As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While we should always show our support for those with breast cancer, or any type of cancer, this month is a wonderful reminder to actively try to make a difference. One of the best ways to make that difference is to educate our children about the topic of breast cancer and get them involved in support efforts. This can be done in a variety of ways, and we have included a few of our favorites below.
#1: Read a Book
There are dozens of children's books on the topic of cancer. Many of these discuss breast cancer specifically and provide a great way to talk about the topic. These books are an especially great resource for those with a loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, as they present information in a very gentle yet straightforward manner.
The books below are some of the best reading options out there:
The Hope Tree: Kids Talk about Breast Cancer by Laura Numeroff
Nowhere Hair by Sue Glader
The Goodbye Cancer Garden by Janna Matthies
#2: Create a Gift
Small gifts and handmade cards can work wonders when it comes to encouraging cancer patients and giving them hope. Why not give your child the opportunity to help somebody by dedicating an afternoon to card-making or crafting for someone you know who is suffering from breast cancer?
Some great ideas for handmade gifts include:
Hope Rocks — Paint smooth stones with a pretty pink color and add the word "hope" along with any other small decorations you may like.
Pink Handprint Cards — Using that same pink paint, have your child make a handprint on the front of a blank card. Write a loving and encouraging message inside.
Pink Ribbon Bracelet — Cut a small piece of jewelry wire and string pink seed beads onto it. Next, turn both ends of the wire under to keep the beads in place, then twist the beaded wire into the shape of an awareness ribbon. After this, string the beaded ribbon charm onto a piece of elastic along with a variety of other pretty, pink beads.
#3: Go For a Walk
On Saturday, October 6, the American Cancer Society will be hosting their annual breast cancer awareness walk. This event will be held at the Highmark Stadium at Station Square and is open to walkers of all ages and abilities, meaning it is perfect for kids. Besides the walk itself, the event will also include live entertainment and is a great way to make a lasting impression on your kids. Sign up the whole family for a day of fun, and make strides toward a cure!
#4: Raise Funds
Whether your child is an active scout, a passionate dancer, or an enthusiastic sports player, it's likely that they are a part of at least one team or group activity. Why not get their whole gang involved in your breast cancer awareness efforts by putting together a fundraiser? People are more than happy to help when you are raising funds for a good cause, and having your child's circle of friends work together toward a common goal is a great way to promote good teamwork.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation has some really great fundraising ideas on its website, and all proceeds can be donated to the organization after your group's efforts are finished.
These are just a few of the wonderful ways you can get your kids involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Use one of our ideas or see what other amazing options you can come up with. Either way, be sure to support this great cause throughout October.