This post is sponsored by Valpak.
Breast cancer. Just writing the words sends chills down my spine. I don’t like it. No one does. But breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women outside of skin cancer. Begrudgingly, my family has been affected by both.
My maternal grandmother “kicked breast cancer to the curb” back in the early 1990s when not so many cancer treatments were available. Although chemotherapy produces side effects, including nausea, exhaustion and bone marrow toxicity, today’s chemo is definitely not as harsh on the body as in my grandmother’s day.
My grandmother was in her 70s at the time of her cancer diagnosis. Back then, a woman’s fight against cancer was often fought in the shadows. There were no online support groups or Relay For Life events or numerous fundraisers to find a cure. However, my family did not let my grandmother go through her battle alone! We stood by her every step of the way.
10 Ways To Support Someone With Breast Cancer
Did you know that approximately 1 in 8 women born today will get breast cancer at some point in their lives?
If you have a significant other or friend going through breast cancer treatment, here are 10 ways to love and support them through it.
- Offer to babysit her children.
- If you live far away, send her a gift card to enjoy a meal out with her family.
- Hire a housekeeper or offer to clean her house.
- Start an online meal train.
- Send her frequent snail mail and ecards of encouragement.
- Call her often to let her know you are thinking of her.
- Offer to do her Christmas shopping.
- Start an online support group and invite her closest friends and relatives to join in.
- Send her flowers to brighten her day.
- Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October brings the annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease, offer information and support to those affected by breast cancer and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
Valpak is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month by joining the community of bold companies that share in the vision of Susan G. Komen® for a world without breast cancer. Susan G. Komen®’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Not only is Valpak supporting Susan G. Komen® by changing their signature Blue Envelope pink in October, but they’re also working to raise local awareness within the communities that they serve and funds in support of the fight to end breast cancer. By the end of 2018, Valpak will have donated at least $50,000 to Komen.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The series of 5K runs and fitness walks raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. The Komen Race Series invites people of all ages and fitness levels, from walkers to elite runners to register and fundraise for the cause.
The Walk For A Cure With Pak4Cure
Join Valpak‘s Pak4ACure Campaign and register for an upcoming Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in your local community!
Here’s how to register:
- Click HERE to find your Race for the Cure event
- Select the city where you want to participate
- Register as an Individual, Join a Team or Start a Team
- Enter promocode DEALPRO at check out to get $5 off registration.
Better yet, join me on Sunday, September 23 for the 2018 Komen Orange County Race for the Cure® at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California. If you don’t want to run, that’s fine. I plan on walking and you can too. The most important thing is that we get involved and help make a difference together!
Register for the Komen Orange County Race for the Cure® HERE.
If you plan on attending this Sunday, send me an email to jilleenbutl[email protected] and we can set up a time to meet and walk together!
See you at the race!