair and I am fighting! I also want to say, I found my lump after taking my bra off one night…so feel them up!

    As I sit in the chemo room for 4 hours every 3 weeks I meet lots of others going through their fight with cancer. I sit and listen to their story and they tell me theirs. I would give that card to someone else fighting cancer as well. I know what its like to struggle to buy the meds I need, the good foods I need or even just foods that I CAN eat. I have had lots of help from Susan G Komen, gas cards to drive 60 miles to a bigger city for therapy, to buy breast prosthesis’, to have more surgery. I’ve also drove down there for free wigs from the American Cancer Society. It all adds up, its hard and expensive. But I’m getting through it with help, so I’d like to also be the helper!

  26. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I would buy Christmas gifts for needy children.

  27. Lisa Romine says:

    I have a group that sends cards to US military members (active, stateside, training, basic, veteran, or whatever). I would use this money to buy more postage and cards so I can send these heroes the love from home that they so deserve!

  28. I’m so sorry about your Grandma. This was a wonderful post and I’m thrilled to learn that Philips is actually helping the cause instead of using it to benefit themselves.

    Too many women will have a life touched by, made difficult by or ended by breast cancer.

    Thank you for sharing this, Jen.
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  29. Heather Grant says:

    I would buy toiletries and food for an organization called 3 bags in 2 days. They provide help to my areas homeless community. Not only do they deal with physical needs, but also emotional needs as well.

  30. Samantha Waters says:

    My great aunt is battling cancer for the 11th time.
    It started years ago with breast cancer and has since included skin cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and more breast cancer. Somehow, she’s still going strong. And STILL kicking cancer’s butt. I would use this to pamper her. She definitely deserves it!

  31. I would use this to buy gifts for a needy family.

  32. I would buy some gifts for a needy child for Christmas, always said when I get the extra money I’d love to do that.

  33. Tammy Richards says:

    I would use this to help my client buy some household products :)

  34. I would use it towards thanks giving dinners for our local mom and kids charity

  35. I’d donate to FARA to raise awareness and find a cure for Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare neurological disorder that my daughter has. At this time there is no treatment and no cure, and it’s rare enough that it doesn’t get the attention and funding that a lot of diseases get.

  36. Whitney Lindeman says:

    I think I would donate this to YWCA Crisis Center in Wichita, but I’d have to think a little more about it. Definitely would love to donate it somewhere that helps women, though!

  37. Just had my Mamo last month thank God It was Ok this Time. I’ve had to scares already been real blessed I feel for eveyone because I know how scary it can be waiting for your biopsy to come back. I hope everyone who reads these posts will encourage everyone they know to do they’re monthly checks. We just had a man we knew kill himself this morning because he couldn’t deal with his cancer. He was in so much pain. I’d use the money to help his family or do something in his memory. Your right, Right now I feel the same way SCREW CANCER!

  38. I would use it to help out some family that is having a hard time getting by.

  39. Arlene Pitts says:

    I would give the money to a young man I know who is taking classes with TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). He needs to travel to Mexico to complete his studies by teaching, with a mentor, people who want to learn English. Although $100 is not enough to pay for the completion of his program, it will help, along with his part time job, for him to reach his goal. Please help. Thank you.

  40. Charlotte R says:

    I would buy 5 flocks of chickens from heifer international: http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/animals-nutrition/flock-of-chicks-donation.html

  41. BreeAnna McManus says:

    I would help out a disabled person I know with groceries.

  42. Christy greagor says:

    A close friend battled breast cancer when we were in our 30′s ( we are now in our 40′s). She won that long battle but now has bone cancer that has no cure. Her body is slowly breaking apart. Her husband works for a local police department and is their second family who have gone thru her battle with them.
    One of her long time dreams is to travel with her husband and her two children ages 13 and 11 to the East Coast before time runs out. Well the police department is making that happen! After thanksgiving they will be flying out to New York to sight see and then to DC! Enough money money was raised to send them on a dream vacation! I would love to send them with a little extra spending money and this gift card would be perfect!

  43. There is actually a single mom of 3 someone else posted about on my Facebook that was just diagnosed and her insurance is going to charge her $2400 every other month during her treatments that she just can’t pay for. I’d give it to her.

  44. And maybe I’m the only one that always forgets to do this….but remember to also check the breast area leading up to the armpit and also inside of your armpits! A friend found her lump up in that area.

  45. Cancer is the worst, I lost my grandmother and grandfather (my dads parents) both to it. It sucks and I wish they where still here but I know they see me getting through life everyday and are by my side! And I plan to use the card for myself. I’m currently unemployed (desperately looking for work and hopeful I get a job soon) and our food situation is not that great.

