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Thriving Pink: Pinktober gratitude


Nov 28, 2022

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Thriving Pink team of dedicated supporters and board members reached out to many individuals and businesses in Yolo County.

The volunteer-driven organization, which is led by many breast cancer survivors/thrivers, wants to ensure the local nonprofit will continue to grow and sustain its core services and programs.  In October this year, over 140 individuals and businesses in Yolo County participated in and donated to the PINKtober outreach campaign for Thriving Pink. 

Local businesses have been particularly generous knowing that 100% of the donations will stay in this community to directly help local breast cancer survivors.

“I was not even old enough for a mammogram when I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in March 2021. I had moved here from the east coast, away from my family, and found a lump during a self-exam. In the past eighteen months, I went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I am thankful for Thriving Pink and the great support from this community,” said Tatum Clinton-Selin, a Thriving Pink grant recipient. “Thriving Pink’s mentoring program and their Pink Speaker Series workshops led by medical professionals are unparalleled among breast cancer organizations.”

“It is truly heart-warming to see so many generous individuals and businesses making a difference to help local breast cancer survivors thrive,” shares Leslie Hunter, Executive Director of Thriving Pink.

 “As a community owned grocery store, the customers of the Davis Food Co-op truly care about how their money positively impacts their neighbors,” said Vince Marchese, Marketing Manager Davis Food Co-op. “It is important for us, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to show our support through the Round Up at the Register program to raise money for Thriving Pink’s programs to help local breast cancer patients and survivors.”

Jeremy Brooks of Brooks Painting shares, “Giving back is one of our company’s core values.  All of our team members step up to support Thriving Pink. We personally know many who have benefitted from this wonderful organization.” A gift to Thriving Pink is truly a gift our local community.

FIT House, Balance Point Pilates, Get Fit Davis, and Jazzercise Davis were among many local businesses which hosted class fundraisers for the worthy cause.  “We believe Thriving Pink is an incredibly important resource for the women of Yolo County impacted by a diagnosis of breast cancer, as well as for their families,” said Stephanie Tooker Jordan, Jazzercise Davis Owner and Instructor.

We are truly grateful for the many individuals and local businesses who have recently given so generously through our PINKtober fundraising campaign to support Thriving Pink’s services and programs for our breast cancer community. 

Platinum Pink: The George and Lena Valente Foundation; Harris & Mary Yin Liu & Woodland McDonald’s; and In Memory of Ann Murray Paige.

Hot Pink: Blue Sea Resources Inc. & Celeste Hanagan; Brooks Painting Inc. & Jeremy Brooks; Coleman Fung; and Zumbathon Team

Bright Pink: Bobtail Apparel; Davis Ace and Aggie Ace Hardware; Davis Enterprise; Joni Rubin & Robert Wiebe; Katie and Bryan Bolich; Vandergriff Brent Family Fund; and Woodland Sunrise Rotary.

Shining Pink: Caroline & Alden Larsen; Davis Dermatology & Earlyn Noll, M.D.; Davis Food Co-op; FIT House; Gayle Barry; KLJ Studios & Kelly Lynn Jordan; Mainstage Dispensary Davis; Royal Guest Hotels LLC; Suzanne Livers; and Tobias Architecture Inc.

Magenta Pink: Balance Point Pilates & Sevgi Leno; Dawn Casteel & Michael Hughes; Denise Rose; Jazzercise Davis Class; Joan Byard; Manisha Patel; Matthew L. Molitor, DDS, MS; Spa Central & Kelli Fuller; Tom & Jan Uriu-Adams; Vickers Automotive Repair; and the Woodland Police Department.

Pearl Pink: Andrea Mayer; Armadillo Music Inc. & Josh and Athena Chapman; Barbara Robin; Brian Sway; Carbahal & Company & John Carbahal; Carolyn Cole Adams; Chan Family Fund; Circle Z Farms & Kelly Currywood; Clinton Associates & Jim and Barbara Clinton; Ellen Tyler; Haven a Boutique & Rosemarie Leonardi; Jennifer Curtis; Katherine Mayer; Laura Nathan Design; Miles & Renee Rubin; Robert Uriu; SwimAmerica — Davis & Rose Cholewinski; Sinor Mengali Group & Lori Sinor; Stephanie Walter; Valerie Park; and Zia’s Delicatessen (partial list).

“What’s Raised Here, Stays Here,” said Joni Rubin, Thriving Pink board chair. “Our Thriving Pink community is very grateful for the much-needed support.” 

Thriving Pink’s Mentoring Pink Program provides a “Pink Speaker Series” of educational workshops led by medical providers and professional facilitators each month, with Pink Peers and support groups to help newly diagnosed women.  The Granting Pink Program, led by a committee with Rose Cholewinski of SwimAmerica Davis, provides financial assistance with individual grants to directly support local survivors with medical treatment and quality of life care.  The Thriving Pink team appreciates all the dedicated volunteers and supporters who make this all possible. 

“Thriving Pink is also expanding its programs, workshops, and partnerships, over the next few months, with a new Office & Community Room located at 501 2nd Street in Davis downtown,” says Joni Rubin.  “This beautiful space donated by Harris Liu, owner of Woodland McDonald’s, provides a home for our community, and ensures local donations directly help our breast cancer community of survivors and thrivers.”

Thriving Pink’s programs and workshops are provided at no cost to the community.  Everyone is invited to participate and join the Pink Team at these upcoming events. Please email for details and to RSVP. 

* Monday, Nov. 28: 7 to 8 p.m., Pink Speaker Series Workshop, Radical Remission — 10 Healing Factors for Health & Wellness with Karla Mans Giroux, Co-Founder Health Navigators. 

* Monday, Dec. 5: 5 to 7 p.m., Holiday Open House & Pink Ribbon Cutting, Thriving Pink Office & Community Room (501 Second St., downtown Davis)

* Monday, Dec. 12: 7 to 8 p.m., Pink Speaker Series Workshop, Peer to Peer Connection with Denise Rose, MS, Life & Mental Health Coach 

Granting Pink applications to help survivors/thrivers with immediate and direct needs are now available on the Thriving Pink website at and due by the end of January 2023.  Those diagnosed with breast cancer who reside in Yolo County can fill out the straightforward application, or a friend/family member can apply on their behalf for this special recognition and support. This past year, Thriving Pink awarded over $64,000 in individual grants to 35 local women.  Over $191,000 in grants has been awarded in the past five years.  

Until there is a cure, we are committed to our mission to help others throughout this difficult breast cancer journey. Our hearts are full of gratitude for your support and generosity. Donations can be made online at or a check can be mailed to Thriving Pink, P.O. Box 72314, Davis, CA 95617. 

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer or needs support for a recent diagnosis with breast cancer, please contact Thriving Pink at Together, we are building stronger families and a stronger community. Wishing you and your family a wonderful and joyous holiday season. 

— Submitted by the Thriving Pink Board of Directors

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