This month, every ISU student’s favorite color should be pink. It’s breast cancer awareness month, which means it’s the perfect time to support cancer research and raise awareness. Need a way to give a little that doesn’t take much effort or time? Look no further. Here are the top five ways to think pink in October.
1) Wear it on your sleeve (or your drink, car bumper, face)
The quickest way to gain attention and to make others think about breast cancer is to wear a shirt or accessory. On Tuesday, ZTA gave out “think pink” ribbons on the Quad. Besides T-shirts or ribbons, many stores sell products whose proceeds go toward breast cancer research. Often, it’s as simple as going to Target or the CVS on campus to purchase these products.
Support the Cure is a line of apparel sold at stores including Walmart, K-mart, Schnucks and Kroger, most of which are conveniently located in the Blo-No area. Department stores such as Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdale’s also offer clothing whose proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Looking for lip balm as chapped lip weather approaches? EOS lip balm gives all proceeds to breast cancer research. Aerie, the intimates brand of American Eagle, is also selling lingerie whose proceeds will go entirely to research. Even a pack of playing cards can be a beneficial purchase; the pink ribbon pack of Bicycle cards gives 15 cents of every $3.49 purchase to the BCRF.
2) Support Local Fundraisers
ISU’s local Barnes & Noble will be “picturing a cure” each week on its Facebook page. For each like, comment and share the store will donate $1 to Young Survival Coalition. Colleges Against Cancer’s ISU chapter will also be raising money in a fundraiser at Meatheads on October 29. Even a simple choice of where to eat could be a small step that makes a big difference. To make a bigger, more personal commitment, consider registering for ISU’s “Relay for Life,” which will be held April 25, 2014.
3) Attend a Sporting Event
Support ISU’s Volleyball team on Saturday for its annual “Paint the Arena Pink” game. Admission will be $1, as will refreshments such as pink lemonade and hot dogs. The soccer team will be holding its pink game, “Kick for a Cure,” on Sunday when they play against Loyola. Admission is free. Show your support for both the Redbirds and for breast cancer research and show up for one of the games.
4)Throw a Party or Game Night
A growing trend among women is Bunco parties for breast cancer. These parties typically include a group of women playing a simple but competitive game called Bunco, paying into a pot in order to play, and receiving prizes at the end of the party. Start making this game a trend among your college friends and donate the money to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
5) Raise Awareness
Encourage your girl friends to practice preventive measures to combat the harsh reality of breast cancer statistics. Spread the word on how the fight back against this disease that affects millions each year.