When most people think about the fall season, the usual seasonal colors come to mind as the leaves on the trees change beautiful colors of red, orange, yellow and brown. However, when October comes around, many of us also begin to start thinking about the color pink. That’s because although we tend to think of ghouls and goblins, candy and pumpkin farms throughout the month, October is also the month associated with Breast Cancer Awareness.
Many of us have either been personally affected by breast cancer or know somebody who has been. The fact is, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer knows no boundaries. Men can be affected too, and breast cancer affects people of all ages, genders, socio-economic classes and geographic locations. Breast cancer affects more than just the patient – co-survivors (friends, family and co-workers) need support too. All month long, businesses and organizations around the country run advertisements and promotions in an effort to raise awareness and funds to help fight against this disease. It is a very important time for every to be aware of breast cancer and to take action.
There are many things you can do to support and raise awareness for this important cause. Here are a few ways you can get involved:
You may want to consider throwing a pink party! A party can be a fun way of raising awareness while having fun with friends. Check out these free printables by Chicabug to help you host your event. Their printable kit is as useful as it is pretty and includes signs, donation cards, note cards, thank you cards, water bottle labels, treat bag labels, banners, and more.
Take time to educate your community. The American Cancer Society offers a free toolkit for organizations or community groups to use that includes resources for implementing a breast cancer awareness campaign within your community. The kit includes suggestions and ideas for promoting general awareness through a variety of methods including brochures, email blasts, newsletter articles, quick facts, and more. Collaborate with other volunteers in your community, including the survivorship, publicity and advocacy chairs, to develop an action plan for your community.
Get Work Involved. Raising money for a good cause with the people you work with is a great way to bring up morale in the office. Everyone likes to support a good cause. Try using the above toolkit to leverage your company’s social media platforms, or initiate a fun contest in the office to see how much money you can raise. Other things you can do include connecting with a local non-profit or medical center to raise funds for research and treatment, promoting awareness with pink products and donating a portion of the proceeds to a worthy cause, and sharing your commitment to increasing awareness in your employee or customer newsletter.
Give a gift! Many corporations sell pink products during the month of October and donate a percentage of the proceeds to Breast Cancer organizations. At RubberStamps.com, we have the perfect gift to give away to your pink party guests in their favor bags or to your friends, family, and coworkers. We have pink self-inking rubber stamps especially made for Breast Cancer Awareness, and we sell them throughout the entire year! Choose one of our designs, such as “Stamp out Breast Cancer”, or create your own message with up to 6 lines of custom text and images. We donate $1 for each pink stamp sold to the Susan G. Komen Foundation For the Cure.
Walk or Run! Countless cities all over the country are organizing tons of walks to raise money and awareness for the cause! Get involved with a local walk with friends, family, or your entire office.
We hope everyone makes an effort to help find a cure to breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information on breast health and breast cancer, visit the Susan G. Komen website at www.komen.org.