October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and you’ve probably seen many campaigns for the cause and maybe even carry mixed feelings about what some of them truly stand for and how they can help when they simply urge you to wear a particular item. Awareness is good, but taking action is better.
The truth is, nothing you wear will make breast cancer go away. Even so, this is why I wear pink.
To Start a Dialogue
I wear pink because it gives me and others the chance to start a dialogue about breast cancer. It’s interesting that a color can evoke emotion in people and give them a chance to open up.
We live in a time when almost everyone has a story to share of how cancer has touched their lives and it’s a beautiful thing to share in somebody’s trials & triumphs.
As a Reminder
I wear pink because it’s a visual reminder of the battle so many are going through. It’s easy to get caught up in your own life that you forget the struggles of others. It’s great to have that small reminder close by to remind you that there are invisible battles happening to women (and some men) all over the world.
For Lost Lives
I wear pink for those who can’t. For those who’ve lost their battle. To the grandma I never had a chance to meet, to my aunt who faces a new challenge everyday, and to everyone who left us too soon.
I will wear pink in celebration of their lives!
Let’s Find a Cure
Nothing I wear will make cancer go away. We need a cure to do that. Please consider donating to help find one sooner.
You can give directly to your favorite charity, or for a more advanced form of breast cancer, you can give to Metavivor. (thanks to my late friend Jenny for the recommendation!)
Why do you wear pink?
That’s an interesting way to look at it. I do find the commercialism of breast cancer awareness to be a little unpleasant as cancer battles are so much more than the perky face that the pink movement puts on everything. But, your perspective of it being a reminder of the struggles others are facing is a good one.
Honestly because of what has happened to the movement, like products that cause cancer being sold with pink ribbons, I prefer the movement the Breast Cancer Fund has started. They are focused on prevention and they use purple and pink. My best friend’s mom died of breast cancer and her favorite color was purple so that makes it very special for me. It’s such a terrible illness and I do like your reasoning for wearing pink, I just wish more of the effort with the pink ribbons was on prevention and true cures and not marketing.