October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). The initiative is focused on raising awareness about breast cancer and providing education and support. As an act of support and solidarity with those affected by breast cancer, survivors, family members, and friends proudly wear a pink ribbon during the month of October.According to U.S. Breast Cancer statistics, approximately 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in U.S. women in 2017, in addition to over 63,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
To join the cause in raising awareness, you can easily make your own pink breast cancer awareness ribbons to wear or distribute to your family and friends, coworkers, schools, or other organizations you are a part of. All it takes is a three-inch piece of pink ribbon and a small safety pin to create the iconic marker of such an important cause. Though breast cancer research is crucial year-round, as a nation, we claim the month of October as the time to wear pink.
Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Steps
To make your own pink breast cancer awareness ribbon, it takes just three easy steps:
- First, cut three-inch pieces of pink ribbon, cutting the ends at an angle.
- Hold the ribbon horizontally at its midpoint and fold the left end down and slightly across the midpoint.
- Then, fold the right end in the same way so the ribbon crosses itself slightly below the fold. At this cross-point, use the safety pin to secure the ribbon in place.
If it’s easier, you can stitch the ribbon together or hold it together with double sided tape at the midpoint before pinning to your shirt, jacket, bag, refrigerator, or wherever else you would like to display it. This DIY craft barely takes any time to make and allows you to demonstrate your solidarity for breast cancer survivors, remember those who have lost their battle with cancer, and celebrate those who have beat it. It’s a small and simple token, but with a powerful statement.
Go Pink with Breast Cancer Awareness Customizable Products
In addition to wearing pink ribbons, National Pen offers breast cancer awareness merchandise in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Customize magnets, tote bags, water bottles, keychains and more with the pink ribbon emblem to take to your next tradeshow, company meeting, or fundraising event to support the cause. Perhaps you would like to include someone’s name as a gesture of remembrance. Whatever the case may be, utilizing products such as these to go pink can help keep up the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month all year long.
Stock your tradeshow booth with pink products that have been customized with your company’s name or logo. For example, tote bags emblazoned with “[company name] supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Personalize items that will be useful for people year-round to make your company stand out and make raising awareness a long-term initiative.
Encourage employees from all branches of your company to use pink breast cancer awareness pens, notes, sunglasses, or hats if they are headed to a conference, client meeting, sales pitch, or interoffice event. Pass them out at your next company meeting, and encourage distribution of them through the month of October as part of promotional efforts.
One of the best ways to actively show your support is to raise money for breast cancer education and research. Host a company bake sale and personalize a pink ribbon company banner to accompany it. Plan a 5K walk and order matching pink breast cancer awareness t-shirts for the whole team. Set a goal and share your progress on social media so others can feel inspired to do the same. The ideas are endless, but the goal is fixed on raising money and awareness for breast cancer.
The power of community involvement can’t be denied as everyone “goes pink” for the month of October. The fight against cancer is ongoing and every bit helps. How will you make a difference? Show your support by learning how to make breast cancer awareness ribbons, being active in raising awareness, and purchasing and wearing pink breast cancer awareness products.