Komen for the Cure: 6 Months After the Planned Parenthood Storm

It’s been six months since the news broke about Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s changes to its grants policy, resulting in a loss of funding eligibility for Planned Parenthood. Three days later, after a public relations maelstrom and outrage from many of its affiliates, the organization reversed its decision. Impacts to individual Komen affiliates […]

Pink Ink: Boxing Gloves & A Ribbon

Samantha and I met at a rest area on the first day of the 2011 Seattle 3-Day walk. As we chatted over pretzels and purple gatorade, I noticed her tattoo: pink boxing gloves hanging from a pink ribbon. Sam’s got a great sense of humor, but she’s serious when it comes to raising money to […]

Pink Ink: Julie’s Celtic Knot

I met Julie and her mom, Marylucia, at the Komen Puget Sound Grace Notes auction in March. Both of them are breast cancer survivors. Julie’s cousin Titus McKnight is a tattoo artist in St. Paul, MN. He designed this beautiful tattoo beautifully incorporating a pink ribbon into the Celtic knot. I love how her dress […]

Seattle Parks Has Opportunity to Change Mastectomy Stigma

Last week the Seattle Parks Department made the right move with a policy exception allowing Jodi Jaecks, who had a double-mastectomy, to swim without a top. Jodi wanted to regain fitness post-treatment, and tight clothing irritates her scars and recovering nerves. Her argument that she didn’t have breasts or nipples, the body parts that required […]

Pink Ink: A Ribbon & Cross Tattoo for Mom

Sunday’s Race for the Cure was overcast, but warm enough for a few people to go sleeveless. I spotted Richie and his friends after the finish line and asked if I could snap a photo of his pink ribbon tattoo. Richie raced in memory of his mom, Trudy, and his grandmother, Gertie. His family lost […]

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