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What is Living Beyond Breast Cancer's Reach & Raise?

Reach & Raise is Living Beyond Breast Cancer's unique twist on a traditional charity event. Rather than running, walking or biking to a finish line, we engage in one large-group outdoor yoga event with music, healthy refreshments and shared stories of inspiration at a unique, iconic location to raise funds and awareness for our programs and services. The event started in 2001 in Philadelphia and has since expanded to five other cities including Denver, Ft. Myers, Florida, Kansas City and Washington D.C.—with more on the horizon. Thus far, tens of thousands have participated in Reach & Raise, raising more than $2 million to support LBBC and in the process building communities of support for individuals impacted by breast cancer.

What is Living Beyond Breast Cancer?

Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is a national nonprofit with the mission of connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. We do this through a variety of programs and services, including national conferences, regional meetings, webinars and twitter chats, publications, a toll-free Breast Cancer Helpline, and a website that is easy to navigate and full of information.

Why Yoga?

In 2000, Jean Sachs, our CEO, met with Philadelphia area yoga instructor Jennifer Schelter and one of her students, who had a great idea: a yoga class in support of women with breast cancer on Philadelphia's iconic Art Museum steps. This would be an opportunity to create something truly unique and to bring together an entire community in support of people impacted by breast cancer, while engaging participants in a fun, healthy group activity.

Since then, yoga has become an integral part of LBBC, since it offers physical and mental health benefits, whether a participant is affected by breast cancer or not. We've developed a guide about Yoga and Breast Cancer that details the research on this connection. Most important, yoga is a way for people to come together and experience a community of support. Unlike a walk or run, everyone is in the same place at the same time, experiencing a special unity. And everyone can participate, regardless of their level of physical fitness or experience with yoga.

I'm new to yoga, will I be able to do the class / I'm not flexible / I can't touch my toes / I don't understand Sanskrit?

No worries we don't expect you to be able to do headstands or even a downward-facing dog (or to know what that is)! We ensure this class is accessible to everyone, from the newbie to the experienced yogi. We even have assistant instructors that can help modify the moves to suit your level of ability and comfort. This class is more about community support and less about touching your toes and doing back bends. Yoga means unity, and that's what this event is all about!

Registration Questions

What's included in the registration fee?

Your registration fee includes a yoga class featuring live music, access to the Healthy Living Expo, swag bag (while supplies last) and a great feeling knowing you are helping those impacted by breast cancer!

Where can I register?

Visit Reachandraise.org and then choose your city. You will then be directed to the registration form where you can register as an individual, start or join a team or register as a family.

Once you choose your city, you will be asked to “Join a Team” or “Register as an Individual.” Click “Join a Team” and search for the team name or the name of the captain of the team you want to join. Then, just follow the steps to register!

What is a virtual participant?

If you would like to participate in the event, but don't live nearby or are busy on the day of the event, you can join your friends and family on a team or participate as an individual by becoming a Virtual Participant. Raise funds and awareness for Living Beyond Breast Cancer wherever you are!

The Virtual Participant program is designed for those who are not able to attend the event in person, but who would like to show their support by registering and fundraising. By registering as a Virtual Participant you will gain access to all the same fundraising tools and will be eligible for all of the incentives that are available to other participants.

You can even create or join a team. This program is perfect for family members and friends who do not live in the area or for anyone who wants to fundraise but cannot attend the event in person.

To become a Virtual Participant, simply select the Virtual Participant option when registering and follow the registration steps from there.

I want to register someone else on my computer, but the site won't let me because I'm already registered.

The Reach & Raise website "remembers" you on your computer. If you want to register someone else, you'll have to log out first, and then start the process again.

I registered as an individual, but now I want to join a team.

You can now join a team through your Participant Center!

  • First, sign in to the site using your username and password by clicking the "Login" link at the top-right of the page.
  • Once signed in, this link will change to say "Welcome back, [YOUR NAME]". Click on the “Go to your Participant Center” link to the right. This will bring you to “Your Events” page. Find the event you are registered for, and click on it.
  • On the right side of the "Home" page of your Participant Center, click on the "Change Team Membership" link. This will take you to the "Change Team Membership" page.
  • Here (with the "Join a team" option clicked), enter the team and/or captain information into one or more of the fields, then press the "Search" button.
  • From the search results, choose the team you'd like to join by clicking the "Join Team" link. On the next page, click "Confirm Team Membership" to complete your request.

