Reach & Raise: Frequently Asked Questions
What is Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Reach & Raise?
Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Reach & Raise is our twist on a traditional charity run, walk or bike ride. This event combines a large, outdoor yoga classes and live music at unique and iconic locations to raise funds for our programs and services. The event started 15 years ago in Philadelphia and has since expanded to three other cities, Denver, Kansas City and Ft. Myers, FL, with more on the horizon. Thus far, tens of thousands of people have participated in Reach & Raise, raising more than $2 million to support Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s nationally renowned programs and services for individuals impacted by breast cancer.
What is Living Beyond Breast Cancer?
Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a national nonprofit with the mission to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. We do this through a variety of programs and services, including national conferences, local community meetings, webinars & Twitter chats, publications, our toll-free Breast Cancer Helpline and a website full of information.
Why not just do a 5K or a walkathon to support Living Beyond Breast Cancer? The answer starts with the history of the event. In 2000, Jean Sachs, our CEO, met with yoga instructor Jennifer Shelter and one of her students who had a great idea: a yoga class in support of women with breast cancer on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This would be an opportunity to create something truly unique, a chance for the community to come together in support of women facing this disease while also introducing them to something that could be beneficial during and after their treatment.
Since then, yoga has come to be an integral part of Living Beyond Breast Cancer. It is a practice with healing benefits, both for those dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis and those who are not. (We’ve even developed a guide for Yoga and Breast Cancer.) Unlike a walk or run, everyone is in the same place at the same time, experiencing a special unity. And anyone can participate, no matter what 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!
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.
How can I join a team?
Once you’re on the registration page, 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!
Can I register on-site?
Yes, we welcome on-site registrations! Please be aware that prices increase the closer we get to the event.
How do I register multiple people at once? And how is that different from registering as a family?
On the registration page, select “Register Multiple People.” This choice allows you to register and pay for an unlimited number of people all in one transaction. Each individual you register will have the opportunity to create their own personal fundraising page. Once you choose this option you will be directed to the next screen which will give you three more choices:
- Start a Team: Choose this and you will automatically be designated as team captain. Each individual you register will be a member of your team and will receive an email with instructions for setting up their personal fundraising page. Each individual will receive credit for their own fundraising as well as being credited towards your overall team total.
- Join a Team: Choose this option to join a team that has already been formed. You will be asked to search for and select the team by the team name. Then, enter each registrant.
- Add Individual: Choose this option to register multiple participants without creating a team.
You can also register your family by selecting “Register Family.” This choice allows you to register and pay for an unlimited number of people all in one transaction. However, you will create only ONE fundraising page for everyone in your transaction. All family members use the same page to collectively fundraise.
Please note: If you do not have each individual’s email and contact information when registering them, you may use your email address. Then, forward them the confirmation email you receive on their behalf. They will then be able to set up their own password, modify their information, and log into their fundraising headquarters.
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.
What can I expect day of the event?
An inspirational-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.
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.
Where can I mail in checks?
Please send all checks to:
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.
How do I become a Reach & Raise sponsor?
Please contact Elizabeth Scott, Manager, Fundraising Events at email@example.com or (484) 434-8301.We work with great sponsors like White House | Black Market, Silpada Designs and Yoplait that make Reach & Raise possible. We’d love to talk with you about making a partnership work!
How do get a table at the Healthy Living Expo? How much does it cost?
Please contact Hayley Frank, Special Events Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 645-4569 and let us know the name of your company and what you would like to sell or promote. 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-$500 depending upon the city, with lower prices for non-profits.