Survivor Recap

As we reflect on 2020, our hearts are full of joy and gratitude. We saw an increase in grant requests from local breast cancer survivors needing additional support during the pandemic and we were able to say “YES”. With the continued support of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers we were able to increase our financial assistance to our Survivors Grants Fund to serve more survivors than any other year.

It has been a challenging year for many nonprofits in our community and we are grateful we were able to have our 8th Annual Run Jen Run 5K and Festival and celebrate 13 of our survivors in person before everyone’s world changed. That day reminded our supporters and our community of our mission, our purpose, and how we continue to carry Jen’s Legacy. As Karen, a Go Jen Go grant recipient shared at the awards ceremony, “ Go Jen Go was able to help us cover some monthly bills and even helped support my daughters going to summer camp. The first time we saw them smile in quite some time.”

In 2020, we have served over 240 survivors and increased our financial assistance by 15 percent. We celebrated 13 survivors at our race, 19 meals were donated to survivors through Cheers Jen Cheers, and 15 survivors were supported through Operation Spread the Joy. The numbers speak for themselves, but what truly shows the impact and what keeps us working hard are the notes from our survivors letting us know how Go Jen Go is helping them through their fight against cancer. Your support and donations are helping many women, men, and families meet their day to day needs, which helps them focus on their fight against cancer.

Here are a few examples of how your support is making an impact on our grantees. Their words are more powerful and telling than any words we could share.

“I can only say thank you so much & I can pick up my medication now and God Bless each and every one of you for what you do for others in need. Thank you.” ~ Belinda G.

“I just wanted to say thanks! You’ll never know how much these funds mean to my family. Because of these funds our lights won’t be turned off and I can put a little towards my medical bills. I feel blessed to have you guys in my corner.” ~ Renee B.

“You do great things and I am so blessed to be the recipient of your great work! This gift has offered my family some much needed relief and we cannot thank you enough for the generosity and kindness your organization has shown us. I never thought about the snowball effect in life that being sick can have. It is not just the disease you are fighting, it is also all that the disease does to disrupt your world. You and your team help to take some of the disruption and stress away! THANK YOU! I am forever grateful and when I’m on my feet again, will find ways to pay it to someone else fighting.” ~ Mara E.

You all have helped us support amazing women like Belinda, Renee and Mara. Helping to give them peace of mind and help them know they can pay their rent, utilities, and cover day to day needs. Even during a difficult year for many – financially, emotionally and physically, we saw continued support and even from some amazing breast cancer survivors giving back to support other breast cancer survivors.

“I say it every time – but I don’t know that I can ever repay you for the way you stood by me that awful year. I truly had moments when I did not know if I would make it – you stood by me, believed in me, and supported me like no one else. So just trying to repay you gives me great joy.” ~ Annika

It’s been a year no one expected, but one thing we knew is that we would continue to serve the breast cancer survivors in our community and continue to carry Jen’s Legacy. Thank you.

If you’d like to learn about our new Jen’s Legacy monthly donor program, click here. Become a founding member by the end of 2020 and help us continue to serve in 2021.

The Go Jen Go Foundation names its first Executive Director

Jennifer Branham, Go Jen Go Foundation

The Go Jen Go Foundation names its first Executive Director
Longtime volunteer and board member Susan Sears is set to lead the growing foundation to assist more Charlotte families fighting breast cancer.

The Go Jen Go Foundation has announced Susan Sears as the organization’s first Executive Director. Go Jen Go provides financial assistance to families fighting breast cancer in the greater Charlotte area, providing $103,000 in grants to 138 families in 2017.

“Bringing on Susan as our Executive Director gives Go Jen Go a new level of commitment to our mission.”,  said co-founder Joe Pagani. “We will be able to serve so many more families with a renewed attention to their needs.  While our all volunteer Board does an amazing job with the many hours they donate to supporting breast cancer survivors, Susan has a passion and a commitment to focusing on how we can better serve this community and will allow us to increase our donor base and provide support to more families in need.”

Sears resume includes working with Charlotte non-profits Komen Charlotte and most recently Girls on the Run. She has served on the planning committee for Go Jen Go’s signature fundraiser the Run Jen Run 5k since 2013 and became a board member of the foundation in 2015.

“My passion to support breast cancer initiatives began after losing my mother-in-law Terry in 2004.” said Sears. “I moved to Charlotte and immediately became involved with Komen Charlotte. It was while serving as the 2012 Race for the Cure Chair that I met co-founder Jen Pagani. I instantly connected with her and her organization’s mission and let everyone know that I wanted to be a part of it!  I am thrilled to continue to build the Go Jen Go Foundation into an amazing resource for survivors and to partner with like-minded organizations in our community.”

About The Go Jen Go Foundation
The Go Jen Go Foundation, a 501(c)(3), is dedicated to providing financial assistance to individuals and families who are battling breast cancer.  They provide financial aid during diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Go Jen Go allows families to focus on the fight, not the finances. For more information visit

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:
  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:
  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!


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


  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.

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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

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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!
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