Think Pink Tea

Tea suppliers and retailers rally to combat breast cancer annually during October.

From an in-home “chari-tea” to benefit Cottage Dreams organized by Steeped Tea host Joanne Bancroft in Minden, Ont., to the more than $1 million in contributions donated by The Republic of Tea to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, many thousands of women show their support through teas during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tea is providing something in return. Hope.

Medical professionals find that green tea offers a range of benefits from lowering blood pressure to killing tumor cells. Research presented last week at the American Association for Cancer Research presented the first evidence of how green tea extract inhibits the growth of breast cancer tumors.

SEE: Cancer Study Reveals Clues to Green Tea Impact

The folks in Broken Arrow, Okla., hosted a Pink Hatter’s Party and fundraiser at the local performing arts center.

The Think Pink Foundation in Australia hosts afternoon tea on Pink Ribbon Day and a conducts a month long online raffle.

In Vancouver, The Urban Tea Merchant, donated 10 percent of the price of its Pink Flamingo Cosmopolitan to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

In Mobile, Ala., the annual Think Pink Tea is about celebrating women who have triumphed over cancer, and honoring those who are undergoing treatment, said Margaret Sullivan, deputy director of business development and outreach at Mitchell Cancer Institute. Men are invited, too, she said. “This is about celebrating women. It’s for anybody. It’s a celebration of the month of October and what it stands for.” 

Their keynote was delivered by Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, a radiation oncologist and breast cancer survivor, and her mother, Davi-Ellen Chabner, also a breast cancer survivor and an author of a series of books on medical terminology. “

Thompson, an entrepreneur, is the CEO of (Breast Friends for Life), a company that makes supply bags, bras and surgical accessories for breast cancer patients.

Source: Tulsa World, The Republic of Tea, Mitchell Cancer Center