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A Brief Update from Mug Headquarters!

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Hello everyone!

I’m back and I’m ready to kick off my 2011 3 Day for the Cure season!

Today, February 4th, is a very important day in the 3 Day world. That’s because exactly 24 weeks from today, the 2011 Boston 3 Day will kick off, starting a wonderful, inspiring and blister-filled 4 months of walking, talking and raising awareness about the need for breast cancer research all across the country. Last year, I made it to 11 different 3 Day events, starting in Boston in July and ending in San Diego in late November. This year, I want to make it to all of them (hopefully with less bumps and bruises along the way!). So today, I am marking not just the start of the 24 week training program, but also my own personal campaign of support for my favorite people in the whole world: the pink people who walk, crew and volunteer in the Breast Cancer 3 Day!

*SIGH* So much rain…

Now, officially, the training schedule doesn’t start until next week, which I guess is okay because I hear there’s a lot of snow out there that people are dealing with. Here in Atlanta, we just have lots of cold, cold rain. Now, one thing I learned last year was that training in the rain is VERY important since it rains ALL THE TIME on the 3 Day. But, for now, we all have a pass on that until next week. So instead of lacing up our sneakers/mug carrier bags and hitting the road, I have two very important things that I want to tell you about instead:

1, Today is World Cancer Day! World Cancer Day takes place every February 4th and was started by the World Health Organization (or WHO) in 2005 to help the International Union Against Cancer (or UICC) to promote ways to ease the global health burden of cancer. The smart people at the UICC recognize that many forms of cancer are preventable if we can help educate others while taking small, regular measures to protect our own health as well. Things like not smoking, exercising regularly and wearing sunscreen every day – you know, stuff us smart people and Mugs are doing already (or at least SHOULD be!). As a very passionate activist Mug, I encourage you to help mark World Cancer Day in some small way. Read over the World Cancer Day website and consider signing their World Cancer Declaration while you’re there. Educate yourself about how you can help protect yourself from developing cancer in the future. And most importantly, consider donating to a cancer-related charity like Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The American Cancer Society or Stand Up 2 Cancer. You can find a whole list of cancer organizations on the National Cancer Institute website, here. Pick your favorite (or favorites) and DONATE!

2, It is ALSO National WEAR RED Day, an event designed to promote awareness about women’s heart health. National WEAR RED day happens on the first Friday of every February, since February is American Health Month. You can remember that because in February we also celebrate hearts, in a different way, on Valentine’s Day! Now, the ribbon on my front is pink for breast cancer awareness, but I am really a Mug who cares about promoting good health habits all around! I may be decked out in pink, but I care about your heart too! I mean, did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in America?! That’s just not right! We need to be just as proactive about raising money for heart health research as we are about raising money for breast cancer research – as Mom likes to say, any research funding that helps advance our knowledge about human health is money well spent! So today, wear your sassiest red high heels or red dress and help to spread the word about the importance of taking care of your heart – you won’t get very far without it! And when you have a minute, read over the National WEAR RED Day website and consider donating to the American Heart Association too.

As for me, since the start of my 3 Day training has been waylaid by all this crazy rain, I’m going to “wear” this warm red blanket for a nice long nap – AFTER I donate to these very important causes, of course!

Wearing my best red blanket for heart health!

Hope you all have a great day and I’ll be back soon – I STILL have to tell you guys all about my adventures last fall as I crisscrossed the country!

~ Mug


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February 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm

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Rocking the Fundraising with the Coconutter Strutters!

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What an adventure so far!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was shipped in the most glorious cloud of bubble wrap (thanks to the FedEx guy!) to spend a couple weeks in Michigan with Team Coconutter Strutters before heading to the Michigan 3 Day for the Cure.  The weekend before the Michigan event, I was honored to spend the evening at the Third Annual ‘Passionate About Pink’ fundraising concert with Coconutter teammates!

Vanessa says for me to say an extra special “Thank You!” to G Jais Jook Joint Blues Band, Tracy Mack, DJ Jen & Hana Halhas who kept everyone singing, smiling, toe-tapping and dancing all night — it was so much fun!

Rock on Michigan!

