Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How to Show Your Support
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! It's time to bust out those pink ribbons and start thinking of new ways to support cancer survivors, research projects fighting for the cure, and the badass women in our lives who -- quite simply -- kick butt every day of the year.
This year, we've collected 10 ways you can get involved in the fight against breast cancer.
However you show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage you to take the time to educate yourself and others on the realities of breast cancer -- we'll get into some statistics in a second, but there's only so much you can learn from a single blog by a sunglasses company. Education is the first step toward finding a cure, so we encourage our entire community to find creative and engaging ways to learn more about the fight!
7 Ways to Show Your Support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
We'll start with the obvious one. Donating to funds that offer support for women with breast cancer, cancer survivors, and their families is one of the best and most straightforward ways to show your support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are just a few funds leading the charge toward a cure, offering support for women in need, and distributing resources to help families cope with the realities of cancer:
- The American Cancer Society
- The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer
- The National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Susan G. Komen Foundation
- Young Survival Coalition
2. Wear pink.
Nowadays, October is associated with more than just spookytimes and Halloween. You've probably seen -- or worn! -- those little pink ribbons popping up during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The goal here isn't just to hop on a bandwagon, but to encourage people to raise awareness about breast cancer by learning the signs and symptoms, practicing self-screening, and donating to research funds and other organizations.
This is a simple way to raise awareness, particularly if you commit to wearing something obvious and fun, like an armband or hat, every day of October. Anytime someone asks you a question about your accessory, you've got an opportunity to get them on board!
3. Educate yourself and others.
The name of the game is awareness -- and awareness starts with education. Take the time this month to learn the statistics surrounding breast cancer. And while you're at it, keep a few facts on hand to offer to anyone interested in learning more about breast cancer.
- 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime -- in fact, every 2 minutes, a woman is diagnosed in the US.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the US -- and the number one cause of cancer-related death for women around the world.
- About 95% of breast cancer cases affect women age 40 or older, but cases do still occur in younger women.
- While traditional breast cancer screenings start around age 40, it's critical to practice self-screening at every age.
- Men can get breast cancer, too! The odds are significantly lower (about 1 in 1,000), but men need to be aware and take steps for screenings.
4. Offer your time.
Money isn't the only thing we can contribute: many foundations and research organizations are severely lacking in time and talent, as well. Nonprofit leaders are some of the hardest-working and thinnest-stretched people in the job market, so if you have time to volunteer or a service to donate -- such as balancing books, keeping a website up to date, or helping out with social media -- you can make a major impact.
5. Start a fundraiser.
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All right, pink cupcakes aren't the only thing you can put forward for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But you can organize all kinds of fundraisers or drives to support women and families in need: canned goods drives, community yard sales to raise money, and even drives for drives (meaning, people who are able to transport women in need to and from their doctor's appointments).
6. Take part in a charity event.
Strap on those running shoes and get sponsored to run a 5K. There are tons of charity events available in October, and we bet you a dollar that there are at least a few in your town you'd be interested in attending. Silent auctions, charity dinners, and sponsored celebrations are just a few of the things you can sign up for -- the more you can celebrate, the more you can raise for research!
7. Support a cancer survivor in your life.
We saved the best for last. Unfortunately, with the prevalence of breast cancer these days, the odds are good that someone you know is dealing with its effects, whether they're suffering from breast cancer themselves or working to support someone else who is. One of the best ways you can support your loved ones during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is simply that -- support them. Offer your time, your encouragement, and your company. Sometimes, we just want a few hours to forget all the crazy stuff going on in life, and that counts for difficult medical experiences, too.
At Bomber Eyewear, we believe in supporting the community in every way we can. Whether that means sponsoring charity events, offering big discounts for first responders and educators, or just finding ways to bring our community together, we want you to know that we're here for you -- every hour of every day, every month of every year!