One year ago today, we lost Jennifer Burnette Pagani. We lost a loyal wife, a loving mother, a devoted daughter, an amazing friend. But amid the sadness and the raw emotions of grief that day, we gained something too; something important and very real. We gained access to Jen’s legacy. And in that way, we found hope.
Jen was extraordinarily changed by the outpouring of support she received through diagnosis, treatment, and hospice care. She was touched by the love she received from friends, loved ones, and even perfect strangers. It was why she created the GoJenGo Foundation; she wanted to honor those never-ending acts of kindness in a way that would help others in her same position.
And she did. To date since its inception, GoJenGo has offered emotional and financial support to countless breast cancer victims in North and South Carolina. Jen’s pure will to make the organization grow and thrive was outmatched only by the strength of her passion to make a difference in her community. Watch the video created last year to get a sense of what this organization meant to her.
Now it’s your turn to make a difference. If you want to do something today to honor the memory of Jen Pagani, we offer this simple suggestion: sign up for her race. Having a 5K was a dream come true for Jen. It combined her love of competition with her desire to help others. It’s the biggest fundraiser the GoJenGo Foundation has each year and it remains one of Jen’s proudest accomplishments. This. Is. Her. Legacy. This is how she chose to give back, to say thank you for the overwhelming love and grace that surprised, awed her, and profoundly touched her soul.
Let’s honor Jen and her legacy by supporting her mission. A year ago today, the only thing we could cling to was the hope that we would continue her work and make her proud. Let’s all make Jen proud today. Sign up for the Go Jen Go 5K today. Do it for Jen.
The Run Jen Run 5k takes place at Symphony Park in Charlotte on March 7. It’s a fun, fast course with tons of activities for the entire family afterward. Visit http://runjenrun.racesonline.com/ for more information.
(Simply click above to purchase tickets for PINK IN THE RINK!(
Bring the family and join us yet again for an exciting night of hockey that celebrates the commitment the Charlotte Checkers have shown year after year to our local survivors and the organizations that serve them! The event has become so popular that is has expanded to two nights! GoJenGo will be honored on Saturday, February 7th, but a portion of tickets sold through the link above (or simply click on picture) from both nights will be donated to GoJenGo. Plus, if you buy tickets through the GJG link above, you will be seated with GoJenGo faithful! Tickets are $16 with $5 going back to GJG. But you gotta act fast. Tickets for this event SELL OUT!
See you on the ice!
Folks, it’s #GivingTuesday. Have you heard about it? Even if you haven’t, the name is pretty self-explanatory. Today, after our overly-excessive spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we have a day to ease our guilt. Today, we give back to non-profit organizations that make a difference in the lives of our fellow human beings. In other words, today we will help Go Jen Go!
And you’re in luck because the way you can help couldn’t be easier!
As many of you know, Go Jen Go’s amazing founder, Jen Pagani, thought about breast cancer victims all year round and especially at Christmas. She knew that many families couldn’t afford to purchase Christmas presents because of the extraordinary cost of paying for cancer treatment and all the extra expenses that come along with it. So she started Operation Spread the Joy. She asked families to create their wish lists and then our amazing Go Jen Go supporters all became elves in order to put presents under those Christmas trees.
We know how much this project meant to Jen and we know how much Jen meant to all of us. So, in her honor this year, let’s take care of these families in style!
Here’s how it works. Click on the Sign Up Genius link, view the list of requests, and sign up to fill one (or more!). Make your purchases, then take your unwrapped gifts to the appointed spot (details are on the Sign Up Genius page). We’ll take care of the rest.
You know how they say it’s better to give than to receive? That’s what #GivingTuesday is all about. Jen understood this; she gave so much to so many people. Let’s keep her spirit alive today by being our very best selves (and elves!) and thinking about how we can further her mission this holiday season.
Know those friends you just can’t do without? The family members who come to your aid? The Checkers organization has been just that for GoJenGo the past three years, pledging money and support through their Pink in the Rink event. We just wouldn’t be where we are without them.
So, get your running gear out and prepare to support those who support us! The Charlotte Checkers 5k Run & Walk is scheduled for November 29th. Join us on a certified 5k course through downtown or a 1 mile kids fun run. Chubby and the Checkmates will be on hand to cheer you on and you will be supporting the Checkers Charitable Foundation who supports us! There will be an after party sponsored by Bud Light and there will be snacks, drinks, and music. Just consider it a warm up for the RunJenRun coming March 7th! Don’t miss an opportunity to support the Checkers, support the Charlotte community, support those in need, and support GoJenGo! We are all in this together!
Click HERE to register!
We get wacky when the weather changes, don’t we? We wake up to super cool mornings and bright blue skies and then we walk into our closets and nothing will do. That’s because brisk fall weather provides wonderful justification to go shopping for a new wardrobe. And once you get that new wardrobe, you need a new hairstyle to set it off perfectly, don’t you??