In addition to getting to know my teammates before the big 3 Day walk, I also made some great new friends at the party.  One of my new friends caught my eye immediately – we were both decked out in pink, my signature color!

My new friend Lil' Miss Martini!

We got a little silly at the party...

I also made a second friend, Pink Ribbon Duck!  Pink Ribbon Duck is a great advocate for helping me “duck breast cancer”!

Hanging out with my new friend Pink Ribbon Duck!

There were also a lot of great fashions to check out at the party.  If I could wear a t-shirt, it would defiantly be this one:

The front of the shirt...

And the back! Isn't it great?

I also think I would look particularly HOT in these awesome socks (ya know, if I had feet!):

I just LOVE these socks!

But I guess since the t-shirt doesn’t fit and the socks don’t fit, I will just have to settle for a classic pair of Team Coconutter Strutters “Dealy-Boopers”!

As they say, you can always tell a Coconut by their Dealy-Boopers!

I had so much fun getting to know my new teammates at the party.  Here are some of the Coconuts that I was hanging out with tonight.  Would you believe they all went to high school together?  They’re just like Mom and her Relentless Optimism teammates!

My Coconut teammates!

In between sets of the concert, the Coconuts paraded around the room asking for donations.  They even had big pink buckets just for the occasion – I think they might be long lost cousins!

Fill those buckets with donations, folks!

While the ladies worked the pink buckets, I was in charge of collecting donations at the table.  There was so much money coming in, I was getting overwhelmed!

So much money! Good thing it's for such a great cause!

In the end, it might have gotten a little crazy at times, but it was a ton of fun!  We ultimately raised $500 to help in the fight against breast cancer.  What a successful night!

Great job, Coconutter Strutters!

Vanessa taught me a new Chinese Proverb: “The journey is the reward!”  I think that perfectly sums up my night at the Passionate About Pink concert.  And now that I’m an official Coconut (Dealy-Boppers and all!), I would like to say on behalf of my new teammates that we are so thankful for all of our supporters and friends that we have made along this journey!

The Coconuts have now wrapped up their fundraising for the Michigan 3 Day.  BUT – the Coconuts will also be strutting their stuff at the Arizona walk later this fall.  If you would like to help contribute to the Coconutter Strutters fundraising goals for their Arizona event, you can do so here.

Thanks for a great night Coconuts – see you soon at the big walk!

Thank you Vanessa DeKoekKoek for taking good of Mug in Michigan and for sharing all of these great photos!

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August 8, 2010 at 10:00 am

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My Cousin, Daddy’s Mug

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In addition to my boring Cousin Coffee Cup, I also have another Mug cousin who goes by  the name Daddy’s Mug.  Niblette created Daddy’s Mug in honor of her Daddy who is a soldier in the war in Afghanistan.  Niblette saw how much joy I was bringing to everyone around here and she wanted to make sure that her Daddy had some of that love with him while he was away as well!

This is my Cousin, Daddy's Mug. Isn't her camo paint cute?

Daddy’s Mug officially shipped out to Afghanistan today.  I hope that my cousin has a safe trip and that everyone fighting over there comes home very soon, safe and sound.

Good luck Cousin!  Be sure to write all about your adventures – Afghanistan sounds VERY OTP!

~ 3 Day Mug

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July 11, 2010 at 8:00 am

Time to Give Blood!

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As you can probably tell from my awesome pink ribbon, I am a Mug who likes to help others in need and to do good deeds!  Usually, I focus my efforts on helping Mom, Aunt Julie and their fellow 3 Day walkers and crew members to raise as much money as possible for breast cancer research.  But today, I got the opportunity to help out in a new way – Aunt Julie and I went to give blood!

Ooh, they have Nutter Butters here!

Unfortunately, it turns out that my iron levels were a little too low to give blood today.  Lucky for me, the nice people at the blood drive still let me have my very favorite thing in the whole world – Nutter Butters!  YUMMY!

Mom says I should remind everyone that if you would like to give blood like Aunt Julie, you can find your closest Red Cross donation location here.  It’s good to do good!

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June 23, 2010 at 9:00 am

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