Tickled Pink to Raise Awareness

I recently had the had the pleasure of attending , which was held at .

Tickled Pink is in honor of the founder cousin, Carrie Kenney, who lost her battle to breast cancer at the age of 55. Throwing a fun event was the best way for Jodi to keep her cousin’s spirit alive. It is one of the hottest parties for a great cause and this year they were celebrating 12 years.

All participants share the common goal of raising breast cancer and ovarian cancer awareness.Throughout the event there were silent auctions, raffles,and firefighters walking around giving out beads for a donation. All the proceeds benefit , the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

All attendees and participants were dressed to impress in their formal attire and made sure to show respect by wearing pink. There was food showcased from restaurants and bakeries in the Chicagoland area. The entertainment was fantastic, including drag queens and a live band. Jodi made sure the night was successful and that Carrie’s legacy lived on.

If you would like to donate to Bright Pink click .

Here is how to do a breast self- exam from nationalbreastcancer.org:

1) In the Shower 

Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.

2) In Front of a Mirror 

Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.

Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women's breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

3) Lying Down

When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

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