It doesn’t take much asking around before you’ll run into someone who’s had their own experience with battling breast cancer. Whether it’s a personal journey, supporting a loved one, or showing solidarity for a neighbor or co-worker, many have had exposure to this prolific disease.
The month of October serves as a reminder that cancer knows no prejudice, it can affect anyone regardless of age, color, gender, and lifestyle. More than that, it’s a reminder of why it’s so important to reach out and hold each other with loving-kindness. Life is precious, and all too short.
The amazing, strong people who are fighting this disease every day have provided the inspiration for this blog. We’d like to encourage each and every one of you to get involved this October. Here’s a quick list of examples of what we can do to help support women (and men) in need:
Host a Backyard Barbeque
If the weather is still permitting in your area, you can host a backyard barbecue to raise money for breast cancer research, treatment, and awareness. Determine the fee you’ll be collecting to attend the event (maybe just give-what-you-can), then send invitations explaining the purpose of the party, as well as the donation request. Make burgers and hot dogs, and encourage your guests to bring different sides to go along with your meal. Celebrate the generosity of your friends and family by posting the amount you’ve raised and how it will be donated on social media!
A backyard barbeque is just one of tons of different kinds of gatherings you can host to raise money. A pink tea party, an “I love boobies!” party, the only limit is your imagination, really. The idea of a balloon raffle works in conjunction with your charity event. Culminate prizes through donations from local businesses (this is excellent advertisement for local business owners) or find a group to help you chip in to purchase small prizes. Place numbered raffle tickets inside inflated pink balloons and sell them to your guests for a dollar each. Your guests will have a blast popping the balloons to find the winning ticket(s)!
Host a “Guys in Pink” Car Wash
Ask the men in your life to wear breast-cancer pink and wash cars for charity! Put out signs explaining your fundraising efforts, and charge either per wash, or ask for donations in lieu of tips.
Partner with Your Neighbors for a Breast Cancer Benefit Garage Sale/Yard Sale
Clean out your clutter AND raise money for breast cancer support? Win. Win. Be sure to advertise prominently that the proceeds from your garage sale/yard sale are going to support funding for breast cancer treatment and research.
Participate n a Walk-a-thon in Your Area Hosted by a Cancer Treatment Organization
Most cities host walk/run for breast cancer events, some are even multi-day events. Grab a couple of friends and recruit some sponsors- it’ll make you feel good physically, and emotionally.
Volunteer at a Local Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit
Walk/run events, annual auctions, local society balls: you name it, there’s a need for volunteers for it…
If you just don’t have the time, energy, or both to do any of the stuff listed above, there are lots of other ways you can show support!
- Make a one time or ongoing donation to a breast cancer organization.
- Put a breast cancer awareness badge on your website or display a sticker on the door of your business.
- Do some crowdfunding on social media through one of the many crowdfunding sites available on the web.
- Wear pink!
We strongly encourage you to visit Charity Navigator for a list of charities and where they direct their funding.
Intelligent giving is impactful giving.
To your health!