8 Charities and Organizations Making Strides Toward a Cure for Breast Cancer

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breast cancer cure October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we decided to write a blog post focusing on all the great charities, organizations, and businesses that are helping hospitals and labs to one day find a cure. Keep on reading to see which notable charities you should consider donating to, which brands are doing their part to help, and the history behind the annual awareness campaign’s origins.

Organizations and Charities Helping Find a Cure, Raising Awareness, and Pushing Prevention

Get a better understanding of how these eight charities and foundations have done their part in funding the necessary research toward finding a cure for breast cancer:

1. Avon Foundation for Women

The Avon Foundation for Women has worked to eradicate breast cancer by helping get a better understanding of the disease and by promoting prevention efforts, with the ultimate hope of helping to find a cure. Through their support, this organization has been able to significantly aid in care and research over the years.

2. Breast Cancer Action

With a vision to live in a world without the threat of breast cancer, this organization’s mission is help women achieve justice in their health while they are living with the risk of breast cancer. They have gone on to have a number of victories through the years.

3. Breast Cancer Deadline 2020

Created by the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the Breast Cancer Deadline is an organization with a strong call to action. And since the coalition’s beginning in 1991, they have had many accomplishments along the way.

4. Breast Cancer Research Foundation

With the goal of ending cancer driving this organization forward, it offers many ways to participate and donate. One highlight: they have been able to raise $500 million toward saving cancer patients’ lives. 

5. Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation

As a leading research and education charity for breast cancer, this organization was founded in memory of Lynn Sage in 1985. Since its inception, LSCRF has gone on to raise around $30 million to go toward research to keep the fight going.

6. National Breast Cancer Foundation

Not only does this foundation help fund the necessary testing and research it will take to find a cure, but donations to this charity also help patients in need. During this year’s NBCAM, donations to the NBCF will help pay for mammograms for women who cannot afford them on their own.

7. Susan G. Komen – Komen for the Cure

As the most wildly known breast cancer organization, this foundation does amazing things for the cause. With all the donations that they have received over the years, their funding has gone toward more effective treatments as well as more effective tools for detecting, treating, and diagnosing cancer.

8. Cancer Research UK

Their research is saving lives. As the most common type of cancer in the UK is breast cancer, this organization’s efforts have been able to help the survival rate of breast cancer patients to double over the last 40 years. Come find out what research they are currently working on by visiting their website.

Companies and Brands Doing Their Part to Help

There are plenty of great companies nationwide that are doing their part to send some of their proceeds toward breast cancer research funding and survivors. Here are a few notable brands we thought were worth mentioning:

 

The History Behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was founded in October of 1985 when the American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industries (which is now a part of AstraZeneca) joined forces to dedicate a month to breast cancer awareness.

There are many details people do not know about breast cancer awareness and how the pink ribbon came about, so we want to break it down for our readers with the help of pinkribbon.org and Breast Cancer Consortium:

  • 1979 – Penny Lanigen wears a yellow ribbon in support of her husband as he was held hostage in Iran as a “silent voice of support.”
  • 1991 – 1992 – Susan G. Komen hands out pink ribbons to participants of the New York City race, alongside bright-pink visors. This same year, Evelyn Lauder (Estée Lauder Cosmetics) and Self magazine’s editor-in-chief, Alexandra Penney, promotes breast cancer awareness with a pink ribbon after breast cancer survivor Charlotte Hayley suggests a peach ribbon, but was not interested in commercializing the initiative. The three work together and agree a pink ribbon would fit the cause.
  • 1993 – During NBCAM, President Clinton announces that the third Friday in October would become “National Mammography Day” and pushes clinics, radiologists, and companies to offer discounted mammograms on that day.
  • Late 1993 – Avon, Estee Lauder, and other companies begin creating special products sold to go toward breast cancer awareness and research.

And to this day, there are around 100 major companies, and many more that aren’t national brands, that participate in NBCAM and are helping make strides toward finding a cure.

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