One in eight women in the U.S. develop invasive breast cancer in her life, and most have no family history of it. That’s why self-exams, screenings, and knowing risk factors are so important. They can mean the difference of someone’s life.
Equally important is research. Every day countless organizations invest in developing better treatments for breast cancer and to find a cure. Ultimately, they seek to prevent it. In the last 15 years, the rates of breast cancer in the U.S. have started going down because of this tireless effort as well as increased awareness, which allows for early detection and more successful treatment.
Women make powerful contributions to families, communities, the economy and the world at large. And while October is a single month in a long journey toward a cure, spreading awareness and offering support and compassion to women battling breast cancer happens every day throughout the year and makes a huge difference. This is a fight we can all be united in.
Please consider making a donation this month to an organization battling breast cancer.
We are drawn to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for its A+ rating by Charity Watch and 4 stars given by Charity Navigator. But there are many others equally worthy of your support (see list below).
If you have already made a donation and have gift-giving on your mind, you can also make an impact with a Brilliance Candle, now with new cover sleeves to reflect your sentiments. Each is handmade by a woman refugee earning a living wage here in the U.S. We will donate 10% of all proceeds to BCRF.
If you’d like to get more involved, here is a list of breast cancer organizations in the U.S that offer research and resources – all are rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator. There are also various online communities and forums where current survivors, breast cancer patients, and communities can connect and receive support.
- National Breast Cancer Research Foundation – A nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. They provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.
- National Breast Cancer Foundation – A charity that helps women by providing services, education, and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer, for example by providing mammograms to women in need.
- Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation – An organization that works to achieve a future without breast cancer and improve the lives of people impacted by it now through education, advocacy, and collaborative cutting-edge research on cause and prevention.
- Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation – A nonprofit dedicated to making innovative contributions to the understanding, research, and treatment of breast cancer.
- It’s The Journey, Inc. – An organization founded in 2002 in Georgia that raises money for breast health and breast cancer programs that focus on screening, diagnostics, genetic counseling and testing, support services, and research.
- Prevent Cancer Foundation – The Prevent Cancer Foundation saves lives across all populations by focusing individual behaviors, public policy, and research on prevention and early detection.
- Bay Area Cancer Connections – This organization offers free programs, services, and access to care including emotional support, cancer information and education, complementary therapies, health and wellness, and survivorship programs.
- Breastcancer.org – A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information.
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer – An organization that provide programs and services to help people whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer and connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
- Casting for Recovery – Casting for Recovery combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic fly fishing to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer.