Last October, my friend and teammie, Sonja, went all-in and shaved her head to honor a friend that was diagnosed with breast cancer. I know the importance of raising breast cancer awareness, because both my grandmother and great grandmother were diagnosed. It is a sneaky, scary disease, that even mammograms cannot always detect (in fact, screening mammograms can miss up to 20% of breast cancer tumors!). The younger you are, the more at risk of false negative detection. So, knowing the facts of breast health and raising awareness of the disease, even its risk toward younger women, is important.
Check out how some folks are helping to raise breast cancer awareness:
In February, 26.2 with Donna is held in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s a marathon, half marathon, and relay dubbed The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. I’ve been wanting to do this particular marathon, so hopefully 2011 will be the year! Who wants to join me?
I LOVE the Don’t Slack- Check Your Rack shirt that my buddy John wears to work. The SWE group at Michigan Tech used to sell “I Heart Boobs” shirts too, as a fundraiser for breast cancer research and awareness. Now if that doesn’t get your attention…
lucy: A women’s activewear brand, lucy® supports the belief that fitness is an essential part of the fight against breast cancer. Exercise can enhance well-being and improve quality of life for young women with breast cancer. They recently got on board with Young Survivor’s Coalition’s Tour de Pink, a charity cycling event to honor survivors, raise awareness, and support programs for young women with the disease. For the month of October, lucy is raising awareness by offering the “Kick It” and “Pink Race” graphic tees encouraging women to spread awareness in their own communities.
Sarah Stanley Inspired is giving away Moving Comfort’s Support Your Girls shirts on her site. Even cooler? Moving Comfort is donating $5 from every SYG shirt sold to Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Top that off with a little more coolness- I found out that there is a Bright Pink chapter in the city I’m movin’ to in just a few weeks!
Race for the Cure isn’t just raising breast cancer awareness in the month of October, but rather- all year ’round! If you don’t race, you can still walk or jog a 5K! The majority of the proceeds for the race stay in the community where the races are held, and a good chunk of the money goes toward funding grants for breast cancer research.
What other ways help raise breast cancer awareness?