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Breast of Scottsdale 2012

Sapporo Throws Scottsdale's Pinkest Party, Breast Of Scottsdale

Breast of Scottsdale 2012On Wednesday, September 12, Sapporo proudly opened its doors to breast cancer survivors, their family and friends with its first-ever Breast of Scottsdale, benefitting Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH). Their event, which included half off all bottles of wine along with a pink theme, complimentary pink Belvedere signature drinks and pink treats all night long, helped the organization to obtain sponsors for its annual Pink Light District and served as a kick-off event for Sapporo’s planned breast cancer awareness menu this fall.

Breast of Scottsdale 2012“Over the summer, we came across AIBH,” said MaryAnna Ford of Sapporo. “This organization, which was founded by Dr. Coral Quiet, who is a trailblazer in breast cancer care and treatment nationwide, has a singular focus — to offer women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on all of their treatment options.”

Inspired by the critical service the organization provides, Sapporo put its head together with Belvedere Vodka and Clique Photo Station to dream up Breast of Scottsdale — Breast of Scottsdale 2012the pinkest party Scottsdale has ever seen.

Among the pink menu items debuted, each of which will be available all October long at Sapporo with a portion of proceeds being given to AIBH, were:

  • The Flirtini — Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, cranberry juice, lime juice
  • The Pink Geisha – Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, black raspberry liqueur, fresh strawberries, basil leaves, cranberry juice
  • Hollywood Cocktail – Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, fresh grapefruit juice, grenadine and egg white
  • Pink Panang Chicken Skewers
  • Pink-fin Ahi Tuna Poke
  • Sapporo Pink Rice Sushi Roll
  • Pink Velvet Cake Pops

Breast of Scottsdale 2012To get in, each guest was asked to sponsor a $25 pink light with AIBH.

“From now through October 31, Arizona and beyond has the opportunity to express its love, appreciation and gratitude for those impacted by breast cancer by sponsoring pink light bulbs, which will be placed on the Marshall Way Bridge in coming days,” said Christine Fenwick, a breast cancer survivor and executive director of AIBH.

Breast of Scottsdale 2012

These Pink Honor Lights will be illuminated the evening of October 4. The Marshall Way Bridge is located next to Olive & Ivy Restaurant, south of Camelback and west of Scottsdale Rd., across from the Nordstrom’s parking garage. These Pink Honor Lights will glow throughout October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in recognition of all those touched by this disease.

 All proceeds generated from this unique fundraiser will benefit AIBH, and the funds will go directly to support women who are dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Breast of Scottsdale 2012The event helped to sponsor about 250 lights, but thousands more are still available. Please visit ThePinkLightDistrict.org to sponsor lights today.

In addition, with the success of the half off bottles during the evening, Sapporo is pleased to announce it will continue to offer this deal on all of its wine all day, every day each Wednesday through the end of 2012. For full list of wines available, please visit sapporoscottsdale.com. And be sure to visit Sapporo in October to sample all of the pink items in honor of those you live touched by breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Survivor's Story

A Scottsdale Breast Cancer Survivor’s Story

Each year, nearly 4,000 women in Arizona are diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Within hours of learning of their diagnoses, all 4,000 women — our mothers, sisters and daughters — will be charged with making life-altering decisions,” says Dr. Coral Quiet of Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists in Scottsdale.

Here is one brave Scottsdale woman’s inspiring story.

Breast Cancer SurvivorIn 2000, Mary Purkiss was a busy mom who co-owned a successful group of call centers with her hubby. Their center allowed them to travel the world and help oversee the careers of more than 500 employees. They even had an on-site “store” in their centers that sold fun incentives and gifts, including high-end jewelry made by Purkiss herself, where employees could spend “funny money” earned for a job well done. Of course, her jewelry sold out on a regular basis.

On the evening of the couple’s annual holiday party for their staff, they were getting ready when Purkiss’ hubby noticed a lump in her breast. He urged her to feel it — it had never been there before.

Somehow, both scared, they made it through the holiday party. When she visited her doctor, she ended up having to have a needle biopsy.

“Still healing from it, the doctor called days later and told my husband ‘Tell your wife she has breast cancer and needs a mastectomy immediately,’ ” Purkiss says.

Terrified, the couple didn’t know where to turn. A successful businesswoman, Purkiss didn’t know enough about cancer to decide if it was the best option for her or the next steps. So, less than three weeks later, she was on the operating table having a double mastectomy.

The healing process — and resulting reconstruction — took two years. In that time, the couple, who had three children — the eldest at 10 years old — at home, decided to sell their successful business and focus on healing and family. Unfortunately, this didn’t go so well; Purkiss ended up needing six surgeries due to issues with the implants from the reconstruction and her father was diagnosed with lung cancer.

As an escape, she turned back to her jewelry hobby as a release. Before long, her hubby launched a website to help sell all of her baubles.

As the business surprisingly took off, Purkiss decided she didn’t need all the money for herself. So, she went in search of a breast cancer charity with which to partner.

“My goal was to donate 15 percent of all sales – not just proceeds – directly back to a breast cancer organization,” Purkiss says. “Believe it or not, I had trouble finding a partner to take my donations for what seemed like years!”

Breast Cancer SurvivorHowever, one day Purkiss was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room and saw something on the white board, a seminar titled “Are Our Daughters at Risk? Talking to Kids About Cancer,” featuring Dr. Quiet, co-founder of Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH).

This struck a chord with Purkiss as her own daughter asked if she would also be getting cancer like mommy as soon as Purkiss was diagnosed. She attended the session with a good friend, who lost her mother to breast cancer, and they were inspired.

“I literally just stood up after the seminar and blurted out to Dr. Quiet how I wanted to give her my money,” laughs Purkiss.

Floored, Dr. Quiet invited Purkiss to attend an AIBH committee meeting. Before long, a partnership was struck. All these years later, Purkiss’ business is still successful and still involved with giving back to AIBH — in more ways than one. Over the years, Purkiss joined the AIBH board and even served as its president.

Her hope is that if any other woman in Arizona gets a cold phone call from a doctor letting her know she has breast cancer, that she dials AIBH immediately.

“It’s a call I wish I would have known to make,” says a still-cancer-free Purkiss, whose breast reconstruction from the mastectomy resulted in six additional surgeries due to complications.

For more information about AIBH or the importance of second opinions when diagnosed with breast cancer, please visit aibh.org.