Help Raise Awareness this October and WIN!


Contest – Raise Awareness and WIN!


ContestSince October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are doing our part to raise awareness by featuring good breast health as our topic of focus throughout the entire month.

And now YOU can help raise awareness too by honoring someone in your life who has fought – or is currently fighting a battle against breast cancer.


We have teamed together with our expert contributor Joni Aldrich, cancer widow, author and speaker, and co-founder of Basket of Care.  Basket of Care makes baskets for family and friends to send to cancer patients that they love; containing blankets, pill organizers, thank you cards — when a plant or flower just won’t do.

Nominate your loved one to win a basket from Basket of Care by commenting on this post with the name of the person you are nominating and a brief summary of their story (or your story – how the news of your nominated loved one’s cancer affected you).

At the end of the month of October we will hold a drawing of the nominees and one lucky winner will receive a free basket from Basket of Care delivered to their home.


Your loved one’s basket will include:

  • A warm blanket.
  • A snappy little lunch bag.
  • Cute sticky notes.
  • Note cards.
  • Thank you notes.
  • An angel.
  • A heart picture frame.
  • A reflection journal.
  • Slipper socks.
  • Lotions and lip balm.
  • A copy of two of my books:
    • The Saving of Gordon: Lifelines to W-I-N Against Cancer
    • The Cancer Patient W-I-N Book: Our Cancer Fight Journal


Thank you, Jonie Aldrich and Basket Of Care, for your donation to our contest and for all you do to support cancer survivors and their loved ones!  Read more about Joni and Basket of Care:

Imagine two women touched by cancer, each on their own similar—but separate—missions. Then a mutual friend brings them together. Carol Taylor is a breast cancer survivor. During her post treatment slump, Carol carried a basket of items that she needed around the house with her. Now in remission, she makes baskets for cancer patients going through the same thing. Joni Aldrich ( is a cancer widow, celebrated author of books on surviving cancer and a national speaker. Joni started her business—Basket of Care—after sending a basket to a friend who was unemployed, but needed practical items for his cancer treatment. Now walking together on the same path, Carol and Joni offer baskets for family and friends to send to cancer patients, including such items as Joni’s books, blankets, slipper socks, pill organizers, and thank you cards. The Website is Holiday baskets are available now, and they are better than a fruitcake for saying “I care”.


AlwaysNewYou expects its followers to be honest and respectful of one another. So, in the spirit of honesty and respect, we ask that you don’t try to take advantage of us by creating invalid or “spam” comments. Only comments that we feel are honest and respectful will be counted as an entry.


Help us raise awareness.  We want to hear from you!


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  1. I would like to nominate my friend Kim.

    She is the young Mom of a sweet little daughter. Her diagnosis hit me hard – to imagine the battle she faced before her really struck me. I didn’t know her well when she was diagnosed, but saw her often through our social circles: we attend the same church and our children go to the same school. Since then she is cancer free and is a HUGE advocate in breast cancer awareness. I’m happy to say that I think I know her better now then before – for which I’m grateful.

    Thanks for being such an inspiration, Kim!

  2. Diane Doletzky

    I would like to nominate my friend Eileen. She is a 21 year survivor of breast cancer and a hero.

    Eileen is very open about her battle with this horrid illness if you ask her about it, although she does not put herself ” out there” as a victim. I knew her for only a short time before she told me about getting her diagnosis, and loosing her breast. I had a lot of questions, and she took all the awkwardness out of sharing such intimate details. She allowed me to see the scar on her chest where her breast had once been. Her honest and brave answers to my questions imprinted the importance of self exams and regular mammograms to my future health and well being.

    I think each time Eileen shares her story of diagnosis and survival, she guarantees one less instance of an undetected or “detected too late” diagnosis of breast cancer. She is a hero for saving the lives of so many like me, who may not have taken this very real threat with the seriousness it warrants.

    • Thank you for your nomination, Diane. It’s true – sometimes we all need a little shake of reality to get through to us the importance of breast self-exams and mammograms. I am grateful to know so many women willing to share their story in order to help others, an inspiration indeed.

  3. I would like to nominate my friend Pat.She has had a reoccurence. She is currently going through stage 4 negative breast cancer treatments and will have surgery the end of the month after already completing 4 chemo treatments.
    Pat has been in an exercise group with me for the last 3 years formed from a study of breast cancer and prostate cancer survivors. When one in the group has a reoccurance it hits us all very hard. Pat’s diagnosis is not great, but her tumor is smaller and she continues to come to exercise class and is an inspiration to us all. In fact she was worried that she would depress us by coming back to class. Far from it we all adore her energy and will.
    Pat did everything according to all her oncologists suggestions and still her cancer came back. It shows how sneaky breast cancer can be and how important a cure is needed. Pat was 2 months shy of her 5 year mark when she was rediagnosed.

    • Thank you for your nomination, Haralee. Pat sounds like a very positive person, which I hope will continue to fuel her strength and hope. A cure is needed, indeed.

  4. I’d like to nominate Eileen Medoff. She’s my neighbor and she went through 5 weeks of radiation with grace and a sense of humor. Every morning she went on the van to Kaiser in Hollywood and returned every afternoon in time to cook her own dinner and have a cocktail
    While she waited for the other people in her vanpool to finish their treatment she walked around the neighborhood picking fruit off the trees. She befriended a Vietnamese woman who barely spoke English but they connected on a soul level. The woman would give her flowers and fruit. We hosted a neighborhood gathering to celebrate the end of her treatment. Eileen detected her lump early, made her decision to have radiation and now is cancer free. I admire her strength and spunk.

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