Breast Cancer Awareness Event March 5th 2014

Yolanda Brooks of Sil vous plait Events is hosting an evening in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness. It is on Wednesday March 5th 2014 at Ivy Bar & Kitchen, in Burlington, Ontario. The event is a Soiree & Fashion Show, tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

The event is raising money for Rethink Breast Cancer & the CBCF, which are both worthy causes.

If you purchase tickets through Dancescape in Burlington  Tel.: (905) 633-8808 some of the money will go to my Knot-A-Breast dragonboat team.

This is a win win situation for everyone, a fun evening out and raising funds to boot!

Sil vous plait Events

Sil vous plait Events

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KAB Concert February 22nd 2014

My breast cancer survivor dragonboat team, Knot-A-Breast is holding a very special concert on February 22nd 2014. The performers are Kevin Ernst (a fabulous singer from Waterdown, Ont) Four Over Forty (Acapella group) Nikki Loney and Bianca. It is a lively, entertaining and worthwhile evening out.

The concert is being held at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line, Burlington at 7p.m. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds are going the the team.

You can call me for tickets 905-332-7576/866-290-0821 or get them at the door. I’ve attached the poster (even though it says Draft, it is actually the final poster). I hope you can come and support us. I look forward to seeing you there.KAB Concert Poster FEB 22 2014

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Petitioning the Ministry of Health

I recently sent out a newsletter asking for help with a petition, if you follow my blog and also get a newsletter I apologize for doing it twice, but it is sssooooooo important. Here it is….

It’s a new year and already I’m asking a favour of you. I have been very frustrated over the years with the issue of ADP not covering the Been-A-Boob and I know, if you live in Ontario, you have the same issue. In fact, it’s not just the B-A-B that they won’t cover, it’s ANY breast prosthesis that isn’t made of silicone. 

Even if you don’t live in Ontario you can sign the petition in support of the breast cancer survivors in Ontario.

Anyway, I contacted my MPP Jane McKenna and she is on board with helping us to “encourage” the Ministry of Health to change the policy that ADP adheres to.
To help with the situation I have started a petition so the Minister of Health can see how many of us want to make our own a decisions when it comes to which prosthesis we want to wear, and we shouldn’t be penalized by not getting the grant to help cover the cost. 
The money has been allocated to help us with the expense of going through breast cancer and we should ALL have access to it.
Unfortunately, the way petitions work is that the Government won’t accept any photocopies or e-mailed signatures. They also won’t accept sheets of signatures without the details of the petition at the top.  Therefore, the favour I have to ask you is if you would print copies of the petition get as many signatures as possible and mail it to me, don’t forget to ask all your friends to sign in support of you and all Ontario breast cancer survivors, the more “original” signatures we can get the better.
If you don’t have a printer and would like me to mail you copies, please let me know how many copies you would like.
Mail the petition to:
1396 Royal Drive, Burlington, ON L7P 2G9
The Canadian Cancer Society produces an annual report, included is the estimated number of breast cancer diagnoses. In 2013 the number was 9,300. The mortality rate is going down, thankfully. That means there are more survivors out there, many of which are having to buy a breast prosthesis.
If the ADP policy can be changed to include ANY prosthesis then thousands of woman can be helped.
All they need to do is eliminate the word “silicone” from the policy.
I hope you will take the time to help with this cause, I realize it will cost you to print the petition and then send it to me, but I hope you feel it will be worth it.
I am going to put this on my blog and Facebook page too. The more people I can reach to get involved, the better.
Thanks for your time.
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Breast Cancer Helpline for our friends in the USA

I was sent this by Beverly Vote, Publisher, Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine and wanted to help to pass on the information.



888-753-LBBC (5222)





Living Beyond Breast Cancer expands their helpline live calling hours to Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. to help those in need.


Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) announced it will expand the service hours of its toll-free Breast Cancer Helpline. Starting immediately, women diagnosed with breast cancer can call (888) 753-5222 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and be matched to another woman who has faced a similar diagnosis or circumstance in a confidential and caring setting. Calls received after 9 p.m. eastern or at any time during the weekend are returned within 24 hours. Calls can also be requested online by visiting
“LBBC is committed to making this service more accessible to anyone who would benefit from talking to another woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” says LBBC CEO Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP.
“Another benefit is that our Helpline volunteers can provide additional resources for information and support.” “We are thrilled to expand our Breast Cancer Helpline hours,” said Lynn Ann Folkman, CMP, LBBC’s manager of volunteer programs. “Our goal with the expansion of the Helpline taking calls live is to make this service more immediately accessible to those residing on the West Coast as well as those on the East Coast who are unable to call during daytime hours.”


