Thursday, October 13, 2016
When you hear October, what colors do you think of? Red and yellow leaves? Gray skies? Orange and black for Halloween? What about pink? Pink is used to celebrate breast cancer awareness month in October, so it has become a ubiquitous color during the fall. And besides wearing pink, if you want to do more to help, here are a few ways to fight breast cancer in October and year round.
Taking the Next Step
Breast cancer support isn’t measured in 5K increments anymore. Larger events allow you to team up, get active and support finding a cure. The Susan G. Komen 3-day event is a 60 mile walk where you and hundreds of other supporters camp at night and walk during the day to raise money to help find a cure.
Support the Supporters
A simple way to help is by supporting companies who back cancer research, like TracFone. This month TracFone is donating a portion of its sales at Dollar General to Susan G. Komen. 10% of each sale of the Alcatel Pixi Pulsar in the signature pink case will be donated, up to a $25,000 donation.
TracFone is committed to helping find a cure. Use this link to find a store so you can help as well: http://bit.ly/TFDollarGeneral
Donating your time could make a huge difference. The best part is there are many ways to donate your time. You can become part of Road to Recovery, a group that organizes drivers to get patients to and from appointments if they’re unable to drive themselves. The Look Good, Feel Better program gives patients the beauty supplies and know-how to restore their appearance during and after chemotherapy. Many smaller organizations are run entirely with volunteers, so reach out and see how you can lend a hand. Whatever your skill set is, there’s a way you can help.
Another great way to take the fight to breast cancer is by working toward prevention yourself. There’s no 100% effective way to prevent it, but taking care of yourself is a great way to lower the risk. Maintaining an active lifestyle, having a balanced healthy diet and limiting your alcohol intake are great first steps to help lower your potential risk. Also remember to have regular mammogram screenings to catch any problem sooner rather than later.