Early Detection Saves Lives! #PhilipsBCA @PhilipsHealth #Giveaway #Ad

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Philips Healthcare. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

My Mammography Story:

    Many of you have virtually held my hand recently when I went through my first mammogram screening and callback scare.  Although it was terrifying to worry about possibly being told I have breast cancer, I am aware that early detection saves lives and the earlier, the better.  That is why Philips is taking action to fight breast cancer by raising awareness through education, empowerment, and encouragement.

My Great-Grandmother in Spain.

    I never imagined that I would be getting my first mammogram at age 36 but, this summer when I had my yearly gynecological appointment, I shared on my health screening form that my paternal great-grandmother had died of breast cancer.  As a result, my gynecologist gave me the option of having an initial mammogram screening before age 40 due to the family history.  Believe me, I was very scared but I knew that it was better to be proactive and take hold of my health care.

A Company That Cares:

    Companies like Philips understand that women are human beings and they are interested in helping to improve our lives through meaningful innovation.  This includes personalizing your breast care so that you are not just another patient but treated like somebody’s mother, sister, daughter and wife.  Their focus, when it comes to breast cancer awareness, is early detection and individualized care for every woman.

    Their imaging solutions give the complete picture, helping make diagnoses, less invasive therapy and personalized care a reality for every woman. For example, Philips’ MicroDose Mammography delivers high-quality breast images at a low radiation dose. MicroDose Mammography is also designed to provide a less stressful mammography experience.  This definitely means a lot to me because getting a mammogram was extremely nerve wracking.

Taking Action To Fight Breast Cancer:

  • In 2013, Philips continues to support Breast Cancer Awareness through its global, multi-year program
  • 2013 marks the second year of Philips’ long-term commitment to improving the lives of people around the world by supporting Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Through its support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Philips wants to raise awareness for the importance of early detection, facilitate free testing to women and support ground-breaking international research through donations
  • Building on the technology, expertise and passion across its three sectors – Healthcare, Lighting and Consumer Lifestyle – Philips hopes to add meaningful and sustainable value to the cause and help drive the fight against breast cancer.

Philips Global Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign:

    As part of their campaign, Philips will be lighting up landmarks around the world in pink which is the official color of breast cancer awareness.  They will also be helping to raise money for breast cancer research.  More importantly, their goal is to initiate the conversation about how important early detection and low dose mammography screening technology is to all women.  After all, a single image can help reveal breast cancer before it reaches a critical stage. A single image can change a woman’s life…

    To become part of this important dialogue about breast cancer awareness, please like Philips Health on Facebook and Twitter.  Help to make early detection and personalized care a reality for every woman.

Let’s Discuss:  How would you use this money to do some good and raise awareness in your community?


Our sponsor is giving away a $100 gift card to one reader of Tough Cookie Mommy to use toward good!  Maybe buy groceries for a local shelter or donate to his/her local Breast Cancer Research Facility!a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure:  This is part of a compensated campaign with Philips Healthcare.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.  I only recommend products or services I use personally and I believe will be “family friendly.” I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  1. Janet Watson says

    I would use this gift card to buy some new toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation. Every year I want to help but am so low on money, so this would allow me to give back.

  2. Janet Watson says

    Entered Celebrate Hispanic Heritage With Diversity On Demand! #DiversityOnDemand #Giveaway

  3. Lisa Brown says

    i would buy groceries and donate them to our local food bank

  4. I would use it to buy books for our local library or even my child’s school library.

  5. I pick up items throughout the year to put in a box or boxes that I give to a needy family for the holidays. I could use this money to add to that, maybe even including the makings of a holiday meal in the box this year! How wonderful would that be?!

  6. I had a mammogram at age 36 as well, but not because of family history. My doctor told me they’re recommending baseline mammograms for anyone over 35. They found a mass, and I was really scared. After having surgery, I was told it was benign, luckily. But I had a few unpleasant weeks last summer.

    Our family dentist passed away last month from breast cancer. She was a big proponent of the toys for tots program, so I would donate toys in her name.

    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

  7. I entered your Diversity on Demand giveaway as well.

    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

  8. I would use the money to donate groceries to a friend in need, I often try to do things for others but its impossible to help everyone sadly. I am also currently purchasing toys to donate for Christmas.

  9. I would you use the money from this giveaway to get groceries for local shelters and toys for incoming toy drive.

  10. I would buy some much needed supplies for our Montessori school.

  11. Terry My Journey With Candida says

    Mammograms have sure come a long way from when I used to get them. They are so much easier and much more reliable than before. I think all women should be sure to get their yearly mammogram.

