The month of leaves falling, football, fall festivals, pumpkins and Halloween. When most people think of October they think of candy, costumes, and tailgating. However, it is also a month to think about breasts.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, "Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die."
Every October, cancer charities hold a health campaign to increase awareness of this disease and to raise money for research on finding a cure. If you are wanting to get involved, then this is definitely the month to do it.
Today I wanted to share with you some of the ways that all of you girly girls, and you manly men, can get involved in the fight for the cure. We have to help protect our breasts. Like I said in a previous blog post...The world would be a much sadder place without them.
First of all, there is always the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events. These are a series of 5k runs and walks that raise huge amounts of money, provide awareness, and honor survivors and those that lost their battles with the disease. In 2010, the St. Louis race had over 71,800 participants making it the largest race ever. For information on races near you, check out their website.
I also found this delightful website called The Pink Ribbon Shop. They have almost any kind of pink ribbon wear that you could imagine and have donated over $27,000 to different breast cancer charities. They also have some pretty cute work out gear, for all of you that enjoy your time at the gym. Perfect to gear up for your race for the cure.
The last thing that I found is very cool. This organization is called Bikers Battling Breast Cancer. They have events like Boobapalooza and Bikers for Boobs. It was founded in an effort to gain the support of the motorcycle community and raise funds for the cause. They have raised $350,000 for local breast health programs. Please take a look at their website.
Students can also get their schools involved in the search for a cure. Last year, the Catawba College SGA raised money by selling these super cute shirts designed by Zandi Watts at a basketball game.
If you are unable to participate in any of these events, or you don't have the money to buy any breast cancer merchandise, then you can always just wear pink. Girly girls love pink. I know it is one of my favorite colors. I also have to admit, one of my favorite things about this time of year is seeing those giant football players rocking the pink socks. That brings a smile to my face.