It’s Booty Time!


Hello, loyal GoJenGo supporters!

24hrsbootyThe insane summer heat can only mean ONE thing! We are quickly approaching the annual 24 Hours of Booty, a two-day ride on the Booty Loop in Charlotte that raises awareness and funds to fight cancer.

The most exciting news is that this year GoJenGo is one of the beneficiaries of this amazing event! Which means that the more money raised by the participants, the more funds our organization will have to distribute to families struggling to pay the daily costs that come with fighting breast cancer.

Want to help? We could use your support in three ways:

  1. Donate. GoJenGo has a team of riders who are ready to ride the loop and you can donate to our team here: https://events.24hoursofbooty.org/fundraise/team?ftid=66400
  2. Join us. Feeling like you have a few miles in your legs? Join our team and hop on your bike! You can join our team by clicking here and typing in GoJenGo: https://events.24hoursofbooty.org/team/join?eid=62822
  3. Come for our Curbside Happy Hour. On Friday, July 29, we will gather at 6:30pm at the corner of Queens Road West and Norton (near Hopedale — see map below). Both adult and kid beverages will be served. Our GoJenGo riders will complete the ceremonial first lap and then come join the fun for a bit before heading back out to tackle the loop!

Thank you in advance for boosting the presence of GoJenGo, both in person and in fundraising! Because of you and 24 Hours of Booty, we will help more families weather the financial storm of breast cancer. Together we will make a difference!

GoJenGo!!

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Top FIVE reasons to register for the Run Jen Run 5K


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  1. The cause. This race was Jen Pagani’s dream and it’s our biggest fundraiser. Your support allows us to help families who are struggling to make ends meet because breast cancer treatment is taking every extra dollar. Because of this race, we will be able to help hundreds of survivors in 2016. We can’t do it without you.
  2. The swag. The race t-shirt is new and different this year. That’s reason enough. But if you fundraise through Crowdrise, you can also earn all kinds of awesome treats – a long-sleeved t-shirt, a water bottle, a cooler, or a Yeti tumbler. Or you could earn all four!
  3. The festival. This is a family-friendly event and there is a TON for the kids to do. Bouncy houses, face painting, mascots, food, and much more.
  4. The course. It’s fast and it’s neighborly. You’ll fly through the streets and time will fly too because you’ll be having so much fun.
  5. Packet Pickup. We have DRIVE THOUGH packet pick up, people. Could that be any easier? No. The answer is no.

So register to run the Run Jen Run 5K. Do it for Jen. Or do it for you. Either way, just do it!

Make Christmas real


Christmas_WreathChristmas somehow became real this weekend, didn’t it? Every other car driving down the road had a tree tied on top, twinkly lights were strewn all over rooftops and trees, and inflatable Rudolfs were too numerous to count. There is excitement and anticipation as school winds down; families are ready enjoy the holidays.

But some families won’t be able to enjoy the holidays unless we help them. That’s why at GoJenGo, we have our annual Operation Spread the Joy. Each year we create a SignUpGenius list so you can sign up and purchase gifts for several families who are struggling financially because they can’t afford Christmas and the cost of daily living, and breast cancer.

Here are just a couple of scenarios to break your heart: we have three young children who lost their mother (who was only 33 years old) to breast cancer just two weeks ago. She and her husband had done their Christmas shopping before she died, but her husband can’t afford the layaway payments to pick up the gifts they selected.

We have another mother who has two daughters who were born deaf and a son who is quadriplegic. She just wants to be able to buy them each a few small things for Christmas.

A few small things. That’s all these families are asking for. And you can help them.

Please click on our SignUpGenius link and select two or three items to purchase for these families. Because while Christmas may be real to us? It’s not real for these families. Not yet. They don’t know how they can afford Christmas; needless to say, there will be no inflatable Rudolf on their lawn. But there can be gifts under their tree.