If you have joined a team but would like to change to an individual: Follow the steps above, clicking the "Participate as an individual" option on the "Change Team Membership" page. Click "Continue" and then "Confirm Individual Participation" to complete your request.

Can I register on-site?

Yes, we welcome on-site registrations! Please be aware that prices increase the closer we get to the event.

Can my kids attend Reach & Raise?

Yes! Reach & Raise is an all ages event. We have special rates for kids under 18 and those under 10 are always free.

How do I register a child/youth under 18?

You have three options for registering your child:

  1. Register them at the same time you register online using the "Register a Child" feature.
  2. Register them online individually by creating a new user name and password.
  3. Register them at the event (you may pay by credit card, check or cash).

Note: A child/youth under 18 is not required to provide an email address to register and participate in the event. If you choose not to provide an email address for the child, a personal fundraising page will not be created for the child.

If you want the child to have their own fundraising page, you must provide a unique email address. It cannot be the same as your email address as event notifications are sent to each participant with a personal fundraising page.

Can I upload a photo to my Team or Personal Page?

On personal pages, you can upload up to two photos and one video. On team pages, you can upload a single photo.

Images can be uploaded from your computer or via your mobile device, and must be in the format of a .gif, .jpg or .png file. Images must be under 6,000,000 pixels (calculated by multiplying width and height in pixels).

Please note that the resolution of many mobile devices exceeds this size limitation.

To resize your photos in IOS devices:

  • From the Photos app, select the photo(s) you want to resize then tap on the "Share" option (the little arrow icon).
  • Choose "Mail" and select your own email as the recipient to resize the photo and share it with yourself.
  • Tap on "Send" to bring about the resize options, and choose either the "Small" (320240) or "Medium" (640480) resolution option.
  • After you receive the email, tap and hold on the photo to save them to your IOS device. The newly resized version can then be uploaded to your personal or team page via your Fundraising Center.

To resize your photos in Android devices:

  1. From the Gallery app, select the photo(s) you want to resize then tap on the "Edit" option (the little pencil icon).
  2. Next click on the "More Options" menu (the three dots icon) and choose "Export". Resize your image by decreasing the pixel ratio (something around 640X480 should do the trick) and click "Done".
  3. A copy of your resized photo should be saved in your Gallery app and can then be uploaded to your personal or team page via your Fundraising Center.
  4. To resize your photos from a desktop computer, use an image editing program like Photoshop or Paint to resize your image before uploading it.
What can I expect day of the event?

An inspiration filled morning of yoga, music and community connection (with a few snacks thrown in for good measure)! We encourage all participants to arrive early enough to park, register and be ready at their mats in time for the program to begin. At registration, participants receive a wristband which must be worn throughout the event. Last minute donations can also be turned in during registration.

Once you enter the event space, pick your spot and place your mat. Please be thoughtful of others and place yoga mats close together to ensure everyone can fit! Before the class, feel free to check out the vendors at the Healthy Living Expo or meet your fellow yogis. Things will start with a short program followed by an hour-long yoga class featuring live music. After the class you will enjoy some light bites and another opportunity to check out our great Healthy Living Expo.

What if it rains?

This event is rain or shine! Please dress accordingly and make sure to read pre-event communications.

Where do I park?

Parking depends on the event location. Parking information will available on your city's homepage as well as in the pre-event information email which you will receive the week of the event.

Fundraising Questions

Do I have to fundraise?

To help deliver more funds to those affected by breast cancer, we count on all Reach & Raise participants to fundraise. There is no minimum fundraising requirement; however, we encourage participants to set a goal of $250 or more. Once registered, you can set your own team and individual fundraising goals and you'll have access to all the tips and tools you'll need to make fundraising easy!

I’ve never fundraised before; will I be able to do it?

We provide you with all the tips, tools and fundraising support to not only reach your fundraising goals, but surpass them. When registering, you will receive a fundraising page, and we provide you with an online fundraising toolkit and support.

Your fundraising page can be personalized and we can provide information on how to start an email and letter writing campaign. Most teammates raise a majority of their fundraising commitment through these efforts.

