… with Breast Cancer Research by Tracy Hall

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it brings up the question: Can one person really make a difference? The answer is a resounding yes. Here are five things that you — yes, you! — can do to make an impact on breast cancer research.

1. Sponsor Breast Cancer Research Time

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation gives you the tools necessary to raise money to fund just a few hours of breast cancer research. It’s easy to set up—all you do is create your own fundraising page and then set a goal. Do you hope to sponsor twelve hours of research time? A full week? Now make the first donation–$25 sponsors a half-hour, $50 sponsors an hour, $100 sponsors two hours, $600 sponsors half a day. Now share your fundraising page with friends and family and do your best to raise money! BCRF states that a minimum of 85 cents of every dollar you raise or donate goes directly to breast cancer research.

2. Run a Marathon

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure marathons occur across the nation, and they have had over one million participants since 2005. It continues to be a great way to raise money for breast cancer research while also celebrating breast cancer survivors. You can search for runs happening near you and then gather together a group to run with you! Up to 75% of the funds raised during Race for the Cure stays in your local community to fund breast cancer screenings and treatment projects as well as breast health education. Approximately 25% of the funds raised supports the Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Programs, which fund breast cancer research around the world.

3. Shop Pink

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation gives you a reason not to feel guilty for shopping. All of the products in their Shop Pink catalogue help to fund breast cancer research. Browse beauty products, electronics, games, gifts, jewelry, and more. Buy a present for a friend—what better way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

4. Walk Around the World

Avon’s Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer started in 2005 and has become a major way to raise money for breast cancer research. Since the walk’s beginning, 800,000 people have participated and more than $8.2 million has been raised for breast cancer research. Check out the current event schedule and gather a group of friends together to help raise money through this event.

5. Volunteer

There are numerous volunteering opportunities related to breast cancer research and awareness at the Network for Good website. Join with the American Breast Cancer Foundation to assist with mammograms in your area, or join a task force and plan local events with Breast Cancer Action. Help plan a memory-making event with Making Memories: Breast Cancer Foundation or help provide support to breast cancer patients with Breast Friends. Whatever you want to do to help, you’ll have an opportunity through Network for Good.

These are just five ways that you can make a real difference during Breast Cancer Awareness Month—and year-round.

Tracy Hall is a freelance writer, providing high quality content to Viamedic.com , a US located online pharmacy, selling only FDA approved medications and providing comprehensive research, such as the Skin Resource Center .