Mint Cannabis dispensary located in the Phoenix area has announced a partnership with nonprofit organization Check for a Lump to raise funds for breast cancer screenings and related support services. The collaboration recently launched their Buds ‘n’ Bras campaign, which is designed to raise awareness for the vital need for breast cancer screenings and raise money for related services by giving away free pre-rolls to adult recreational cannabis customers who donate a bra.
Customers who shop at any of Mint’s three Phoenix dispensaries will receive a free pre-roll with a donation from now through October 15th. However, there’s a limit for one joint and one shirt per customer per day. Customers who donate 10 bras are eligible to receive a free breast cancer awareness t-shirt in addition to the free joint.
Right now, Mint Cannabis is aiming to collect 4,200 bras to support the nonprofit. They’ll also donate $1 from every pre-roll sale to the nonprofit. At the end of the campaign, the bras will be donated to Check for a Lump, which receives cash donations for every bra they donate.
But why are they doing it? In short, COVID-19 shutdowns led to all sorts of vital health screenings to be delayed this year. A study from the IQVIA Institute of Human Data Science found that there was an 87% decrease in mammograms compared to the last year. It’s expected that over 6000 new cases of breast cancer and 900 breast cancer-related deaths will occur in Arizona this year.
In addition to the fundraiser and donations, the Buds ‘n’ Bras campaign will also hold breast screening events at Mint dispensaries in conjunction with Check for a Lump. Check for a Lump’s mobile mammography bus will stop at The Mint’s Mesa dispensary on Saturday, October 9th from 8 AM to 12 PM. To pre-register for a screening, patients can call (480) 967-3767.
Last but not least, Mint Cannabis will be sharing information about Check for a Lump’s Pink Out 5k walk/run, which will be held Saturday, October 2nd at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. They’ll have a booth set up where they can collect more bras for Check for a Lump.
The campaign is already off to a good start. On August 27th, the campaign officially launched with a bra-raising ceremony at Mint’s Tempe/Guadalupe location where cancer patients and survivors hung a string of bras across the dispensary’s parking lot.
However, they’ve seen resounding success already, and have already collected ten large plastic trash bags full of bras. One spokesperson said that one of the bags was too heavy to lift, and it hadn’t even been two weeks since the campaign launched.
October is breast cancer awareness month. If you’re looking for a way to give back to the Phoenix community through the month of October, think about giving. Donate a bra, and get a free pre-roll for helping others raise awareness and funding for vital health services that make a difference in the lives of women every day.