While most of us are “thinking orange” for October with Halloween on the horizon, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everyone is encouraged to Think Pink! This month is meant to help spread awareness, bring more attention to the cause, and educate everyone on the importance of breast health, testing, early detection, and treatment for breast cancer.
This month of awareness for breast cancer is so crucial because there is insufficient knowledge about breast cancer. Early detection of this disease is vital and if detected early those affected stand a good chance of survival, however, if it is detected too late typically no options are available at that point.
The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, the nation’s leader of vehicle donation programs, wants to share the following list of ways you can be an active participant in Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
- READ AND/OR SHARE STORIES: Through reading the stories of others, and/or sharing our own, we can learn so much and help others at the same time. It is nice to know that no matter what you are going through, you are not alone and a little support can go a long way. Visit http://bcacampaign.com/ where you can read others stories, and share your own.
- EDUCATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS: Education about any disease plays a vital part in not only understanding it, but learning how to protect yourself. Visit http://beyondtheshock.com/ and watch their online comprehensive video series about breast cancer, and share it with those you know.
- CREATE YOUR OWN EARLY DETECTION PLAN: Sometimes we must take action before anything happens. Setting up your own early detection plan is a great way to be proactive in your own breast health! You can visit http://www.earlydetectionplan.org/ and utilize their online plan creator to make your own, and take control over your early detection plan!
- FUNDRAISE FOR BREAST CANCER OR PARTICIPATE IN EVENTS: Starting a fundraiser or participating in events that benefit the cause are great ways to get involved. Visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-fundraising and start a ticketed event, fundraiser, and/or locate an event with which to become involved.
- PINK PROMOTIONS FOR AWARENESS: Utilize your businesses, clubs, organizations, sport teams, events and parties to help spread awareness by providing everyone with Pink promotional items/gifts. There is a great site called Positive Promotions, which has an amazing inventory of pink items that you can use, and at the same time they donate a portion of the proceeds to organizations that support and promote Breast Cancer.
- GO PINK ONLINE: If you have a website, blog, or social media profile/page you can turn it Pink to help spread awareness. Visit http://pinkforoctober.org/ for badges, buttons, cover photos, and a link to an online photo generator at LunaPic, where you can turn any image Pink.
We would like to stress the importance of women getting breast exams and mammograms. If you are over 40 years old or have a history of breast cancer in your family then you should be screened and tested frequently. During this month of Breast Cancer Awareness, many places will be offering free screenings/testing or some will offer them at low cost. Here is a list of resources for those who are uninsured to find places that are offering free or low cost testing/screenings:
There are many people battling cancer who do not have a reliable mode of transportation. This can make getting to doctor appointments, picking up prescriptions, and getting treatments very hard to manage. If you have a vehicle that you no longer need or use, consider donating it to 1-800-Charity Cars. We offer free towing nationwide for donated vehicles (running or not) and every donation is tax deductible. Visit our simple online donation form or call us at 1-800-242-7489.