Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Pink-Ribbon-Breast-CancerOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Millions of people are touched by the devastating disease, but there’s always more we can do to create awareness and support research to find a cure. Here are 5 ways to support breast cancer awareness.

Walk The most popular way to get involved is to participate in a walk or run. Hundreds of walks are held every year across the country. These events raise money to help cancer patients in addition to raising awareness of the disease. The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides originated in Boston in 1984 with 200 walkers. Since then, more than eight million people have walked to raise more than $460 million dollars to fight breast cancer.

Pink-Ribbon-Breast-CancerVolunteer All those walks have to have volunteer support to put the events together. They need people to set up, train walkers, put up posters, and do administrative work. Making time and putting in effort is appreciated and needed to make these events happen. There are several organizations to be of service to. Avon, The American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation all have volunteer opportunities.

Donate If you don’t have time to give, donations are welcome at every organization. Money goes to education, outreach, awareness, and treatment. In 2012, the National Cancer Institute spent $602 million for breast cancer research. Finding a cure costs money and every cent counts.

Host a Fundraiser Breast cancer foundations make it easy to create fundraising events. Whether you want to do something small like a bake sale, or you have bigger aspirations like hosting a dinner or an art show, you can manage these events through foundations.breast-cancer-awareness-tote

Buy Pink Everyone loves pink! Pink products come in all forms — scarves, tote bags, t-shirts, pink tulip bulbs — and a portion of the proceeds go toward breast cancer research. Not only is money you’re spending supporting the cause, but you’re also raising awareness of breast cancer and showing your support for the cause when you wear your pink products.pink-tulips

However you decide to support the cause, every little bit has a benefit — whether it’s for education for prevention, helping families as cancer patients go through treatment or research to find the cure, your support is appreciated and needed.

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  1. Patty Jo Durfee says:

    I don’t have breast cancer. But I do have Stage 4 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. After I learned that this was “Breast cancer awareness month” I became excited! I asked myself “why must it just be about breast cancer?” There are millions of people who suffer from cancers of all kinds. This month for me (and it should be for you also) is about more than breast cancer alone. I lost my grandfather, my mother, my brother and a very dear Aunt, and now myself. It’s about “all of them”, all types of cancer and all the millions including myself, who will not be able to see a cure in time. So, I went to the Dollar Store and grabbed an armful of pink items with the breast cancer logo on them. I passed them out to my friends, to wear them or use them in remembrance of all those who are suffering from this awful, dreaded plague. Each of them said that they would be honored to pray for those who are suffering from cancer! Everyone who has cancer deals with it in their own way. My own experience with cancer has created a heightened sense of compassion within my heart. I am so thankful to God for his tender mercies….in giving me this kind of cancer. You may ask me “why?” My answer is simply this: I have almost finished my life story, which I can leave behind for my posterity. I hope that it will serve as a source of inspiration. I have a much better perspective on just how valuable each moment is, especially when it comes to my children and grandchildren! I love my life! So, to those of you who suffer… I say “I know right where you are coming from! Hang in there, keep smiling ?(even though it hurts) and “Count your many blessings, name them one by one…and it will surprise you what the Lord has done “

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