October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). During this time of year, going “pink” — the color which represents breast cancer — helps raise awareness of the disease. This month-long observance is significant in raising funds for research into breast cancer’s cause, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention. It also offers relevant information and support to those affected or has lost their fight.
With that said, if you really want to raise breast cancer awareness and make an impact, here are five things you can do.
Host or Attend a Fundraiser
A superb way to make a difference this month is to host a fundraiser in honor of breast cancer awareness. There are hundreds of fundraising ideas you can try, and one of the most popular ways to raise money for BCAM is to have an old-fashioned bake sale. Sweet treats and pastries are a hit in every state, city, town, or community. You can even ask your friends, family, and co-workers to make baked goods and sell them alongside you.
If you are not interested in hosting a fundraiser, you can always attend one. Throughout October, there are many fundraising events for breast cancer awareness. With the help of the American Cancer Society, you can easily find events and volunteer opportunities in your area.
Donate Money to Charity
Making a monetary donation is one other way to show your support during breast cancer awareness month. Before you donate, however, make sure to do your homework. Some larger charities have high administrative costs that consume donations. As such, research the charity before donating to make sure your dollars will be well spent.
Donate Your Time
If you cannot make a monetary donation, consider volunteering instead. Many non-profit organizations offer fulfilling volunteer opportunities to those with the heart to help. Manpower combined with brain power is just as valuable as any monetary donation.
Share Information on Social Media
Platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are excellent for expanding the reach of a message and maximizing the potential for word-of-mouth. You can share trending articles about breast cancer on your feed, or remind your female friends and family about the importance of mammograms through direct messaging.
Donate Your Long Locks
Losing hair is only one of the many struggles women will face while battling breast cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. The toll of this physical side effect can be very traumatic. Donating your hair to organizations that create custom wigs for cancer patients is a simple way to show your care and support.
A Final Word: Wear Your Pink
October marks the beginning of Fall and the anticipation for Halloween. But for those who have known the complexity of dealing with breast cancer, whether personally or through loved ones, the month holds an entirely different significance. If you are committed to showing your support and make a difference in the lives of breast cancer fighters, keep wearing pink and try one of the five things mentioned in this blog.