[Hooping.org columnist Shannon Herrington is thinking pink for October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month.]
It’s October and everything in the stores is turning pink! If you live under a rock, you might not know that it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you thought the hooping world wasn’t slathered in pink, you’re wrong. Hoops are getting into breast cancer awareness, too! There are a few wonderful people in the hooping world trying to wipe out breast cancer and support breast cancer survivors.
One of the most amazing stories is from Nashville, Tennessee, USA, where Sunny Becks-Crumpton from Discount Hoop Supply and Hooprama started Hooping for Hope. Sunny’s aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Hooping for Hope’s mission is to bring awareness about early breast cancer detection and recovery through hooping and Hooping for Hope works to achieve this through both a local and nationwide program. Locally, they provide hoop fitness programs free of charge for breast cancer survivors. Hooping for Hope also leads a platoon of pinked out hoopers in the Country Music Half Marathon every year. And for anyone outside of Tennessee, Hooping for Hope is giving away free pink hoops for breast cancer survivors. Why? Several studies have shown that exercise is good for breast cancer survivors, and hooping is a great way for survivors to take charge of their own femininity as well. If you like what Hooping For Hope is doing you can donate to the cause.
As part of Hoopnotica’s “Happiness Heals” campaign, they are currently selling a Phoenix hoop in various shades of pink and for every Phoenix hoop sold in the month of October, they’ll donate a hoop to community organizations who aide those effected by the disease including Community Medical Center (Missoula MT) and the Benjamin Center (Los Angeles, CA). Hoopnotica’s CEO Gabriella Redding says, “I am always a fan of cause-based shopping. Whenever I have an opportunity to buy something I really want, and have the opportunity to help others at the same time it makes me feel really, really good.”
Another fantastic company offering pink hoops for the cause is TrinityStarr, owned by Nessa and her husband, Ron, who have a Breast Cancer Awareness Month pink hoop as well. Fifteen dollars of each sale of these pink and white hoops go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help women pay for free mammograms. Nessa explains, “Breast Cancer hits close to home for us. My mom is a Breast Cancer survivor, so we really wanted to find a way to contribute and give back to so many people who’s lives have been affected. This is the first year that we have made hoops to support the fight against Breast Cancer, and we feel this is a great way to share something we love, hooping, while contributing to a great cause. We also feel very passionate about the health and wellness benefits that hooping can bring to one’s personal journey, especially in a time of recovery.” In addition to the hoops, every person who purchases one of these hoops gets placed in a drawing for a Trinity Starr LED hoop as well. And since everyone has been affected by breast cancer, TrinityStarr is also walking in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event with a $5000 donation goal. If anyone would like to join the TrinityStarr team/donate, contact them here. They will be walking with TrinityStarr pink hoops!
Many people have said that hooping has changed their lives, and now hoopers are using that spirit to help survivors find their health, happiness and regain their femininity and sexuality again. When it comes to breast cancer early detection plans are vital for women, so if you don’t have one for yourself, create one now. Even men are not immune when it comes to breast cancer. This disease touches all of us and if you have been touched by the breast cancer cause, there are many opportunities to help. You can offer your services as a hoop dancer to teach a recovery class. You can donate hoops to local breast cancer survivors. You can walk or donate for a cure.