Earlier this summer, my husband and I took an international trip out of our hometown airport in Atlanta on our hometown airline, Delta. While we were sitting at the gate waiting to board, my husband asked me to look out the window to see our plane. Much to my surprise, I saw that we were going to be flying on the “pink plane”! There’s only one and I was going to be on it!
You may know about Delta’s partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation that began in 2005 and according the Delta website, has raised $3.5 million for the foundation which equates to 13 fully-funded research projects as of October 2011. That is pretty exciting stuff!
And speaking of October, it’s only a month away but it’s not too late to think about honoring breast cancer awareness. Whether you’re new on the breast cancer journey, are thriving after breast cancer or love someone who fought (or is fighting) the fight, October is our way to educate, raise awareness and support our local and national organizations who are searching for a cure, new treatments or simply helping women live easier after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Fundraising walks are quite popular during October and certainly do a lot of good in raising money for local groups and for you (getting a little exercise!) but you can also do a lot of good with some less common ways to show your support.
Here are 3 different ideas for honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
Sponsor an uninsured or underserved woman on the road to recovery:
You can help to pay for a woman’s after surgery products such as breast prostheses and post-surgical garments, even mastectomy bras with pockets to hold the prosthesis. One organization helping to make this happen is the All4One Alliance whose mission is to help underserved women recover from breast cancer with dignity. Donating to this cause is a way you can help break down the barriers to much needed products for these women.
Share your knowledge with others by volunteering: If you’re a survivor then you’ve “been there, done that” and there are lots of worried women just beginning on this journey that could benefit from your knowledge. Look for local ways to volunteer at support groups, hospitals or radiology/chemotherapy centers. You might also consider a non-profit like Living Beyond Breast Cancer who strives to empower women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Volunteers are always needed, for how ever long you can give, to support staff and programs, plan and prepare for events and offer support and education to the thousands of women they serve throughout the United States and Canada.
Plan an event of support closer to home: Whether it’s at the office, church or another place you spend most of your time, you could plan an October event right there! Does your town offer a mobile mammogram unit? Schedule them to come by or take a field trip to its closest stop and take part in an onsite mammogram along with the women you work or worship with! (Misery loves company, right?) Or ask an affiliate of a non-profit organization like Young Survival Coalition, BeBrightPink, Sister’s Network, Susan G. Komen or another local group to come by for a lunch and learn to educate women (and men!) in your office about the importance of early detection, getting support after diagnosis and more. And don’t forget the treats! Check out Positive Promotions (kind of like the Oriental Trading of breast cancer awareness) and purchase little goodies to hand out to your co-workers to remind them to honor those affected by breast cancer this October.
As you can see, there are several other ways you can get involved this October that doesn’t require a pair of walking shoes. We can ALL make a difference for one month – or even beyond!
What are your plans to spread awareness this October? Share!
P.S. In a couple of weeks, you’ll find out what Amoena is doing to give back this October, so stay tuned!