I admit I felt a certain jealousy when Laurie at Not Just About Cancer and Rachnel at The Cancer Culture Chronicles both reported they had received a Special Breast Cancer Awareness Partnership Offer from the Creator/President (CP) of Save the JujyFruits.*
The CP proposed that Laurie and Rach guest blog during October. “I have some fun ways to make it a great partnership for both of us AND for the fight against breast cancer,” promised the CP.
Ooooh! Maybe there would be a slumber party? Rach and Laurie have both lost their hair during their treaments–maybe they would swap wigs? Rach is also the the curator of The Pink Boobs Award gallery ( “Featuring the Best of the Worst Pink Ribbon and Breast Cancer Awareness Stuff”). I just knew she would let Laurie play with the Breast Cancer Awareness Frog even though she knows that is MY favorite piece of Art for the Cure EVER.
I was on the verge of texting the CP: “Hey! U Can’t Spell Metastatic Breast Cancer Without ME!” But then Laurie and Rachel said they had both declined the Special Offer.
“No thank you,” Laurie wrote. “I suspect that you didn’t really look at my blog before making this offer. I have metastatic breast cancer – long past the stage where “saving the JujyFruits” is an issue. I may have lost a Jujy (despite your best efforts) but I am alive, which is what matters. Also, while I do have a pretty good sense of humour, I don’t find your products to be amusing (actually, I find those in the men’s section to be distasteful and insensitive). I’d prefer to encourage my readers to donate to organizations that really make a difference and use all the funds (as opposed to 5% of sales) for advocacy, awareness, research and building community. ”
Rach responded via Laurie’s blog: “Having just recently lost the use of my hand due to my metastatic breast cancer, I was trying very hard to think how ‘fun’ my collaboration with the JujyFruit for-profit brand could be,” she wrote. ” Thanks to you though for saving me the trouble of responding to their ridiculous request for guest blog content.”
Katie at Uneasy Pink reported that like me, she, too, had been left bidless during JujyFruit Rush Week, probably because of her position on such things was well known. As a proud purveyor of Wear Black & Save the Rack Metastatic Breast Cancer Bracelets, I assumed I was considered a JujyFruit competitor and therefore an unsuitable collaborator.
So I was just kind of sitting around and sulking that I wasn’t even asked when I GOT IT!
My own e-mail invitation to untold fame, riches and FREE bras. With PINK embellishments!
It was an endorsement deal from Cross My Kumquats*.
“We have partnered with the American Cancer Society to raise funds during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” the marketing director wrote. “We are trying to make a big splash in the market and could really use your help.”
I learned that the Cross My Kumquats’ soft and stretchy material has elicited positive reviews from the postsurgical. “Several customers say our bras are great for use after surgery and treatments because they lay comfortably on the wound. These bras are also considered sporty and would be perfect to wear while participating in team walks and activities. 100% of the profits raised by sales of these styles will be dontated to the American Cancer Society for research into the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of Breast Cancer.”
I read on, eager to learn how the bras might save the rainforests, too, but there was only photos and sale information.
I admit, I was sorely tempted. But ultimately, I responded with my regrets: