More than likely, someone close to you currently has or has had breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, great strides are being made in an effort to find a cure and eradicate breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month, a time to celebrate survivors, and support those who are currently battling breast cancer and those who will in the future. If you’re wondering how you can show your support during breast cancer awareness month and all throughout the year, then you have come to the right place. Let’s take a look at how you can take a stand against breast cancer.
Raise Awareness By the Way You Dress
Pink is nationally recognized as the color for breast cancer awareness. Wear pink and/or breast cancer awareness clothing to spread the word to everyone you cross paths with of the importance of breast cancer research.
Utilize Facebook and other Social Media Platforms to Raise Awareness
Social media is a powerful platform to have your voice heard. Almost everyone has a Facebook account, which makes it a great way to spread the message to the masses. Here are some great ways you can use Facebook to raise breast cancer awareness:
- Change your profile picture to reflect your support and awareness of breast cancer.
- Take a photo of you and your friends, family, or coworkers wearing pink. You can share it on your social media accounts with the hashtag #PinkPose
- Make it a challenge: For every breast cancer awareness post you make, you can tag friends and ask them to share the post or donate to breast cancer research.
- Begin a fundraiser on Facebook with the Support Nonprofit option. This is a great way to not only raise awareness but support your favorite charity as well.
Shop at Stores that Promote Breast Cancer Awareness
Give your business to stores that openly show their support for breast cancer awareness. Many businesses will donate a certain amount of the proceeds to breast cancer research and breast cancer charities. If your favorite stores are not participating, ask management if they would consider donating to the cause.
Make a Donation
Make a donation to the breast cancer charity of your choice. You can make a donation in the name of a loved one who has battled or is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. You can also ask your oncologist or care provider which foundations support their mission in the fight against breast cancer.
Volunteer Your Time
Making a donation isn’t the only way to give to breast cancer charity organizations. You can also donate your time. Contact the breast cancer awareness charity of your choice and ask for ways that you can donate your time to make a difference and join the fight in preventing and curing breast cancer forever!
Organize a Fundraiser
If you are looking for a more local way to show your support, you can either join or start a local fundraiser with your family and friends. Ideas include:
- Hold a carwash
- Host a bake sale
- Organize a 5k
- Silent Auction
- Trivia Night
- Ice Cream Social
The possibilities are endless when it comes to the types of fundraisers you can organize.
Local Breast Cancer Awareness Events
Making Strides of Tucson
When: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Where: Geico Parking Lot, 3050 S. Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tucson, AZ
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is normally a walk for those who are currently battling breast cancer, survivors, and their loved ones. This year we will be driving through Tucson showing our support by decorating our cars. Check-in begins at 8:00 am using your phone with the drive starting at 8:30 am. This event serves to celebrate everyone who has battled the disease as well as raise awareness of breast cancer and the need for a cure.
Bosom Buddies of Phoenix Arizona
Bosom Buddies, based in Phoenix is a support group for men and women of all ages who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. What makes Bosom Buddies unique is that all of their leaders are breast cancer survivors. This means they know first hand what members are going through and how to provide the best support. All facilitators are actually volunteers, which means they are there because they truly want to make a difference. Contact Bosom buddies to ask about opportunities to volunteer!
Virtual Trivia Night in Flagstaff
When: Saturday, October 17, 2020
The Cancer Support Community Arizona is hosting a virtual trivia night fundraiser! All of the proceeds will go to support free cancer support programs in Northern Arizona. Tickets are $30 per person or $200 for a team of 6-8 players.
Fight Breast Cancer Together!
About every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Think about that for a moment, those are staggering numbers. However, there are 33 million survivors in the United States thanks to research, awareness, and support. By raising awareness and with your support the number of survivors will only continue to increase! Do your part and get involved in the fight against breast cancer not only during the month of October but throughout the year!
Arizona Oncology prides itself as one of Arizona’s largest cancer centers. Our physicians and staff are dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to all of our cancer warriors.
Originally posted October 2019. Updated October 2020.