Helping A Cause
Making People Aware
October in Breast cancer awareness month and all over the world, different groups and individuals are trying to get more people to understand what breast cancer is and how to detect it early. As with many types of cancer, early detection can mean the difference between a good outcome and a poor one. One of the best ways that an individual can help out is by donating to causes that support breast cancer research, awareness, and education. There are many to choose from. Some are known on a national or international level, while others are started by a small groups of concerned citizens.
Where Donating Dollars Go
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Since 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has raised over 1.5 billion dollars towards breast cancer research, education, and awareness. Their efforts are known on a global level. They are very honest and up front about where you money goes so that you will not have a doubt in your mind that you are helping women all over the world. You can donate directly to their cause by going to their website.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Established in 1993, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness and providing grants for research. Eighty-eight cents of every dollar that is donated goes towards awareness, research, and grants. It is a great way to support the breast cancer cause. You can donate directly to them by visiting their website.
Breast Cancer Charities of America
Breast Cancer Charities of America focuses on integrated breast cancer care. At the foundation of their mission is to bring together knowledgeable people from all different areas together to help stop a life-changing illness. Together with well-known medical treatments and the knowledge of this group of breast cancer specialists, the focus is about the mind and spirit, as well as the body. You can choose to given a monetary donation which will not only help with research, but your money will go towards food, clothing, shelter for women who are effected by the disease. Also, a portion of the money goes towards providing mammograms to under-insured women. You can find out more and donate by visiting their website.
Got A Clunker? Donate It!
Donateacar.com has been around since 1992 and supports the efforts of many non-for-profit groups. Once such group is the Cancer Research Institute, where breast cancer is one type of cancer that is researched. This is how it works:
1. Call the toll-free number or fill out their donation form online to donate your run-down, non-working clunker.
2. They will arrange for the donated vehicle to be picked up and towed away.
3. You will receive a receipt so that your donation is tax-deductible.
The money raised will go towards one of the many causes that they support but YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE CHARITY!
They also offer a free vacation certificate with the donation of a vehicle.
Save A Lid Save A Life
Buying and eating Yoplait yogurt is a great and healthy way to donate to the breast cancer cause. When you buy Yoplait yogurt with the pink lids, save them, and send them in, the company with donate .10 cents for every lid that you send it. The money is then donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. So, even if you do not have the money to donate, buy some Yoplait yogurt and help out that way! You can find out more at their website. Hurry because the deadline is December 31, 2010!
Breast Cancer Facts
Breast Cancer awareness month become official in 1985 with the help of Betty Ford.
Every 13 minutes a woman dies from breast cancer.
12.6% of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54.
The best chance of survival is when the cancer is detected early. This can be done with a mammogram before signs and symptoms are even noticed.
A woman is never too young to develop breast cancer. Screenings should begin by the age of 20.
Women are not the only victims. Men and children can fall prey to this deadly illness as well.
Source: Women's Health, 2010
Giving A Little Is Giving A Lot
In today's times, people find it hard to come up with the money to help these good causes. However, more and more places are making it easier to give back. Doing something as simple as sending in a yogurt lid or donating your broken car doesn't seem like a lot, but it all adds up in the end. No matter what you do or how much you give, it all matters. So, do whatever you can do!
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