Thank you so much for helping us make Christmas a reality for these families. Thank you for giving these children, who live with the implications of breast cancer every day, something to be excited about.

Instructions and deadlines are included on the SignUpGenius page. We wish you a joyous holiday season!

It’s #GivingTuesday. So give!


#givingtuesdaySo today is #GivingTuesday, the day that comes after black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is the day we are supposed to atone for our outrageous holiday spending by making a donation to a not-for-profit that makes our world a better place.

GoJenGo would like to humbly suggest making a donation to us! And here’s why: we make the world a better place for individuals and families living with the burden of breast cancer. We offer emotional and financial assistance for when times are hard. And, trust us, times are often hard for our families; bills start mounting and the stress of appointments and decision-making reach an all-time high. But that’s when we are at our best. GoJenGo steps in and offers help. And we allow these men and women to focus on life for a few minutes. Rather than on their disease.

So we’ll keep our plea today simple. GoJenGo would be extremely grateful to have your donation, especially since there are so many families who need our help during the holidays. But even if it’s not us you choose to support, please support a not-for-profit today. That’s what #GivingTuesday is all about. Just give from your heart and watch the difference it makes.

Come for the FOOD!


RootsHave you ever gone to an event and been disappointed by the food? It’s not fun, is it? You go in with high expectations, maybe you even skipped meal in anticipation of the yumminess you just know you’re going to experience. And then you walk away unfulfilled. Unsatisfied.

We can promise that won’t happen at our fundraiser on Sunday.

If you join us for OktoberBreast at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery this weekend, you will be delighted by the food. That’s because it’s being provided by Roots Food, one of the most exciting catering companies around. Maybe you’ve visited their food truck around town? If so, you know what we’re talking about. Almost everything they offer is fresh, unique, and made from scratch. And they source as much local food as possible for their menu. They’ve become famous for their tacos, sandwiches, barbecue, and all kinds of other delectable treats (and just as an FYI, they’ll customize a menu for you if you have a party to cater!) Anyway, you’re just gonna have to come out on Sunday to see what snacks Roots has in store for you.

So come share some snacks and goodies with us on Sunday. Because if you come to OktoberBreast, you won’t walk away unsatisfied. Well, unless you don’t win that auction item you bid on. But that’s on you! The food will rock.

Tickets are still available for OktoberBreast! Come out from 3-6pm on Sunday, October 18 to watch the Panthers game, hang out with friends, eat delicious food, and help us raise money for a great cause! See you there!

If not ride, cheer. If not sweat, hydrate!


One week countdown begins for 24 Hours of Booty! You have read why we support 24 HOB, why we ride and we dispelled the myths of riding in 24 HOB….so what are you waiting for? If we still haven’t convinced you to mount a two wheeler, then come join our cheering section Friday July 24th at 6:30 pm to help encourage the GoJenGo team! We will be in the median along Queens Road W just past the intersection of East BLVD and Kings Drive before the riders head up Hopedale. We will provide some beverages (for adults and children!).

Make signs and wear your GJG colors!

Use the map below and look for GoJenGo signs. There is parking near Freedom Park and along the side streets bordering the route! See you there!

There is still time to join our team or donate:

JOIN THE TEAM. Click this link to ride and raise money on the GoJenGo team. We will have a cool jersey, not to mention our own cheering section!

DONATE. Click this link if you can’t be there in person, but want to put dollars towards a great cause! Pick a name of a Go Jen Go cyclist and it will go towards the GoJenGo team.

– See more at: http://gojengo.org/2015/06/booty-time/#sthash.zgHSKBJv.dpuf
– See more at: http://gojengo.org/2015/07/if-not-ride-cheer-if-not-sweat-hydrate/#sthash.fnwMBOEB.dpuf

Dispelling the myths of 24 HOURS OF BOOTY!


Ok.  So you have never ridden in 24 Hours of Booty.  Heck, you haven’t ridden a bike since you were 12.
THAT DOESN’T MATTER! There is nothing to fear!

