As you might already know from spotting a donation box at the grocery checkout or seeing your favorite sports teams wearing pink uniforms, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is desperately important: 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and there will be over 250,000 new cases in 2017.
Many organizations use October to ramp up their fundraising and research efforts through events and outreach campaigns. With so many options, it can be difficult to know how and where to get involved. Below are 5 easy and accessible ways to spread breast cancer awareness and support research for a cure.
Host a fundraiser
You really can make a difference from your own living room. Some organizations, like the National Breast Cancer Foundation, offer a fundraising platform to track progress as an individual or team. You can also strike out on your own, hosting events like a wine night, movie screening, or any number of ideas.
Share info on social media
Important facts can never be overshared. Sometimes we can see the same piece of information over and over, but it isn’t until the thousandth time that something clicks. Sharing info on social media can help get valuable facts to people who wouldn’t have otherwise come across it. You can also share ways to get involved with those around you.
Get a mammogram on National Mammography Day
A mammogram screens for breast cancer even when no symptoms are present. It takes less than 15 minutes and correctly identifies 87% of those who have breast cancer. Getting a mammogram is a quick and easy way to be informed of and take care of your health!
Mammograms can be done at a clinic or hospital, so search online to find options near you.
Attend a walk
It is very powerful when people gather together for a common cause. Charity walks are a great way to fundraise and get to know those who are working towards the same goals as you. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer hosts walks in many locations, as does the Susan G. Komen organization.
ENLIGHTENED participated in the 2017 Race for the Cure to support the Susan G. Komen foundation, providing ice cream, crisps, and treats to attendees at the finish line. “Almost everybody who was there has had breast cancer touch their lives in some way,” said Alex, our content marketing manager who attended. “It’s powerful to be involved with such an amazing organization fighting for and with incredibly strong people.”
Even if you don’t live in a big city, there may be a local walk taking place in your neighborhood!
Make a donation
Donate to one of many organizations focusing on different aspects of breast cancer awareness, treatment, and research:
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