Every October, many people begin to don pink ribbons and accessories to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women and men all over the world take part in an amazing campaign that celebrates the lives of women who have survived breast cancer and supports those who are still fighting. It is an amazing time of year that deserves celebration.
To raise awareness for this disease, you can take part in a number of events that show your support, whether you are a survivor, fighter or friend of someone with breast cancer. The following are a few examples of things you can do to support the cause.
Wear Pink Everything
Pink is the signature color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each October, you will see pink everywhere, from the National Football League to ribbons around trees in your own neighborhood. If you are a lover of pink and you want to show your support for breast cancer awareness, this is the month for you.
Comb through your sweaters, scarves and accessories to add some pink pizazz to your outfits. If you do not have anything, you can wear a simple pink ribbon on your lapel or blouse and secure it with a safety pin or small brooch. Taking the time to wear something pink to support an amazing cause is one of the best statements you can make.
Give to the Cause
Another way you can support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is by giving to the cause. If you give to charities each month, consider giving to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in October. Almost all of the money raised is used to provide vital services that women need during breast cancer treatment.
Mammograms, breast cancer education, support and other breast health services are just a few things that the foundation pays for.
If you are not able to give money or you want to make a larger contribution, you can host a fundraiser. You do not have to host an expensive fundraising gala. A simple bake sale or car wash will suffice. Taking the time to do any of these things is a great way to show your support.
Walk for the Cure
Every October, a number of breast cancer awareness walking and running events are held. Different awareness groups will sponsor these events, and they are a great way to show your support. You can pay the entry fees to walk or run, which helps raise funds for breast cancer research.
If you are not a runner or walker, you can provide support by volunteering at one of the events in your area. These events are so much fun for everyone involved, whether you are survivor or lending support.
Sadly, many women still are not aware of the warning signs of breast cancer. Many women either don't understand the importance of regular breast self-exams or don't know how to do them, and yet self-exams are the best way to beat this disease early.
Some of the best education comes from the women who have been there. If you have walked the journey of beating breast cancer, take time this month to tell your story. Share with one or two women who may not know that self-exams can save lives. Your insight could literally save a life.
As you can see, you can celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in so many different ways. Taking the time to spread awareness and show your support, whether you are a survivor, love someone who is dealing with breast cancer or have lost a loved one, is a very special gesture.
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