Getting Involved in the Fight Against Cancer
by Beauty Blogger Emmy Owens
I think it’s safe to say that the people behind breast cancer awareness efforts in the U.S. have succeeded in nudging that important issue to the forefront of our collective national consciousness. Each October is awash in pink, which is now universally acknowledged as the campaign’s color.
That’s a great achievement. Generating that awareness has resulted in more women surviving their battles with cancer. The ripple effect of the awareness campaign is equally significant, as more celebrities discuss their own cancer diagnoses and more women have learned about the advanced breast reconstruction options available after having a mastectomy.
Getting involved in the fight against breast cancer empowers both women and men, whether they themselves or a loved one have been diagnosed with the disease or even because they simply want to help. Opportunities are plentiful, including through an event called Avon 39, a 2-day, 39-mile walk held in major U.S. cities throughout the year to raise money. The New York City Avon 39 event is scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18, but it’s a good idea to register as early as possible to kick-start your training and fundraising efforts.
The Avon 39 organizers offer all kinds of support through the website, including connecting people with training partners, offering ideas about how to raise $1,800 (that’s the minimum amount needed to participate), and providing training tips for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of walkers.
Of course, there are many other ways to volunteer or contribute to organizations related to breast cancer and cancer in general.
If you’re up for a family-oriented physical challenge to raise money in the fight against breast cancer, the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s 25th annual Race for the Cure in Central Park is scheduled for Sept. 13. Registration is open for the 5k race, which is a great opportunity to run with your children.
If you want to help other women without breaking a sweat, check out BreastOasis.org, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides clean, certified, gently used bras to women who may not be able to afford them. Nearby affiliates include Dr. James Romanelli, a plastic surgeon on Long Island, whose practice is involved in a number of charitable organizations. That includes supporting the Cancer Survivors Day event at Huntington Hospital, where he serves as chief of staff.
Thanks to advances in early detection and treatment, more people than ever are surviving cancer of all forms. There are now more than 14 million people alive today in the U.S. alone who were diagnosed with cancer.
That’s something celebrated annually nationwide and around the world, including in New York, on June 7. National Cancer Survivors Day® events are held in large and small communities as a way to draw attention to the fact there is life after a cancer diagnosis. It also illuminates the unique challenges faced by many of the people in that situation.
An earlier post on this blog spoke about the importance of research into all types of cancer being performed by the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which offers a number of ways to help. You may also want to check out the Don Monati Memorial Research Foundation, which uses 100% of donations for research in the fight against cancer.
Philanthropy is a great lesson for children, and it can take many forms. Running, walking, or participating in some way may be the start of that lesson.