  46. Jessica Carter says:

    It’s so easy to check yourself, do it ladies!!

  47. tiffany laventure says:

    buy someone in front of me some groceries..pay it forward

  48. With the holidays coming up, I think I would like to use it to put together some care packages and buy meals for those in need!
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  49. I would use it to prepare Operation Christmas Child boxes.

  50. Screw Cancer! I would do something nice for my mom.

  51. Peggy Hunsaker says:

    My son and I would donate to our local senior center. many of the seniors have dealt with and or experienced someone with cancer. I would want this to go towards a Christmas dinner.

  52. I want to help my mom. she gives to others and never takes time for herself. I am thankful and have no way of doing anything special for her, this would help.

  53. I’d use it towards as many free and super cheap deals as I could and take the xarload of health, beauty, & hygiene supplies to a shelter. Knowing my crafty tendency I’d probably put a variety of things in a gift bag with a bow and card and and deliver it on Christmas. We’re not in good shape at all this year but I love helping out people who are as in need of help as we’ve been!

  54. Stephanie Foster says:

    I would use the many to buy Christmas gifts for my Angel Tree child and Angel Tree senior citizen.

  55. This would go straight to my brother & his wife. They have a new baby, and with only one of them able to work, this would go a loooong way.

  56. With it being winter time that could go towards getting 50 sets of hats & gloves at the dollar tree to hand out to families that need gloves & hats for there kids
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  57. Michelle Bowers says:

    I would give it to a family with children (they are really struggling right now) to use for Christmas.

  58. I am feeling my boobs as I type, so excuse the typos. I would use the Visa for a family in need for Christmas.

  59. I’ve always wanted to pay if forward in the drive-thru so I’d pay for the person’s order behind me in line.
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  60. erica delay says:

    i HAVE A GOOD FRIEND WHO IS STRUGGLING TO PAY BILLS BUY FOOD AND SURVIVE WITH HER TWO KIDS I WOULD GIVE IT TO HER.

  61. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Some members of my own family are having trouble right now. It’s temporary, but enough to worry about. I gave some Amazon money I’ve been collecting, but this would be a huge help to get over this rough spot.

  62. sarah banes says:

    I would help buy gifts for a needy family

  63. Terri C. McMillan says:

    I would give the money to my elderly great aunt that could really use it.

  64. I would buy groceries for a struggling family to have a nice Thanksgiving.
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  65. A good friend of mine lost a really close friend last year that had three young kids. I’d love to donate to the foundation in her honor- The Gina McReynolds foundation. Thanks for the chance!

  66. I would use it to help my niece and her 4 kids get their utilities turned back on. They are really struggling since her boyfriend has started having seizures and can’t work at the moment.

  67. Cara James says:

    I would feed the hungry

  68. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Would Buy Groceries For A Neighbor In Need.

  69. Jennifer Pruneda says:

    I would love to be able to do something for my grandmother and great grandmother who are both breast cancer survivors.

  70. Amy Hairr says:

    I’d give it to a friend who recently lost his job.

  71. I’d donate the money to NAMIBroward on behalf of my #StopTheStigma campaign against the taboo subject of mental illness among Latinos. Thanks for the post and the chance to pay it forward.
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  72. Seyma SHabbir says:

    I have a friend who is expecting that would love some new baby stuff!

  73. Eff you Cancer. I would use the money to help the American Cancer Society celebrate more birthdays. I lost my dad on Jan. 1 to lung and throat cancer. It was his third fight with cancer. I lost my mom 13 months earlier to lung cancer. It was also her third fight, Her first one was with breast cancer. I know all too well the effects cancer has on people and their loved ones.

  74. debbie campbell says:

    I would put towards the holiday family my dept is adopting.

  75. I would buy an interview outfit for an out of work friend

  76. Kristin Sawatzke says:

    I would use this to be able to adopt an extra family for Christmas this year:)

  77. I would buy quality, healthy, organic items for our local food pantry!
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  78. I would use it to buy some coats for kids for need them .

  79. Toni Hutchison says:

    I’d donate it to Metropolitan Ministries here in Tampa. It would help feed the needy!

  80. Cancer Sucks!

  81. I agree Jen. F&*k cancer. My dad has breast cancer and is fighting it. Guys can get it too.

    I would use the gift card to take a friend out to dinner. A very specific one who is a single mom and is struggling a lot lately. And if there is any left, buy some groceries for her too.
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  82. I would give the money to my son, to go toward a lawyer. His daughter is his world, and her Momma is trying to move a thousand miles away. My son will be devastated if she moves that far away! She is definitely a Daddy’s girl, and it will be devastating for her also. For everyone.

