Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS Women’s OOahh Sport Slides to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!
Disclaimer Part Deux: I talk a lot about cancer at the beginning of this post. It’s close to my heart, it breaks my heart, and I’ll never stop fighting in some way, shape, or form. I promise that the information I give is useful. So hold on tight, and keep reading to hear all about how awesome OOFOS is in just a bit!
Discount: Did you know that OOFOS donates 3 percent to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute from EVERY PAIR OF OOFOS purchased on oofos.com YEAR ROUND?!
You don’t have to purchase only from the Project Pink collection. It could be any purchase—at any time!
It’s not shocking to hear that roughly 1 in 8 women in the United States (about 12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of a lifetime (BreastCancer.org). I had an aunt pass away from breast cancer at 42 years old, and cancer runs deep in my clan. I’ve seen what this disease can do to a person—ravishing the body, mind, and soul.
When I was in high school, I attended a conference on genetics and cancer, and the subject still fascinates me. I admittedly don’t know much of the science behind it, but I want to learn more—and to learn how to fight it.
But first, the risks!
What I found out recently at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute was that a woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15 percent of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it. That’s insane! And if I have the genes for it, then it’s likely that my fraternal twin sister is twice as likely to have them as well. I could have even passed cancer-causing genes down to my daughter. So when she turns 18, I’d like her to get tested as well if she agrees.
Did you also know that for women in the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer? I don’t mean to scare you or put you on high alert, ladies, I just mean to inform you. I truly believe that knowledge is power. The more you educate yourself and can be an advocate for your health, the better.
So, what can we do?
First of all, always consult your physician for medical advice. I am by no means a genetic counselor; I’m just passing along my story and experience. I elected for a simple blood test called the Hereditary Cancer Test, which tests for 35 genes that identify elevated risk for eight hereditary cancers, including breast cancer. I’ll receive the results in two to three weeks, so I’ll keep you updated!
Aside from preventative measures (self exams, mammograms, and MRIs) and genetic counseling, there are some great organizations out there, like OOFOOS, who are dedicated to combating cancer.
If you’ve never tried a pair of OOFOS before, watch this very short video first:
In a nutshell, OOFOS sandals are like walking on little personal foot clouds. I first got the Women’s OOlala sandal in 2015 while I was marathon training for my first full. Wowza what a game-changer they were! They felt amazing after long runs and even better after that first full!
I was quickly hooked and now own two more OOlala pairs, along with this OOahh slide version I received for being a BibRave Pro. Hubs now knows to bring them after every race without my even asking him! (He’s a keeper!)
What I Love
- The sandal tech is such that it absorbs 37 percent more impact.
- Did you not hear that they’re like walking on clouds?!
- They aid in active recovery from any movement/sport.
- You can wash these puppies in your clothes washer.
- They are moisture and bacteria resistant.
- I adore everything that Project Pink stands for!
If you follow me on social, you may have heard me talk about Project Pink before. It’s very close to Brand Leader & Marketing Director Duncan Finigan’s heart, who received a Stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis in 2014. She was treated at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. And remember, for every pair of OOFOS sold year-round on OOFOS.com, the company donates 3% directly toward Dana-Farber to support new medical breakthroughs with the potential to help patients. Comfort for a cause?! Count me in!
To shop the Project Pink collection, go here. You won’t be disappointed!
Pro Tip: They are only made in whole sizes. Size up if you’re in a women’s half size.
Check out some fellow BibRave Pro reviews of these sandals here:
So how do YOU plan to fight cancer?