Why do you ride?

Why do you ride?

We asked some of our 24 Hours of Booty teammates questions about the ride.  It was the first year for the GoJenGo team and we had both first time riders and seasoned riders join us.  We asked them several different questions, but the first was, why?

Responses varied, but at the heart of it were people – those who surround us and those we remember and loved so much.

“Why do I ride in Booty? For Jen.  For Rocco.  Luca. Joe. For Gammy. Papa.  Juju.  Britt.  Susan.  Meredith………. That list goes on and on.  I ride for the camaraderie, to raise awareness and money for invaluable research, to meet folks.  I ride because I can.”

“I ride in 24HOB for the camaraderie and in memory of Jen Pagani.”

“I ride because Jen would have.  She would have told me to get my a$$ on a bike and ride for those who can‘t.  And I ride because I love the others who ride with me!”

And we ride because we want to win….against cancer!

“Because I hate cancer!”

“Because these are the events that give heart and and momentum and DOLLARS to the fight against cancer”
Whatever your reason, we invite you to join, to donate, or to cheer for our GoJenGo team!

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!

– See more at: https://www.gojengo.org/2015/06/booty-time/#sthash.n668njPx.dpuf
– See more at: https://www.gojengo.org/2015/07/why-do-you-ride/#sthash.H7aw28p2.dpuf

The top FIVE reasons to register for the Run Jen Run 5K (presented by Consolidated Planning)

  1. The Run Jen Run 5K is fun for the whole family.
    We don’t actually call this a race.  We call it a FESTIVAL.  And for good reason.  We will have something for everyone on Saturday, March 7.  For the kids, we have the Sports Connection Kids Zone where there will be face painting, an inflatable slide and obstacle course, a kids boot camp demonstration (participation encouraged!), balloon art, a giant inflatable bowling game, and many beloved Charlotte mascots roaming around for entertainment and photo opps.  And, of course, there is the McGladrey one-mile fun run – a perfect way for kids to burn off some energy.  For adults, there will be massages from Carolina Sports Clinic and the opportunity to watch your kids wear themselves out.  If that’s not priceless, we don’t know what is!
  2. Food.
    First of all the free stuff:  We’ll have the usual post-race snacks.  And one of Charlotte’s newest restaurants, the Improper Pig, will be offering some free barbeque samples (while supplies last).  But bring your wallet so that you can enjoy some well-earned delicacies in the food court (sponsored by Winstead Attorneys).  Because we know your priorities, there will be hot coffee, supplied by The Coffee Priest, for your caffeine fix.  You can also enjoy breakfast sandwiches and breakfast tacos from Two Chicks And A Truck and then indulge in some freshly made treats from the Kettle Korn Factory afterward.  We’ve also heard rumors that there may be donuts. . . .
  3. The course.
    The 5K course is fun and fast.  The Carolina Volkswagen pace car will lead runners through a timed, USATF-certified course that has more downhills than uphills.  A PR is a very good possibility at the Run Jen Run 5K.  And there will be age group awards!
  4. The swag.
    The Run Jen Run 5K race t-shirt is soft, breathable, and flattering on everyone.  That’s because we have both women’s and men’s styles.  Plus, every 5K finisher receives a really cool medal.  How many 5Ks do you know of that offer a medal??
  5. It’s the largest fundraiser for the GoJenGo Foundation.  And it’s Jen’s legacy.
    Jen Pagani and her husband, Joe, founded GoJenGo to provide emotional and financial support for individuals (and their families) in North and South Carolina battling breast cancer.  But it’s not possible without the help of our supporters.  By registering for this race (our largest fundraiser and a dream come true for Jen), you are helping us offer many local families a little relief from the everyday costs of living life along with cancer treatment.  This is our third Run Jen Run 5K  and our second race without Jen.  Honor her legacy by registering for her race!


The Run Jen Run 5K is presented by Consolidated Planning, a member of the Guardian Group.  For more information or to register, visit https://runjenrun.racesonline.com/register.  You can arrive as early as 6:30am but the 5K race begins at Southpark Mall’s Symphony Park at 8am (at the Smiley’s 4 C’s start line).  The one-mile fun run will start at 8:45. 

Do it for Jen

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.  

Pink in the Rink

Pink in the Rink Feb 12

(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!


Spread the Joy on #GivingTuesday

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.

Charlotte Checkers 5k

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!



Support GJG and get a new fall look

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!

Extraordinary things

“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!

Take a Moment

 “…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!


That Day – Komen 2007

“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!


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