If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably realized that one of my favorite ways donate is to shop for a cause (as seen here, here and here). October is especially great since almost everything comes in pink, which is probably one of my favorite colors. I completely understand that you have to be wary of some of the companies who “pinkwash” during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Meaning, they change the color of the packaging or use the pink ribbon to market products that are dangerous to women’s heath or do not make any substantial contribution to support the cause. Therefore, I have done my research for you so you know which stores, or products, really do support the cure for breast cancer.
During the month of October, one of my favorite stores, ULTA, is giving guests the opportunity to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through their Donate With A Kiss campaign. Guests who visit ULTA can donate $1, $3, $5 or $10 to get various gifts with donation, as well as an entry into win one of 532 Beauty Bags worth almost $600!! Who wouldn’t want a chance to win that?! Not to mention, BCRF was founded by one of the leading ladies in beauty, Evelyn H. Lauder, who was the Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide for the Estée Lauder Companies Inc. She also helped co-create the pink ribbon with then editor of SELF magazine, Alexandra Penney, which is now considered the worldwide symbol of breast cancer and breast health (link).
Here are some more products supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. Click your favorites for more info!
In Cedar Rapids, every year Mercy Hospital hosts the Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer and every year, it continues to grow tremendously. The Especially for You Fund helps women in need receive free mammograms and other breast-care services (link).
Here is a glimpse of last year’s start (I’m in there somewhere) to show you how massive of a race it is for the Cedar Rapids area:
[Are you supporting Breast Cancer Awareness this month?]