5 Ways to Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, throughout the U.S., people are “tickled pink” to show their support for those affected by breast cancer, and raise awareness and funds to help save lives. From fundraisers to breast cancer awareness products, here are a just a few of the ways you can participate in the annual movement.
Host a Fundraiser
Anyone can host a fundraiser for breast cancer research, treatment and education, and there are a number of organizations out there that offer step-by-step guides and tools to help you get started. Both the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen are great resources, and if hosting an event isn’t for you, they also make it easy to donate or join an existing fundraiser.
Participate in a Walk
Each year, hundreds of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walks are held across the country to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund breast cancer research and provide patients with free rides to chemo and places to stay near treatment, as well as a live 24/7 cancer helpline. You can lead your own Making Strides team, join a walk near you, or make a donation on their website.
Get a Mammogram
Breast cancer awareness starts with you! Learn about the warning signs, which include a lump in the breast, a change in breast tissue, nipple tenderness or milky discharge, and find out how to perform breast self-examinations. Schedule your annual mammogram, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. You may even be eligible for free or low-cost screenings.
Dye a Strand of Hair Pink
Want to make a bold statement that shows you care? Dye your hair! Many salons across the country offer specials on pink extensions or will dye a strand of your hair pink at a discounted rate. Some salons even offer #gopink days during October, donating their time and a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer research.
Display those Pink Ribbons
The simplest way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month is by wearing and displaying a Pink Ribbon – the international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Adding a Facebook frame, making a pink ribbon lapel pin, and displaying breast cancer awareness products, such as pink ribbon flags, are all great ways to show your support for those impacted by breast cancer. You can even create a custom pink ribbon flag or banner to fly as a team during your walk, race or other fundraising event.
Together, We Can End Breast Cancer
Whether through making a donation, purchasing breast cancer awareness products, or simply displaying the pink ribbon symbol of hope, there’s no wrong way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As long as you’re showing your support for the people who need it, you’re doing your part.