National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical industry to raise money for research, prevention, treatments, and ultimately a cure for breast cancer.
In the last two decades, breast cancer rates have dropped, but it is still estimated that that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer throughout her life, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is, there are PLENTY of opportunities all throughout Northeast California for you to make a difference and contribute to breast cancer awareness and research right in your very own neighborhood!
Here are five easy ways you can give back this October.
1. Attend a walk or run.
Each October, the American Cancer Society hosts ‘Making Strides’ events all across the country. The events are free to register for teams and individuals, and donors can make a monetary contribution on your behalf. Learn more about each event at makingstrides.acsevents.org.
Chico, CA - Saturday, October 21st at Bidwell Park One Mile Recreation Center
Modesto, CA - Sunday, October 15th at Gallo Center for the Arts
Sacramento, CA - Sunday, October 22nd at the West Steps State Capitol Sacramento
Stockton, CA - Saturday, October 7th at Nelson Park
Nor-Cal Think Pink.
Beginning in 1997, the ‘Nor-Cal Think Pink’ campaign is a community effort to promote breast cancer awareness throughout Northern California. This year’s Think Pink Day is Thursday, October 19th. Events will take place in several cities throughout Northeast California, in the following counties:
Click here for a complete list of events or visit norcalthinkpink.org.
2. Volunteer. Most events require lots and lots of volunteers! If you can’t walk or run in a local event, consider volunteering. Volunteers often help with check-in, pass out waters and snacks, and a lot more. You can also volunteer year-round (not just in October!) with local charities and organizations.
3. Buy pink. Many businesses make contributions to various breast cancer charities throughout October. Purchasing everyday products from companies who are making charitable contributions is an easy way to give back. Remember, before buying, ask the business questions like how much of your purchase will be donated, and to which charities. Verify all businesses at bbb.org before buying.
4. Donate to a charity. Of course you can also make a donation to a breast cancer charity or organization. But before you do, be sure to do some research on the foundation to be sure it’s legitimate. In California, local charities must be registered with the Attorney General and listed on the Registry of Charitable Trusts. Click here for more information on donating to a trustworthy cancer charity.
5. Share your story. Education is a huge part of breast cancer awareness. If you have a personal experience with breast cancer that you would like to share, reach out to local organizations about speaking opportunities or engagements. Knowledge is power!
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By Danielle Hale
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