  12. Slap Dash Mom says

    I love this campaign! You’re right, early detection is key! I’m glad you posted this. My wife doesn’t want to hear it when it comes to mammogram related stuff but she will be 34 in a month so she needs to get one soon.

  13. I would buy groceries and donate them to our local food pantry. I entered your Diversity On Demand giveaway

  14. Katherine Bartlett says

    Early detection is key. My grandmother got breast cancer when she was 86 and she beat it!

  15. Daisy Tremorev says

    I would use the gift card to buy some surprises to take to the hospital. It’s a fun trend around here where people volunteer to go decorate hospital rooms and nice things for people.

  16. I would donate a bunch of new supplies to my child’s classroom so that the parents don’t need to

  17. Lisa Brown says

    entered diversity on demand Hispanic heritage

  18. steve weber says

    I would use it for breast cancer research. my mom passed away 2 years ago from breast cancer.

  19. Christine M says

    Our community is always holding special collection events: fill a backpack, food pantry, holiday giving tree. I would use it towards fulfilling some holiday wishes!

  20. Christine M says

    I entered state farm giveaway.

  21. Even seeing a picture of that machine makes me cringe. That is how painful it is for me. I am happy to hear that this company is helping in whatever way it can.

  22. This is such an important cause. I have had to start mammograms early too because of the cancer risk in our family.

  23. While no woman really wants to have to have a mammogram, it is imperative that we all do it. I feel the best use for the money would be to allow women that are less fortunate the ability to get tested and help save lives.

  24. I think I’d help a local charity that helps domestic violence victims.

  25. Denise Taylor-Dennis says

    I would like to help a friend who is going through a tough time.

  26. Denise Taylor-Dennis says

    I entered the Hispanic Diversity On Demand giveaway

  27. To do good in my community, I’d use the card for our local Ronald McDonald House. We were frequent visitors there at one time, and my late daughter loved to go there and cook dinner for the residents or help out in some way. It’d be a nice way to honor her memory and I know she’d be proud.

  28. I would maybe use it to buy some food and clothes for a local shelter

  29. I entered the Diversity on Demand giveaway

  30. Thomas Murphy says

    I would use the money to buy food for my local shelter. They can always use more food.

  31. Early detection sure does save lives. It’s nice of Philips to bring awareness to the issue. If I won I’ll probably give it to my church who usually do a soup kitchen.

  32. AmandaSakovitz says

    I would buy food and donate it to my town’s food pantry

  33. I would gift to our local charity for use. So many people are affected by layoffs right now, there’s great need in our community for any level of assistance!

  34. My Mother-in-law recently went in a nursing home and I found out they have a X-Mas party for them.I’ve been buying things for them to be able to buy for themselves and gifts for them to give to their Families.This would really help to buy more goodies for them,!They actually don’t buy,but they give them tickets to get what they want!

  35. I entered Celebrate My Drive Giveaway

  36. Early detection definitely saves lives. It did in my grandmother’s case! Things could have gone in a completely different direction if she hadn’t gone for her routine mammo and they caught the lump in the very early stages!

  37. I am so fortunate to have no huge problems in my life right now. Several friends and family members have serious health issues. I would like to use this card to help a friend that is undergoing chemo and has 4 school age children. She could use it for gas, food, etc.

  38. I would like to buy gift items for women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and donate those to the Betty Ford Breast Care Services center here in my city. I think dry shampoo, silky eye masks, and some natural lip balm inside gift bags would be nice.

  39. Lean Lacaba says

    I never knew Philipps were involved with breast cancer. It really does help when you detect it early, before it could get worse.

  40. I would use it for our churches food pantry. The holidays are coming up, so this would come in handy for meals.

  41. Healy Harpster says

    I would say donate the money that is related to breast cancer research.. It will be great!

  42. Dawn Spatulas On Parade says

    Give the money so that women without insurance could get a free mammogram.

  43. i would help my friend out

  44. My hrandmother had bc at age around 40. My mom is in her50s and has never had a mammogram. She really needs to.

  45. I would use to help my local women’s shelter. I would give it to them to help towards food or winter clothing for the women who need some help.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  46. Melanie Roberts says

    YES… it deff. saves life with early detection; I would use the money to raise money; like enter Breast Cancer walks, marathon and help people enter with the money that want to help but can’t afford the dues… Spread the word ..

  47. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    I Would Use It To Buy Items To Donate To A Local Women’s Shelter. Personal Health Care Items Are Really Needed And This Would Be A Great Way To Make A Difference!

