Vespa Pink Campaign Supports Fight Against Breast Cancer

A partnership with Lifetime Networks helps boost fund-raising horsepower for a diverse group of non-profit agencies passionate about changing breast cancer statistics

Here is the current list of charity events and activities that feature a pink Vespa LX 50:

. Breast Cancer Network of Strength www.networkofstrength.org will host an event on October 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago, IL;

. BreastCancer.org will host an event in Philadelphia November 14 with Fuelthecure.net;

. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation's www.bcrfcure.org auction, including the pink Vespa LX 50, goes live on charitybuzz.com September 29 and ends October 22, 2009;

. Bright Pink www.BeBrightPink.org will list its pink Vespa on eBay during the month of October with eBay's Giving Works;

. Cup with Love www.cupwithlove.org will conduct a raffle from October 1 - 31, 2009

. Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation www.dslrf.org will launch a social media contest titled "How Would You Recruit an Army of Women?," October through November, 2009;

. The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure www.komennyc.org will offer the Vespa as a reward incentive to fundraisers who exceed their Komen NYC Race for the Cure pledge goals between September 14 and October 31;

. My Vision Foundation www.myvision.org make a minimum $100 donation through October for a chance to win the pink Vespa LX 50;

. Nueva Vida www.nueva-vida.org will conduct a raffle from September 23 through October 31;

. Prevent Cancer Foundation www.preventcancer.org Sign up for "Screen Your Boobs" alerts through October and participants are automatically entered to win the pink Vespa;

. SHARE's www.sharecancersupport.org sixth annual "A Second Helping of Life" tasting and live auction event features leading female chefs and chance to bid on the pink Vespa LX 50. The event is scheduled for September 21, 2009 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 719-0364, ext. 239;

. Young Survival Coalition www.youngsurvival.org Through November 16, become a "fan" on the Young Survival Coalition's Facebook page and you can have a chance to win the pink Vespa LX 50;

Vespa USA will announce the final details concerning each of the charities' pink Vespa fundraising initiatives during the middle of September. Information about the charities and their programs can also be found on the Vespa USA Web site (www.VespaUSA.com).

For 15 years, Lifetime's Stop Breast Cancer for Life initiative has been dedicated to offering women the most up-to-date, comprehensive information about breast cancer. Lifetime has also collected more than 24 million petition signatures on myLifetime.com, and for 13 years has fought to urge Congress to pass the bipartisan Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act. The bi-partisan bill would end the practice of "drive-through mastectomies," which refers to the practice where women are sometimes forced to leave the hospital just hours after invasive breast surgery.

Breast cancer affects everyone. This year alone, 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the United States.

It is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 15 to 54, and almost half of all Vespa riders are women. A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes and the disease claims a life every 13 minutes. These women are mothers, sisters, wives - but breast cancers also directly touches men. Every year almost 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer and 440 will die.

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