Breast Cancer Awareness month is here again, and it’s time to refocus our support for this terrible disease. Sadly, history tells us that one in eight women will be diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer. And while we should be supporting breast cancer research year-round, Breast Cancer Awareness month is that annual kick-in-the-pants to join in the fight.
Easy Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness
Showing your support for the victims of breast cancer and their families is simple. You can:
- Wear pink and/or pink ribbons.
- Add #breastcancerawarenessmonth to your social media posts.
- Drop in to local breast cancer awareness events and offer hugs and smiles to survivors, patients and their families.
- Volunteer an afternoon of your time.
- Donate to Susan G. Komen, the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
- Shop at the Pink Shop or the Breast Cancer Site.
- Purchase goods that donate a portion of the sale to breast cancer research.
- Participate in a breast cancer event or walk, like the Making Strides of St. Louis event on October 28 in Forest Park.
Finding Breast Cancer Events
To find a breast cancer event near you, check Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Susan G. Women — these are the two largest organizers of BCA events. There are also many one-off local events happening throughout the country, such as:
- Sista Strut in St. Louis, MO
- Breast Cancer Awareness Ride in Schererville, IN
- Real Bears Fans Wear Pink in Chicago, IL
- Blow Away Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk in New York, NY
- City of Hope Walk for Hope in Los Angeles, CA
If you can’t find anything local that works in your schedule, then join in a virtual event like the Support Our Girls: Knock Out Breast Cancer 5K and 10K.
Shopping for Breast Cancer Walk Outfits
The next obvious question is…what to wear? The short answer is: leave the matchy Fabletics outfit at home — unless it’s this one — and don garments that also support the cause. For sure, there’s no shortage of BCA-themed sportswear. Just ask old Google Shopping for “breast cancer awareness clothes” and you’ll get a seemingly nonstop list of t-shirts and hoodies and sweatshirts. And sadly, many of these pieces are sold for profit without any kind of financial support for breast cancer research.
Now if sportswear isn’t your thing, the search is more difficult. I know, because I went in search of a more versatile, and more girly, BCA-themed outfit that actually would donate money to the cause. Here’s what I found. There are a few brands and online stores that consistently deliver cute, quality fashion and beauty products with direct support for breast cancer research: