While the official breast cancer awareness month is October there are many events going on in September. This is a great time to hold fund raising events such as walks and Avon is one company that is doing just this.
These walks are held in various places all around the country and one was held in Santa Barbara, CA just this past weekend. Hundreds of people take part in these events for a variety of reasons. It may be that they are honoring someone they loved who did not survive their encounter with breast cancer.
You can see a full list of cities that are holding Avon Walks here: http://networkedblogs.com/NfWvo The Avon Walk covers 39 miles over the course of a weekend and was started in 2003. While a high majority of walkers are women many men do participate in them as well.
Or they may indeed be survivors and are so grateful for a second chance at life that this is their way of giving back and helping others fight breast cancer.
In order to participate in the Avon walk you have to commit to raising a certain amount of money. This type of commitment may not suit you but you still have lots of other options to share in breast cancer awareness month. There is a website set up at: http://nbcam.org/ where you can find many different ways to use your support. Visit this site to get all the links for the agencies listed below.
This is just a short list of some of the agencies involved in raising awareness for Breast Cancer currently includes:
- American Cancer Society
- Astra Zeneca Healthcare Foundation
- Men Against Breast Cancer
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- National Cancer Institute
Even sports teams get involved with raising awareness and funds for breast cancer. One team is the Oakland A’s who managed to raise $61,395 on their annual breast cancer awareness day. The Oakland A’s have been raising money for this cause since 1999 to now more than $1.3 million.
If you would like to get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness month check your local community for events. You may be able to help raise funds or you might just want to be a volunteer in some way. There are so many ways you can raise awareness for breast cancer besides just raising funds.
Your local newspaper, website or phone directory can help you locate groups and organizations that are helping raise awareness. Take the first step by contacting them and see what they have planned for next month.