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What’s expected of me?

There are 5 main actions Ambassadors are asked to take to help spread the word that mammograms save lives. You can also raise money to support breast cancer research if you choose.

  1. Conversations with 10 women - As Ambassadors, we want you to commit to educating 10 women friends, family, co-workers, neighbours about the importance of breast cancer screening. This is done through 3-minute, face-to-face conversations.
  2. Social Sharing - We also know it’s not always easy to see everyone face-to-face so we encourage you to spread the word among your wider online social networks. This will significantly increase the reach of our message. We provide Ambassadors with easy to use, customizable templates to educate your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter and email.
  3. Fundraising - You can encourage others to support breast cancer research by donating.
  4. Track your conversations - We encourage you to track the number of people you educate using a simple online tool via the Women to Women website. This helps demonstrate the impact Women to Women is having, and helps motivate other Ambassadors to do the same.
  5. Invite other women to become Ambassadors - You can encourage others to register for the program. The more Ambassadors we recruit, the more women we reach with the message that breast cancer screening saves lives.

How do I use the Thingamaboob? What do I say?

Educating your friends and family about breast cancer screening is easy. You will have quick 3-minute conversations and use the Thingamaboob, a neat tool, to help to show the importance of getting regular mammograms. For a detailed overview of how to have brief face-to-face conversations, click here. Or, watch a sample video:

What if I’m not on Facebook or Twitter?

If you aren’t on Facebook or Twitter you can educate your wider social network by email. We have made it easy for you by providing templates of emails that you can customize and personalize.

What if I want to educate more than 10 women?

We encourage you to educate as many women as possible. We want to reach every woman in Ontario who is eligible to be screened. But we only have a limited number of Thingamaboobs to share, so when you register you will be sent 11 Thingamaboobs. Use 10 to share during your first ten face-to-face conversations and keep one for yourself so you can keep educating! By continuing to take action, you could help save a life.

Don’t forget, the main group of women we are trying to reach with the Women to Women movement are aged 50-69, since these women should get a mammogram every two years, but we also want to reach women before they hit 50 so they can start planning! For this reason, we suggest you focus your efforts on those who are 45-69 years old.

How can I order more Thingamaboobs?

We only have a limited number of Thingamaboobs to share. For now, we are asking Ambassadors to educate 10 women, but the program may expand in the future. The Canadian Cancer Society will contact Ambassadors if more Thingamaboobs become available or for other ways you may wish to get involved.

Is there an age restriction on who I educate?

The main group we are trying to reach with the Women to Women movement are those 50-69 years of age, since these women should get a mammogram every two years, but we also want to reach women before they hit 50! For this reason we suggest you focus your efforts on those who are 45-69 years old. Women aged 50-69 can book a mammogram by getting a referral from their health care provider or by calling the Ontario Breast Screening Program directly at 1-800-668-9304 to make an appointment.

What happens once I’ve fulfilled my commitment?

We encourage you to educate as many women as possible because we want to reach every woman in Ontario who is eligible to be screened. If you’ve educated 10 women through face-to-face conversations, and have spread the word to your online network, please keep educating using your personal Thingamaboob. By continuing to take action, you could help save a life.

What if I don’t want to fundraise?

While fundraising helps to raise money to support breast cancer research, we realize that not everyone will want to fundraise. If becoming a personal fundraiser is not for you, you may want to tell friends and family about other Canadian Cancer Society fundraising programs like Relay For Life, for example. Or, encourage others to be a leader like you and join the movement by becoming an Ambassador too!

What if I have other questions?

If you have other questions not addressed here, please send an email to womentowomen@ontario.cancer.ca.