Let us dispel the top five 24 HOB myths.

1) You have to ride for 24 hours.
Actually, no.  You really don’t HAVE to ride at all.  But you will want to.  Even if it is just a few laps, get out on the course.  There is joy there.  There is community. And it is fun.

2) Only really experienced cyclists are out there.
Again, no.  Don’t misunderstand…there are experienced cyclists.  But some of the most experienced serve as course monitors to help and cheer you along.  There are all aged riders and all types of bikes from slick and fast to those with streamers on handlebars!

3) It is really hot.
Well, yes, that can actually be true. BUT, one of the “coolest” experiences of 24 HOB (in every respect) is riding when the sun goes down.  As long as you have the proper headlights and flashers on your bike, you can pack in the miles as the world cools! Don’t worry, the fun doesn’t.

4) You will go without food or drink for 24 hours.
This is one of Booty’s most pleasant of surprises.  Catered meals and snacks are available around the clock for riders.  It is part of the price of admission.  The food is delicious, the snacks are plentiful, and there are drinks of all types to keep you hydrated. And you will need plenty of both to keep you fueled and hydrated!

5) last but not least…  MY BOOTY WILL HURT! 
Sadly, we are not miracle workers friends.  Your booty may hurt, but your heart will sing.  Join us and see for yourself!!

JOIN THE TEAM. Click this link to ride and raise money on the GoJenGo team. We will have a cool jersey, not to mention our own cheering section!

DONATE. Click this link if you can’t be there in person, but want to put dollars towards a great cause! Pick a name of a Go Jen Go cyclist and it will go towards the GoJenGo team.

CHEER: Maybe this isn’t your year to ride, but you don’t want to miss out on the fun and fellowship that surrounds this event. We will have a gathering to salute our team and cheer them on during the first lap of the weekend. More details to follo

– See more at: http://gojengo.org/2015/07/dispelling-the-myths-of-24-hours-of-booty/#sthash.GfK7ul8G.dpuf

Booty Time!


As GoJenGo has expanded our footprint locally, we have found great partners that support our mission and do great work of their own to fight cancer in the Charlotte community. 24 Hours of Booty is one such organization that represents the best of the “cancer warriors” in Charlotte. Not only do they put on a well organized, inspirational event, they provide critical support to other local organizations in our area trying to make a difference in the lives of survivors.

Join us on the GoJenGo 24 Hours of Booty team! This will be our second year and everyone is welcome, whether you are an experienced rider or an inspired novice. We’ll provide race tips, good fun, and great people. You can participate in three ways:

JOIN THE TEAM. Click this link to ride and raise money on the GoJenGo team. We will have a cool jersey, not to mention our own cheering section!

DONATE. Click this link if you can’t be there in person, but want to put dollars towards a great cause! Pick a name of a Go Jen Go cyclist and it will go towards the GoJenGo team.

CHEER: Maybe this isn’t your year to ride, but you don’t want to miss out on the fun and fellowship that surrounds this event. We will have a gathering to salute our team and cheer them on during the first lap of the weekend. More details to follow!
– See more at: http://gojengo.org/2015/06/booty-time/#sthash.unhHG5qT.dpuf

Why do you ride?


Why do you ride?

We asked some of our 24 Hours of Booty teammates questions about the ride.  It was the first year for the GoJenGo team and we had both first time riders and seasoned riders join us.  We asked them several different questions, but the first was, why?

Responses varied, but at the heart of it were people – those who surround us and those we remember and loved so much.

“Why do I ride in Booty? For Jen.  For Rocco.  Luca. Joe. For Gammy. Papa.  Juju.  Britt.  Susan.  Meredith………. That list goes on and on.  I ride for the camaraderie, to raise awareness and money for invaluable research, to meet folks.  I ride because I can.”

“I ride in 24HOB for the camaraderie and in memory of Jen Pagani.”

