Ladies and Gentlemen, this month is breast cancer awareness month. I say “and gentlemen” because unfortunately guys are not immune to getting breast cancer. As the active and typically healthy people we are, sometimes we forget that cancer can happen to anyone at any point in our lives. As this is the month to talk about getting checked, living a healthy lifestyle and supporting others with breast cancer, I thought I’d write about Boarding for Breast Cancer.
Here at The House, we carry some gear that supports and donates to a super rad foundation known as Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC), a 501(c)3 non-profit. Boarding for Breast Cancer is a foundation that advocates for early detection, health, active lifestyles and cancer prevention. A little bit about B4BC:
“The inspiration for B4BC was a young woman named Monica Steward, who started her battle with breast cancer at the age of 26 and passed two years later of complications that arose from delayed diagnosis. B4BC’s founders – Lisa Hudson, Kathleen Gasperini, Dawn Kish, and pro-snowboarders Tina Basich and Shannon Dunn – hoped to honor their friend Moni by creating an event that centered around their passions of snowboarding and music while communicating the urgent importance of awareness and education” (www.b4bc.org/about).
Shortly after Moni passed away, Boarding for Breast Cancer hosted a snowboard and music festival in 1996 and received a huge amount of support from the action sports industry prompting them to host it again for the 6 years following. The one single event raised more than $500,000 that was given to beneficiaries that supported cancer research. Through the enormous turnout and donation amount raised, B4BC decided to take their Sierra-at-Tahoe event to other places around the country to raise money and awareness for breast cancer prevention and research.
In 2016, B4BC celebrated their 20th anniversary and still encourages athletes in the outdoor industry to live sustainable and healthy lifestyles. Many action sports industry companies have teamed up with Boarding for Breast Cancer to make products that support the mission of B4BC while also giving a percentage of money that is made from the special edition items to B4BC.
The House is proud to carry some gear that supports and donates to Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC). Below are some super rad products that you will love while also knowing you made a small contribution to a super rad cause, B4BC.
The Milan snowboard bindings for women in the MIDNIGHT BLUE color supports B4BC by donating a percentage of each sale of this binding to B4BC. Personally, I am a huge lover of Union Bindings (I even ride a pair myself), and knowing they give back to support men and women in breast cancer research and support back is a pretty cool feeling. [Buy Here]
Cruise around town on the stylish Arbor Bug Solstice Cruiser Complete knowing that a portion of your purchase from the Arbor Solstice Collection will benefit Boarding for Breast Cancer. Also, how could you not be head-over-heels in love with the graphic on this board?! [Buy Here]
Be strong like a wolf in the Volcom Costus Pullover Hoodie that gives back to B4BC when you purchase the pink colorway. A super cute design that has a little edge without being too over-the-top pink and girly, you’ll want to wear this comfortable hoodie all day and night, every day of the year. [Buy Here]
The name of this beanie says it all. A beanie designed for and inspired by B4BC’s mission, this Coal B4BC SE is super soft and fluffy that will be sure to keep your head warm all winter long. The black colorway even features a B4BC tag on the side, versus the normal COAL one, which adds a nice little touch to the hat. [Buy Here]
Check out our website or our showroom this October and through the season to purchase these B4BC items and support a cause for individuals like you who love boarding. Also check out B4BC.org to see how you can get involved in helping support their mission. Most importantly, don’t forget to check yourself regularly and get yourself checked out by a health professional!
With love to all those who are currently fighting breast cancer, who have before and who will in the future, stay strong and know the love and support is there for you!
PS!..Many brands carrying a B4BC product or a line of products are sold at The House such as Arbor, Coal, Dakine, GNU, Liquid Force, Nixon, Smith, Stance, The North Face, ThirtyTwo, Union Binding Company, Volcom and VonZipper. Don’t forget to make sure your product is donating to B4BC when purchasing.