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Fight for the Cure

Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Star Wars Chicks across the globe have been fighting for the cure to eradicate this devastating disease from the lives of women and families everywhere since 1999.

We both pleased and sad to report that we have sold out of Star Wars Chick lapel pins. We greatly appreciate the support of everyone who donated to the Fight for the Cure! campaign. At this time, we do not have any Star Wars Chicks merchandise available, but we hope to work with Lucasfilm in the near future to bring you more official Star Wars Chicks merchandise.

Questions regarding the "Fight for the Cure!" campaign can be addressed to fightforthecure [at] starwarschicks.com

History of the Fight for the Cure campaign

Star Wars Chick

The Star Wars Chicks website began its Fight for the Cure campaign to raise money to help research a cure for breast cancer as well to as raise awareness among potential victims. When Star Wars Chicks co-founder MissJedi conceived the idea of selling a shirt to raise money for this important cause, JediGirl (co-founder and graphic designer) immediately went to work designing something that would represent the female Star Wars fan. The Star Wars Chick was what emerged. Sure, she may appear all feminine and pink, but take a look at that gleam in her eyes. She knows she has power!

In August of 1999, SWC received official word from Lucasfilm Licensing to produce and sell 500 Star Wars Chicks Fight for the Cure t-shirts, the proceeds of which were donated to the Kansas Cancer Institute. On April 29, 2000, Star Wars Chicks presented a check to the Kansas Cancer Institute for $8366.90.

The shirts were sold for $15.00 plus shipping and handling. Star Wars Chicks took pre-orders to assess the shirt size quantities to order. The 500 shirts sold out within a week! Zouire Marketing Group kindly sponsored the campaign, providing the t-shirts and printing at no cost to Star Wars Chicks. The shirts were very well received by all of those around the world who purchased them.

A few months later, Star Wars Chicks sold a series of smaller items, including special SWC bath sets, pens, and bumper stickers. These items were also very popular, and increased the total amount of money raised to support breast cancer research to nearly $10,000.

SWC pin

In the fall of 2004, Star Wars Chicks debuted the Star Wars Chick Lapel Pin. For a donation of $10 USD or more, supporters received our thanks in the form of one of these beautiful enamel pins. Each measured 1 1/4 inches in height (3.18 cm) and was fashioned of high-quality hard enamel set in black nickel.

Within 2 months we were completely sold out, and on February 1, 2005, Crysta mailed a check for $8,418.43 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, who sent us a lovely thank you letter.

Due to overwhelming demand for the Star Wars Chick lapel pin, we commissioned more pins in April of 2005. Those pins were available through December of 2006.

To date, the Star Wars Chicks Fight for the Cure campaign has raised over $25,000. Star Wars Chicks would like to express our most sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped support our Fight for the Cure campaign. We hope you are wearing your Star Wars Chick t-shirts and lapel pins with pride! If you have any questions regarding the Fight for the Cure campaign, please contact us at fightforthecure [at] starwarschicks.com

About breast cancer

Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and the most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of death in American women. Men are generally at low risk for developing breast cancer, but they should also be aware of risk factors, especially family history, and report any changes in their breasts to a physician. Its cause and the means for a cure have remained undiscovered. The incidence and death rates from breast cancer increase with age. 94% of new cases and 96% of deaths reported between 1996 and 2000 occurred in women age 40 and over.

In 1994, it is estimated that 182,000 new cases of female breast cancer were diagnosed, and 46,000 women died from the disease. In 2004, the estimated number of new cases was 267,000, yet only 39,800 women died. Progress in both early detection and treatment of breast cancer has resulted in decreasing mortality rates in most segments of the population; more than 90% of breast cancers are now diagnosed at localized and regional stages, for which five-year survival rates are 97% and 79%, respectively.

Continued progress against breast cancer requires application of existing knowledge on prevention, early detection, and treatment, especially among racial and ethnic minorities and other populations who have not benefited equally from advances in the past, as well as continued research into how to better prevent, detect, and treat the disease.

Facts courtesy of the American Cancer Society

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