Monday, October 10, 2011

Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. And awareness of this deadly disease needs raising: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the latest figures show that in New Jersey, between 124 and 139 people out of 100,000 develops or dies from breast cancer each year. That includes women and men.

We can raise awareness through boosting visibility and by sharing our breast cancer-related stories.

The pink ribbon has become the symbol for breast cancer awareness, so let your neighbors see you wear it: Wear a pink ribbon and snap a photo of yourself with it, or wear it and introduce yourself on video. Upload your photos and video to the Patch site. It’s easy. And then view area businesses and people who are going pink this month!

And while going pink, also share your stories, your inspirations, your struggles, your memories. Using the comments section, tell us about the loved one you lost to breast cancer. Or share the stories of how your sister, your friend, your dog, your boss or your neighbor encouraged you during your own recovery.

The more we raise awareness, the better the chance for offering comfort, boosting positivity and finding a cure. So go pink! And show your support for those who are fighting breast cancer.

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