Well, you’re in luck because this Sunday, November 2 at Platinum Hair Bar in Weddington, you can get your hair shampooed, cut, and styled — all for a $25 donation to GoJenGo. You’ll also receive a gift bag which will include a $15 Platinum Hair Bar gift card, product samples, and other goodies. Oh, and five raffle tickets (additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 for 10 tickets). For prizes like:
- A professional Blow Dryer (valued at $125)
- A makeover to include color, cut, and makeup (valued up to $200)
- Jewelry by Plume
- And much more to be announced
Platinum Hair Bar is located at 13631 Providence Road in Weddington (701.849.8069) and they will be accepting donations for GoJenGo from 10am until 2pm. Get there early because it will be first-come, first-served. If you don’t want the shampoo, cut, and style, but still want to help families who are in the throes of battling breast cancer, you can donate $25 and still receive the goodie bag.
After all that money you’re going to spend on new duds, $25 is a bargain for a for a fantastic new haircut. And guaranteed, your new hairstyle will look as expensive as those new boots!
“All through the walk I felt buoyed by our team. I felt the strength and love and determination to win this fight and I felt it all from you! Not only did our team amaze me but so did all the participants walking to support others. It made me realize something very important about this disease. When you hear that cancer affects so many people I always thought that meant so many people got the disease. But what I now realize is that so many people are moved to do extraordinary things for others because of cancer. This is an incredible gift and perhaps it is God’s way of connecting us to our humanity.”
Jen Pagani, Komen Race for the Cure, 2007
We are moved to do extraordinary things. Join us.
THIS Saturday, the 20th, we will be hosting Oktoberbreast, a gathering to remember and to celebrate Jen, her vision – the GoJenGo Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Komen Race for the Cure. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Rd, from 4-6 pm. Bring the whole family. Music, games, raffle, and more. Walking or not, join us!
Saturday, October 4th, team GoJenGo will again walk at Race for the Cure to support our community partners and survivors everywhere. Join HERE or sign up at the Oktoberbreast party!
“…most of our team had arrived. I was blown away by the sea of green! I can’t believe how incredibly lucky I am to have such a large, loving support group. What an amazing feeling to walk with everyone rallying around the Go Jen Go flag. It was one of those magical moments that rank up there with my wedding day and the birth of both of my sons, an event surrounded by an aura of love and expectation that exceeds anything else.”
Jen Pagani, Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, 2007
Life is about moments. If you have never looked out over the thousands of people lined up at the start of the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, you have missed a very powerful one. A life changing moment. Because no matter the cause, when thousands gather to celebrate the preciousness of life, magic happens. You will cry, you will laugh, you may dress in a pink tutu or run your first 5k to celebrate. And you will remember the moment. Jen ranked it among the most powerful of her life. Join the GoJenGo team on October 4th. We guarantee you won’t forget!
And whether you can join us on October 4th or not, don’t miss our party on September 20 at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery from 4-6 pm. You can pick up your GoJenGo Komen tshirt and race packet, register for the walk, or just hang out with friends as we celebrate the GoJenGo Foundation and the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Family friendly event!
“The whole race was so inspirational and magical! It started off when I walked under the overpass and saw our tailgate tents and all the GoJenGo shirts. It was still early and the light was still soft and it seemed a bit like a dream. Could all this really be in support of me?” Jen Pagani, October 2007
Jen never walked a day alone after her first Komen Race for the Cure. That day, she was surrounded by hundreds of friends and family and every day after, she had the company of our prayers and hopes and dreams. That day made her believe – in her ability to fight, in the love and support all around her, and in the knowledge she could make a difference!
Join us. Let’s form the biggest team in Charlotte to honor Jen and the day that inspired the idea for the GoJenGo Foundation.
We’ll need YOU on October 4th!
Click and JOIN THE GOJENGO TEAM TODAY!
We can’t discuss the Komen Race for the Cure and the GoJenGo team without mentioning the
GoJenGo TSHIRT PICK UP PARTY!
This is one our favorite events of the year. We hold it just before the Komen race for the Cure – always a day that held special significance for Jen – so you can have your special GoJenGo shirt, complete with quote, to walk on the big day (October 4th). Jen and Joe’s wonderful neighbors were the perfect hosts for us, but in our quest to be the biggest team in Charlotte, we thought we might need to spread out a bit.
So mark your calendar for September 20th from 4-6 pm at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery! We have rented a private space with biergarten where we will have music and games and fun for all ages. There is plenty of space for young ones to run and plenty of barstools for our grownups to perch! More details to come, but circle the day and get ready to join us and support GoJenGo and the Komen Race for the Cure!
GoJenGo was a phrase, then an idea, then a movement. That movement got its start at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.
After an Inflammatory Breast Cancer diagnosis in early August, 2007, Jen rallied a team of over 200 people, THE LARGEST IN CHARLOTTE (at the time), to register for Race for the Cure. Her first race on October 6, 2007 changed her life and her outlook on humanity. Without that experience, GoJenGo would not be the foundation it is today.
Let’s do it again. Let’s build the biggest team in Charlotte. Let’s reconnect to our humanity. Let’s find a cure. Let’s honor Jen – who she was to you, who she was to us, and what she meant to the breast cancer community.
Register today for the 2014 Komen Race for the Cure and walk with GoJenGo.
Details about the team tshirt pick up party COMING SOON!