Ways to Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer

Every 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, a scary but true statistic that hit close to home when Rechelle was diagnosed at the early age of 21. This month is very near and dear to our hearts and we are committed to advocating early and regularly checkups along with ways you can give back until one in eight is NONE in eight! There are many ways you can donate and drive awareness for breast cancer research and we are sharing a few ways below.

1. Volunteer: Give back your time! There are many amazing events that tie back to Breast Cancer Awareness. Find an event to volunteer for here
2. Find a Race: Grab your loved oens and go for a run (or a walk) to support a great cause! This is a great way to show support and drive awareness while raising money for breast cancer research. Find a race near you here
3. Start Your Own Fundraiser:  There are plenty of ways to raise funds for research while incorporating it into something you love! Here are some ideas provided by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation:
– Run a a marathon
– Climb, bike or hike
– Throw a party
– Donate your birthday
– Game against cancer
– Get creative! 
Click here to start your own fundraiser!
4. Donate Your Hair: Pantene Beautiful Lengths is helping women who have lost their hair due to cancer with their 8 or 8 campaign. You can either chose to donate $8 or 8 inches of hair for their real life wigs! 
5. Donate Your Miles: Through Delta Skywish you can donate your unused mileage to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. More details on how to donate your miles and what charities they work with here
6. Shop Pink: See a list of retailers giving back to help find a cure here
7. Give Back: With so many organizations out there we’ve shared a few of our favorite to support. 
The Pink Fund: The Pink Fund provides 90 day non-medical cost-of-living expenses to breast cancer patients in active treatment for breast cancer. This allows the patient to focus on healing, raising their families, and returning to the workplace rather than worrying about their expenses during this trying time.
Young Survivor Coalition: YSC was founded in 1998 by three young women who were under the age of 35 when diagnosed. Over 250,000 (and rising each year) are diagnosed under the age of 40. They were discouraged by the lack of resources available and the under- representation of young women in breast cancer research so they started YSC. Their mission is to help connect and work with survivors, co-survivors and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and length of life for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40 or younger.
–  Breast Cancer Research Foundation : BCRF believes that to achieve a world without breast cancer, we need to fund research to understand how cancer works, how to prevent it, and how to cure it. Your donation will go towards providing critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship. Of all money donated, 88% goes directly toward research, and only 3% goes toward awareness programming.
Sisters Network:  African American women experience the highest breast cancer mortality rates, and breast cancer is the second-highest cause of death. Sisters Network Inc. provides financial assistance for medical-related lodging, prosthesis, co-pays, and office visits. They are committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community. 
Living Beyond Breast Cancer: LBBC builds connections between people who have been affected by breast cancer. Their online resources include: live stream panels, help chat lines, webinars, and writing workshops, so anyone anywhere can access support services.

Photographs taken by the lovely and talented: Leslie Carvitto

Rechelle + Kahla