Well, pack, by now you know that we just had Breast Cancer Awareness month-even the NFL has gone pink! Hopefully this will never affect you or your loved ones, but those of us who know someone who has battled breast cancer know how important it is to give to this cause, and to promote things like early detection practices.
Each year, about 40,000 people-both men and women, die of breast cancer. And, there are about 210,000 newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer each year.
There are simple things you can do this month (and every month!) to further the cause. Purchasing merchandise from the NFL this month will allow you to give and get back. You can find a wide assortment of pink-themed clothing and accessories on their site. In addition, many of the athletic companies, such as Adidas, are selling breast cancer merchandise, and giving portions of the proceeds to breast cancer research.
Or you can go straight to http://www.save2ndbase.com/ and help save second base! These women run a site dedicated to their friend and sister who lost her life to breast cancer in 2006. Taken straight from their site: “Save 2nd Base’s goal is to provide exposure for the mission of The Kelly Rooney Foundation. Each shirt has the potential to “spread the word” about a beautiful person and the mark she left on the world. Our shirts have been sold in all 50 US states, distributed to our troops overseas, and sit in a boutique in Australia. Save 2nd Base shirts are a vehicle to put Kelly’s favorite phrase in motion…”PAY IT FORWARD!” Save 2nd Base has donated more than $30,000 to KRF and other Breast Cancer non-profits.”
The month of October has become an annual health campaign organized by breast cancer charities worldwide. I always round up my pack and join in one of the breast cancer walks in my city, and you can do the same. There is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which is a three day, 60 mile race. That may be a bit daunting, but many other charities offer 5K walks or runs to raise money and awareness. My stride is more of the 5K variety!
You can even find a ‘Twibbon’ on http://twibbon.com/join/go-pink-breast-cancer-month and turn your avatar pink this month! So whatever you do, show your support. Donate, walk or just talk!
1) National Cancer Institute. “Breast Cancer.” (2010). Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast