This October, let’s make a significant impact in our communities by joining together, sharing stories, and educating our friends and loved ones about the importance of breast cancer prevention.
October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
“Think Pink!” is our motto and one that reminds us that together, we are strong. Each October, women, men, and children have the opportunity to get involved in a host of fun activities and events that work to help spread awareness about this disease and how it affects people every day.
Navigating the world of breast cancer treatment and all it encapsulates is no cakewalk. So if you know friends or family members diagnosed with breast cancer, make October the month you make a difference in their lives.
Breast Cancer Awareness Ideas
In honor of this national event, we’d like to provide a few creative (and fun) ideas to help you spread awareness in your social circles, workplace, and community.
Community Ideas for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Pink Food Party
Gather guests around a pink-clothed table of peonies and pixies, surrounded by luscious pink food and drink—think cosmopolitans, pink lemonades, pink frosted donuts, pink cakes, fresh guavas and grapefruits, and other pink goodies.
Guests will love partaking in the rose-toned festivities! Be sure to have guests wear a pink ribbon to support your friend.
Pink Scavenger Hunt
Create an awesome pink-themed scavenger hunt around your home or throughout the entire neighborhood. Have seekers find pink balloons they can pop to read an inspirational quote and their next clue to finding the next balloon.
Let participating houses/shops know that you’re thinking pink, i.e., so they can get decked out. Chances are they’ll want to get involved and help out, too.
Pink Talent Show
It’s no surprise your group of friends is full of talented people who love a good karaoke night, right? So hold a talent show at home and have girlfriends vote on the best talent by donating money into a jar.
The person who raises the most money wins the talent show. All donations go to the fight against breast cancer.
Pink Fashion Show
Like the pink talent show, you swap the mic for your poshest pink peep-toes or most pleasing pink get-up.
Workplace Breast Cancer Activities
Cube/Door Decorating Contest
Workers decorate a designated door in the office. Each employee or team must pay a suggested donation for each entry to participate. Employees can purchase items to decorate the door or use items from home. The most creative door wins!
Casual Pink Fridays
Let your employees wear casual pink clothes to the office on Fridays. This is one of the simplest breast cancer awareness ideas any company can implement. To participate, employees must make a minimum $1 donation each Friday, and everyone casts their votes to select the employee who is the prettiest in pink.
Corporate events are a common fundraising idea for active, professional people looking to raise money or awareness for breast cancer. Many organizations host walkathons, 5k marathons, or bowling events where supporters can participate and raise funds through sponsorships.
Social Media Awareness Campaigns
Create a social media campaign for your company and its breast cancer awareness efforts. Have employees share this and see who can get the most donations!
Add cool incentives like prizes for the most shares or views or PTO for the person who receives the most traffic to their shares. You could also dress all employees in pink and share pictures on the company’s social media platforms with a fun, relevant hashtag, including #breastcancerawareness #breastcancer #fightcancer
Men, It’s Time to Get Involved, Too!
Call the boys over because we need everyone to do their part this month. But, don’t worry, we have some fun ideas we know you’ll love.
Pink Car Wash
Car washes offer a fun, functional way to fundraise. From working the hose to scrubbing the tires to managing the payments, everyone in your group can get involved with this idea!
50/50 raffles are unpretentious, easy, fun, and low-cost. To prepare, you’ll need to buy a roll of raffle tickets. To organize the raffle, ask friends, family, and coworkers to buy the tickets, and then after the drawing, the winner takes home half of the proceeds, and the organizer (that’s you!) donates the other half to the fight against breast cancer.
Pink Golf Challenge
Corporate leaders aren’t the only ones who can host a Pink event. You can also organize your own local sponsored outing on the golf course.
For it, you’ll need to pick a location and obtain all the required permits. Then, recruit volunteers to help set up the event and register participants. Finally, send out invitations early, and be sure to promote your fun-filled awareness affair on social media and in your community.
To raise even more funds, try selling personalized tchotchkes or breast cancer awareness merchandise (i.e., water bottles, t-shirts, and hats) during your event.
For more ideas on activities, or if you’d like to know what others are doing this month to help raise awareness, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.’s website for more ideas on how to get involved this month.
Early Detection Is Key
In addition to bringing more resources, activities, and awareness to your community, you also want to make sure to schedule your annual mammograms to stop breast cancer in its tracks!
We invite you to schedule your annual screening at The Breast Center of Maple Grove. We make it easy to work around your busy schedule with convenient, same-day appointments and walk-ins.
The moment you step inside our office, you’ll be greeted and cared for by our dedicated team of friendly technologists and experienced radiologists, who will walk you through your appointment and work to ensure you feel comfortable and supported.
Remember that you don’t need a month to help spread awareness. You can advocate for women living with breast cancer throughout the year. Be sure to get out there and show support all month long!