The Breast Cancer Fight: How to Get Involved
There are many ways you can make your mark on the fight against breast cancer.
Every October, store shelves bloom with pink products: bracelets, scarves,
sweaters, perfumes, and more, with some of the proceeds for each going to
breast cancer research, support for patients, and public education and
outreach. You can shop and do good at the same time! One great source of
information about this year's "think pink" merchandise is the October
Pink Buys section at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's web site. From
$2.99 tennis balls to a Burberry leather trench coat, all the pink products
sold benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which supports nearly 100
leading breast cancer researchers worldwide.
Other ways to do your part:
- Fund free mammograms with a daily click of the mouse at The Breast Cancer
- Buy or sell for the cure on EBay.
- Switch your license plate. Many states offer special breast cancer
awareness license plates; the $25 extra you pay will usually go to a state fund
providing breast cancer care and services for low-income women. Ask your DMV if
your state has one.
Sometimes it's hard to imagine that individual contributions make a
difference in the enormous fight against breast cancer. But consider this: In
early September, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced that it was awarding
202 research grants, for a total of more than $45.1 million, as part of its
Award and Research Grants Program. The amount of research grants funded this
year represents a 40% increase over last year's research grants funding of just
over $32.2 million.
In a news release, the foundation's vice president of health sciences,
Rebecca Garcia, PhD, stated, "The ability to make our largest research
investment to date is directly attributable to the successful efforts of our
more than 100 Komen Affiliates across the country." And at each of those
affiliates -- and in so many local communities where funds are being raised for
national, regional, and local organizations battling breast cancer -- the fight
begins with you.