Just recently, I had a family member diagnosed with Breast Cancer. So this is hitting close to home for me. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There is so much your community can do to help out! I gathered some ideas from NBCAM website and would like to share it here.
Of course, there are fundraising activities, you can support a walk in your community to raise funds to donate to help with research, you can have a bake sale to help raise money, or you can just have a drive and try to get people to donate.
But…there is so much more that can be done.
- · Does your community have a Breast Cancer support group? I am sure this horrible disease has affected many in your communities. Have a monthly meeting to show support for Cancer survivors, family members, and friends.
- · In your office, post flyers informing women to get breast exams and mammograms when suggested by their doctors.
- · Ask local clinics to provide you with informational flyers to distribute to your community.
- · Contact your local hospital or mammography facilities to find speakers who are experts in the early detection of breast cancer for your events and have them come to your community to educate your residents.
- · Partner with a mammography facility to make screening appointments for women while they are attending your event.
- · Schedule a physician from your clinic to speak to local media about breast cancer detection.
- · Give women an action step as part of your NBCAM message. List a toll-free telephone number to call for more breast cancer information or how to find a low-cost mammogram.
I think this last one is the most important thing you can do for this event. Some of these ideas are directly from the NBCAM website. Take a look there for more ideas and success stories!
I would like to add that you should NOT ever exclude men from the conversation. As I said before, I recently had a family member diagnosed with Breast Cancer; HE is my Uncle.
What will your community do to help with Breast Cancer Awareness? Since this is the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, has you community done something successful in the past? Please share your ideas!