It’s hard to believe its the middle of October and that Fall is in full swing! Somewhere between all of the rustic autumn decor, you’ve probably began to notice a lot of pink as well. Pink ribbons, merchandise, professional and college athletic teams sporting pink uniforms, fundraisers and more, all in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the American Cancer Society, aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. The chances of a woman developing breast cancer in her lifetime are 1 in 8, and there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Although women are approximately 100 times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it is also possible for men to become afflicted by it.
As a breast cancer survivor and in honor of all those affected by the disease, patients and family, we’re paying it forward by shedding light on how you can get your employees involved in raising awareness for this all too common disease. If you’re not convinced this is worth your time to pursue, consider this: Have you, your employees or their families been impacted by breast cancer? If the answer is yes, this is a cause that is worthy of your attention this month (and always).
You have the power to impact this cause and influence your employees in a positive way by getting involved in breast cancer awareness initiatives. It can be surprisingly simple to do. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Form a company sponsored team to participate in Relay for Life, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, or other breast cancer awareness events. It’s a fun way to get your employees working together on something that can also improve their morale. You can begin a celebratory countdown to your event by holding meetings to recruit participants, devise fundraising strategies and train together.
- Bring a breast cancer awareness wreath into the office and display it proudly in a visible area for customers, vendors and employees to see. Invite everyone to tie one pink ribbon onto it in honor of someone they know who has been touched by the disease.
- Coordinate a jeans or t-shirt day for your employees. In exchange for a monetary donation to a cancer organization of your choice, let them enjoy a day of casual dress at the office.
- Coordinate your own breast cancer awareness day at the office. Ask everyone to wear pink, buy some products for your employees to enjoy that donate money to the cause and set out a donation jar. If you walk through just about every major retail or grocery store, you’ll see countless pink labeled items for sale.
- Have a baked goods sale at the office and encourage everyone to participate by bringing homemade or store bought pink goodies like decorated cookies, cupcakes or brownies. Donate all proceeds to a cancer research organization or treatment center in your area.
- Encourage some friendly and fun interdepartmental competition at your organization by inviting departments to decorate their space in pink-themed décor. Of course, you can encourage their involvement by offering some fun prizes for grand prize and runner up winning teams. Recognize them with a picture in the company newsletter or show your customers about your commitment to helping a great cause by including it in your website photo gallery or social media communication.
Every action you take to raise awareness about this disease will make you an instrument of positive change. Take a few moments to find a way to spread a positive message of hope to your employees, customers, vendors and community members who have been or will be impacted by breast cancer. Your simple action will help to carry on the fight for a cure.