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Pink Ribbons 
Nov. 9, 2012 6:09 pm 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2012 8:05 pm

"... not to beat a dead horse over this, but just take a look at the pink campagne. They have taken a terrible disease, pulled at the average joe's heart strings for all the survivors and family, now look at how the corporations have taken it over via promos, advertising, etc, etc. ..."

This quote is from the current blog post of Baking Nana and a comment by Redneck Gramma. I was infuriated when I read it. No. Not at anything Redneck Gramma said, but at the for profit entities that have chosen a cause and have begun driving it into the ground.

When I see any cancer ribbon on a package, it must say a certain percentage of profits or, a certain ammount from the purcase will be donated to the cause. Nothing ambiguous like "a donation will be made" (which could be one dollar) or "we support breast cancer research" which could only be a cheer not unlike, "you go girl!" The label that displays any cancer ribbon better say why they are displaying it and in what manner they support the cause or I will not buy their product.

I don't mind them making money in the name of cancer research as long as they share their gain. After all, private corporations are the greatest contributors to cancer research and support to cancer survivors and their families. At every Relay for Life and at every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and every Walk for the Cure the evidence of corporate generosity is manifested in the hundreds of thousands of dollars they have contributed. Across our nation that becomes many millions of dollars.

 So many of us would be dead had it not been for our corporations. My complaint is for the unscrupulous, selfish and misleading packaging of too many commercial entities. The pink ribbon is an internationally recognized symbol of hope and they want it to become like a year long Santa Clause season.

Cancer, cancer awareness and cancer survivorship, as many of you know, are topics very close to me. Cancer has taken family and friends in it's merciless destruction of life or well being. It has raised it's hand against me once and is trying to again. To have uncaring corporates make a promotion of it disgusts me beyond words and, I hope, it disgusts you, as well.

