Women's Health

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Getting Involved

Get up and move

There’s plenty of fundraiser races throughout the year, but if you’ve been struggling to find the motivation to lace up those running (or walking) shoes, there’s no better time than BCAM to give you that extra push.

One popular race in the US, the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer, takes place in New York and spans two days, October 14-15. Participants will walk 39 miles to fundraise for cancer organizations including CancerCare, the Avon Foundation Breast Health Outreach Coordinating Center, and hospitals including New York University and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Avon also sponsors many other fundraising walks throughout the year in various cities.

The American Cancer Society also hosts their Making Strides Against Cancer walks throughout the year. These non-competitive walks span 3 to 5 miles and raise money for cancer research, support networks, and efforts to help with early detection and prevention. Making Strides holds numerous events throughout the month of October, and throughout the year. You can find a walk in your area here. If you would rather not participate in the walk, you can also volunteer at a Making Strides event in roles such as check-in, water stations, and more. Any contribution is a great help to the efforts of the American Cancer Society.

Even if you can’t find or make it to an event during the month of October, use it as motivation to sign up for a future race. The thousands of people who will benefit from your participation won’t care whether the race occurs in October or February. What matters is that you’re making an effort to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research and support.