To supplement those funds, you can send fundraising emails and letters, hold local fundraisers, and leverage corporate sponsorships and matching gift programs as well.

Are donations tax deductible?

All donations are tax deductible in the same calendar year your donation was processed to the extent allowed by law. Please work with your tax professional to determine what deductions you are eligible for. For your records, our tax ID number is 23-2734689.

Is my registration fee tax deductible?

Because you are receiving a yoga class and gift bag, your registration fee is not tax deductible but any donation you choose to make above the fee is.

My fundraising total in my Participant Center doesn't match what I know I turned in.

During peak event times it may take several additional weeks to process donations and display fundraising totals on your Participant Center. If it’s been less than four weeks since submitting your donations, please log back into your Participant Center at a later date to check your fundraising total. If more than four weeks have passed since you submitted your donations, or you have additional questions about your fundraising total, please contact Jamie at jcohen@lbbc.org

If you would like to see your donations immediately, encourage your supporters to donate online.

What is a Personal Page?

A personal page is a unique personal webpage provided to you for you to use when asking your friends and family to join your team or to make a donation. You have a default page created for you, but you can personalize this page with your own story by signing in to your Participant Center.

How do I update my Personal Page?

You can personalize your fundraising page which can be helpful in raising money. You can change the title of your page, update the body of the page with your personal story and appeal and add photos to your page. Be sure to hit the save button after you personalize.

Can I send emails through my Participation Center?

YES! We encourage you to do so as it is a proven way to raise money. In the Participation Center, you can click on the Email tab. In the email tab, we have several emails to choose from, including Thank You, Solicitation or other. Select the type of email you want to send and hit next at the bottom of the screen. Choose the contacts from your address book. If you have not imported contacts, you can do so one by one or import contacts from another source. Preview your email and then send.

How can I see who has donated to me?

Sign in to your Participant Center to be taken to the "Home" page of your Participant Center. At the top of the page will be the Participant Center navigation tabs ("Home" will be highlighted) click on "Progress" in the top navigation menu to be taken to your Personal Progress Report, at the very bottom of which will be your donation receipt history.

How do I change my personal goal?

Sign in to your Participant Center to be taken to the "Home" page of your Participant Center. Under your fundraising progress bar will be your fundraising total and fundraising goal click the "change" link under your fundraising goal.

Remember, our Fundraising Tools can make fundraising easy and fun!

How do I change my team name or team goal?

Your team captain can change the team name and goal by signing in to their Participant Center. To change the team's name, click the "Team Page" tab on the Participant Center's navigation menu at the top of the page. On the Team Page will be a sidebar on the right with team name, team company, and team division details, with an "Edit" link; click the "Edit" link to change any of these details, then click "Update" when finished to save the changes.

To change the team's fundraising goal, click the "Progress" tab on the Participant Center's navigation menu at the top of the page. On the Progress page at the top-right will be two buttons; click the "Team" button to be presented with the team's progress statistics. Below the Team Progress bar will be the team's total fundraising and fundraising goal. Click the "change" link under the fundraising goal to modify the team's goal.

Where can I mail in checks?

Living Beyond Breast Cancer
40 Monument Road, Suite 104
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Make sure to include your name or that of your team on the memo line so we can make sure to credit you and count the donation towards your overall fundraising total.

Can I mail in cash?

Please deposit any cash donations into your bank account and write a check or make a donation online, making sure to include the contact information for the original donor. This will help to ensure safe arrival of your donation and proper receipting to your generous donor. And of course, you can always turn in any cash donations the morning of the event at registration.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Questions

How do I become a Reach & Raise sponsor?

Please contact Margaret Epler, Manager, Fundraising Events at mepler@lbbc.org or (484) 434-8301. We work with great sponsors like White House | Black Market, Genentech and Independence Blue Cross that make Reach & Raise possible. We'd love to talk with you about making a partnership work!

How do I get a table at the Healthy Living Expo? How much does it cost?

Please contact Madison Pfeiffer, MA, Special Events Coordinator, at mpfeiffer@lbbc.org or (610) 645-4569 for information about being at the Healthy Living Exp. We love having yoga studios, healthy grocers, workout gear, breast cancer support groups and other like-minded healthy vendors, but other vendors are welcome, too. Prices range from $150-$1,000 depending upon the city, with lower prices for non-profits.