I will never forget the day my mom received a call that her mom/my grandmother had breast cancer. My mom cried in my arms. I was 16 year old and it was the first time Mom had ever done that. The fear and anguish we felt that day is cemented in my memory forever.
But I’m always aware that breast cancer runs in my family. My mom gets her yearly mamograms and even though I’m not yet 40 (I turn 39 this year) I’ve had one mamogram already after thinking I felt a lump a few years ago.
I’ve done cancer walks in the past, and last year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month featured a beautiful post from a breast cancer fighter Jessie — True Story of the Pink Sisterhood, which I really encourage you to read.
I wanted to find a way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year as well. In addition to the fundraising plan below, I’ll also be sharing in later posts, some cancer resources I’ve found through friends fighting cancer.
I personally believe its not just about buying pink products. But directly supporting organizations that do amazing work with cancer screenings, peer support and research. And most importantly coming together to tell the stories of our loved ones who are cancer survivors and thrivers, so that more people will get early and regular screenings themselves, and know how to find support when loved ones are diagnosed with cancer.
MY FIRST STEP IN PROMOTING CANCER AWARENESS THIS MONTH:
I’m joining Lee National Denim Day to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Will you join me?
If you’re not familiar with the campaign, it’s a movement that encourages people to go casual/wear denim for a cause during the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Lee National Denim Day is partnering with the American Cancer Society for the first time this year. So all donations will help this wonderful organization support life-saving screenings in communities nationwide, bring hope and care to those traveling for cancer treatment, and invest in groundbreaking cancer research.
JOIN OUR TEAM:
I’ve started a Denim Day Team HERE. We’re calling ourselves “Friends Against Breast Cancer”!
SO FAR, my FABULOUS teammates include bloggers and small business owners:
We’re hoping YOU will join US! Will you become a part of our team!?
Its very easy, here’s how:
- Just go to DenimDay.com HERE and do a team search for “Friends Against Breast Cancer”.
- Then click “JOIN TEAM.”
- If you join our team, you are committing to wear denim on Friday, Oct 19th (National Mammography Day,) and you will donate just $5 to our team for the American Cancer Society.
- It would also be GREAT if you could get at least one friend to donate another $5 to our team!
OR CREATE YOUR OWN TEAM
If you don’t want to join my team, but would like to create your own team for your company or group, that’s wonderful. You can join the Denim Day movement by choosing your own day in October to wear jeans as a group, with each person donating $5 to the American Cancer Society.
Any day during the month will work, especially if you choose a day that makes it more special for everyone. For example, if your company already observes casual Friday’s, you may want to hold your event on another day of the week. To start your own team, go DenimDay.com HERE.
LEE JEANS GIVEAWAY
To celebrate Lee National Denim Day and encourage you all to participate in my team and spread the love, I’m giving away a pair of LEE JEANS here on the blog! (Any pair of the winner’s choice from Lee.com.) Go ENTER HERE.
The American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer, investing more in breast cancer research than any other cancer type and has played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history. The Society is working to create a world without breast cancer by combining relentless passion with the wisdom of nearly a century of experience in saving lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.
Disclosure: Lee Jeans offered to sponsor a giveaway to one of the readers of Motherhood Unadorned. No monetary compensation was received. The opinions of this blog post are my own, as is my support of Lee National Denim Day.