By the time you finish reading this blog post, someone in the United States will have received a new breast cancer diagnosis. It happens every two minutes. One in eight women (and some men) will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to refocus on awareness, fundraising, and self-screenings along with continuing efforts all year long.

Here are four ways you can help. Donate to support the cause, give time or funds to families batting breast cancer or to deserving organizations, participate in fundraising events and be proactive in your own health.

Donate to Breast Cancer Research

Head on over to Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co. and order the Pure Faith Raspberry LemonBerliner Weisse – a very tart, and very pink, beer. This is a kettle soured wheat ale, fermented with raspberries. Until November 1, order 16-oz. crowlers curbside or online here. One hundred percent of profits go to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas.

Until November 2nd, Kerbey Lane Cafe and for many years running now, proceeds from the monthly special pancakes, Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes, goto BCRC. Extra shout out to Kerbey Lane for discontinuing use of their red-dye pink pancakes, and opting for this newer version instead.

Kendra Scott has put out a line of pink jewelry and is donating 20% to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Center through September 2022. Year-round, 50% of proceeds from the Breast Cancer Butterfly and Butterfly Wing Charms benefit the BCRF.

Austin Cosmetic MedSpa is donating 20% of proceeds to BCRC from Dermaplaning & Eyebrow and Eyeliner Permanent Makeup treatments during the month of October. To book your appointment: (512) 815-0123

Z’Tejas Southwest Grill will be selling pink awareness ribbons this month. Guests who purchase a ribbon receive a complimentary watermelon strawberry margarita or a strawberry lemonade (zero proof) cocktail. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q enters it’s 10th year of the Pink “Cup for a Cause” campaign. Get it in store, online or curbside. While a portion of the proceeds goes back to local Breast Cancer charities, Rudy’s hopes to increase the amount raised by asking guests to donate $1 as well. Guests who donate in-store will receive a coupon for a free large drink to be used on their next visit.

Aba Restaurant invites you to enjoy a fine dining experience for a cause. Order the Livin’ Easy cocktail with your dinner and a portion of each drink sold will support BCRC. 

Give to Breast Cancer Research

The best way to give give is to find a family you personally know who is battling breast cancer. The next way is to support an organization that directly benefits breast cancer survivors or research. The more local, the bigger impact. If you are unable to give, consider volunteering your time!

Breast Cancer Resource Center in Austin – an incredible organization that greatly impacts breast cancer survivors in and around the Austin area. They help financially, emotionally and physically. They raise funds every year with ArtBra. 

Pink Warrior Angels- a local organization that greatly impacts breast cancer survivors in and around Austin. They have several events all year long helping raise awareness (because breast cancer doesn’t end in October) and raising funds to help these warriors.

Metavivor – approximately 30% of early stage breast cancer survivors will have a recurrence as metastatic disease, even after completing successful treatment. Metastases can occur as early as several months to 25+ years after treatment. Every year 685,000 people die from metastatic breast cancer globally. Only 22% of U.S. MBC patients live longer than 5 years and only 11% live longer than 10 years. Due to a lack of public knowledge around MBC, compared with early stage breast cancer there are many widespread misperceptions. There currently is NO CURE for MBC and early detection will NOT prevent this disease from metastasizing to bones, liver, lungs and brain. MBC patients are in treatment for the rest of their lives. Cancer cells eventually outsmart current available treatment methods. In the U.S. 25% of cancer patients can’t afford to pay for treatment. AND MBC patients do not always look sick because MBC can be invisible from the outside. #lightupMBC

Breast Cancer Research Foundation- research is always important, especially for metastastic breast cancer as funding is low in that area. 

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. – helping survivors feel empowered and supported on a national level.

Are you a state or federal employee? Both the SECC and CFC connect state and federal employees to charities they choose to support. You can support the BCRC by visiting the links below.

State Employees: State Employee Charitable Campaign ends October 31 

SECC #475036

Federal Employees: Combined Federal Campaign ends January 15

CFC #86739

Participate

Haunted House in Manor SCARE for a CURE is a 100% volunteer organization in Central Texas that creates interactive haunted adventures while mentoring youth to raise money for BCRC. Click the link to buy your tickets for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in October. 

More than Pink Walk October 24th at The Long Center. This Susan G. Komen event will offer in-person as well as virtual options to participate. Their one-of-a-kind digital experience will include interactive activities, new challenges, and will connect participants.

Dive World Austin is hosting Tanks for the Mammeries! Join their Discover Scuba Class or Boat Social on 10/16 or 10/17. Learn more at https://www.diveworldaustin.com/

Castle Hill Fitness is offering various donation based classes from 10/25-10/30 with all of the proceeds to benefit BCRC. Classes will be held virtually and at both locations. These classes are all open to the public. More information about the classes, schedule, and the sign up information can be found here

 

Be Proactive

The best way to be proactive is making sure you are eating healthy and being your own health advocate. Mammograms can be a great way for early detection, but prevention is key. It is important to perform monthly self breast exams and to always be vocal about changes in your body. Sometimes mammograms do not detect cancerous lumps and a sonogram or biopsy is necessary to pinpoint the area of concern.

Book your regular OB/Gyn check-up and stay consistent with well checks. Early detection is key, and quite often, life-saving. UT Health Austin offers a wealth of resources to keep you proactive and informed. 

Learn how to properly perform a breast self-exam. Remind your friends to do the same!

Do you know other businesses in the Austin area doing their part to promote awareness and raise funds for Breast Cancer this month?

Send us their info and we will update our list!

Anya is a teacher, writer and single mama to two. Iggy is in middle school. He's an empathetic hockey player who recently discovered his love of reading. Analee is a creative comedian-in-training who wears her learning difference as a badge of honor (this hasn’t always been the case). Anya has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a Masters of Education in Physical Education from Texas State University- San Marcos. Currently, she is a writer, a Physical Education and Yoga teacher and sits on the Board of a local Youth Hockey Organization. Anya loves puns, humor and learning to slow down after a lifetime of chasing the next thing. She is excited to bring her writing to life and share on her upcoming personal blog at www.anyabokeria.com

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