  83. christmas is fast approaching and i have 4 kids to shop for……..so this would go towards that! thanx for a chance to win!!!

  84. I’d give it to my friend whose child is going through cancer treatments. She just turned 8 and has been going through the battle for over a year now, just 2 years after her father died in a tragic accident too. They need all the help and support they can get!
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  85. I would use the money toward gifts for less fortunate children this Christmas.

  86. DANIELLE WILLIAMS says:

    My brother lost his job so I would help by buying him and his new wife groceries…

  87. I would use this to have my kids pick out toys to donate to toys 4 tots.
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  88. Yes! F*&@ cancer! Great blog! Cancer is such a horrible thing. Breast cancer awareness month really does the best job of bringing awareness of how we can prevent it and find it early. But breast cancer isn’t the only type of cancer. There are so many other types of cancer. I have way too many people in my family and in my life who have been diagnosed with cancer, living or who have passed. My dad was diagnosed with a very uncommon type of cancer when I was just 5 years old. I think he was only about 26. It is a type of cancer that never goes into remission, it is always somewhere in his body. He is now 55 years old, and he continues to do well with continuously advancing cancer research and treatment. My dad has been involved for a very long time with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, and because of him and his experiences, I got involved about 11 years ago, as well. The Relay For Life is the largest fundraiser for the ACS, which provides services to cancer patients, and it funds cancer research. The ACS is actually the largest private funder of cancer research in the nation, second overall only to the federal government. Relays go on in all communities throughout the U.S. If you haven’t been to one, I would definitely encourage you to go! It is such a moving experience for anyone who has been touched by cancer. It goes on throughout the night. There is a survivor lap to celebrate cancer survivors, there is a luminary ceremony to remember those we have lost to cancer, and there are so many things going on throughout the night. It really is a lot of fun. You can go to http://www.relayforlife.org to find a Relay For Life near you. Oh, and I would obviously donate the $100 to my local Relay For Life!

  89. I’d love to get my friends son some warm winter gear! she could use the help right now!

  90. Francine Anchondo says:

    i would buy groceries and give it to a shelter

  91. I would use it to help start buying presents for children @ the childrens hospital in Lebanon, NH. Every year I provide toys for the patients there because they are very ill or sick. This year I want to start having my almost 2 y/o son help me so that he can realize that these kids are amazingly strong.

  92. Danielle Papsis says:

    I’d use it to help teach our daughter about selflessness by buying Christmas presents for a family in need.

  93. i’d help out a lady from my church who is struggling with money right now.

  94. Jessica B. says:

    I would buy Christmas gifts for Toys for Tots, we also adopt a family through my husband’s work. I’d buy some groceries for them. This would be wonderful to have.

  95. Nicole Naasz says:

    I would donate some to whale research, and buy some toys for Toys for Tots.

  96. Rae Ramos says:

    i would use it to help someone that lost his job

  97. Christina says:

    I would love to donate a few blankets to the infusion center where my aunts received chemo (one for lung cancer, one for breast cancer) – they are always in need of some cozy and soft blankets since the patients are usually cold. And I’d love to donate a few new toys to the hospital clinic where my goddaughter has been receiving her chemo – or to the child life team, they do amazing things for the kids.

  98. Abigail Thomson says:

    I would use the money to help a friend who is pregnant with her first child and will be doing it alone. Thankfully she has some great friends by her side!

  99. I’d buy gifts for the kiddo program at church this holiday season.

  100. Destanie Weeks says:

    I’ll help out a friend with their Thanksgiving dinner.

  101. Gracie H. says:

    i would buy food for someone who needed it

  102. I would fix a thanksgiving box for a couple family’s in my apt. building. I know they could use the help.

  103. alyce poalillo says:

    I would buy food for my local animal shelter

  104. john hutchens says:

    I will donate it to the local homeless shelter

  105. Danielle D says:

    I would pay it forwards to family

  106. I’d donate to local food locker

  107. I’d use the money to help a friend of our family who is struggling to pay her own way through college.

  108. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I give the money to a womens shelter

  109. Ann Fantom says:

    I would buy Christmas gifts for our adopt a family at church

  110. Margaret Smith says:

    Our church has a drive each year for new Mom’s that are struggling, where they look for baby supplies and clothes. I’d like to buy items for that drive.

  111. Lisa Brown says:

    i would buy food items and donate them to our local food bank

  112. donate the gc to someone in need

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  113. April Brenay says:

    I would donate it to operation homefront to help military families!

  114. I would give it to a family member who is a cancer survivor!!!

  115. Jennifer Appleton says:

    I would buy groceries for someone in line behind me at the grocery store!

