Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pink Hope

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by Brandi Rhoades

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and most communities have activities to honor survivors and help raise money. Contributing creates a closer community.

Each October, the news fills with stories about breast cancer and its survivors. Local businesses push various fundraisers for breast cancer research. People begin to talk about their experiences with breast cancer. Working for breast cancer research is something many activists do throughout the year, however. There are a number of ways to get involved with the fight against breast cancer and not just during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.....

Buy Pink Ribbons Whenever Available

The pink ribbon campaign, one of the original colored ribbon awareness campaigns, is the most visible sign of breast cancer research. Buying a pink ribbon whenever possible is an excellent way to support breast cancer research without spending significant money. In many cases, consumers are simply funneling money they would be spending anyway toward a good cause. Some states have made license plates with a pink ribbon, for example, and clothing or handbags with pink ribbons are available in many stores. Some of the money from purchasing these products goes to support breast cancer research.

Honor a Breast Cancer Survivor

Chances are good that almost everyone knows a breast cancer survivor as this cancer is so common among women. Find a woman who won her battle with cancer and take her out to lunch or send her a gift. Use the month of October to share thoughts about her fight with breast cancer.

Run in the Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer and lost her battle. Her family started the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in her memory. The very small race has spread now to a large non-profit with races happening all over the country. In most towns, the Race for the Cure is a run/walk event, so even people not in great shape can participate and raise money.

Organize a Breast Cancer Fundraiser

People feel more generous during months designated for certain conditions. Plan a fundraiser during Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the local community. A simple fundraiser is a formal dinner with all proceeds going to charity or a potluck with requested donations or a raffle among a smaller group of friends.

Cancer Awareness Calendar

October 2009

  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Mammography Day (Oct. 16)

November 2009

  • Great American Smokeout (Nov. 19)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Classic® Weekend (Nov. 19-20)
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer Hope Network
Non profit organization that provides one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer. Features stories, volunteering, and a bulletin board.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering.

Awareness Ribbons
Awareness ribbons : cancer ribbons : cancer awareness ribbons : awareness pins : cause ribbons. Non personalized cancer ribbons : cancer awareness ribbons.

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