Since 1985, October has been known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an international health campaign designed to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for future prevention research. It provides a month-long platform for charities to make themselves more visible and provides women with helpful tips for detecting symptoms of the disease and seeking treatment if necessary.
Walks and runs are held throughout the world, and chances are, you've seen (or participated in) at least one this year. In 2008, even the White House got in on NBCAM, taking on a deep pink hue to commemorate the occasion.
You may feel like there isn't much you can do to help out. However, there are plenty of businesses out there that have partnered with breast cancer research facilities to help them raise funds. You can simply go about your business, and keep an eye out for those pink ribbons. When you pick up one of these products, a portion of the money you spend will go directly to research institutions. This is a great and simple way to support a cause you believe in.
Of course, you can always make an exception and treat yourself to some pink ribbon sweets, knowing that part of what you spend will go into breast cancer research. Why not get yourself a nice bouquet of pink flowers? Lilies, daisies and even roses can be done up in this color - it'll keep your mind on the cause you're supporting and you'll be doing those dedicated research institutions a service. They don't look too shabby on the kitchen table, either! This may be just what you're looking for to give your house that extra bit of colorful flair.
You can always pick up any number of delectable treats to help support the cause, as well. A nice batch of brownie pops is really going to hit the spot, and they can be done up to feature dazzling pink sprinkles over irresistible white chocolate. You may also go for something like chocolate strawberries, which feature intricate pink ribbon designs on large, delicious pieces of fruit.
Whatever you decide, you can rest assured that you're helping to take the steps needed to finally find a cure for this disease. Of course, it'll hardly feel like you're doing any work at all, especially when you dive into those brownie pops!