  48. A family from our church is having a very difficult time. The mom of 7 recently had a heart attack and is in a coma. I would donate it to her family.


  50. Kathy Cavanagh Dalton says

    i will help by sponsoring a family this Christmas. In 1998 i lost everything to fi and the locals in town helped me rebuild our lives. It would be wonderful to give back

  51. Kathy Cavanagh Dalton says

    I have also entered state farm giveaway

  52. margaretsmith says

    Our church during the holidays have a tree with tags on it of families that need a little help. They list the children’s names, ages and sizes. I’d like to be generous and spend all the money on one of these families. I think it would also be great to bring my kids along to help me pick out items and so they can see that it’s nice to spread the love.

  53. I live at the Jersey Shore which was devastated last year by Hurricane Sandy. Times are still tough for a lot of people and I would use the money to donate food to our local food bank. I would use sales & coupons and try to stretch the dollar so more food could be donated.

  54. Elayna Spruill says

    I want to use it to get more food and supplies to the Louisville Metro Animal Shelter. They are in great need of support. After adopting our fur-baby from there, 4 years ago, I have been trying to help them as much as I can ever since.

  55. Kimberly Deallovingrandma Stcl says

    Toys for Tots

  56. sarah hirsch says

    i would have my kids pick some toys to give away to charity

  57. Courtney Bella says

    probably get some toys for some family mehbers who can’t afford xmas gifts. probably at walmart or the thrift shop down the street. They really can’t afford anything for their kids

  58. Our food bank has taken a hit since they our local Dept. of Social services have switched over their computer system so many people have been affected by not receiving food benefits, so they have been referring people to food banks and local churches and organizations that are all now down to bare shelves so I would help put food on the shelves

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  59. I could use it to make a donation to our local food pantry. It does so much good to provide meals for the needy in our area.

  60. Judy Gardner says

    i could donate some to our local food bank. they always seem to be running low on food and i would be nice to be able to donate now because they need help year round, not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  61. Thomas Murphy says

    I entered the DiversityOnDemand giveaway.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  62. Stephanie Gossett says

    I would buy Christmas gifts for families I know that are struggling hard!

    [email protected]

  63. There have been a number of new moms in my neighborhood – my friend had a girl after 3 boys, and my other friend had a boy (and her son is <2). So a big part of what our community does is arrange meals for them. I will be helping out with some meals and will use this to buy some dishes for them.

  64. I would buy a needy elderly person some Christmas groceries. No one should have to go hungry! Sharing is good for you, I believe- somehow, in the long run!

  65. Celebrate My Drive State Farm is the other giveaway I entered.

  66. Tammi Velez says

    In our community we have a sharing center at a church. The kids take canned food, etc. to school and it gets donated to the sharing center. We also do runs to Panera bread weekly for bread and buy things from the local food bank. I would love to donate more to the sharing center, and this would be a great way to do it.

  67. Christmas time is coming up — it’s the perfect time to load up on goodies for Operation Christmas Child or for your local food bank.

  68. Jessica B. says

    I would love to donate toys to Toys For Tots at Christmas time. I’d also use it to bake cookies for a neighbor in need of a good cheer.

  69. I would love to buy some groceries for the local food pantry. They are hurting with the shutdown and might not recover immediately.

  70. Blessie Nelson says

    I work with the people who don’t have homes and live in shelters every week. They don’t have health insurance, so I help take care of their health. I would love to use this money to help the group who organize this outreach and stock up on the medicines to give to them for free when they come with health complaints.

  71. I would buy food and clothing and other items with it and donate to a women’s home

  72. Allison Downes says

    I would do some good by buying groceries to donate to our local food pantry to help those in need. Or I would buy toys to donate for toys for tots since Christmas is almost here. Thank you for the opportunity to win this

  73. I would use it for Christmas and let my boys each choose an angel from the Angel Tree to buy a gift for.

  74. Sandy VanHoey says

    I like donating to our local food pantry. Love using my coupons to get lots of extras for cheap so I can get more. Also, USPS comes once a year for food so we leave bags out by out mailbox

  75. Sandy VanHoey says

    I entered Diversity on Demand

  76. I entered Diversity on Demand

  77. I’d use the money to buy toys and donate to Toys for Tots

  78. kelly Nicholson says

    How would you use the money from this giveaway to do some good in your community?

    im pretty selfish..i give when i can

  79. I would use it to buy extra bathroom items for the local food bank.

  80. Betsy Barnes says

    If I won, I would purchase canned goods and baby products when they go on sale, donating them all to my local food bank. With the high cost of foods, it has become very difficult fr families to put food on their tables 🙂

  81. I volunteer and I would get my fellow volunteer-ers some morning coffee!

  82. tannawings says

    I donate to Toys for Tots every year and would use it there. I save all year and try and get the kids nice things. The Salvation Army down the street distributes and I have seen the kids playing with some of the toys which is really neat!

    ellen beck on rafflecopter

  83. Stephanie Larison says

    I would use it to buy toys for Toys For Tots, we do it every year with the help of my daughter. We have a few ready for this season, but the more the better!

