The Breast Cancer Fight: How to Get Involved
There are many ways you can make your mark on the fight against breast cancer.
Give Breast Cancer Your Time
Whether or not you have money to spend or donate, your time is just as valuable. Most of the races and walks organized by groups such as the Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society depend on the dedication of volunteers to make them happen every year. You can also volunteer at a local cancer center, donate blood, or participate in clinical trials. If you have talent with hair or makeup, the American Cancer Society might be able to use your skills at a local "Look Good, Feel Better" events. Some other volunteer opportunities include:
- The American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program, (800) ACS-2345
- "Look Good...Feel Better" (800) 395-LOOK
- Clinical trials around the country often need healthy volunteers. Go to Clinicaltrials.gov's and search for "healthy volunteers" to find a trial that you might participate in.
- Your local cancer center. Almost every hospital with a cancer center has a volunteer program, such as those at Sloan-Kettering in New York, M.D. Anderson in Houston, the Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
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 Site.
- 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.