Take Action This Month!
As many of you know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) program is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer through a nationwide campaign held every October. There are TONS of schools and businesses across the nation taking part in the campaign this month, how do you plan to take action?
If you’re looking to get involved, I’ve put together a list of different companies and events running promotions you can easily take part in! The Susan G. Komen foundation has also put together a calendar of daily ideas on how you can raise awareness, tv shows to watch and events to attend.
For a list of daily ideas and events from the Susan G. Komen Foundation visit: http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content_Binaries/31Days_NBCAM2011.pdf
Pink Jams! (http://pinkjams.org/) – This is a Washington, DC area non-profit promoting early detection and breast cancer awareness to young men and women. Pink Jams! spreads awareness through fashion, art, social events and live music, reaching out to men and women under the age of 40. During October, local restaurants commit to promoting Pink Jams! by participating in ‘Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer’. From one day to the whole month participating restaurants donate a portion of their food and beverage sales to Pink Jams, so they can continue their work to save lives!
How do you make a difference? Pick a place to eat from the participating restaurant list and enjoy the food! http://pinkjams.org/index.php/takeabite/28#list
Panera Bread’s Pink Ribbon Bagel – Panera celebrates their 10th Anniversary of the Pink Ribbon Bagel. During October, in honor of breast cancer awareness month, a portion of proceeds from bagels sold go to a variety of breast cancer causes throughout the nation.
How do you make a difference? Head to Panera and get yourself a tasty ribbon shaped bagel! You can also get their Power of Pink Baker’s Dozen, which one dollar per baker’s dozen will be donated to a local breast cancer organization.
Caribou Coffee – For the second year in a row, Caribou Coffee has partnered with Susan G. Komen to create Amy’s Garden, which has extended to Washington, D.C.! Amy’s garden is in honor of a Caribou Coffee employee who fought breast cancer and whose favorite flower is the tulip. You can go online and plant a virtual tulip dedicated to someone touched by cancer. This has turned into more than 9,000 square feet of land planted with tulips. D.C.’s garden is at the historic Brookside Gardens.
How do you make a difference? Go online and plant a virtual tulip at Facebook.com/cariboucoffee. Or, purchase any Amy’s Blend product in-store or online and 10% of the proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen for a Cure.
Hopefully these ideas get your creative juices flowing so you can get out there and make a difference! If you, your school or business are taking part in a breast cancer awareness event or campaign share it here in the comments section! We’d love to hear your story!