National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How You Can Make a Difference

Written By Salina Jivani

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Think of a woman you know: your mother your sister, your wife, your daughter and maybe even yourself. Now think about all she is to you, to the people around you, to her own family. Think about all the different hats she wears and the many people who depend on her day in, day out. About how amazing it is that a single woman can offer so much and so completely to the world around her.

Millions of women like this exist in the world. And while those women are busy raising kids, upholding families, joining the job force, contributing to the future of the world, and doing so much more, a silent killer lurks out there, knocking down so many of these magnificent, unsuspecting women, snatching them away from their loved ones and leaving a gaping hole in the lives of all those they touched. The culprit: breast cancer.

October, specifically known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is known for its flurry of pink ribbons, pink shirts and everything pink, as people remain cognizant of and maintain a heightened focus about this devastating disease that consumes so many lives every year, impacting the families and friends of victims while leaving a trail of loss and grief in its wake.

If you’re looking for a good cause to contribute to this month, consider donating to breast cancer organizations that are active in funding research and cures for this lethal disease. Whether you wish to contribute your time, resources or money to this worthy cause, there are several options available to you.

Do a fundraiser

If you don’t feel you can make a significant difference on your own, or simply wish to engage as many people as you can in your mission to help fight breast cancer, consider hosting a fundraiser. This doesn’t have to be a boring task. Think about ways you can make the event exciting by throwing a bash, maybe even charging an entrance fee through which you can collect the funds for your campaign. Because it’s a good cause, you may also be successful in winning the support of artists and entertainers who may perform at no cost—giving your party the hype it may need to help you meet your fundraising goals.

If event planning isn’t your cup of tea or you’re looking to do something more small scale, you might start with a close group of friends and ask them for help on planning a fundraiser, or simply asking them for contributions. No amount is too small.
Make a one time or recurring donation

Foundations like Susan G. Komen host walks and encourage sponsorships as they use dollars collected toward researching, fighting and curing breast cancer, once and for all. If you’re looking to donate money, this is definitely one of the most known and credible organizations for breast cancer. Donation can be one time or occur on an ongoing basis, depending on what you want. If you work for a company that has a match program, be sure to look into it to increase your donation’s potential. Also keep any receipts of your donation amount and talk to your tax specialist about any tax breaks you may be eligible for.

Whoever you decide to donate to, make sure to do your research and ensure the organization you choose is legitimate and credible—there’d be nothing worse than to see your hard-earned money and noble intentions be swallowed up by fraudsters.
Share content on social media

If you can’t donate money or time, don’t worry! Fortunately, we live in a time and age where social media is a powerful tool. If you can, spare a few minutes to share posts about your favorite cancer organizations. In doing so, you may inspire others to either donate their time or resources in some way or, at least, re-share on their social media platforms and help garner publicity and/or funds for these organizations.
The stronger we join forces to battle breast cancer, the better we can preserve the lives of beloved women and benefit all those they touch, nourish and nurture on a daily basis. For without their power, strength and unconditional love, the world wouldn’t be nearly as beautiful as it is today.

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