  84. jalapenomama says

    I would split this between Toys for Tots and the Holiday Christmas basket.
    Both of these great programs are done where I volunteer.
    Thank you.
    Rafflecopter name Barbara Montag

  85. If I were to win I would buy some stuff at the grocery store to put in a Christmas Basket,then with the rest I would buy toys to donate too.

  86. amypugmire says

    I would love to give it to a family in need for the holidays.

  87. Stephanie Phelps says

    I would use to help a family in need and effected by cancer in my church by buying them groceries

  88. Joni Dolniak says

    I would buy toys for “Toys for Tots.” One great organization.

  89. BohemianBabushka says

    There’s a local group “Operation Santa Claus” that makes sure needy families have a decent holiday. I would give this very worthy cause the GC.

  90. I would buy some groceries and donate to the food bank

  91. I would use it for fabric. I have been making clothes for mothers and babies in Haiti-the fabric is donated and typically musty and not attractive, from old cellars. I have been wanting to make things for local disadvantaged teens, fabric flower headbands, cute pillows, etc. I already make and give them away, such as homemade fleece mittens, etc. I could do more of it with some fabric.

  92. amy williams says

    I would help someone in need with groceries that seems to be the hardest thing right now in my town after bills no money for food

  93. I would donate it food banks or buy canned goods and give it to food banks. I would also buy some toys for toys for tots.

  94. Abfantom Fantom says

    If I won, I would buy Christmas gifts for our adopt a family from church

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  95. Abfantom Fantom says

    I entered the Mission Gift Of Sleep Accomplished! Pampers Pampers Giveaway

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  96. Our food banks can always use money to buy food for people. I contribute at least once a month.

    Thanks for the contest.

  97. i would donate to our local animal shelter, Paws, they are non profit

  98. coupontammy says

    I would donate this to my daughter’s school’s Outreach Program. It’s goal is to provide students and their families with meals for the holiday’s and if possible to provide each member of the family with one gift. We have always supported this cause in the past.

  99. jalapenomama says

    Entered you Soybean Oil giveaway – thank you.
    Form name Barbara Montag

  100. coupontammy says

    I entered the Soybean Oil giveaway.

  101. I entered

    The Little Mermaid Enchants A Whole New Generation! #Giveaway.

  102. sohamolina says

    Wi will donate to the Food Pantry.

  103. There is a fund raiser in the spring for breast cancer – I would use it for the fundraiser.

  104. usnamom2014 says

    I would use the gift card to buy presents for children on our Angel tree at church at Christmas time.

  105. I might use the card to buy groceries for a local pantry. I keep hearing about how low their stock is due to the hard times locally. Or possibly might just adopt one family to help out with. I always like that too.

  106. I would use the card to help our new American Heritage Girl troop get started. They would probably use it to buy flags.

  107. I’d donate some to my favorite animal shelter

  108. Rebecca Williams Parsons says

    In my town there is this man who is called the “bread man” he is a such a blessing to this community. He buys food for people who can’t afford groceries, he gives rides to younger kids for them to go to work and I have never met him but have seen and heard what a great person he is. I know it would be a blessing for him to receive this so he can continue to do what he does.

  109. Jill Myrick says

    I have a friend that is currently going through Chemo for breast cancer.
    I would take her out for the day and make it all about her.
    I would take her to her favorite place for lunch, buy her a new outfit and that new hat that she has been wanting. And finish the day with dessert and latte.


  110. I would donate to the animal shelter. Cause I love animals!

  111. get food for our church drive

  112. Rebecca Peters says

    I would donate it to a womans shelter

  113. AmandaSakovitz says

    I entered the pounce app giveaway

  114. Richard Hicks says

    would donate to the local food pantry

  115. Michelle Tucker says

    I would use it to take out a breast cancer survivor. She could use a pick me up.

  116. I’d would buy lunch for uniformed military that come into our local sandwich shop
    Melanie Montgomery

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