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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Best Ways To Get Your Family Involved In DC

October 5, 2012 6:00 AM

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breastcancer Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Best Ways To Get Your Family Involved In DC

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These days it seems like everyone has been affected by cancer in some way. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among U.S. women. Hearing such a daunting fact might make you think there is nothing you can do on an individual level, that it should be left to doctors and researchers, but there is plenty you and your family can do to help with the fight against breast cancer.

Yoga on the Steps
Freedom Plaza 

Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
(610) 645-4567
lbbc.org

Hours: Oct. 14 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If you and your family just aren’t up for running or walking, jump in on this awesome day of cancer-fighting yoga. OK, the yoga itself isn’t going to stop cancer, but the event itself works to help raise awareness, prevent cancer and support sufferers. Practice your tree pose and raise funds for breast cancer research at the same time at this fun, family friendly event. Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s yoga class and Healthy Living Expo promises a positive environment for everyone to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle. This one doesn’t just cover eating healthy and exercising, but an overall wellness improvement. It is a great way to get the whole family started on a path to healthier choices and a great way to get involved, show your support and raise awareness.

ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Sylvan Theatre, National Mall
Washington Memorial Driveway Southwest
Washington, DC 20024
(800) 227-2345
makingstrides.acsevents.org/

Date: Oct. 20 – 10 a.m.

This annual walk is one of the most popular in the D.C. area. Survivors, family and friends come together to show their support in the fight against breast cancer. If you can’t walk, you can always volunteer during the event or raise funds beforehand. However you choose to participate in the walk you will be helping to raise awareness about the breast cancer’s risks and help the American Cancer Society continue to raise funds for research and other programs.

Pink Ribbon Project
www.pinkribbons.org/

If you and your family listen to the radio on your way to daycare, school or work, you are a third of the way to contributing to the Pink Ribbon Project. Radio stations will be placing Pink Ribbon Project banners on their websites so that their listeners can click on them. Once the banner is clicked, it will take you to the Breast Cancer website. And by clicking on the banner here you will be adding to the total donation corporate sponsors will donate to the cause. You can click on the banner every day in October to make the total that much greater. You are already listening to the radio, and surfing the Internet at some point in the day, so take 20 seconds to support the fight against breast cancer.

Related: National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day To Be Headlined By Jewel

Fujifilm Mammograms for a Million Moms
nationalbreastcancer.org

Whether you have personally gone through a fight with breast cancer or know someone who did, you have a story to share. Fujifilm wants you to share your story, as part of its Mammograms for a Million Moms program, Fujifilm will donate $1 per story, $2 per story with a picture and $2 per video. Each family member may write his or her own story, or you may gather together and make a video as a family. It may be hard or painful, but your story can help someone feel like they are not alone, or give them the hope that they need to continue the fight.

A Crucial Catch
nfl.com/pink

If your children are on sports teams at school or in the community, they are already doing their part to represent their school and community. While they are fighting for their team’s or school’s pride on the field, they may also help the fight against breast cancer. The National Football League and the American Cancer Society are partners in the A Crucial Catch campaign. The campaign focuses on the importance of annual screenings and raising awareness. As the players, coaches and referees wear pink during October, your child’s team may also help by signing up for a A Crucial Catch Coaches Toolkit. The toolkit includes tips and suggestions on how your team and school can support the program and the fight against breast cancer.

Related: Mammograms Might Raise Chances of Women Developing Breast Cancer

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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