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Passionately Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Shabbat

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Program HostChapter
Host Region and ChapterCotton States
Program TypeEducation
Social Action
Time RequiredLess then 2 hours
Target Population(s)Girls (BBG)
Folds Targeted
Social Action
Jewish Heritage
People Participating10-30
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Program Summary:

Music City BBG got together for a lovely Shabbat service to spread awareness about Breast Cancer.

Full Description:

5:00-5:15 -- Mingle time/wait for girls to arrive

5:15-5:30 – What is cancer?
Iris: What do you think cancer is?
(Girls will give some definitions/explain)
Ariel: Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it can result in death. Cancer is caused by both external factors such as tobacco, infectious organisms, chemicals, and radiation and internal factors (inherited mutations, hormones, immune conditions, and mutations that occur from metabolism). These causal factors may act together or in sequence to start or promote carcinogenesis. Ten or more years often pass between exposure to external factors and detectable cancer. Cancer is treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy. Breast cancer is a malignant (cancerous) growth that begins in the tissues of the breast. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can also appear in men. In the U.S it affects one in eight women.

5:30-6:00 – Karen Sprintz
(Introduce Karen Sprintz)
Ariel: As many of you might know this is Jake Sprintz’s mother. We are ever so fortunate for her to be with here with us sharing her story on breast cancer. So please give her your undivided attention!

Karen Sprintz Spoke on the struggle of having breast cancer and raising a family. She retraced her inspirational journey, from when she was diagnosed, to today! She lives life day to day, and really has a great appreciation for everything. She had to completely redo her diet, and make many changes to her life to cope with her disease. She was so sweet, and had so much insight into growing up as a woman, and dealing with the possibility of breast cancer. Every single member at the program left with a new understanding of breast cancer, and all were so touched by Ms. Sprintz's recount of her life.

6:00 – 6:30 – Service
In the service we will be doing all the Shabbat prayers. Throughout the service different girls will be reading statistics and quotes!


This year, about 569,490 Americans are expected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease. In the US, cancer accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.

An estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the US during 2010; about 1,970 new cases are expected in men. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. After increasing from 1994 to 1999, female breast cancer incidence rates decreased from 1999 to 2006 by 2.0% per year.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

An estimated 40,230 breast cancer deaths (39,840 women, 390 men) are expected in 2010. Breast cancer ranks second as a cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). Death rates for breast cancer have steadily decreased in women since 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50 (a decrease of 3.2% per year) than in those 50 and older (2.0% per year).

An estimated 10,700 new cases are expected to occur among children aged 0 to 14 years in 2010. Childhood cancers are rare, representing less than 1% of all new cancer diagnoses.

Everyone has been touched by cancer, it is all around us. We went around the circle and talk about how cancer has touched us, and this was a truly inspirational conversation. Tears fell as everyone opened up, and we grew closer as a chapter

The National Institutes of Health estimates overall costs of cancer in 2010 at $263.8 billion: $102.8 billion for direct medical costs (total of all health expenditures); $20.9 billion for indirect morbidity costs (cost of lost productivity due to illness); and $140.1 billion for indirect mortality costs (cost of lost productivity due to premature death).

Misheberach – this is the prayer for the sick, please take time to reflect/pray for those who are sick – also if you have any names please list them

My cancer scare changed my life.  I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.  ~Olivia Newton-John

Mourners Kaddish – take this time to pray for the loved ones you might have lost as well as those who lost their life fighting against breast cancer

Cancer has touched many peoples lives... even if it's close relatives or strangers. Go around in a circle and discuss how cancer has effected your daily lives.

Women agonize... over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend's breast.  ~Martha Weinman Lear

6:30 – 7:00 – October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!
Go over these/have active discussions:
    •    Talk about how (breast) cancer can be prevented. Opened the conversation with questions on what people already know, and what they might have questions about. Then we talked about preventing breast cancer, which evolved into all cancers
Cancer can be prevented!! All cancers caused by cigarette smoking and heavy use of alcohol could be prevented completely. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2010 about 171,000 cancer deaths are expected by tobacco use. Certain cancers are related to infectious agents, such as HBV, HPV, HIV, and others, and could be prevented through behavioral changes, vaccines, or antibiotics. In addition, many of the more than 1 million skin cancers that are expected to be diagnosed in 2010 could be prevented by protection from the sun’s rays and avoiding indoor tanning. Regular screening examinations by a health care professional can result in the detection and removal of precancerous growths, as well as the diagnosis of cancers at an early stage, when they are most treatable. Cancers that can be prevented by removal of precancerous tissue include cancers of the cervix, colon, and rectum. Cancers that can be diagnosed early through screening include cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, cervix, prostate, oral cavity, and skin. For breast cancer, colon, rectum, and cervix, early detection has been proven to reduce mortality. A main awareness of breast changes or skin changes may also result in detection of these tumors at earlier stages. Cancers that can be prevented or detected earlier by screening account for at least half of all new cancer cases.

    •    What you can do to help.
There are many things you can to help! You can help out and be active in our community. From making your facebook status to I like it on…. Or from being there for friends and family going through a tough time with someone close in their life experiencing cancer.

    •    SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Now its up to us!!! We need to keep the world updated and enlighten them and educated them about breast cancer!

If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them.  When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?  We have two options, medically and emotionally:  give up, or fight like hell.  ~Lance Armstrong

Submitter's Suggestions:

Let the conversation evolve by starting off talking about breast cancer. Make sure the setting of the program is serious and make sure all the girls are involved in the discussion.