Give back, Get a cure!
Cancer is something that affects all of us in one way or another. From the people who have survived cancer, to the ones who were brave enough to at least fight it, they are all inspirational and motivational. Almost all of the people I’ve encountered who had breast cancer were happy even though they were going through things that are unimaginable. To say they are inspiring is really an understatement. Speaking to a survivor or someone who is fighting breast cancer makes any problems you are currently going through look miniscule.
I asked a woman with breast cancer if she could start life over again what she would’ve changed and her response was “I would’ve taken better care of myself, enjoyed life more and worried less”. This made me cry. Looking at the way I was living knowing I didn’t have cancer and wasn’t taking care of myself the way I should be. It also caused a spark in me to make some changes. Appreciate the little things in life which aren’t so little, such as your health.
Let’s take the time out to give back to these inspirational women and let them know they are not alone and that we not only want to support them, but we are going to support them!
Here are some ways you can help in the fight against breast cancer:
Buy Breast Cancer awareness products from places you already shop- here are some items that can be bought from stores where proceeds are going toward the cause:
http://www.sultra.com – Sultra is donating a portion of their proceeds from the sales of their “the bombshell pink” curling iron to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.
http://www.esteelauder.com – The purchase of any product from the“PINK RIBBON COLLECTION” will help Estée Lauder donate $500,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
There are many more products available, visit the websites you normally shop for clothes, accessories, makeup, ect. and type breast cancer in their search tab. All of their products that support breast cancer will be displayed. Any stores you shop in (including grocery stores) ask them if they have anything available to support breast cancer awareness.
Find an event in your area that you can attend:
Sign up to participate in a walk- here are a few sites where you can register. Some walks for 2011 are over but you can register now for 2012. You can also donate or sponsor a walker now while you wait till next year to actually participate in the walk :
Last but surely not least, whether you are able to join a walk, buy clothes or accessories, donate or not this last option is free and awesome. It requires you to visit this link and click the pink button. The sponsor will donate money that will go to a charity that gives FREE mammograms to women. So visit every day and click, don’t forget to tell a friend http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2
Find an organization near you and see how you can help
Here is a list of some Breast Cancer organizations:
Breast Cancer Research Foundation – Nonprofit organization strictly dedicated to funding clinical and genetic research. http://www.bcrfcure.org
Young Survival Coalition – Group of survivors trying to bring people together to further the issues and activities surrounding breast cancer in young women. http://www.youngsurvival.org
National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) – Seeks to eradicate breast cancer through action and advocacy, focusing on research, access to care. http://www.natlbcc.org
Living Beyond Breast Cancer – National education and support organization dedicated to assisting those who are newly diagnosed, in treatment, recently completed treatment, years beyond, or are living with advanced metastic disease. http://www.lbbc.org
Breast Cancer Fund, The – Provides funding for advocacy, support, education as well as research into better ways to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer. http://www.breastcancerfund.org
Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation – Provides an opportunity for metastatic breast cancer patients to fulfill a dream or wish. http://www.makingmemories.org
Doing nothing is not an option! There are people fighting for their lives, recovering from a battle with cancer, and those who don’t know they have cancer. Let’s all take the time out to let these people know they are not alone! Let’s get motivated to do the right thing! You will be blessed for doing so. God Bless you and let’s make it happen!