Thursday, October 6, 2011

October + Breast Cancer Awareness

via Piccsy
Regardless of the charity or the way in which we donate, fundraise or volunteer, it's all for one purpose - to give to those who need us.

It's the season for reflecting and giving. Labour Day is one of the few times in a year, when the world changes around us - autumn approaches, colours change, the air feels and smells different, the kids return to school, and we take our careers more seriously. This conscious or unconscious change is accompanied by the approaching holidays, which focus on giving. For 3 months { i.e., October + Canadian Thanksgiving; November + American Thanksgiving; December + Christmas }, our minds, wallets, and spirits point towards others - those who suffer, those who are alone, those who need a friend.

It is therefore fitting, that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Those pink ribbons that you and I wear, tell a story, which goes something like this:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian and American women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).
  • In 2011, an estimated 23,400 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 5,100 will die of it.
  • An estimated 190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 55 will die of it.
  • On average, 64 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
  • Breast cancer incidence rose steadily from 1980 to the early 1990s, partly because of increased mammography screening. Breast cancer death rates have declined in every age group since at least the mid 1980s
(last 4 bullets are Canadian statistics: Canadian Cancer Society)

Events to raise money can come in many forms. You could organize your own fundraiser. Maybe a Movie Night Fundraiser at your place. Suggest to your friends that the money they spend on a movie ticket and snacks, can be donated instead. If you and your friends are more into mani's and pedi's, hold a Spa Fundraiser. Make sure to try some of these designs:

via Beauty By Kayla Shevonne
via Lacquer Love

via Pinterest

It's the season to reflect, the season to give thanks, the season to give.

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