Updated: Oct 7, 2022
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m a survivor and I’m grateful every day for that, but the fact is that Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers in America. Nearly 250,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Supporting those who are facing this and creating awareness to increase preventative measures is critical. There are plenty of ways you can help. From hosting a fundraiser to making your social media profiles pink, every little step counts.
Join A Fundraiser Walk
Participate in a local breast cancer walk or run such as Race For The Cure or Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. These events are typically held during the month of October and are a great way to get involved, raise money and support those affected by breast cancer.
Donate If You Can
Donate to a breast cancer research or support organization. There are many great organizations doing important work to help fight breast cancer. I’m a huge fan of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Your donation can help them continue their lifesaving work.
Talk About It Online
Spread the word on social media. Use your platform to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. You can add a pink frame to your profile photo and use hashtags like #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth or #BCAM to get started. Be sure to share any helpful articles (like this one!) and react to all of the Breast Cancer Awareness things your friends share to give it a boost in the algorithms.
Wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness whenever you can. Pink is the official color of breast cancer awareness, so break out your pink clothes and accessories during October to show your support. As the awareness campaigns have gained traction over the years, seeing the color pink is now a subtle reminder to anyone who sees it.
Talk About It Even More
Talk to your loved ones about getting screened for breast cancer and how to find the resources available. Early detection is key to survival, so make sure the people you care about know when they should get screened based on their doctor’s recommendations and risk factors.
Be An Actual Support For Someone
Provide practical support to someone you know who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. This could include cooking meals, running errands, or providing child care while they undergo treatment. Just lending a listening ear and being there for them can make a big difference in their journey.
If you’re lucky enough to not know anyone who is going through this right now, you can reach out to the organizers of your local Breast Cancer Awareness Walks or other events and ask how you can help. And if you’re able, please take a moment to help my team reach our fundraising goal for 2022. You click below to donate to my husband Mike’s Susan G Komen 3Day for the Cure fundraising. He needs to raise $2,300 to walk in November! We are celebrating my 20th year cancer free!
Also, if you'd like to learn more about my personal journey with Breast Cancer, it's a big theme in my upcoming book (which is launching at the end of October!!). To stay in the loop about that or if you would like to learn more about learning to find new meaning and purpose in your life after retirement, please join the Courage Convergence today!