The Breast Way to Describe It

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a cause close to my heart. In honor of the fight against breast cancer, both of my posts this week will address it.

Today, though,is AMAZE-ing Words Wednesday, when I feature something fun or interesting about language. The first time I participated in a Race for the Cure in 2004, I was amazed by the creativity in team names and t-shirts. Those mammary glands have a LOT of different words to describe them. With so many possibilities, people go a little crazy with the attire and t-shirts worn to breast cancer awareness events.

Before sharing some, I know that some people feel that humorous slogans trivialize the threat and pain of this disease. Having known several people who have been through breast cancer, I have seen that a sense of humor in the face of hardship can be helpful for getting through. I appreciate how we can use language to cheer ourselves up even in the worst of times.

So without further ado, here are some clever team names from this year’s Houston walk:

Bad Mamma(ry) Jammas

Bonkers for Honkers

Boobie Brigade

Bosom Buddies

Breast Friends Forever


Cowgirls Kickin’ Cancer

Fight Like a Girl

For the Girls!

Good Better Breast

Hakuna Ma Tata

Heal the hOOters

Hugs for Jugs

Mommies for Mammaries


Peeka Boobies

Pink Ladies

Pretty in Pink

The Rack Pack

Rock Your Rack

Rockers for Knockers

Save the TaTas

Stop the War in My Rack

Team Twin Peaks

Thanks for the Mammaries

The Boobie Bunch

Treasure Chests

Victorious Secret

I’ve also seen some funny t-shirts as well. The one a young lady was wearing this year that caught our eye was:

No, They're Not Real (the real ones tried to kill me)

Note to my lady friends: Be sure to perform self-exams and get mammograms regularly, as early detectionis key to saving lives and fighting this battle.

Have you ever participated in a charity with a team? Did you come up with a team name? What was it? What other interesting team names or t-shirts have you seen?

14 thoughts on “The Breast Way to Describe It

  1. These are great! I especially like these two:Chemo SabesHakuna Ma TatasAnd that t-shirt is hilarious.I agree with you, I think humor is a way we can comfort ourselves when times are tough. For me, it allows me to express what I might be thinking or feeling without being too gloomy. And I think laughter connects people. I love the new blog layout and tagline too. Especially when I read your reference to the thread–finding your way but leaving it behind so others could too. Awesome!

  2. These names made me smile. The people who go through this and come out with a sense of humor are heroes. Or perhaps it's one of those things where you either laugh about something that's not funny or cry. I've never participated in something like this where I was allowed to name my team. In fact, I never knew people who did Race for the Cure named their teams. Again, I loved the names.

  3. Clever team names for this cause. Glad you are participating in Breast Cancer Awareness month. My sister just had a mastectomy last month, so it's been on my mind lately.

  4. Thanks, Erin! I so appreciate the encouragement.Catie – I love your word for these people who come through with humor – "heroes."M.E. – I'm sorry about your sister's mastectomy, though glad they found the problem so they can take care of it. I'll certainly say a prayer for her.

  5. LOVE these names, Julie! (I also like the look on your blog these days!)I have a good friend who is fresh out of surgery for a double mastectomy and I've been stunned at the humor and grace I find in her and her support groups. It's humbling.Thanks for the post!p.s. Are you coming to the Twitter party on #ROW80?

  6. Jenny – A double mastectomy is tough. Praying that your friend is fine. And yes, I'm Rocking the ROW today. I've posted my pic, a music video & goals on my ROW page (tab at the top). See you at the party!

  7. I am buying that shirt, Julie! The one with No They're Not Real. I had a right-side mastectomy and double reconstruction and my LAST one was in June of this year. All I have left is some tattooing on my new fake nipple! Hurrah. I've been toying with getting another tattoo at the same time but am not sure what it should say!I LOVED those names. They were superb! And yes, I found that humor definitely helped me deal with the entire experience. I still make jokes about it.Patti

  8. Great post, Julie. I'd go with a design that had the picture of a hand on each breast with the caption, "have you done your breast exam lately?So incredibly important!

  9. Great post and reminder! I love these team names. And you are so right. Humor is important in illness and other stresses. I think it helps the healing process. Love the new look of the website!

  10. Great post, Julie. My aunt is a three year survivor, so far so good. We're keeping our fingers crossed for five years. It's such a frightening thing to go through, and I think the names are a fun way to deal with it.

  11. Hi Julie! Love the new look of your blog. :)We've participated in the Autism Speaks Walk on Long Island. We named our team after our son, nothing fancy.I think "Stop the War in My Rack" was one of the most inventive, but they all symbolize hope and the fight against this horrible disease.

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