5 family activities for Breast Cancer Awareness Month - HMS National, Inc.

5 family activities for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 24, 2014

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity. If you know someone who has battled with breast cancer, you might be wondering what you can do to contribute to the cause. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it's the perfect time to show your support for cancer patients and raise awareness about the disease. Here are five activities that you and your family can participate in during October.

1. Wear ribbons
It may seem simple, but wearing a breast cancer ribbon is an effective way to promote awareness. You can pin a pink ribbon on your family's coats, scarves or backpacks. Every time you go out, whether it's to the park, school or the mall, you'll be spreading the word about cancer. Who knows, you might even remind someone that she's overdue for a doctor's visit.

2. Paint a pink pumpkin
When you're picking out pumpkins to carve, set one aside to decorate in the spirit of awareness. Kids will love the chance to paint a pumpkin pink and decorate it with glitter. Check out Pinterest for pink-pumpkin inspiration. Then, display the gourd alongside your other pumpkins. It's a cute and seasonal way to show your support.

3. Participate in a breast cancer walk
See if there's a breast cancer awareness walk taking place near your home. It's a fun activity that the whole family can participate in and a great way to enjoy the brisk fall weather. If your family or friends sponsor you, it will feel good to know you're funding research to find a cure. So dress your family in pink (even the boys) and get walking!

4. Share a story on social media
Personal anecdotes are probably one of the most effective ways to raise awareness about breast cancer. If you know someone who had or currently has the disease, take a minute to share their story on social media (with their permission, of course). You can also sit down with your kids and tell them about the struggle that your friend or family member had with cancer. Explain that all these activities will help other people who are fighting the disease.

5. Customize your baked goods
If your kids' school has a bake sale coming up, whip up some pink goodies to sell. You can make pink candy apples, cupcakes or cookies. Just add a little bit of food coloring to your favorite recipe. If there's no bake sale scheduled, you can always see if your kids want to set up a road-side stand or bring treats to their next soccer game.

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