This is a cause near and dear to my heart. One of my best friends was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 27- she is a dancer, a mother, a tremendous friend and a super healthy eater, so the last person to get cancer would be her. Except that she comes from a long line of the disease. At that moment, I knew it was true what they say, cancer doesn't care who you are, and breast cancer affects EVERYONE. I thought I'd put this list together to honor her and the other amazingly strong women that are survivors or, like Carly, in the middle of fighting for their lives. Honor and support them by doing one of the following:
It's #1 because you can save a life, maybe even your own for FREE! The third Friday in October of each year is National Mammography Day. On this day, or throughout October, radiologists provide free or discounted screening mammograms.
The go-to name for all things breast cancer-related, Susan G. Komen's Race For The Cure is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, with well over one million participants since 2005. It has raised millions of dollars towards finding a cure for breast cancer as well as education and awareness.
Through 2 days and 39 miles, just by putting one foot in front of the other, you can help raise money that will go towards providing women and men with the breast cancer screening, support and treatment they need regardless of their ability to pay, and so that leading-edge research teams across the country can find a cure.
The Many Faces of Breast Cancer seeks to educate women about their risks and provide information and support to the growing community of breast cancer survivors. This conference usually lasts a few hours and in one evening, you will be educated on everything about breast cancer as well as how to support a survivor.
Ride To Empower is a four-day, 100 mile bike trip in the Mojave Desert in Nevada to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. This is probably the most intense option but, I know a lot of cyclists out there that this would be a perfect fit! They incorporate orientation and fun activities (you arrive at a casino), bowling, food and awards show into the trip, so you can have some fun.
Throw your own fundraiser for Susan G. Komen- they give you everything you need in a digital toolkit which includes: Brochures, Thank-you notecards you can print, sign and hand out to thank and recognize donors, Sample Email to recruit people, Corporate Matching Gift Form to let you maximize your gifts, donation reply form to include when you send any offline donations collected during your event, breast health information, and posters and flyers. Throw any kind of party and send in your donations at the end. For more info, click on Passionately Pink For The Cure.
For three days, you camp and walk a little over 60 miles for a cure. They provide you with a 2 person tent and there's showers, sinks, a cafe, live entertainment, food, and all you could need! You don't have to carry your equipment as you walk, the crew brings it along in vans. If you don't want to walk, there's opportunities to be a crew/volunteer member, check out: Breast Cancer 3-Day for more info!
Pretty In Pink gives you $31 spa treatments for the 31 days of October! Spa treatments vary from skin care to laser removal to aromatherapy to mani/pedis and everything in between! Unfortunately, Cali girls- we're left out of this one!
What better gift than airline tickets? In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, American Airlines is inviting customers to join the fight against breast cancer when they buy an American Airlines Gift Card. During October, when they specify Komen as the beneficiary, American will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for every $50 of travel purchased via the American Airlines Gift Card.