  116. Kayla Coleman says:

    I would give my mom some moneyor a gas card because our car is broke down and she lets us use her car and without me having a job its hard to give her any money for gas. I would probably use some as well on my kids fall clothes my son needs some pants and my daughter needs pants as well.

  117. I would give this to my mom! She has helped me out soooo much the past couple months and I ow her soooo much money so this would be just a little start :)

  118. I would use the money to buy lots of cute hats for my friends four year old daughter who is going through chemo and losing her hair!

  119. Danielle L. says:

    Buy some presents for people in need.

  120. I would make a feel better soon basket and drop it off a the hospital for the nurses to give to a patient who could use the pick up.

  121. Dannan Beltran says:

    I’d buy food for my family. Being a single mother of 4 is hard work & they eat a lot. Lol

  122. Amanda M. says:

    Great post! This is something definitely close to my heart.

  123. We have a friend who is currently dying of cancer. There is not a single thing they can do about it but try and keep him comfortable. So sad. I would use the money and take his wife out to dinner and a movie. A night where she can have a little fun and try not to think about everything else.
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  124. Trisha W. says:

    We could use it to help buy turkeys for the Thanksgiving boxes at church.

  125. Monique Rizzo says:

    I would buy toys for tots toys.
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  126. Scott Martin says:

    I would buy shoes for kids.

  127. I know it’s not a charity or shelter, but I’d love to give it to my sister. She is getting married next year and they are paying for it themselves. I’d love to be able to help her.
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  128. I’d probably give it to my church food shelf. Whatever $$ is donated, the church matches it and sends it over to the food shelf.

  129. I have a co-worker who is struggling to feed her three kids. I would help her.

  130. Katie Roch says:

    My family participates in the adopt-a-family program over Christmas and I would use this gift card to help purchase gifts for our adopted family.

  131. I give meals to new moms in the community.

  132. Barbara Montag says:

    I’d donate this to Toys for Tots where I volunteer.
    Thank you.

  133. Christine says:

    for Toys for Tots

  134. Cynthia C says:

    I would help an out of work relative.

  135. Jill Myrick says:

    I have a friend that is currently going through Chemo for breast cancer.
    I would take her out for the day and make it all about her.
    I would take her to her favorite place for lunch, buy her a new outfit and that new hat that she has been wanting. And finish the day with dessert and latte.

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  136. Jeccica Simpson says:

    I would pay for one of my friends mammogram

  137. Kyl Neusch says:

    buy a toy for Toys For Tots

  138. Suzanne K says:

    I’d donate to my local horse rescue group and will absolutely continue to do the daily clicks that help fund mammograms!

  139. I am always donating, I would donate to a local battered womens and/or Homeless shelter in my area.

  140. I would buy toys and food for need families

  141. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I would donate to the humane society.

  142. buy food for our church drive

  143. I know an older woman on a fixed income. Would like to get a Thanksgiving Dinner for her and some of her family, and an electric blanket for her.

  144. Danielle Jones says:

    My 10 yr old son and I would use the money for the angel tree. I think it’s always good to involve our children when we help someone else out. They need to learn to pay it forward and help someone if you can!

  145. joseph gersch says:

    i would give to our animal shelter

  146. I would share with someone in need

  147. Tari Lawson says:

    I would send a gift to my friend and my niece who are both going through some rough times.

  148. I would use it to buy groceries for my sister, who is currently unemployed!

  149. I would buy groceries for the local food pantry. THey are having a hard time this year.

  150. I would buy coats for needy children in our community.

  151. I would buy groceries for a friend who’s going through rough times making ends meet.

  152. I would use it to buy Christmas toys to be donated to the Alliance Against Family Violence and Domestic Abuse.

  153. I would buy gifts for the Angel Tree Christmas drive and Thanksgiving dinners for the local shelter.

  154. I would buy dinner for a family friend.

  155. scott amoroso says:

    I’d buy a x-mas present for kids who don’t get presents

  156. Kim Ripley says:

    Money is very tight in our household right now and my daughter is outgrowing her toddler bed. I would use the money towards a twin bed.

  157. I’d use it for the holidays.
    knycks1(at)aol(dot)com

  158. Mary Calabrese says:

    I’d give it to my friend who is HIV+

  159. I’d love to buy a carload of toys and games to donate to Toys for Tots this year. That would feel amazing!

  160. Tracy Robertson says:

    I would treat someone I work with who doesn’t have much at all to a nice, fun dinner out.

