Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Buying Bagels to Fight Cancer

I don't think it will come as any big surprise that Cancer, well sucks. I, like most people, have had it touch the ones I love. Some, I am so proud to say have beat it, some have not been so lucky and others are still in the trenches fighting the toughest battle of their lives. I have never felt so helpless than watching my family and friends endure hardship. My typical fix of making dinners or baking treats seem so frivolous and I know all the baking in the world will not make the pain go away.

Well, perhaps until now.

Breast Cancer is just one type of cancer but has effected both sides of my family. A cause, like so many, that is near and dear to my heart. October will be here in a few days. An entire month to help raise Breast Cancer awareness and pink will be everywhere. Several great opportunities to participate in ways to raise funds for research to help find a cure. These donations are making a difference. I heard just yesterday scientists were able to classify 4 types of Breast Cancer which will hopefully lead to narrowing down which treatment option works best for each type.

There will be walks, runs, rides, dances, and drives galore. But none so easy as this:

Monday, October 1st


100% of the proceeds of each Pink Ribbon Bagel
purchased at Panera Bread will go to the
American Cancer Society.

So if you ever think, "I should bring bagels into the office today," Monday, is the day to do it. Then you all can sign up for a walk and burn off the carbs. Here is the fine print and full details of this yummy campaign you can take a bite of.

Panera Bread kicks off the 11th Annual Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign with “Pink Ribbon Bagel Day” on Monday, October 1 to support the American Cancer Society of Southwest Ohio and breast cancer research as part of a month-long campaign. Panera Bread will donate 100 percent of proceeds from its signature Pink Ribbon Bagel sold on Oct. 1 to the American Cancer Society as part of the company’s commitment to the Cincinnati community. For the remainder of October, Panera Bread will donate ten cents of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold.

The Pink Ribbon Bagel is baked fresh each morning in the shape of the iconic pink ribbon, featuring cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar. The bagel was developed by Sue Stees in 2001 to help support breast cancer research. Stees is a breast cancer survivor and one of Panera Bread’s first franchisees. To find out if a Panera Bread near you is participating, visit http://www.panera-ohio.com.

Panera Bread, known for its artisan breads and fresh salads and sandwiches, was recently named Most Popular and No. 1 for Best Facilities, Best Healthy Options and Best Salads (for chain restaurants with less than 5,000 outlets) by Zagat; “Healthiest Fast Food” restaurant by Health magazine; and one of Parents magazine’s “Ten Best Fast-Casual Family Restaurants.” Breads of the World, LLC, Panera Bread’s local franchisee, operates 19 Cincinnati-area bakery-cafes. For more information and bakery-cafe locations, visit www.panera-ohio.com.


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