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How to Show Your Support During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Each year during October, you’ll see many things turning “pink” in honor of breast cancer awareness.  Going “pink” during October is great.  It raises awareness of all those living with breast cancer and those that have lost their fight.

That said, awareness is great, but if you really want to show your support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month AND make a difference, there are are a number of things you can do.

How to Make a Difference During Breast Cancer Awareness MonthHow to show your support during breast cancer awareness month

Host a Fundraiser

A great way to make a difference this month is to host a fundraiser in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It doesn’t have to elaborate.  Many people do fundraisers at work.  A few ideas include:

  • Having employees pay for a “dress down” day.
  • Have a good old fashion bake sale.  Have it at work, place of worship or any place where you have a large group of people.  Ask others to make baked goods and sell them!
  • Sell ribbons.  This works well if you work in a retail setting with customers coming in and out.  You can sell paper ribbons, have customers sign them and hang them up around your business throughout the month.

There are a ton of other ideas on internet.  If you’d like help coming up with a fundraiser, please contact us.

Donate

There are many worthy organizations that support breast cancer patients and survivors.  Many of these organizations do amazing things on small budgets.  A great way to show your support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to make a monetary donation to a breast cancer charity. Before you donate, do some homework though.  You want to make sure your money is going to HELP women through their journey with breast cancer.  Many larger charities have high administrative costs that eat up donations, so if you really want to make a difference, research the charity before you donate to make sure your dollars will be well spent.

Volunteer

Many non-profits focused on breast cancer have volunteer opportunities.  If you don’t want to or can’t make a monetary donation, consider donating your time.  To a non-profit, manpower and brain power is just as important and monetary donations.

 Attend a Fundraiser

Showing your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month can be fun!  If you don’t want to host a fundraiser, attend one!  Throughout October there are many fundraising events to support breast cancer awareness so find one and attend!  We have a number of things going on this month, check our calendar for details. 

The popularity of Breast Cancer Awareness Month has put breast cancer at the forefront of many people’s minds.  That is always a great thing.  If you really want to show your support AND make a difference, keep wearing your pink and try one of the things we mentioned above!

Jennifer Calero

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