  161. I would like to help out a struggling family.

  162. Rebecca Lock says:

    I would use this to fill and ship shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

  163. I would use it for Christmas to buy gifts for the kids we pick from Angel Tree.

  164. Richard Hicks says:

    would donate to our local food pantry
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  165. Latey with the economy, I see a lot more homeless people. I have been fixing bags of items for them and I could buy more items with this.

  166. My mom is fighting kidney cancer we see many people all alone or with very little each month when we go for her treatments at the cancer center. With colder weather on the way I would use this to buy small lap throws, scarves, hats and gloves to give out to those in need in the various waiting areas we spend time awaiting her turn for treatment.

  167. mickeyfan says:

    My daughter was 25 when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Talk about a kick in the teeth! I’d love to donate in her name to the local Walk for Life.

  168. Angel tree network. They have the trees set up with little angels you can adopt

  169. Jill McHale says:

    I would donate the money to my local food pantry.

  170. Brittney House says:

    I would buy and donate winter coats and hats to a homeless shelter.

  171. I would buy toys for Toys For Tots.

  172. Stephanie Larison says:

    I’d use it on toys for Toys For Tots this year. My daughter and I picked out something last year and we’ll be doing it again this year.

  173. Denise Donaldson says:

    I would buy some diapers and clothes for my nephew

  174. tina reynolds says:

    I would get a family off the angel tree

  175. kathy dalton says:

    i would pay it forward by helping a local family with their holiday expenses

  176. Samantha Daleo says:

    I would use it to buy something for a struggling family member.

  177. Julie Harris says:

    I wish i could say i would give this to charity if I won but we could really use this money for Christmas, it would help so much!

  178. Mary Cloud says:

    I’d buy groceries and pick up a little extra to donate to the local canned food drive
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  179. Terry Cross says:

    I would help a family I know that is struggling right now

  180. I would send it to my BIL and his family. He has been very sick for a very long time and isn’t ecxpecting to make it much longer. Without a traditional income coming in they could use the extra help for groceries etc.

  181. Give more to my church.

  182. i’d use it to buy something awesome for my bf cause he deserves it.

  183. Sponsor a low-income family for Christmas this year (through an organization)

  184. Lanicsha Wynn says:

    I would use it to buy gifts to donate to families in need as I do every Christmas

  185. Darlene Carbajal says:

    I would give the gift card to my Aunt. :)

  186. Susan Smith says:

    I would pay it forward by helping a local family with their holiday dinner.

  187. heather baker says:

    I’d put my couponing to use and get as much as I could to donate to the food bank.

  188. What a great way to get our attention and remind us to get our mammograms! Thanks Phillips Healthcare! And thanks to you for your awesome blog!

  189. Kimberly Kihega says:

    I would give it to my aunt who just lost her job.

  190. Mihaela Day says:

    I’d buy groceries for a struggling friend :)

  191. Lorina Padgett says:

    I would give it to my neighbor who has not been able to work for awhile.

  192. Lisa Garner says:

    I would donate this GC to my children’s schools Buddy Pack program.

  193. I’d donate the money to the local shelter.

  194. I would donate the money to a shelter.

  195. Vikki Billings says:

    I would buy some Christmas fabric and some stocking stuffers and make them and stuff them for children at the homeless shelters in my area.

  196. I’d buy supplies for the humane society

  197. I would give it to a single mother I know.

  198. Annemarie Z. says:

    I would donate it to charity!

  199. I would donate it to my church

  200. susan smoaks says:

    i would use the money to buy school supplies for the kids that come to our church, they really need help!

  201. jeff summers says:

    I would use it for gas money as will be out of a place to live this week and have to drive ‘somewhere’.

  202. I think I might use it towards buying my mother in law a gift. She is a breast cancer survivor and had a double mastectomy. I would also make sure that whatever I am buying is a product that gives back to cancer research.

  203. Amanda Hendricks-Selby says:

    i’d go grocery shopping with it and donate what i get to the food bank

  204. I’d use it for the girls’ group at church. It would give them a chance to do some good projects.

  205. Melinda Elizabeth says:

    I would help out some family in need!

  206. beth shepherd says:

    I would use this to purchase food for all my American Heritage Girls. Thank you for the chance!

  207. Thanks for the giveaway…we donate new hats, gloves, and socks every year to the city homeless shelter.

  208. Vanessa W says:

    I’d get my son involved in Toys for Tots by having him pick out special toys for those in need.

  209. Beverly Metcalf says:

    I would donate it to our local food shelf to help folks that need a helping hand. Thanks.

  210. I would get some nice books for my sick friend.

  211. Karrie Millheim says:

    I would buy food for the homeless

  212. I would buy products that support breast cancer research and give them as Christmas gifts

  213. I would buy food items for our local food pantry.

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