We’ve reached November and now that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, you might be thinking “I can’t wait until next years’ activities”. But why wait if you can be a part of the fight against breast cancer all year around? Sure, October is packed full of opportunities to give your time, money, and attention to this cause…but there are a number of ways for you to stay involved throughout the year and we hope you’ll take advantage.
Host Your Own Fundraiser
If you really like the excitement of raising money for a great cause, there’s no reason why you should have to wait for someone else to host an event. Holding a fundraiser can be a lot of work, from invites to sponsorships, but if you’re looking for a way to make a big impact we say “go for it!” Your fundraiser doesn’t even need to be grand – rally your coworkers, family, and friends to have some fun while raising money.
Want to stay involved, but have a busy schedule? Monetary donations are always appreciated. Cancer foundations and research centers everywhere accept donations all year around. Some organizations, like Not Just October, even allow you to set up recurring automatic payments. If you’re truly dedicated to the cause, why not contribute throughout the year instead of making just a lump sum payment?
Keeping up with the latest in cancer research, developments, and legislation is often forgotten as a way to contribute. However, awareness is one of the single most important ways to support the cause. Think about it: how can you really make a difference if you don’t even know what you’re fighting against or how things are changing? Be cautious about where you’re getting information, though, biases exist and not every resource is reputable.
Educate Your Friends & Family
Don’t keep all the important information to yourself! Take every chance you’ve got to tell the people around you what you know. Your knowledge could change or even SAVE another person’s life. Plus, you could inspire others to give back too.
Lend a Helping Hand
If you prefer to be more hands-on in your contribution, you can always volunteer. The American Cancer Society has an entire section on their website dedicated to volunteer opportunities. Do some research into cancer organizations in your area to see how you could get involved; smaller local organizations are often in the greatest need of help. If you personally know someone who is fighting or a survivor of cancer, don’t be afraid to ask how you can make a difference in their life right away.
Cancer strikes all over the world, all the time. It’s only right that those against cancer even more relentless in their fight.