Open a New Door

Is something in your life holding you back from a reinvention? MORE and the makers of Oxytrol® For Women – the first and only over-the-counter treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) – have launched a new program called “Open a New Door,” designed to help women 50 and over overcome barriers when pursuing passions. The “Open a New Door” contest will award one woman $10,000 to help realize her reinvention goals in the areas of professional development, volunteerism or travel in addition to a personal coaching session to help spark her journey.

Tell us your story and upload a recent photo to the link below for a chance to win.  See below for abbreviated rules or click here for full rules including essay judging criteria.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN IN THE OPEN A NEW DOOR CONTEST. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE THE CHANCE OF WINNING. Ends 11:59:59 pm ET on 6/30/14. Open to women who are legal residents of 50 U.S. and District of Columbia and 50+ years. Void where prohibited. Collection, use, sharing and publication of personal information, including photographs, in connection with this Contest is governed by the Privacy Statement, available online at MoreOpenDoors.com. For Official Rules, inclusive of the entry judging criteria, and complete details, click here

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