This expansion comes nearly a year after LBBC’s live Helpline hours were extended to 5 days a week to meet an increase in demand. According to Folkman, the growth of this service occurs in time for the holiday season, when some women might experience “complex emotions related to their breast cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery.  The holidays can be a difficult time for those who are dealing with a new diagnosis and who are eager to connect with someone who understands. I would like to thank our dedicated Helpline volunteers for making this possible.”
ABOUT LIVING BEYOND  BREAST CANCER LBBC’s mission is to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.  National conferences, monthly webinars, regional community meetings, the Guides to Understanding Breast Cancer and a toll-free Breast Cancer Helpline are just a few examples of the services that are provided, always at little or no cost.

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Getting fit after breast cancer

I have connected with a wonderful lady named Carol Michaels. She lives in New Jersey and has a fitness business. What caught my attention is that part of her business deals with post breast cancer exercising, she calls it Recovery Fitness. If you check her website you will see all the great tips and information. If you live in New Jersey please check out the classes. If you don’t, check out her DVDs and also her recently published book. In fact it is so recent that you may have to contact her to see if it’s available yet.

Carol has earned many awards and accolades for the work she does, and I wish her continued success.

If there is a fitness instructor or fitness club that deals with post breast cancer that you would recommend please let me know by either commenting on this blog, or e-mailing me at I will gladly tell the world about them.

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Dancescape – organ transplant recipient

At the Footloose & Fancy Feast event there was a man who had had a double lung transplant in January 2013. He and his wife of 3 weeks danced. It was a wonderful sight. Sarah made a wonderful speech about the importance of organ donation. There is an easy way to make sure you can donate your organs. First, and I think, most important, tell your family because when the time comes they need to know your wishes. Secondly, go to the website and register,

The more of us who donate, the more people will survive because of us. What a legacy that would be, knowing that we have helped to save a life is the best gift anyone can give.

Check out the video from the event to see Sarah and Keith.

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Footloose & Fancy Feast

Last night (November 14th) I had the pleasure of being the guest of Robert Tang & his wife Beverley Cayton-Tang, owners of DanceScape, at an event called Footloose & Fancy Feast. This was the 6th Annual of the event.

I first met them when they contacted me after my appearance on Dragons’ Den. They also appeared on the show, but although like many before and after them, they didn’t make a deal, their business has gone from strength to strength through sheer hard work.

They now have 4 dance studios which are always “hopping” with experienced and wanna be dancers. Dancing is great fun, great exercise and a great stress reliever. Do check them out at  and sign up for dance lessons that will change your life.

Robert’s mother, Judy Tang, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2009 and passed away in August 2012. The DanceScape Endowment Fund (you can find more details under the “about” page on their website) was established to honour her courageous battle. She, along with Robert’s father Aaron, were passionate about the Arts and especially Ballroom & Latin Dancing. (Aaron was at the event dancing and taking photos.)

Their journey has led them to seek out other entrepreneurs and business leaders to work towards a common vision that will advance the technical and business skills of creative artists, and improve the quality of life of members of our community through Arts & Culture, Recreation, and Health Support Services.

When I met Robert and Beverley the Fund was just a dream and I had the pleasure to help with a small donation. Their fundraising activities focus on fun services and products that create personal growth, health & wellness, and financial support for fund beneficiaries: Breast Cancer Survivors; Entrepreneurs from the Creative Arts field; Senior Citizens facing Financial or Health-Related Challenges; and Underpriviliged Youth/Teens & Children. This is a wonderful cause and if you would like to donate please contact Robert, Beverley or myself.

Here is a photo of Robert and Beverley at the event, which was also supported by the Burlington Downtown Business Association. There were 3 restaurants sampling their food, – The Queen’s Head, HoneyWest and Amaya. Other businesses sponsors were Peninsula Ridge with wine samples, Specialty Beer from Nickel Brook Better Bitters, Steeped Tea and Sweetness Cupcake samples. There was even a photographer from Carol Rame Wedding & Event Planners to take your photograph. Other supporting businesses included David Jockheck Jewellers, The Oyster, Beaver & Bulldog, and The Black Pearl Lingerie. We were entertained by The Milton Concert Band Swing Ensemble and Gigs Entertainment.


Footloose & Fancy Feast Nov 14 2013

Footloose & Fancy Feast Nov 14 2013

Congratulations to all involved in making this a wonderful event.

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