While it’s a nice idea to donate to large breast cancer organisations in a patient’s honour, what most patients really need is money.
As you’ve probably gathered by the explosion of pink everything, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And, while many people try to spread awareness with the best of intentions, there isn’t anyone left on this planet who hasn’t heard of breast cancer. Breast cancer patients need many things, but sharing silly Facebook statuses and engaging in other click-it-and-forget-about-it forms of awareness isn’t one of them.
Here are six things that you can do today to ACTUALLY help breast cancer patients.
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1. Host a Community Fundraiser
If you know someone struggling with breast cancer, chances are that you know someone with a pile of medical bills, loss of job income, and increased food and gas costs. Having a chronic illness is expensive and breast cancer is no different.
While it's a nice idea to donate to large breast cancer organisations in a patient's honour, what most patients really need is money. Organising a community fundraiser (such as hosting a spaghetti dinner at a local church or school, or convincing a restaurant to donate a portion of the proceeds from an evening's meals) puts money directly where it's most needed — with the patient.
2. Give the Gift of Time
One of the biggest challenges of having a chronic illness is balancing the life you had before vs. the life you've got now. Family and work obligations don't vanish simply because someone got sick, and it can be a struggle to keep up with basic household tasks while spending hours in hospitals and doctor's offices. Cancer treatments make patients feel exhausted and ill, and even driving home from a treatment can be nearly impossible. Offering your time to drive, cook, clean, or even babysit can be a lifesaver.