SWC’s Battle Against Breast Cancer!
Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer in American women. It rarely occurs in men. Its cause and the means for a cure have remained undiscovered. In 1994, it is estimated that 182,000 new cases of female breast cancer were diagnosed, and 46,000 women died from the disease. One out of nine women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This year, breast cancer will be newly diagnosed every three minutes, and a woman will die from breast cancer every twelve minutes. The risk of developing breast cancer increases as a woman ages, if she has a family history of breast cancer, has never had children, or had her first child after age 30. However, 70% of breast cancers occur in women who have no identifiable risk factors.
The StarWarsChicks website began its "Fight for the Cure" campaign to raise money to help research a cure for breast cancer as well as raise awareness among potential victims. When Webmistress MissJedi conceived the idea of selling a shirt to raise money for this important cause, Graphics Designer JediGirl immediately went to work designing something that would represent the Star Wars female fan. The StarWarsChick 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 StarWarsChicks "Fight for the Cure" T-shirts, the proceeds of which were donated to the Kansas Cancer Institute. On April 29, 2000, SWC presented a check to the Kansas Cancer Institute for $8366.90. This marks only the first phase of this important campaign.
The shirts were sold for $15.00 plus shipping and handling. SWC 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 SWC. The shirts were very well received by all of those around the world who purchased them.
The next campaign included special SWC bath sets, pens and bumper stickers, again receiving a huge response! To date, SWC has raised almost $10,000!
Thank you again to those of you who have joined us in this fight! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
For more information regarding breast cancer, please check out the following links: