Monday, October 18, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As everyone knows, or should know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are so many things that you can do through out the year to support such an amazing cause, but during October numerous organizations offer different ways you can help raise money to find a cure. One of the easiest is to eat Yoplait yogurt and mail in the pink label. Look for details inside the cap. The other way is to go shopping!!

For one weekend in October, Back in the Swing offers a shopping card for $25, and here in Kansas City, that card is honored at 42 shopping centers and over 800 retailers around the metro. Each retailer provides different discounts, but it’s a great time to start that holiday shopping. If you didn’t participate this year, consider it for next. Again, you’re shopping for a cause. What could be better?

You can also buy clothing supporting the cause. More and more major retailers, designers and corporations are getting behind the fight. Ford’s Warriors in Pink offers a wide array of merchandise. They are also major supporters of the Race for the Cure. Ralph Lauren created a line called Pink Pony. His signature pony is now pink and 10 percent of all proceeds benefit cancer care and prevention through out the year. Avon is another major supporter of the cause and hosts an annual three day walk in cities through out the country. I find the women who sign up for the walk to be unbelievably brave! Avon’s pink ribbon products range from jewelry to tote bags to clothing. Other companies that support the cause are; Yankee Candle, Target, Saks Fifth Avenue who offers an exclusive t-shirt and Bloomingdale’s who offers a Bloomingdale’s Insider Card for $15. Even the NFL gets into the swing.

Whatever you decide to do, the support is needed and appreciated. I personally own a Pink Pony t-shirt, participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and I’m one of six ladies on the Drink Pink for the Cure Luncheon committee that’s held annually here in Overland Park. What are you doing to make a difference?

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