Thursday, October 7, 2010

Charity of the Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of this, we are spotlighting Susan G. Komen for the Cure® as our Charity of the Month.

Breast cancer affects 122 in 100,000 women, with an estimated 207,090 new cases estimated to be diagnosed in women in the United States in 2010 (http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Statistics.html). It's effects aren't limited to women though, although most cases are diagnosed in women, 1.3 in 100,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer (http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/FactsForMen.html). Unfortunately the mortality rate of diagnosed cases is fairly high nearly 20% for women, and 25% for men. These numbers are more than a little frightening. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® holds events, raises awareness, and their website is full of information on breast cancer. They are dedicated to ending breast cancer forever.

There are lots of ways to get involved in raising breast cancer awareness and doing your part to help find a cure. Such as participating in a local Race for the Cure, Joining a Circle of Promise, or making a donation. We have set up a Passionately Pink for the Cure® team to raise funds for the cure. Our goal is to raise $500 by the end of October. All funds donated through the team link go directly to Susan g. Komen for the Cure. In addition, 10% of all awareness sales from our ArtFire store will be added to the team's donations.

On the personal side, I recently found out that my mom's cousin was diagnosed and is currently battling breast cancer. We are pulling for her to win her fight. My husband was also hit tragically when he was a teenager, his mother unfortunately lost her fight with breast cancer. Our efforts this month are in their honor, and in the hopes that a cure can be found so no one else must suffer through the devastating effects of breast cancer.

On a lighter note, there are many "National this-and-that months", and I was lucky enough to stumble upon a website with a whole list of them. I discovered October is also:

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrated from September 15-October 15
Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Pizza Month
National Pasta Month
National Dessert Month
Country Music Month
Family History Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
National AIDS Awareness Month
National Book Fair Month
Gourmet Adventures Month
National Car Care Month
National Pretzel Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
Vegetarian Awareness Month
National Seafood Month
National Cosmetology Month
National Apple Month
National Depression Education and Awareness Month
Polish American Heritage Month
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Month
National Popcorn Poppin' Month
Computer Learning Month
National Stamp Collecting Month
National Applejack Month
Cook Book Month
Gourmet Adventures Month
Hunger Awareness Month
National Caramel Month
National Cookie Month
National Country Ham Month
National Health Care Food Service Month
National Kitchen and Bath Month
National Pork Month
National Restaurant Hospitality Month
National Roller Skating Month
National Spinach-Lovers' Month
National Toilet Tank Repair Month


Until next time, Happy Crafting!
De'Anna

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