“I ride because Jen would have.  She would have told me to get my a$$ on a bike and ride for those who can‘t.  And I ride because I love the others who ride with me!”

And we ride because we want to win….against cancer!

“Because I hate cancer!”

“Because these are the events that give heart and and momentum and DOLLARS to the fight against cancer”
Whatever your reason, we invite you to join, to donate, or to cheer for our GoJenGo team!

JOIN THE TEAM. Click this link to ride and raise money on the GoJenGo team. We will have a cool jersey, not to mention our own cheering section!

DONATE. Click this link if you can’t be there in person, but want to put dollars towards a great cause! Pick a name of a Go Jen Go cyclist and it will go towards the GoJenGo team.

CHEER: Maybe this isn’t your year to ride, but you don’t want to miss out on the fun and fellowship that surrounds this event. We will have a gathering to salute our team and cheer them on during the first lap of the weekend. More details to follow!

– See more at: http://gojengo.org/2015/06/booty-time/#sthash.n668njPx.dpuf
– See more at: http://gojengo.org/2015/07/why-do-you-ride/#sthash.H7aw28p2.dpuf

The top FIVE reasons to register for the Run Jen Run 5K (presented by Consolidated Planning)


  1. The Run Jen Run 5K is fun for the whole family.
    We don’t actually call this a race.  We call it a FESTIVAL.  And for good reason.  We will have something for everyone on Saturday, March 7.  For the kids, we have the Sports Connection Kids Zone where there will be face painting, an inflatable slide and obstacle course, a kids boot camp demonstration (participation encouraged!), balloon art, a giant inflatable bowling game, and many beloved Charlotte mascots roaming around for entertainment and photo opps.  And, of course, there is the McGladrey one-mile fun run – a perfect way for kids to burn off some energy.  For adults, there will be massages from Carolina Sports Clinic and the opportunity to watch your kids wear themselves out.  If that’s not priceless, we don’t know what is!
  2. Food.
    First of all the free stuff:  We’ll have the usual post-race snacks.  And one of Charlotte’s newest restaurants, the Improper Pig, will be offering some free barbeque samples (while supplies last).  But bring your wallet so that you can enjoy some well-earned delicacies in the food court (sponsored by Winstead Attorneys).  Because we know your priorities, there will be hot coffee, supplied by The Coffee Priest, for your caffeine fix.  You can also enjoy breakfast sandwiches and breakfast tacos from Two Chicks And A Truck and then indulge in some freshly made treats from the Kettle Korn Factory afterward.  We’ve also heard rumors that there may be donuts. . . .
  3. The course.
    The 5K course is fun and fast.  The Carolina Volkswagen pace car will lead runners through a timed, USATF-certified course that has more downhills than uphills.  A PR is a very good possibility at the Run Jen Run 5K.  And there will be age group awards!
  4. The swag.
    The Run Jen Run 5K race t-shirt is soft, breathable, and flattering on everyone.  That’s because we have both women’s and men’s styles.  Plus, every 5K finisher receives a really cool medal.  How many 5Ks do you know of that offer a medal??
  5. It’s the largest fundraiser for the GoJenGo Foundation.  And it’s Jen’s legacy.
    Jen Pagani and her husband, Joe, founded GoJenGo to provide emotional and financial support for individuals (and their families) in North and South Carolina battling breast cancer.  But it’s not possible without the help of our supporters.  By registering for this race (our largest fundraiser and a dream come true for Jen), you are helping us offer many local families a little relief from the everyday costs of living life along with cancer treatment.  This is our third Run Jen Run 5K  and our second race without Jen.  Honor her legacy by registering for her race!

 

The Run Jen Run 5K is presented by Consolidated Planning, a member of the Guardian Group.  For more information or to register, visit https://runjenrun.racesonline.com/register.  You can arrive as early as 6:30am but the 5K race begins at Southpark Mall’s Symphony Park at 8am (at the Smiley’s 4 C’s start line).  The one-mile fun run will start at 8:45. 

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