Almost 1 in 8 women will battle breast cancer. It’s currently the second most common type of cancer, and because of that, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness. So much of what I talk about here on The M.A. Times is lighthearted, surface deep, and just for fun, but sometimes, it’s necessary to talk about the real life stuff.
As October is breast cancer awareness month, I felt no better time to discuss one of the causes most dear to me. I’ve been fortunate enough to not lose any immediate family members to the disease, but it does run in my family. Therefore, it is something I am constantly aware of, and hoping that others are as well.
Below are a list of some of my favorite charities and ways to give, ranging from a simple monetary rotation, to running in a race, to helping to fund a fly fishing retreat for diagnosed women. If you are looking for more information on breast cancer and awareness, you can read all about it here.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – American Cancer Society: Donate to a participate, team, or event with an opportunity to have your employer match your donation, doubling your gift.
Susan G. Koman: Either give a donation or participate in a race for the cure (you can find the schedule here) to help women all over the world become more aware of breast cancer and receive free mammograms.
Young Survival Coalition: Donate to an organization that helps young women diagnosed with breast cancer face unique challenges for women under 35.
Casting for Recovery: A unique charity that sponsors a fly fishing retreat for women diagnosed with breast cancer. The action of fly fishing helps stretch the tissue in the same way doctors recommend it be stretched after radiation, and in the evenings, the women participate in group discussions.
My Hope Chest: A charity that provides breast reconstruction for underprivileged and uninsured women.