It’s October once again, and what better way to show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness month than to walk through a course or laps around a track? There are hundreds of walks to support the cause, like Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Susan G. Komen Walk For The Cure, and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. These events happen all over the nation, and being involved is so much more fun than you would think!
Have you checked what is happening in your community? There’s still time to join the Pink Mile for Men, for instance, which is a fun event for both participants – men walking in high heels – and the supporters. Events like this are supported by male volunteers as well as many local businesses.
Participants spend months gathering donations prior to the event, through door-to-door giving opportunities, donation options at checkout in retail stores, car washes, bake sales, and more. Entrepreneurial schemes are devised just to raise money for the cause, whether it be for free mammogram and screening clinics, support for families of afflicted women, medical research for the cure, or just raising awareness. All of these things cost a great deal of money, so these fundraising events are vital to helping the women, men, and families affected by the awful disease.
Once the event begins, it’s a major party where survivors are honored, fighters are encouraged, and those who have lost their battle are remembered. Participants who have been raising funds get a plot of camping space around the track, so they can set up tents for personal use, sell crafts and merchandise to support the cause, and sell food and beverages. There is usually great music to make the walk a little easier, and you may even feel like dancing around the track! Some events have a planned course for the non-competitive walk, rather than a circular track, which weaves participants through the city using closed-off streets and usually ends at a festival with food and live music.
Don’t think you could make it through a 5K course? With the support and encouragement of thousands of other women, you’ll be amazed at how much strength you find. And if encouragement from strangers can help you walk a 5K course, just imagine what it can do for the frightened women who battle breast cancer on a daily basis. The American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, and other breast cancer non-profits do everything they can to facilitate that support and raise awareness to women who may not realize the severity of the risk and are uneducated about the warning signs. Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer, and we want to extend the knowledge to as many women and men as possible through events like these.