October is an important month for breast cancer. It can be overwhelming to know how you can show your support, so we rounded up ways that you can get involved. From making a donation to a reputable charity to spreading awareness creatively, here are 8 actions you can take this October, and all year long.
- Download the Check Yourself! app, created by Keep a Breast founder and Real Women, Real Stories podcast guest Shaney Jo Darden. It offers a guide on how to do a self-check exam and even allows you to schedule monthly reminders.
- Donate your time to someone undergoing treatment: volunteer to drive them to chemo, run errands, pick up the kids, or make a meal. Those small efforts can go a very long way.
- Call your congresspeople and advocate for funding for breast cancer research.
- Donate to organizations providing direct support to patients or funding research initiatives, like Chemo Angels and Stand Up to Cancer.
- Get educated and educate: learn about signs and symptoms and bust myths (like only old people or only people with a family history get breast cancer). Share what you learn with friends and family on social media.
- Pick up a book or listen to a podcast: hear from survivors and thrivers about their experiences – like Tough: Women Who Survived Cancer by Real Women, Real Stories podcast guest Marquina Iliev-Piselli
- Get creative and spread awareness: wear pink, make pink ribbon cookies for work, paint pink pumpkins, or hang art in your windows.
- Remember that breast cancer is more than a month-long awareness campaign and plan to do some of these things all year long.