When you pick up a package bearing a cancer ribbon, look it over to see if the label says what they are doing for cancer and decide whether or not you will buy the product. There's getting to be too many entities who, for no investment, are misleading us to believe they are good guys so they can part us from our money. As consumers, we can weed them out and, if possible, have the judicial system, or the public opinion, put them where they belong.
Nov. 9, 2012 6:15 pm
That's why I don't buy pink ribbon stuff unless I need the item. I send my dollars in to a specific location and hope they will do some good! Good blog!
Nov. 9, 2012 6:25 pm
Totally, totally agree. It's become the trendy cause of the year and nothing will stop these large corporations from profiting from it. Disgusting. I hope your post brings awareness, even if to just a handful of people.
Nov. 9, 2012 7:00 pm
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. You really opened my eyes. I've noticed for a while that a lot of products come in "pink". Recently, I've noticed that even unknown-brand, cheap, trinkets in the checkout at the grocery store also bared the pink ribbon packaging and subliminally I suppose, thought that the force of fighting breast cancer was really taking off. I'm so embarrassed to admit that it never occurred to me that a company/corp would be so shallow as to profit from this. Just terrible. Although I realize that some of the larger corporations do in fact donate is pocket change to them and their product benefits from sales anyway with the pink packaging. It's like "free advertisement" for them. I'm so sorry I didn't think clearly about this before. I'm so ashamed. Thank you.
Nov. 9, 2012 7:39 pm
Where ever there is money, there are shady people willing to try to grab a share. My wife is a four year survivor. Stage II breast cancer was discovered in her early 40's. She was very fortunate in that she did not have to have radiation or chemo. But reconstruction was a challenge for her. But she is alive and she is beautiful! We are very careful with whom we align ourselves. We want to make sure that our donations go to the cause we gave it to, not another cause.
Nov. 9, 2012 8:11 pm
Hi Mike, Rant Away!! You are entitled and obviously know what you are talking about. Youre Right, the ribbon is Everywhere and on Everything! I will be more careful. Thank you dear friend!!
Nov. 9, 2012 8:17 pm
To Jayelle, do Not be so hard on yourself! Mike is right, they pull on our hearts and kinda make us feel Guilty if we Don't buy their whatever's. He is correct, we do need to stop a minute before we shell out the dough and make sure They are worthy of Our dough! ! Take care:)
Nov. 9, 2012 8:18 pm
Mikey, hope I didn't over step my foundry:) I felt bad that she felt bad. Love you!
Nov. 9, 2012 8:28 pm
Mike - this is so very timely. As you know I have been doing more than my fair of research into what our food are made from and who make them. I eye the grocery stores a bit differently, yesterday I saw a product that contains both GMOs and trans fats sporting the pink label. Really? Pink sells products! Pink ribbons also represent a quest for health and wellness - not always is that the case. Like Jayelle said, it immediately gives you the sense of "doing a good deed" by purchasing said product....even if that product isn't worth. As you know I am a big cheerleader for "A Cure" and also for prevention. I would like Cat give more directly than through the purchase of a product. Big business knows what sells - pink sells because cancer has touched all of us.
Nov. 9, 2012 8:48 pm
Great point Mike. The latest is the pink lemonade 5-hour energy shot. Not sure how much they donate, but is the product itself healthy?
Nov. 9, 2012 9:37 pm
Every corporation that uses the Pink Ribbon pays a royalty to Breast Cancer Research here in Australia. I would imagine that it is the same in the USA. I buy pink if I need the item if not I don't. No one says you have to buy it,lots of foods are deemed unhealthy but mainly if eaten to excess. I am a breast cancer survivor and believe that any money from anywhere can help. Don't over think it, just help.
Nov. 9, 2012 10:59 pm
Corporations are legal entities and as such, have no heart. The only reason that Inc.s give money to charities is because the giving earns them beaucoup credibility and visibility and the money they give is 100% tax deductible and in fact, is money that if they didn't give it to a charity, would be otherwise paid to the government in taxes. This and other fine facts can be learned in any first year university business class. That businesses are currently trending to breast cancer is because it's trendy to do so and BC has so successfully created the popularity of the pink ribbon logo. I recently bought my wife a trinket for her Pandora bracelet, a BC pink ribbon. The store claimed all profits from the sale of that one were going to BC. Well of course they were. I'm with you one the unscrupulous ones though, didn't realize they'd become so prevalent.
Nov. 10, 2012 3:50 am
Mike i'm so very glad you wrote this,and i'm sorry for you and your battle,cancer took my younger sister at age 49,and it has it's greedy hands on one of my best friends,but isn't winning by a long shot.I used to give to and buy anything pink,but after reading this i will be more aware thanks again.
Nov. 10, 2012 3:55 am
Go Mike, great message. It’s not just corporations as there are plenty of examples of where tax exempt ‘charities’ abuse the public by these emotionally charged donation commercials that when investigated, shows little or no money goes to the cause. A friend and I was talking a few weeks ago about the NFL, and their pink ribbon campaign. One might think an organization like this would at least focus on prostrate cancer for men as much as breast cancer for women. There is a huge marketing opportunity to bring about prostrate cancer awareness as women have done w/ breast cancer, and someone will eventually latch on to it.
Nov. 10, 2012 3:55 am
Concerning corporations having no heart . . . same could be said about tax-exempt entities legal structure as any legal structure has no heart. But there are many good people who work for large organizations, and they do have hearts and contribute mightily to United Way, American Red Cross and the like. I never confuse buying a needed product with buying it because of some cause they promote. Rather than buy something not needed or wanted, I would rather all that money go directly to the cause as that will bring about the most bang for the buck.
Nov. 10, 2012 4:30 am
I think the idea started out well intentioned but quickly gave way to profit enhancement for corporations. My parents both had cancer, mom breast and my mom also had Alzheimer's. I much prefer to volunteer my time these days as opposed to purchasing products. We have an Alzheimer's walk happening this weekend and I am going with my family to volunteer for the clean up team. We support monetarily through other venues we feel are more reputable and have spent some time investigating their money trail. That being said - I was at the store the other day with my 12 yo and we were buying yogurt. She was very insistent that we buy the pink lid yogurt and send them in. She read the label, liked the donation effort and we put 2 dozen of them in the cart. My daughter was thrilled at the thought of her contributing 10 cents per lid and walked away happily calculating her contribution. When faced with a choice, on a product I would buy normally (yogurt no particular brand) I can be swayed IF the offer and organization is sound IMO. I do NOT impulse buy anything just because it sports a pink ribbon.
Nov. 10, 2012 6:02 am
Good blog! I really hadn't thought about this much, but now I have. Thanks for making me think, Mike!
Nov. 10, 2012 8:10 am
Great Blog Mike! Here in Colorado a person went to a movie theater and killed and injured people. So crazy. My point is there was fundraising for the victims. Some shady people decided to make money on this and the victims never saw any or only a little of the money. I get so angry when I read about such things and the pink ribbon is on my list of What the H_ _ _!
Nov. 10, 2012 6:14 pm
No kidding! I saw that 5 hour energy drink and thought WTH! It isn't good for you according to the info I have seen. Sad to think marketing can so influence us. Maybe because we assume they are telling us the truth.
Nov. 11, 2012 8:05 pm
Great Blog :) I do like to know what percentage is going to the charity. Some companies just take advantage of it. We have a sporting store in my town that really made me mad this October. My boys are both in football and during October they each had a game where the players were to wear pink. I went to the store to pick up pink socks for them and all they had were their store brand, no proceeds go to the charity. I continued to go back every day looking for the socks that had the % going towards charity and they kept telling me "We are getting more in stock tomorrow" well tomorrow never came. So they made a lot of money off of their pink socks, as the sales guy told me, because all 3 schools were doing this. $15 dollars a pop for their brand, its sick. They got pushed onto my Never Shop Here list. It's also good to ask when you get a phone call asking for donations. I had a call awhile back wanting a donation to Breast Cancer Research. I asked how much of the donation goes to the charity and it was 1%! No thank you. I was pretty steamed over that one. I learned a while ago to always ask what the percentage is. I will not donate if its less than 95% seeing as how I can go online and donate directly. As far as the items with pink ribbons I buy what I usually buy as there are better ways to donate. I've always looked at it as an extra boost of money for Breast Cancer Research. But I will definitely look next time and see what percentage goes to it.
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At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
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Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
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If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
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